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Having basted my Arabesque the other day I set straight into quilting it. It’s coming together nicely and I’m very happy with it so far. I found a tiny nick in the background in one place so I think if I’m going to continue with reverse appliqe then I’ll need to invest in a pair of duckbilled scissors. Has any of you used these? And if so, do you find then helpful?

The basting experiment continued…

Doing the actual basting was relatively easy. In fact, easier than using safety pins because I didn’t have to do them up. If you have any bent pins though, then save them up for this activity because it would be much easier if the pins weren’t straight. As to quilting with this set up… Hand quilting is not as difficult as it is with safety pins as the pins themselves don’t get tangled when you fold the quilt up but the thread does tend to wrap around the pins which is a pain. In my case that often whips the polystyrene plug off the pin. This may not happen with the Pinmoors because they are denser and larger. I think you could fix this problem by pinning your quilt upside down and having the backing on top when you pin so that the pins are underneath when you quilt. This would also help for hand quilting with safety pins though it wouldn’t stop the damage they cause.

The verdict

I think Pinmoors would be great for machine quilting because they are more easily removed than safety pins. I think they’d be fine for hand quilting if you pinned the quilt upside down. On my next quilt I’m going to try a variation of the normal thread basting and see how that goes. I’l let you know.

Apropos of nothing…

I made a salad last night to go with dinner and added some Kiwifruit. I thought it looked so lovely that I took a photo. What do you reckon?