Whenever I send a giveaway prize out of the country, I ask the recipient if there is something she can't get in her country that she'd like me to send. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have four great quilt shops in her town!
Marly lives in the Netherlands, and I had no idea what "fiber shopping" is like there. Marly reported that she has a pretty good quilt shop within reach, but hadn't been able to find a particular notion. She asked for pin covers, which I thought was this:
(Image lifted from Nancy's Notions, which is where I bought mine!)
No, she said, the kind that go on straight pins. Marly included a link to the blog where she first saw them. I'm always happy to have something new to shop for, so I went on a mission.
And here they are:
Would you believe I found them right over the hill at Ruth's Stitchery? I'd seen them before, but didn't realize that they were for.
If you use long straight pins to baste your quilts (and I do, for table runners and mug rugs), your fingers will thank you for buying this product! Pinmoors are a kind of soft, rubbery pellet that covers the sharp end of your straight pins. Then you won't stab yourself when shifting the quilt to machine quilt it!
What a brilliant idea!
PS, I've received two compliments on my fingernails this week. It makes me laugh, because I've been painting my nails since 6th grade -- umm, well over 40 years! I decided that when I post a photo with my fingernails in it, I should tell you the polish color! The bright pink in the photo above is a new brand to me, Sephora. This color is "no need for a bikini!"
Thank you, Marly, your patterns and Pinmoors are on their way!
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