If you’re already using scraps of fabric at the beginning and end of pieced chains (leaders and enders), turn those scraps into a bonus quilt by stitching pairs of 2 1/2″ squares instead of scraps.
If you’re not, you’ll find piecing goes more quickly, you’ll use less thread and you have fewer loose threads floating around by using leaders and enders, whether or not you’re chain piecing. Just take it one step further and create a bonus quilt instead of using scraps.
Pat Sloan outlines the process of turning leaders and enders into a bonus quilt in the following article.
Bonnie Hunter goes into more detail in the next article. Notice how she makes more complex quilts with the leaders and enders. All it takes is a bit of extra planning – and a well organized stash of 2 1/2″ squares made from scraps.