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Thread: Leaders & Enders and What Should I Do With These?

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    Super Member yolanda's Avatar
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    With the leftover denim & flannel from rag quilts I've been making these four patches. Any ideas on what I should do with them? This is also my "leader & ender" project I learned to do from www.quiltville.com. I keep the box by my machine and sew one patch at the end of whatever else I am making ~ in addition to making progress on this side-project I don't have to deal with those long threads. Constant chain piecing!
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    I would keep making more til there is enough for a donation quilt,or a quilt for a gift. It's great to use up those left overs like that.

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    Wow, you are very organized...
    I would just keep stitching away as suggested until you have enough for a scrap quilt.
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    what kind of scrap quilt? Should I just sew all the 4 patches together or maybe make a scrap irish chain? maybe I'll get more done then post a photo then? :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaK
    Wow, you are very organized...
    I would just keep stitching away as suggested until you have enough for a scrap quilt.
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    are the pieces different fabrics or the same? that went right over my head.

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    I think Ninnie does that too - may want to give her a shout. 4-patch is such a fun pattern. You can alternate with a feature fabric or snowball or....

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    The blocks are made from 2 flannel 2.5 inch squares and 2 denim squares - the denim is consistant but the flannel is all different. I made rag quilts from denim & flannel for donations and I cut the tiny leftovers into 2 1/2 inch squares. Does that make sense?

    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    are the pieces different fabrics or the same? that went right over my head.

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    Don't you eventually have to cut threads?

    I totally admire your project and organization!!!

    You could always make four squares and set them on point, or sash them if you want to make something the same. I would just keep sewing them together.

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    I was doing the same thing with leftover navy and cream squares. I am now putting then together with a single square of cream tone on tone (4-patch block and then a plain square then 4 patch, etc, alternating on the next row.) So far, it's looking good!

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    thanks. i emailed her. i am also thinking about a scrappy irish chain
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I think Ninnie does that too - may want to give her a shout. 4-patch is such a fun pattern. You can alternate with a feature fabric or snowball or....

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    I just had to tell you how jealous I am of your organization! I used to be ... not so much anymore. Good luck with your project.
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    I think I am more complusive then organized ;-)
    Quote Originally Posted by Fabriholic
    I just had to tell you how jealous I am of your organization! I used to be ... not so much anymore. Good luck with your project.
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    I think they would make a lovely youth quilt. May be a bit heavy for a baby quilt.

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    ha! yes, I guess I do eventually have to cut threads....

    i like the idea of setting these on point! thanks :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    Don't you eventually have to cut threads?

    I totally admire your project and organization!!!

    You could always make four squares and set them on point, or sash them if you want to make something the same. I would just keep sewing them together.

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    thank you!
    Quote Originally Posted by grammyp
    I think they would make a lovely youth quilt. May be a bit heavy for a baby quilt.

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    [quote=yolanda]The blocks are made from 2 flannel 2.5 inch squares and 2 denim squares - the denim is consistant but the flannel is all different. I made rag quilts from denim & flannel for donations and I cut the tiny leftovers into 2 1/2 inch squares. Does that make sense?

    Why don't you back the four patch with either flannel or denim, stitch an x from corner to corner and make into another rag quilt? I have turned regular blocks into rag blocks successfully, and you have the perfect fabrics to fray already. You could sew four 4 patches together too, and then back them as above to get larger blocks.

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    I would lay them out in groups of 4 , 4patches, and use black sash them. It would really set them off. and It would make a great quilt for a child or for a man in your life. you could also alternate them with an old fashioned block, say a churn dash block, or a simple star block. then the 4patches would blend into the background, and would show off the other block. Does that make sense?
    how big are the blocks? to get a sense of what size square you would need between them.

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    Wow - good idea and I have some black flannel left over. The four patch is 4.5 inches.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    I would lay them out in groups of 4 , 4patches, and use black sash them. It would really set them off. and It would make a great quilt for a child or for a man in your life. you could also alternate them with an old fashioned block, say a churn dash block, or a simple star block. then the 4patches would blend into the background, and would show off the other block. Does that make sense?
    how big are the blocks? to get a sense of what size square you would need between them.

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    All these great ideas are encouraging me to get those little four patches sewn faster --- thanks everyone. I will keep sewing these and then lay them out and take some pictures to show you all before I decide. I think I would like to try Ninnie's idea of sashing with the black or using another block with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    Don't you eventually have to cut threads?
    I do leaders and enders just like this too and I never have to cut threads unless I am going to do something other than straight piecing or if I need to change thread colors for some reason. So long as I am not starting or stopping in the middle of fabric I can use a leader or ender block. I have gone through a whole roll of bobbin without cutting a thread! I love it. I just keep my little 2Ē squares around to use, and when I have enough of those to make a quilt, I just cut more for another quilt. LOL

    So far as what to do with them, I made mine 9 patches that are totally scrappy except they all have a black block as the center. I have not decided what to do with them either yet, but I think I will either sash them with black or just sew them into rows and call it a quilt! :)

    Cheers!
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    I'd love to see pictures of any leaders/ender quilts or layouts!!

    Quote Originally Posted by athenagwis
    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    Don't you eventually have to cut threads?
    I do leaders and enders just like this too and I never have to cut threads unless I am going to do something other than straight piecing or if I need to change thread colors for some reason. So long as I am not starting or stopping in the middle of fabric I can use a leader or ender block. I have gone through a whole roll of bobbin without cutting a thread! I love it. I just keep my little 2Ē squares around to use, and when I have enough of those to make a quilt, I just cut more for another quilt. LOL

    So far as what to do with them, I made mine 9 patches that are totally scrappy except they all have a black block as the center. I have not decided what to do with them either yet, but I think I will either sash them with black or just sew them into rows and call it a quilt! :)

    Cheers!
    Rachel

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    That is a very smart idea. You get a lot done on the other quilt without even trying. I used to cross stitch while watching television. I would be amazed at how much I could do while watching a two hour movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    I'd love to see pictures of any leaders/ender quilts or layouts!!

    I will take a picture of one quilt I did. It ended up being an Irish chain (though I didnít know that was the name of it at the time). I made some patches and then when I went to do the quilt, I filled in where I needed to. I am working on quilting that one now, canít wait to have it done as I totally love it!! I havenít decided on what to do with the 9 patch blocks I have, but I donít have enough to make a whole quilt yet anyway. I just piece them together as I go. Sometimes I will sit down and work on putting them together in whole 9 patches without working on another quilt at the same time, but usually I just do it leader/ender style. :) But there are plenty of patterns out there that start with 4 patches, just find one you like and add a few extra pieces and youíll have a beautiful quilt!

    Cheers!
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    LOVE this idea.... very unique

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