It’s no secret that I love working with leaders and enders. It may have been around for a while, but I got the idea from Bonnie Hunter, who likes to have a parts of a project sitting beside the machine ready to sew, such as two patches, while you are stitching your main project. When I first started sewing, I used a ratty piece of fabric to start and finish the sewing sequence, but now I use this other method. And before you know it, there is a whole lot of little pieces stitched together – something for nothing, and with very little effort, I always say. This is my latest leader and ender - a small cot quilt for a little girl. In the box are cut 3in squares which I put under the needle at the start and finish of other seams. Then four of these are finger pressed and pinned together, waiting for the next stage.
Leader and ender pieces prepared and waiting
Doing this project as leaders and enders, it doesn't really matter how long it takes, it will get there in the end, it is a secondary project, after all.
And some four patches stitched together
Another project assembled in this way is this little boys quilt of farm machines. This was a panel which I cut apart, and added borders bit by bit.
Another leader and ender project
This is now assembled, layered and pinned, ready for machine quilting, so I’ll be working on this over the next week.
Next machine quilting project
We awoke to quite a frosty morning, cold and chilly. Thank goodness for my selection of nice cozy wool socks to keep my feet warm. I love my hand knitted socks!