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Leaders Enders Step one

As promised here is the first step in the Free Four All leaders and enders quilt.  First off for a 56″x 64″ quilt like the one here, you will need 448- 1 1/2″ squares in your chain fabric (I’m using black) and 448- 1 1/2″ squares from assorted scraps.

Sew a chain fabric to one of your scrappy fabrics to make a little two patch.  Press your seams all toward the chain fabric or the scrappy fabric depending on which is darker.  But you do want to press all of them the same way so they will but up against each other nicely in the next step.

Next sew your two patches into four patches as shown. 

You should have 224 of these little beauties when you are done.  If you want to adjust the size of your quilt note that each square finishes at 8″ and there are 8- 1 1/2″ chain squares and 8- 1 1/2″ scrappy squares in each block.

Since this is a leaders and enders quilt and you will be sewing other wonderful projects while you make this one I’m giving you a little time to finish this step.  I’ll post the next step on the first Friday in November. 

 Keep me updated on your progress. 

 Have fun!

Step 2


  • Carolyn says:

    Thank you for showing how to do this! I have been quilting forever and never really understood how to do this part. I just used pieces of scrap fabric. YAY! Now I can make another quilt at the same time. Thank you, thank you!

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh those brights & blacks are going to look so great together!!!

    ~ meagan

  • Shari says:

    This is going to look great in black and brights… love this block.

  • Myra says:

    Good first step Em!! Yours will look great with the black chain… 😎

  • Material Mary says:

    I'm rocking and rolling and ready to start doing my leaders and enders…

  • Heather says:

    Hi Em, I have finally finished my blocks for this quilt. It took all year, but they're done and ready for the playing part. I wrote about it in my post today. heatherpearson.com/2013/11/needlework-tuesday-leaders-and-enders.html

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