Whenever I am cutting fabric, I always keep anything 1.5 inches and larger. This is probably crazy but when I am paying $13-$20/meter (also crazy), I just can't bring myself to toss it. Usually if they are around 2-3", I cut them down to 1.5" squares. I separate them into lights and darks/mediums and I use old salad containers to store them. If I am piecing at the machine, I use these matched up squares as leaders and enders. I start with the 1.5" block so that if the thread bunches up, it's not on the better block that I am making. It's a great way to start off and to end when chain sewing. Plus, you can use up random bits of material and will have blocks for another project with little extra effort. I made a few place mats a while back with these leaders and enders.
|the leader preserves the point of my triangle without bunching up|
This is what the block should look like:
I am getting there:
A random non-quilting photo- check out this ridiculously adorable hat I found! (not real fur-so don't go all 'PETA' on me). I think I am going to save up for this puppy; it's not cheap.
|perfect for our cold winters|