What Do You Prefer? Basting Ideas…

Basting Tools I am hoping this will be a new spotlight in my blog at least once a month I will post a “Tool Tip” about the tools we use in our quilting. These will consist of products I’ve actually used, use, and own. Last night I was reviewing a craftsy class I signed up for by Leah Day. I was reminded that I would like to try the Pinmoors she recommends. When I went to her website and saw the price, I nearly fainted, I couldn’t believe how expensive they were. So I went to Amazon.. my best shopping friend on the net. They to my own astonishment do not carry them. This really was a shock to my system, I can’t even remember the last time I couldn’t find something on Amazon if ever. I’ve been a customer for over ten years, so that was pretty surprising. So, off to google.com, where I found a bevy of searches for the Pinmoors. The odd thing is that at the Pinmoors site, there are two things you won’t find at Leah’s site, first, the pinmoors are actually cheaper for the same amount, and you can order whichever color your heart desires. Well suffice it to say tho, I did not order any, they are just still to expensive for my cheapskate ways. I don’t consider myself a cheapskate, and I am a firm believer in the theory that you need the proper tools for the job. However, I have used safety pins for years and I like the good old fashioned safety pin type basting. In my first quilt, I used the thread type of basting, but I found it hard to deal with, because I must have used to large of a basting stitch. My first quilt was basted by hand, and quilted by hand. It was machine pieced. It wasn’t long after that I started looking for other solutions to make basting better for quilting. I took many classes for machine quilting and most of those women all used the hand basting methods as well. I then took a class where the teacher used safety pins and I was sold. I couldn’t even believe I hadn’t thought of it myself. So I purchased the proper safety pins and have never regretted it, nor had rust problems that other people seem to have. I do have the problems with the soreness after awhile, but I know when it’s time to take a break and when it’s ok to work again. Continue reading