Small Scraps and Basting Quilts

Yesterday I spent a little time and managed to cut exactly what I needed from the batik that had the flaw running through it.  These small pieces are all that was left over.   I knew it was going to be awfully tight, so I cut all the freezer paper sheets I needed first and then laid them out on the remaining pieces of the batik to ensure there was enough.  Now all that’s left to do is print.

These tiny (an inch from tip to tip) little star-shaped scraps are from cutting out the HSTs.  I can’t bring myself to throw them away and am thinking of using them to decorate cards.  I have a small box that’s chock full of odd little shapes like these from cutting.  I’m also tempted to get a piece of silk and just start playing with adding the shapes on to it for fun.

One of the jobs I dislike most is pin-basting quilts for machine quilting.  Doing up those safety pins is tedious, painful and just plain not fun.  I read somewhere, and I can’t remember where, about these things called Pinmoors.  I’m intrigued by the idea.  I watched the video at the Pinmoors Web site and it certainly looks simpler than using safety pins.  Have any of you tried these?  What do you think?

11 thoughts on “Small Scraps and Basting Quilts

  1. Nice batik fabric! You should turn those star shaped little scraps into appliqued flowers on embroidered stems! Or not? I don’t pin baste, my longarm doesn’t like running into pins of any kind.:)


  2. I think you may have read about Pinmoors on my blog.

    I finally ordered some and I actually used them for the first time yesterday to sandwich a quilt. I was very happy with them as I hate safety pins. I think safety pins not only hurt your hands but also they put holes in the fabric and not all of them come out as some split the threads.


  3. The pinmoors look expensive for what you get. Makes me wonder which product in the McMaster-Carr catalogue is a good substitute for 1/100th the price.

    I’m keeping my tiny-tiny scraps in a ziplock with the intention of unloading them on a preschool teacher’s collage box, at some point.


  4. Hello Cathi, I have a friend who made the backing of her quilt with all the off cuts from the front. The front was paper pieced and the off cuts were lots of skinny odd shapes. But it was expensive batik so she decided to fuse to a background in the shape of a star and then just stitched all over it. It turned out as impressive as the front.
    I haven’t seen the pinmoor product before sounds interesting 🙂


  5. Hi Cathi, these pinmoors look interesting the only thing for me watching the video is the amount of fabric that goes through the pin to connect to the pinmoors it looks like alot but I’m not sure if it has to be this much?
    hmmm if you have small kids around these might be tempting for them, but I’d be curious to see how well they work.

    What’s happening with Smudge…I hope he’s doing okay


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