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Thread: Leaders and Enders?

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    I'm in the process of putting together a quilt made of "leaders and enders" - I pieced a light and a dark 2" square together each time and now have them in strips.

    It's very gaudy, but who cares, it's mine.

    However, from now on I will cut 2 1/2" or 3" squares since the current one took too long!

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    Maybe I am DUMB, but
    what are Leaders & Enders??
    JBJ137 in SC

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    go to this thread to read about them

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-50383-1.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by jbj137
    Maybe I am DUMB, but
    what are Leaders & Enders??
    JBJ137 in SC

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    Quote Originally Posted by irma tapia
    I always use starters but I haven't seen the need for the enders.
    My ender is my starter for the next time I sew; keeps me from having to hold the threads when starting the next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltmaniac
    I'm in the process of putting together a quilt made of "leaders and enders" - I pieced a light and a dark 2" square together each time and now have them in strips.

    It's very gaudy, but who cares, it's mine.

    However, from now on I will cut 2 1/2" or 3" squares since the current one took too long!
    what a smart idea; heretofore, I'd only used scraps.

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    I've only used scraps as well. I really like using squares and making a scrappy something in the end. The wonderful ideas you all have. I never think of things like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lab fairy
    I've only used scraps as well. I really like using squares and making a scrappy something in the end. The wonderful ideas you all have. I never think of things like this.
    That's why we have the board. Some one else does the thinking and sharing. Good deal, huh?

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    I use them and teach others to use them as well. I need to get some scraps together to make something while I am at it! Never really thought of it, just used the same leader as an ender over and over and over, etc.

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    Yes I use them. God bless. Penny

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    My DH and I have been using them in our upholstery shop for over 30 years! I try and share the idea with anyone who might listen, it saves a lot of thread, and the thread's tail end can never get sucked in when starting to sew, you know when it gets all balled up and jammed on the underside of the fabric? We call it a bunny

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    I also use Leaders, and enders.i have for a couple years now..ever since i saw them on Bonnie Hunters site.

    http://www.quiltville.com/

    she has alot of free ideas and she gives me motivation!

    Take the time to search her site, you will be happy you did!
    I introduced these leaders and enders as "courtesy blocks" for my Girl Scout Day Camp ... at the end of the day, with JUST the 2.5" pieces, the girls had produced a baby quilt - - with leaders and enders ... Bonnie Hunter surely has many jewels in her crown

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    yes bonnie does! it is one of my favorite quilting sites..
    stashbusting is the best!

    i am having some issues with my tension on my machine..so i have not used any leaders in the past few days..i have to figure out why i have a birdsnest at the start of my sewing..
    :-(

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    I use them most of the time. I recently purchased Bonnie Hunter's book, "Adventures with Leaders and Enders" and am starting to use her method to make other blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redquilter
    I use them also but they aren't headed to the trash. I make simple blocks. This way, without even realizing it, you've got a scrap quilt.
    that's what I do since I read the idea from someone on the Board a while back.
    Smart idea, killing 2 birds with 1 stone.

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    I love Bonnie Hunter's website. I finally read about leaders and enders. What a brilliant idea! I will start making some 4 patch squares now and not waste thread.

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    I always do. I received a suggestion on this board to use actual squares of fabric. So I have a pile of 1.5" squares next to my machine and grab 2 and send 'em through. So that way I'm not wasting thread and not destroying the poor piece of fabric that is covered in stitching... I feel kinda bad for it. So I'll have a quilt of 1.5" pieces with minimal work!

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