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.
A 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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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