I’ve mentioned that I don’t pin when I quilt. I don’t pin when I sew either, unless, there is/are a lot of layers, super slippery fabric or a sharp curve, however, sometimes pinning really makes for better results, like when you are cutting fabric for non-quilting. (I love that I don’t have to pin for quilting.) But it takes so long, with 2 kids ages 5 months and 3 years 5 months freetime is almost a fiction, and if you pin then you have to unpin. Not anymore. I’ve made myself a set of pattern weights. They are super quick to make and even quicker to use. Toss them onto your fabric and pattern (if you are using one) swipe them off when you are done.
Of course pattern weights are commercially available you can get a set of four from Amazon for $13.09 or the same set from Jo-Ann’s for $13.99 which is only $8.40 with your 40% off coupon. I hear tell they even have them in colors other than green. As a quilter who I’m quite comfortable cutting pretty most 4 cornered shapes with my rotary cutter and matt, without pins or weights. When I need pins I need them to hold down extra edges and sleeves and such. I opted for cheap and pretty. Tea Rose Home has an wonderful pattern weights tutorial with a free PDF pattern. These really lend themselves to charm squares or even fabric scraps. I made 8 from charm squares and rice ( cost: $1.20).
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