I pin baste my quilt and usually I can shut the pins by hand, although it hurts my finger nails. In an effort to save my nails I tried something different today. There's a tool called a Kwik Klip that's designed to close safety pins and save your nails. I decided to try something similar with a wooden chop stick.
|Homemade safety pin closer|
Carving a couple of shallow grooves all the way around the end of the chop stick gave the pins a place to catch. It's a little awkward at first to figure out how to best use the tool and get your rhythm, but once I got the hang of it I'd say it's as fast as closing them by hand. And best of all, no sore nails!
I am working through Wednesday, but after that I am looking forward to getting this one quilted. Linking up to Design Wall (um-- make that Design Floor) Monday at Patchwork Times.