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    So yesterday some of you may remember my predicament of not being able to find my new can of basting spray. Someone told about "Pinmoors". Well, on my way home driving through Amish country this morning I had a bright idea; cut up packing peanuts and make my own "pinmoors". I'm gonna call them "no-pokes". Hope they show in the pictures. The fabric in the one is the table runner I was trying to make yesterday.
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    Very cleaver. Do the packing peanuts hold pretty well?

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    Interesting idea!

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    what's a pin-moor?
    uh, duh...do you mean - pin more? lol :lol:

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    How do they hold for you?? I'm interested in how well they work. Saves a lot of $$$

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    Quote Originally Posted by humbird
    Very cleaver. Do the packing peanuts hold pretty well?
    Okay, so I just tried using them and no they don't stay on very well. Maybe the denser packing peanuts would be better. They work in a pinch. Personally, I would rather use safety pins. Glad I didn't spend money on pinmoors. IMHO just another thing to spill.

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    No kidding! Dahhhhhhh. Why did I never think of that... I hate the surprise of that sharp stick you know is coming, you know it is going to hurt and you know it is going to happen again. I just can't get the tautness I want with safety pins so I know I am going to use straight pins and get stuck... You have put a great tool at my fingertips. Thank you. I will be using that idea. Now, did I toss those packing peanuts out????

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    What a great idea. You are so creative.

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    Is that so you can use straight pins to pin your quilts to be quilted, yet the ends of the pins are protected from stabbing you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanie Owen
    Is that so you can use straight pins to pin your quilts to be quilted, yet the ends of the pins are protected from stabbing you?
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanie Owen
    Is that so you can use straight pins to pin your quilts to be quilted, yet the ends of the pins are protected from stabbing you?
    Yes. But my peanuts are too airy. Just something to try. I didn't want to take the time to safety pin and I still can't find my new can of basting spray. So tomorrow requires a trip to Joann's. Oh pooh! :-P :roll:

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    Some of the lighter density peanuts can be squished a bit... the flattened sides might also lay nicer against the quilt :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by Joanie Owen
    Is that so you can use straight pins to pin your quilts to be quilted, yet the ends of the pins are protected from stabbing you?
    Yes. But my peanuts are too airy. Just something to try. I didn't want to take the time to safety pin and I still can't find my new can of basting spray. So tomorrow requires a trip to Joann's. Oh pooh! :-P :roll:
    But I did find my basting spray. Practically in front of my nose, of course. I went to refill my steam iron, and the spray was sitting on the book shelf right above the water & measuring cup; where I have never put it before. Go figure!

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    That is such a great idea! Thanks a lot.

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    This is a good idea, but if the peanuts are too soft, then maybe another type of foam. Say, heavy foam for cushions? Or maybe some plastic foam for packing heavy, easily broken things? My computer came in such a box with form fitting foam. Wish I'd kept a little of it, might even have some around. This kind cuts easily with an electric knife or an hot electric foam cutter, sorta like a cheese cutter with heat.

    Thanks for the idea, I'll try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    This is a good idea, but if the peanuts are too soft, then maybe another type of foam. Say, heavy foam for cushions? Or maybe some plastic foam for packing heavy, easily broken things? My computer came in such a box with form fitting foam. Wish I'd kept a little of it, might even have some around. This kind cuts easily with an electric knife or an hot electric foam cutter, sorta like a cheese cutter with heat.

    Thanks for the idea, I'll try it.
    Yah, thought of those things too. Trouble is, when I had my basement flood a few weeks ago, all that stuff got thrown out. Now I have to start collecting again.

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    GREAT idea!! I've seen them offered for free on Craigslist!!

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    On another thread someone 'found' their can of spray up on top of a cupboard or something like that so look where you least expect it to be because you 'put it away' :)
    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by Joanie Owen
    Is that so you can use straight pins to pin your quilts to be quilted, yet the ends of the pins are protected from stabbing you?
    Yes. But my peanuts are too airy. Just something to try. I didn't want to take the time to safety pin and I still can't find my new can of basting spray. So tomorrow requires a trip to Joann's. Oh pooh! :-P :roll:

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    That is COOL!

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    I just did a search to find out what "Pin-Moors" are...can you tell I am new to quilting...HA!!

    I couldn't find out how big the "Pin-Moors" are....even though they are a Great idea. I wonder if you could use the erasers like the ones you buy as a replacement eraser for the mecanical pencils...depending on the size you can get 3 to 5 erasers to a package and since they come in different sizes as far as length you could cut them in half. Also wonder if the rubber backs for earrings would work?
    Just some thoughts there.

    Have a Great Week!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    No kidding! Dahhhhhhh. Why did I never think of that... I hate the surprise of that sharp stick you know is coming, you know it is going to hurt and you know it is going to happen again. I just can't get the tautness I want with safety pins so I know I am going to use straight pins and get stuck... You have put a great tool at my fingertips. Thank you. I will be using that idea. Now, did I toss those packing peanuts out????
    Of course you did - now you have a use for them! LOL You know, Murphy's Law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by humbird
    Very cleaver. Do the packing peanuts hold pretty well?
    Okay, so I just tried using them and no they don't stay on very well. Maybe the denser packing peanuts would be better. They work in a pinch. Personally, I would rather use safety pins. Glad I didn't spend money on pinmoors. IMHO just another thing to spill.
    Thanks for the info. Perhaps an eraser, as someone above mentioned, may work. Might be worth a try. You would really need something that would not be to difficult to stick the pin in. Erasers may be too "hard"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by humbird
    Very cleaver. Do the packing peanuts hold pretty well?
    Okay, so I just tried using them and no they don't stay on very well. Maybe the denser packing peanuts would be better. They work in a pinch. Personally, I would rather use safety pins. Glad I didn't spend money on pinmoors. IMHO just another thing to spill.
    What about the foam cylinders and squares the kids use? Would they hold better?

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    I think those erasers would be more expensive than the PinMoors.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzmyn
    I just did a search to find out what "Pin-Moors" are...can you tell I am new to quilting...HA!!

    I couldn't find out how big the "Pin-Moors" are....even though they are a Great idea. I wonder if you could use the erasers like the ones you buy as a replacement eraser for the mecanical pencils...depending on the size you can get 3 to 5 erasers to a package and since they come in different sizes as far as length you could cut them in half. Also wonder if the rubber backs for earrings would work?
    Just some thoughts there.

    Have a Great Week!!

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    Safety pins is just great for me.

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