Buy some numbered pins for your next quilt making project

I flirted with the idea of buying some numbered pins but not seriously. I put them on my Amazon wish list and when no one gave them to me, I wasn't too upset. However, a bit later I spied them on Massdrop and oh so casually ordered them. They arrived a few weeks later and I put them up in my sewing room and ignored them for a while.

pin re 4A few days ago, I placed the strips for my Pulse quilt in a very specific order and wanted to be completely sure that I sewed them in that same arrangement. Bingo, the perfect time to use my new pins. I used them in the strips and every piece went in the right place. pin re 5

What a great relief and easier than taking a picture and referring to it constantly. I loved them so much that I am here to tell you to buy some numbered pins for your next quilt making project. I wish I had had mine years ago.

This success led me to use them again! This time I had more than just strips. I had piles of blocks. I wanted to make sure that the blocks were in the right row and in the right order.

No problem, the pins have numerous examples of the same number. I could pin each pile together and then put a pin in each block. Ingenious!

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I have four rows, each row is pinned together in one group. Within that group, each block has a pin for its position in the row. It beats post it notes!

I also positioned the pins in the upper right quadrant. That was I could quickly check if any block was upside down. Why am I concerned about not putting blocks in the wrong rows or in the wrong order?

Because I have made every mistake you can make that way. I have used pieces of paper, post it notes and pictures. pins re 2But none of those methods worked nearly as well as these pins.

There are probably more than one brand of these, I really don't know. I just know that I really like the way these have organized me. And I could use the blank backs to create my own system if I wanted.

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Would you look at that?

Every block in the correct spot. Every block facing the correct way. One perfect strip. Check that problem off my list forever!

Now I need a solution for the rest of my problems in life!

Sew happy!

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