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    Flower straight pins

    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.

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    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.

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    That will work...i wasn't sure there wasnenough room to write on them..thanks!

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    I wrote on mine with a sharpie also. The ink eventually wore off, but not before I got that quilt finished.

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    Instead of those, I cut up a light-colored felt rectangle into 1.5"x1.5" squares and put numbers and letters on each of them with a sharpie marker, then these can be pinned to mark the rows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannytx View Post
    Instead of those, I cut up a light-colored felt rectangle into 1.5"x1.5" squares and put numbers and letters on each of them with a sharpie marker, then these can be pinned to mark the rows.
    Good idea! I bought a pack of little alphabet flower beads you can slip a pin in and pin it to the rows. I love the felt idea, though. Easier to see

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill View Post
    Good idea! I bought a pack of little alphabet flower beads you can slip a pin in and pin it to the rows. I love the felt idea, though. Easier to see
    I agree... I've used pieces of paper pinned to the blocks with "row 1, block 1" etc. written on them, but I think I like this idea better - the felt would probably stick without pinning, too.

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    Alphabet/Number beads and tiny safety pins. the beads have letters and numbers ! Our group of regulars use these all the time

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    i like all of these ideas.
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    I just use masking tape. I write the numbers directly on the roll leaving a space between and then snip off the numbered piece and always tape it in the upper left. This peels off easily but sticks well while I am assembling the top.
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    Great ideas, everyone! Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMP View Post
    Alphabet/Number beads and tiny safety pins. the beads have letters and numbers ! Our group of regulars use these all the time
    When someone here on the board posted about finding these number beads at Hobby Lobby last year, I got a pk of them, so much easier than paper slips and pins

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    Great ideas ladies! I also use safty pins covered with small plastic clip on. You can get these at Joann and with a coupon they are about $5 for 100. They are great for marking rows or porblem areas since they do not come out, stick your fingers and are easy to see. They are the kiind that you put on pins youself,

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    OOOH Shelbie I like this idea - you can throw it away after your done - no need to find a storage space for all thise little doohickies.

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    Thanks everyone! Thats why QB is great...we're always thinking!

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    this is what I do. Painter's tape is my friend on rulers too.
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    You have some great suggestions on doing your own row markers. They do sell laminated row markers. They are little cardboard laminated squares with a hole punched in then for pinning to your blocks. You can also make those yourself much cheaper than buying them.

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    I use Fons and Porter's marked pins. The are long and glide in the fabric. I keep them in a big pincushion. It's more convenient for me to buy and use and not try to make them.
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    Well, what I do...never thought of using a Sharpie...is use certain colors of pins for each row, and I do them in alphabetic order of the name of the colors. For example, I used blue, green, orange, purple, and white pins for five rows, in that order...
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    I used a sheet of embroidery stabilizer, cut squares and labeled as needed....and then re-used....
    some times I just need 1,2,3, etc....and I have found a good use for those little applique pins...

    Glad to know I am not the only one needing help to keep everything in order.....
    As I make my blocks I put them on my planning board.....and once I get them in an order that
    I really like, I want to keep them that way.....

    As we all know just a quarter turn of any block can ruin a whole top.....
    I also always put my marker in the left upper corner that way I know for sure when sewing what way is up for sure.
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    I bought a package of 12 white plastic clothes pin thingies and wrote numbers on them at the dollar store. They work great for keeping things together. Now I need to buy another set since I need 15.
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    I read somewhere to save the plastic clips that they use to close bread bags. Write your numbers on them and pin them with straight pins through the opening. I've saved a bunch of them but never remember to try them out.
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    I use bits of (blue) painters' tape. It can be reused, several times.
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    I bought some at a show! Love them! Their web site is: http://quiltingpins.com/
    I love mine!! Each number has 5 or 6 pins, so you can do rows too!

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    I, too, used a Sharpie to write numbers on my flower head pins. I find that I use those numbered pins frequently.

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