Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Monday, March 27, 2017

On Time

Woo! It's the New Moon and I am not late for the Totally Useless Stitch A Long! Go! Get out your camera and snap a photo of your gorgeous ORTs!

Can you believe I actually have some cross-stitching ORTs? I got a little bug and stitched a motif from one of my Blackbird Designs books. These are my first embroidery ORTs of the year!

My leaf bowl is stuffed with scraps and thread ends. Although I usually have a Leader/Ender pair under my needle, I mostly can't when sewing the Dresdens. It drives me batty to toss all that thread! The scraps are from cutting more 2 inch squares for Leader/Enders.

My Leader/Ender box was nearly empty before I cut up those scraps. I grab a pair of these (light+dark) and start it through the machine, followed by what ever blocks I am piecing and follow those with another pair. This keeps me from having wasted threads and if the machine is going to gobble up the starting piece it can gobble my scraps and not my important pieces. Lots of people use a little piece of folded fabric as a leader and just keep sewing on it over and over. That is still wasting thread! Why not use that Thread?

Here is the box of two patches I've completed. I need to start feeding pairs of these through to make four patches...this box is getting full! One day these will be a big postage stamp quilt, all sewn while sewing other quilts.

If you'd like to learn more about Leader/Ender quilts click here. You don't have to sew tiny squares as L&E...you can sew any second quilt.


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your March TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!


NanaDiana said...

It is always fun to see what you have been stitching on. Hope you have a great week- xo Diana

diamondc said...

Love seeing your quilting progress.

Uglemor said...

I've better be in time this time too ;) Great idea, that starter/ender sewing, and great looking quilts.

Here's my link: http://krydderuglen.blogspot.dk/2017/03/tusal-3.html

Khristine Doiron said...

Such a good idea for not wasting thread! That is an awesome pile of otrs you have! Here are mine :) http://cross-stitching-mama.blogspot.ca/2017/03/march-tusal.html

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

TUSAL post up today. The New Moon is actually on the 28th in the UK so I'm not late!


The Inspired Stitcher said...

Such as it is, here's my March ORT report. Not much stitching happened in my world.


Brenda said...

What great looking ORTs you have. Here is the link to see mine!


deb said...

Leader/ender *quilts*! A few times I pieced other, different blocks while chain piecing but it was always onesie-twosie stuff – never ever thought of the type of thing you’re doing. And the Quiltville blog you linked to and all those quilts, just from not wasting thread. So very cool! (but ... am confused - you’re not at least partially chain piecing fans for the Dresden plates?)

My March orts are HERE.

Sara said...

I actually remembered this month:)


Jen Martin said...

I"m always so excited to read your updates! You are lovely and talented :)

Here's my TUSAL post:


Happy Spring!

cerato said...

Here is my TUSAL post:
Happy Spring!

Vee said...

Here is my TUSAL.

Desiree Ehleiter said...

Late as usual, but here's my TUSAL post...


Jocelyn Thurston said...

That is an awesome idea about enders/leaders. But you are so organized...sadly my fabrics are a bit messy. I need to buckle down for some sensible spring cleaning. Thanks for the motivation.

Jo said...

Great work with your L&E. I need to plan mine a bit better. I'll be in the sewing room this weekend so fingers crossed

Lindsay said...

I'm late again :(