So in the process of basting 4 large quilts, I ran out of safety pins. Since my daughter and I were out running errands, I let her decide between the craft store or usual fabric store. That resulted in a long stop at the craft store and me buying an off brand of safety pins. Not a problem until I got back on task and tried to use them to baste the quilt. They wouldn’t go through the fabric. #!@%!* Not wanting to throw away boxes unused pins and start over, I decided I when try to sharpen and use them. All it took was running the point of the safety pin down a course nail file. Like magic, the pins were gliding through the fabric. 300 pins later, I think it’s time for a new nail file!
I love using leader/ enders when I am chain piecing. It was an idea from Bonnie Hunter. Instead of using a scrap piece of material in between chains, use two small blocks. You can work on two project projects at once! I keep a pile of 2" scrap squares next to my machine for this reason...Happy piecing!
West MI Quilt Guild
National Quilting Association
American Quilter's Society
Surface Design Association
International Machine Quilter's Association, Inc
Modern Quilt Guild
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