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    what a wonderful idea, does everybody do this? I never heard of it before.

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    That's a good idea. You can also sew across the corner and make the triangles into a square before you cut it off. I HAT trying to sew triangles because of the problem with bias stretching. From now on I'm keeping my little squares at hand to piece. Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by caspharm View Post
    After reading another column about leaders and enders, I have started using my extra triangles from some snowball blocks I made as leaders and enders. It will be fun to do see what I can make after. I didn't even thing of squares or leftover long pieces.
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    I use scrap pieces for leaders to keep from having a little "bird's nest" at the beginning of the blocks and to keep the machine from pulling the fabric into it. But what confuses me about then using these scraps for a quilt is how are the pieces "good enough" to use? Why wouldn't they be the same as or have the same problems that you are protecting your original block from? Hopefully you can understand what I'm trying to say

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    This is how I'm making my 1" stamp quilt. I have 2, 10" blocks & enough 2 patches for another block. I'm ready to start sewing 'em into 4 patches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suern3 View Post
    I use scrap pieces for leaders to keep from having a little "bird's nest" at the beginning of the blocks and to keep the machine from pulling the fabric into it. But what confuses me about then using these scraps for a quilt is how are the pieces "good enough" to use? Why wouldn't they be the same as or have the same problems that you are protecting your original block from? Hopefully you can understand what I'm trying to say
    I think the object is to always have something connected to your thread ends which prevents the problems you are trying to avoid. The ender is left attached to the thread and becomes your leader for the next time you start a seam. This way you don't have any pieces that are not "good enough to use". The only time you have to deal with those annoying issues becomes when you change your thread.
    This doesn't apply to quilting. Only when you are doing your piecing, sewing strips, etc., where you have lots of starts and stops. For strip piecing, I still use leaders and enders for each strip.
    Linda Wedge White

    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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    I needed that, thanks.
    Let God be your quilt and wrap you in His loving care.

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    Great question and great answer! Now I get it!


    Originally Posted by suern3
    I use scrap pieces for leaders to keep from having a little "bird's nest" at the beginning of the blocks and to keep the machine from pulling the fabric into it. But what confuses me about then using these scraps for a quilt is how are the pieces "good enough" to use? Why wouldn't they be the same as or have the same problems that you are protecting your original block from? Hopefully you can understand what I'm trying to say






    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard View Post
    I think the object is to always have something connected to your thread ends which prevents the problems you are trying to avoid. The ender is left attached to the thread and becomes your leader for the next time you start a seam. This way you don't have any pieces that are not "good enough to use". The only time you have to deal with those annoying issues becomes when you change your thread.
    This doesn't apply to quilting. Only when you are doing your piecing, sewing strips, etc., where you have lots of starts and stops. For strip piecing, I still use leaders and enders for each strip.

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