A lot of us use Leaders and Enders to work on a 2nd quilt while piecing on another one.Some people just use scraps.The original idea was to be more efficient when sewing. Some people use them to help when sewing HST to keep the points from being sucked down in the needle plate hole. Bonnie Hunter,of Quiltville is the originator of this technique I believe. Here is Bonnie site and Tips on Leaders & Enders
It's a fantastic idea! Early in my quilting experience a friend suggested I use a scrap of fabric to sew across so I didn't have to cut the thread every time. Then I heard about leaders/enders. My current L/E project is making flying geese, I need at least 80 of them for a border on a quilt. In less than 2 weeks, I have 12 totally done and the rest have one wing - all while working on other things.
When I first started doing L/E, I make 4 patches and HSTs from every scrap I could find - and ended up with 3 twin- sized quilts that I donated! Here's one of them. The quilt top just covers the top of the bed, what you see on the sides is another quilt.This message has been edited. Last edited by: pvillelou,
Thanks May! My goal is to make the large skirt, but I won't be making it into a skirt. I would like it to hang in the entry of our home. I bought the fabric, I just need to get some strips cut and ready for leaders and enders!
Besides using leaders and enders with a specific project in mind you can use the odd shaped, undersized pieces you trim off as 'crumbs' and sew them together in the same manner. Eventually, you can wind up with a new piece of fabric, if you keep the fabrics coordinated or some new unique blocks for unplanned projects. Check out this part of Bonnie's site.
Leaders & Enders are the way to save thread, time and money!~!!! They ROCK!!
You can be working on one thing, and then use the L&E's to be sewing together a completely different project!! And you are saving time because you are getting ahead on another project, saving thread because you are not stopping and staring with these long thread tails hanging off your pieces that you will be cutting off, and you end up saving money because of the thread you didn't waste AND if you decide to make some 'crumb' blks as mentioned above, you will end up with pieces that you can incorporate into a quilt project out of fabrics that might have ended up in a dogs bed or worse in the garbage!!
I love leaders and enders and I have heard it said, don't ever leave your machine empty!! And I don't!! Also, if you have to travel with your machine, it is nice to have them there supporting your machine while you travel....