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    I cut 1.5 inch squares of template plastic, then cut a hole with a paper punch near a corner edge. Then I numbered the rows vertically and horizontally. I just pin the tag unto a block and can take everything off my design surface without worry. Hint: always pin the tag to the upper left of each block so you know which way is up and left. :-)

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    These are great ideas. I was just trying to find the things that apparently someone mentioned at Hobby Lobby (pins with numbers on them). I had thought someone said they were toys and sold at ToysRus. I did an internet search and couildn't find them. I end up using straight pins or safety pins because I don't have anything else. Recently (yesterday) I needed them. I use one pin to mark the first row, two pins to mark the second row, etc. But for this one, I only needed 8 at the most. I used safety pins once I got over 4 and I just safety pinned the pins to each other to indicate which row it was, so that on row 8, I had two large pins stuck in the first block of that row and on each safety pin was pinned 3 more pins to make a total of 8 pins.

    I had another one that I just used little scraps of paper--cut them into little squares, wrote on them, 1-15 and pinned them to the top left side of the block and then threw them away at the end of the project. But I've thought it would be neat to have something a little more permanent.

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    What a wonderful idea to write numbers on flower pins! I'll be using this idea today. Thanks so much, this board is wonderful!
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    I have the flower pins. I found arrow pins by Fons and Porter on the clearance rack at Tuesday Morning so I numbered some of the pins with a permanent marker. Works for me.
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    I like the idea of using the plastic closers from the bread, potatoes, etc. Just pin through the hole and they can be reused many times. We all get plenty of those and they're free!

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    I have some with a D printed on them. I bought them at Tuesday Mornings awhile back.

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    I like those pins just because the are longer than other pins and the colors show up better on all fabrics.

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    That's mainly what I use now because you can use less pins and if you drop them you can see them to pick them up.. If I use the small applique pins I usually use a magnent after so I don't miss any. My DH is always the one to step on them somehow.

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    Being new to quilting, I am using the numbering system for the first time - using those round price post its you get at any store. Pinned them to the blocks and color coordinated my rows. I am quilting as I go - and sticking my fingers with these pins constantly!!!! Think the pins are not the answer. The masking tape or painters tape might be better for me - less blood - thanks for all the info ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitnoid View Post
    Fons & Porter have something like you describe, but I'm too cheap. I wrote on mine w/a sharpie. I have a whole pin cushion with nothing but flower pins with numbers on them.
    Good idea. I usually write my info on scraps of paper and pin it to the quilt. I'm gonna get my sharpie and fix up some flower pins. I found some on sale a while back.

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    I wrote numbers on mine too. But be care, don't do the other thing I did - They melt if your hot iron touches them! I learned the hard way. Some just curled up, but some actually stuck to my fabric! I was able to pull them off the fabric, but I was in panic mode for a few minutes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitnoid View Post
    Fons & Porter have something like you describe, but I'm too cheap. I wrote on mine w/a sharpie. I have a whole pin cushion with nothing but flower pins with numbers on them.
    This is what do as well. There are fine point sharpies out there. Works well.

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    Oh and you can also sew through the flower heads. Ask me how I know!

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    I use those cheap white paper plates. I have them #'d for each row. Then I just stack each row on it's paper plate in the order I will stitch them. As I do each row, I put it back on its designated paper plate. Works very well for me, no pin pricks, no post-its falling off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo C View Post
    You know those cute pins with the flower flat heads? Do they come with numbers or letters on them? I'm thinking they would be great to mark the order of blocks in a row, instead of using post its.
    I'm so glad you asked this. A yr. or so ago somebody on here talked about little plastic charms with numbers & with letters on them. I found the numbers ones were perf. for marking the rows of a Bargello by putting them on safety pins & pinning to ea. row.
    The ones with numbers are very hard to find but the letters are common & found in the craft section of Wal Marts. Maybe these would work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo C View Post
    You know those cute pins with the flower flat heads? Do they come with numbers or letters on them? I'm thinking they would be great to mark the order of blocks in a row, instead of using post its.
    I have always used those round stickers that I guess are meant to have prices on them at garage sales...they are round and about the size of a nickel or quarter. I write on them with a Sharpie, and with about 300 in a pack for about $2 at WalMart or pretty much any big store, they can go in the trash at the end of the project. I don't have to keep up with them!
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    I tear up paper and pin to rows in left upper corner. #'s on the pins is a great idea. thanks for the tip.
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    I purchased a sheet of template material from JoAnn's (40% coupon) and cut it into 1" squares. I then used a hole punch to put one hole in the middle of each square. I took a Sharpie pen and wrote row/block numbers on each one -- 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, etc. I use a straight pin to pin each square to the upper left corner of the blocks - I store each group of ten on a safety pin so they don't get too mixed up. In a pinch, I have cut paper squares to use in the same way.

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    I had another one that I just used little scraps of paper--cut them into little squares, wrote on them, 1-15 and pinned them to the top left side of the block and then threw them away at the end of the project. But I've thought it would be neat to have something a little more permanent.[/QUOTE]

    Why did you throw the papers away. I have at least three sets of papers that are numbered and held together with a binder clip. The sets go in the box with the clamps, bolts and c-clamps that I need for my quilt frames. I've been using the same paper number squares for the last 30 years. But I only do 4 or 5 quilts a year. They still work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by me
    I had another one that I just used little scraps of paper--cut them into little squares, wrote on them, 1-15 and pinned them to the top left side of the block and then threw them away at the end of the project. But I've thought it would be neat to have something a little more permanent.
    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    Why did you throw the papers away.
    Because I clean up, I tend to do that, figuring I can make more out of scrap paper which I always have. If I do two quilts when I need these papers, back to back, of course, I use them, but otherwise, I tend to lose a few of the numbers and they fly down to the floor, etc. They are only about 1" square and end up thrown away. It's really not a big deal and for $25, I'd rather buy fabric than the numbered pins.
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