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Thread: Assembling your blocks

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    When you are piecing your block, do you ALWAYS pin the pieces together before you sew or do you just hold them in place?

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    If they're tiny (1 inch width) I just hold, otherwise I pin pin pin. It helps me with my accuracy and it makes sure everything is lined up, so it's one less thing to worry about while I'm trying to keep the 1/4 inch seam.

    And I always pin intersections to make sure they come out right.


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    I usually do not pin when doing just pieces, but when doing a whole row or row to row, I also pin the intersections. It is probably a personal preference - just like whether to wash and dry fabric or not before sewing.

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    It is purely a personal preference. I pin when I have to and often I have to. If blocks just aren't playing nice I pin them.

    If I have a bunch of pinning to do I save it for in front of the TV.

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    I do not pin anything ! But then my quilts are not perfect, nor do I expect them to be. It is personal preference. I quilt only for family or close friends who are not going to pick apart my work. I am too impatient for the time that it would take to pin.
    Sharon

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    I am a pinner!!! :wink: Especially when matching seams, but on little tiny pieces that the pin would distort, I just press the pieces together.

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    Most times I do not pin, but like the others who have replied, I usually pin at the intersections when putting the rows together.


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    I rarely pin. I find that I poke myself way to many times. :roll:

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    I pin! I am very particular over my matching so I find it best to pin.. But that is me. I also sell my work, so I have to be precise :)

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    I rarely pin.like most have said,just when putting rows together

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    I always pin...even if the pieces are 2"...if it can be screwed up it will happen to me if I don't pin.

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    i consider myself lucky when i don't feel a need to pin.

    not only do i usually wind up pinning at least half the time, i have also been driven to [gasp!!!!] baste ... sometimes using the machine sometimes with needle and thread. i think it must be a "leftover" from sewing clothes with my mom all those years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I do not pin anything ! But then my quilts are not perfect, nor do I expect them to be. It is personal preference. I quilt only for family or close friends who are not going to pick apart my work. I am too impatient for the time that it would take to pin.
    Sharon
    hey i'm with you Sharon, i'm impatient too and i want everything done yesterday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachlady
    I usually do not pin when doing just pieces, but when doing a whole row or row to row, I also pin the intersections. It is probably a personal preference - just like whether to wash and dry fabric or not before sewing.
    well said. I pin the intersections because I am particular about getting it matched up. The rest is just what works best for you, however you learned and are comfortable.

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    I pin at intersections with putting blocks and rows together. Helps me keep them lined up. Otherwise, I don't pin unless they're not getting along.... :wink:

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    I mess it up whether I pin or not....lol

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    I pin too... especially the joins and then they are correct... come on you others, give it a go, you will be pleased with the result.

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    I pin at the start and at the intersections so they won't slip.

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    I don't pin unless I absolute feel I have to. I find that pinning actually causes my seams to be off more. I do use a lot of starch though. It helps to keep the fabric from stretching.

    Lynette

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    Pinner here

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    I pin almost everything. I am very particular that all seams match.

    Happy New Year
    Cheryl

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    I am an excessive pinner - I love the way how the fabric stays flat and smooth. I used to not pin and found things not to be as smooth as they are now and wish I can redo. I wanted to finish things quickly but now enjoy the processof assembling.

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    Most of the time I don't pin. I will pin complex blocks. Today I was assembling a quilt as you go. I had to pin that to make sure my batting lined up especially when it came to the last couple of rows and the border. It was getting heavy and wouldn't stay together very well. One thing that I always pin is the borders.

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    I pin....I hate ripping out so try to avoid that, not always successful though :roll: :cry: :lol: :D

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    I use LOTS of pins, but have to take them out as I sew, my machine Eats pins!! :roll:

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