Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A Simple Riddle...


Yep...that's what I've been up to!  You may be wondering what the crochet hook has to do with basting...well, I use it to lift the bottom of the pin up to fasten the pin.  It's much easier and it saves my fingers!  (...and cheaper than the gadgets on the market to do the same job)

Until next time...

19 comments:

YankeeQuilter said...

Thanks for the tip on basting...I usually end up with the tips of my fingers looking and feeling like a pincushion! Your posts are so creative...what program do you use to put together these collages? They look great...my blog is feeling like a plain jane in comparison...

paula, the quilter said...

I had hubby cut some notches out of a really cheap metal spoon. Works great!

Thimbleanna said...

Ha! I WAS wondering about that crochet hook -- thanks for the tip!!!

anne bebbington said...

I have had one of those Kwik-Klips for a good number of years - it was the best tool I've ever bought - never thought about a crochet hook but I guess it works in a very similar fashion

Kim said...

Thanks for a great idea! The spoon idea that Paula shared is interesting too. So many great ideas floating around out here. :)

Doodlebug Gail said...

Oh boy - me too! I finished the pin basting and have started on the quilting already. Mine is 80 x 100" - I've done loads of machine quilting on my Janome 6600P but this is by far the biggest.

Can't wait to see yours.

Catherine said...

A grapefruit spoon works well for that too!

Anina said...

I love the crochet hook idea. I've looked at those tools but haven't gotten around to buying one. Now I'll try this first.
Thanks!

Katie said...

I never thought of a crochet hook! Mom and I have grapefruit spoons. :-)

corry said...

I learn new things every day, thank you!

SummerSadie said...

That's such a great idea! My fingers were sore for days last quilt I basted.

Kathy Wagner said...

Great idea!
And what are you basting?!?!

em's scrapbag said...

Thanks for sharing that finger saving idea. I'll remember it.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

Ahaa that is a clever tool, not to mention my soft fingernails along with the sore fingers. Thanks for the tip.

Finn said...

Good Morning Jane, I've popped across the Big Pond just so I could say Good Morning to you *VBS* Silly me! Thank you so much for stopping my blog and leaving a comment the past couple of posts.
It was such fun to see your smiling face there *VBS*
And yes, I agree, there really was a lot of interest in the strippy quilt you did, based on some post or another you had seen. You totally pulled me in, as the method intrigued me. I absolutely LOVE it as a way to get a bin full of strips(which are growing 'thready')used up and making way for fresh strips. Its fast to make and with Rachels help we can shoot for whatever size we want it to be. Often I piece the tops to match whatever batting or backing I have on hand.
You blog and photography is just spectatular...keep up the great job!! Big hugs, Finn

Katherine said...

You're so smart! I will have to try the crochet hook next time I'm basting a quilt because I always end up with sore fingers and a broken nail or two.

Loving the new look here, Jane. You are amazing!

Natasha said...

Oh my, i just 'happened' here and what a lovely place it is. Brimming with creativity and inspiration.

Judy said...

I use a grapefruit spoon that has a serated edge around the tip! Works great too!

Tall House Quilts said...

I never tought of using a crochet hook. I always use one of those staple pullers that looks like a stick with a curved metal end. Anything to save the fingers!