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    As a newbie, of course everything on my quilt is new. I am now basting the quilt with those *insert expletive here* pins!!! I hate it Especially with my fat fingers!
    I saw a tute when I first joined this board on you tube and this lady had a tool that looked like a wooden screwdriver, but instead of a blade on the end it had grooves that when she pushed the pins through caught a groove and she closed it right up. I didn't think much of it at the time but would I love one now!!
    Yes I am working on my quilt on Christmas...told ya I am hooked! LOL
    David

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    I saw that at Quiltinaday.com

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    I didn't buy one of these gadgets. I just use a wooden point turner with bent pins and covers..... It looks like this:

    Here is a link to QIAD for Kwik Clip and pin covers and the pins. It's a great price and on sale too!

    The wooden thing on the left!
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    AWESOME!!!! Thank you very much! Ordering right now
    David

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    I've also heard of using a grapefruit spoon. But I've never tried it. I use the bigger pins. I find them easier to work with.

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    I bought mine at JoAnn's. Bigger pins help alot, too.

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    I hate pins! Love the spray baste. If you haven't tried it, give it a shot. You may never go back to pins. :)

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    Ahhh DUH I have heard everybody raving about the spry and I completely forgot about it in my haste to start quilting, Thank you for the reminder!
    David

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    Love my Quick Clip. I bought it online but I've also seen it at Joann's.

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    Kwik Klip is the tool and JoAnn's has them.
    you can actually use a grapefruit spoon if necessary. the "teeth" on the edge work well on holding the pin until you close it.

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    I use a very large basting stitch by hand. Takes about 45 mins to an hour to baste a queen size quilt, never had a problem with movement either. I start with a + basting line then a X and baste in between these markings...easy and easier to remove!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I hate pins! Love the spray baste. If you haven't tried it, give it a shot. You may never go back to pins. :)
    Ditto...spray basting is waaaayyyy better and sooooooo much easier and faster!

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    At one of my quilt classes, one woman had her husband take a wooden dow and put a screw, not tightened all the way on the end of it, it worked better than the kwick clip, alot less expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    I've also heard of using a grapefruit spoon. But I've never tried it. I use the bigger pins. I find them easier to work with.
    I use a grapefruit spoon. Works pretty good for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    Kwik Klip is the tool and JoAnn's has them.
    you can actually use a grapefruit spoon if necessary. the "teeth" on the edge work well on holding the pin until you close it.
    I love mine but have found the spoon works good too. I'm using pinmoors now.

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    I couldn't pin my quilts without my Kwik Klip.

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    I use the Quik Clip for basting with a fabric tagging gun. I put the needle in, pick up 1/8" of the backing and come back up through the top, slide the Quik Clip under the needle and pull the trigger. Takes a lot longer to describe it than to do it. :)

    I use the 1/4" long barbs and the gun/barbs made for fine fabrics and I can baste a queen size quilt in about 15 or 20 minutes - about 2 hours less than it takes with pins.

    I LOVE fusible batts - you don't have to use pins or barbs at all, but I still use some, just to keep the strain off of the glue bond. The fusible glue washes out after a couple of launderings and the quilt is soft and drape-y.

    The fusible batts are especially good when you have bought a quilt top that isn't well pieced or hasn't been properly pressed during its assembly.

    With a steam iron and fusible batting, you can just about beat those "bad quilts" into submission. Costs a few bucks more, but worth it for the lessened frustration factor. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    As a newbie, of course everything on my quilt is new. I am now basting the quilt with those *insert expletive here* pins!!! I hate it Especially with my fat fingers!
    I saw a tute when I first joined this board on you tube and this lady had a tool that looked like a wooden screwdriver, but instead of a blade on the end it had grooves that when she pushed the pins through caught a groove and she closed it right up. I didn't think much of it at the time but would I love one now!!
    Yes I am working on my quilt on Christmas...told ya I am hooked! LOL
    David
    My fingers hurt bad when pinning a quilt also. I use a grapefruit spoon to shut the pins. Works great and saves the fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoAnnGC
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I hate pins! Love the spray baste. If you haven't tried it, give it a shot. You may never go back to pins. :)
    Ditto...spray basting is waaaayyyy better and sooooooo much easier and faster!
    I will have to try that. I did once but needle got gooy so I haven't tried again since. I may have used too much spray. I saw on here that the 505 is good spray...I will get some of that as I have about 4 tops to put together. Thanks...hope all had a nice Christmas.

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    I hear ya, kills the fingers. I did my King this way. So I took a piece of dowl rod (sp) and an exacto knife and made my own grooves. works great.

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    I used the quilting safety pins once and only once on my first quilt. It was a disaster! Since then I use straight pins and only pin the seam or area I am quilting. Then I press and smooth the next area and straight pin that and so on... It works for me and I don't break my fingers with those darn curved safety pins anymore!
    My advice - try a couple of different methods and settle on the one that works best for you.

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    I only had 2 good grapefruit spoons and didn't want to use them for quilting so had a extra cheapie teaspoon that I didn't need. Had hubby file little tiny grooves in the spoon part on each side. Now I use it for when I pin the quilts but I pin them on a table so I have a hard surface underneath. Just an idea. Sure saves fingers.

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    When I do pin a quilt, which is more rare these days, I use a tool my son made me when I first started pinning. It is a small, old screwdriver that he filed a groove in. Works great and saves my fingers.

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    I put an old cutting board under my quilt sandwich and find the larger, curved safety pin pops right back up through the quilt for easy closing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    As a newbie, of course everything on my quilt is new. I am now basting the quilt with those *insert expletive here* pins!!! I hate it Especially with my fat fingers!
    I saw a tute when I first joined this board on you tube and this lady had a tool that looked like a wooden screwdriver, but instead of a blade on the end it had grooves that when she pushed the pins through caught a groove and she closed it right up. I didn't think much of it at the time but would I love one now!!
    Yes I am working on my quilt on Christmas...told ya I am hooked! LOL
    David
    I agree with you about the safety pins. But I thought about one of those tools and decided it was just another thing to put down and pick up. I have a large 60x80 table I do my pinning on and I get more exercising walking around and around going after the pin pot on the other side of the table, one of those tools would give me twice the exercise because it would never be where I was standing. :roll: :lol:

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