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    This may be a dumb question but . . . .

    Can someone tell me what leaders and enders are and what they're used for? I've seen passing references to them, but have no idea what they are.

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    Use Google to search "Bonnie Hunter leaders and enders", and you will have your answer.
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    Yes, Bonnie Hunter has a whole book on them. I believe she cuts her leftover scraps into uniform sizes. She then uses these spare pieces at the beginning and ending of a regular strip pieced quilt row?

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    oh neat idea! Thanks for asking this question - now I have something to learn and read about. I hate to get rid of scraps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Yes, Bonnie Hunter has a whole book on them. I believe she cuts her leftover scraps into uniform sizes. She then uses these spare pieces at the beginning and ending of a regular strip pieced quilt row?
    That's correct, that way you don't waste a lot of thread and it helps to feed the beginning of the fabric so it doesn't get stuffed down into the machine when you start to sew.
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    I cut scraps in 2 1/2 inch squares then I sew a light to a dark then I sew 2 together for a row when I have enough for 4 rows I sew them into a block. I start and end my sewing doing these . Often I will en up with enough to make a block while putting a regular block together. The one i am doing now is separated by navy sashing and will post a pic if I ever figure out how. Iuse 16 squares for these scrappy blocks.

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    don't overlook the longarm leaders.... we use canvas attached to the machine frame to pin our quilts to inorder to produce tension and control the quilt backing and top...

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    I call my leader/ender quilts "the quilt that makes it's self"
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    That was a lot of little blocks to keep straight! Excellent Job! You deserved a Blue Ribbon, that's for sure.

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    Bonnie's book is really inspiring.
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