Do you use the leader/ender system? It was popularized by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame. You can click here to read her explanation of it. Anyway, since I finished the Puss in the Corner blocks I had been using as leaders/enders, I decided to pull out this bin of 11/2 inch cut squares to use as while working on the baby quilt that I shared on Friday.

I pulled some squares out and matched them up to make four patches.

I sewed them at the beginning and end of the seams of the baby quilt.

Before I knew it, I had a pile of them done!

It remains to be seen what they will become, but doing them like this makes it feel like a free project.

Have a great day!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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7 Responses to Leader/Enders

  1. Luci Randall says:

    I’m a newbie to quilting (about 4 months), and just recently found your site. I learned about leaders/enders in a video while I was learning about quilting. They’re great, especially since they save thread AND they reduce the angst with the tangled mess that sometimes happens when just starting to sew two pieces of thin material together.

  2. Leader-enders, what a great idea. I need to get more disciplined with mine!

  3. Susan says:

    That’s how I feel about them, too. Wonderful repro fabrics!

  4. I love leader-enders. Several of my largest quilts were born as leader-ender projects. Right now I am making a 361 block, nearly 10,000 piece quilt that way. There is no way I would try it unless it were one that sort of happened on its own. I was surprised to find that I have 110 blocks complete already. Those tiny blocks will be wonderful. If you want ideas for tiny blocks or tiny quilts you might want to look at Temecula Quilt Company. They always have something inspiring going on.

  5. anudge says:

    I use leaders and enders. They’re great for moving along on a project. I always regretted all that thread that is wasted if one is not chain piecing. Thread is expensive. Bound to be a cute quilt you will end up with. Blessings,

  6. I was doing that for a while but I kind of got out of the habit. You have reminded me to get back to it! I love the fabrics on your tiny little four patches. Do you have a plan for them yet?

  7. Sharon says:

    Aren’t leaders/enders great? I have been using this system since I found out what they were. In addition to getting more accomplished, it saves a lot of thread. Sometimes though, I don’t have anything prepared to sew, which is frustrating. Your little 4-patches look great!

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