A Deadline, Pinmoors & Boo

Remember the other day when I told you about the gift I got?  This week I finally got to use them. 

It’s Pinmoors!  And after using them once, I already know I’m going to need more.

I was making this little baby quilt.  And I was operating on a deadline.  Which means I was sewing until 1:00 a.m. on the day of the baby shower.  Please try to conceal your amazement at that statement.

But I was telling you about Pinmoors.

They are the coolest little silicone things.  That you stick on the ends of your pins as you’re pinning a quilt to be quilted.  Like this:

See?  No more hard-to-fasten safety pins.  These things just slip right onto the pointy end of regular straight pins.  So cool!

I was just happy that this guy was mostly not paying attention.  (He opened his eyes just seconds before I snapped this pic.  He somehow knows when a camera is on him in his sleep.)  I knew that if he really woke up, he would want to be in the middle of my quilting.  And he would soon be batting those colorful silicone cylinders all over the house.  And I had a deadline!  It was important for me to stay focused and moving.  And not chasing Pinmoors and a cat all over the house.

See how cool they work?  And if I make anything larger than a baby quilt, I’m going to need more.  Lots more. 

Family Birthday alert!  I need more of these and they would make a great birthday gift.  Just sayin’.  And thanks, Brenda!

They have other uses too.  You know how needles disappear into pin cushions?  Well, you can push one of these little guys onto the eye of your needle and keep that from happening.

See how easy it is to find the needles in the middle of all those pins?  Never will your needles get pushed all the way into the pin cushion never to be seen again.  Way cool.

They don’t come off until you pull them off.  But they are so much easier to remove than safety pins.  Why didn’t I think of them?  Just when you think everything’s been invented for quilting that could be invented….. along comes Pinmoors.

Thankfully this guy was still sleeping.  And not chasing Pinmoors all over the house.

Isn’t he cute?  Makes me want to kiss his nose.  If I could find his nose.

More quilting…….

It turned out great!

A view of the back.  Love that wavy/slinky stitch that my sewing machine does.

Meanwhile, back at the red chair.  This guy slept through it all.

Ahhhhhh.  There’s that cute little nose.

And after I finished sewing the binding on the front, I decided to cook dinner before finishing the hand stitching on the back.  So I tossed the quilt on to my cutting table.  When I came back to get it after dinner, this is what I saw………

“What Mom?  I was just testing it out.”  So there you have it.  Cat tested, Boo approved.  And washed after it was finished before given to the new Mom.  It’s safe, Meghan!

I have a bazillion pics from the baby shower to share with you.  And a gazillion more of the JSS Bee day last week.  Lots of blogs to come……

P.S.  The pattern for the baby quilt is called Magic Nine Patch.  It’s a super easy, fast quilt to make in any size.  Great for new quilters too.  Let me know if you need a pattern!

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15 Responses to A Deadline, Pinmoors & Boo

  1. Lani says:

    Loved today’s blog! Only you could make a whole story about Pinmoors sound so-o-o interesting! I do think we all could use (no, actually we need) some! And we can probably come up with 101 uses within our group, and write our own book, and become famous??! Well, maybe not. But we’d sure have more blog stories!

    Writing this reply, I also get to look at this year’s fabric and think of what I’m going to do with it….I’m so easily distracted! (Especially if it means I can procrastinate on the laundry and cleaning a little longer!)

    Oh, and I also LOVE the colors in the baby quilt! I was actually looking for “cornflower blue” and brown for a quilt I want to make and couldn’t find it in NYC….guess I’d better come to Texas to find it!

    Can’t wait for the JSS Bee blog to come!

  2. Kaye Bowling says:

    Love that Boo! I’m so glad he is there to test out your quilts. How do they know the exact spot to snooze upon? I read somewhere that cats are the number one cause of illiteracy…when you can’t read because a cat is stretched out on the book/newspaper/magazine….

  3. Diane Wyte says:

    What a treat to come home from VA after baby helping to find the BLOG!!! OK – OK – Now I know I need some Pinmoors – that will really impress my quilter-buddies here in NC too. Will have to come to Texas to find them (hmm – maybe in March?? :)-) — ST James Quilters will be soooo jealous and will want the whole story – (and I will give credit where credit is due!).
    Would love the directions for the EASY nine patch – it is cute – plus we have a zillion baby quilts to make here for charity — that’s our focus this year in our quilt group.
    I can’t wait to see more pictures of the JSS Bee – I even called Peggy during Bee to tell her of our sweet Graham Robert’s birth!!!!
    Love that BLOG – keep on sending to all of us!

  4. Bertha Mallard says:

    Would love to have the pattern for the Magic Nine Patch. Thanks.

  5. Cindy Smith says:

    Beautiful quilt! Amazing cat! Love the pictures Barb, keep them coming.

  6. Jocelyn says:

    Love this quilt! The colors are fabulous! I will have to look into the Pinmoors. Have not seen them yet. And your pattern is very nice. Where did you get the Magic Nine Patch??

  7. Susan Bancroft says:

    That surrrre is a precious quilt, Barb! And it sure looks familiar! Sweetest baby quilt ever!!!!! (Love your quilting stitch!!) xo

    I love the pics of Boo–what a guy…what a life! LOVE the Pinmoors, I definitely need some for my pin cushion–I have stuck myself one too many times! 🙂

  8. Carol Parker says:

    What a neat baby quilt and “cat-approved”! I hope you have gotten rested since it’s gotten to its destination!

  9. Rhonda says:

    I too would love to have the pattern for this super cute baby quilt especially since my first grand is on her way!

  10. Sherry Collia says:

    What an adorable quilt and cat! I love the material collection you used…I have the same to-do for a Feb 12th shower…do you think I can complete it in 2 weeks? I assume you bought all the material at Quilter’s Dream? Thanks, Sherry

  11. Ellen says:

    Boo is precious when he’s sleeping. And precious when he is quilt testing. Actually I bet he’s always precious. Love the quilt & the pinmoors look like a great gadget.

  12. Janet Toot says:

    I’d love to have the Magic Nine Patch pattern. Thanks!

  13. Elaine says:

    Love the Magic Nine Patch pattern. Would love to have it as I have some charity quilts to make and it looks fairly easy but could be made fast. Would you send it to me. Thanks

  14. gaby1948 says:

    I am new here, but would also love the Magic Nine Patch pattern…how do I get it! Thanks! Great Blog, by the way…and I found this blog looking for pinmoors!

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