Thursday, November 9, 2017

Quilt collector you collect?

Do any of you collect quilt pins?  I love to find them at shows, quilt stores, stash dashes, etc.  I have also been gifted some nice quilt pins and charms.

I want to do something special with them, but something that also allows space for more collecting.

And then, how to support the weight of all of them?  Do I keep those pinch clips on the back?  If I used a corked background I could just stick them in and store the backs somewhere else.

I also have some brass, 6-inch bell pull hardware.  Maybe I could make a long slender quilted or unquilted fabric piece to fit.  The heavy, bottom, second brass piece would keep the 6-inch strip from twisting and warping.

Then I poked around Pinterest for ideas.

Nancy Zieman suggested a bag.

I like the simplicity of the banners.

Doing a covered cork background in an antique mirror or picture frame is also a good idea.

Hey!  Finally a good thing to do with plastic canvas!

Another banner...

Another mirror frame...

A lamp shade is a clever would have to be a really sturdy lamp shade, though.

Hooping some quilted fabric...

And another frame idea...

I know some people pin them on their quilt guild fabric name tags or the straps for their name tags that hang around their necks.  I have tried that when I had fewer pins, but now my collection is too large for that, and it makes my name to hard to see and read.

I have trouble reading other people's names through their pins.

It is funny...most of the pin storage ideas I found involved Disney pin collecting.

Have you done something with your pins, if you collect?  I would love some ideas...

In stitches,
Teresa   :o)


  1. I like those on the hand bag. I do not collect things like that, I know I have a couple tossed in a drawer but never do anything with them the ones I have must have been given to me - I'm actually not eve sure where they are now - you sure have a lot of them.

  2. I don't have a lot of pins, mostly membership pins and they are on different name tags that are for each of the groups. I use to make a hanging banner type for quilters in the past - long ago it was popular to swap.

  3. I don't have a large collection. My show pins go on a small wall hanging I made in a Ricky Tims class. My Tennessee QuiltFest pins are on a flamingo Beanie Baby because the flamingo was their theme one of the first years I went.

  4. I have a vintage printer's tray on the wall that has an assortment of thimbles, a few of the pins, and other doodads displayed.

  5. I have a quilt on the wall of my sewing room. I attach jewelry and collectible pins on it. I even have included some clip on earrings from the 50's on the side.

  6. I made a small "Show Pin Quilt" by Sandi Irish for my pins. I have a yardstick in a sleeve to support the weight evenly across the quilt. I thought there was p picture on my blog, bit I'm not finding it at the moment.

  7. I have mine in a small velvet bag. The little banner would be fast and easy.
    Thanks for the idea's.

  8. I just saw someone (probably on Pinterest) using one of those Mini-Tuffets as a quilt pin holder. But you might have too many pins for that. I have the kit and think I will use it for that instead of a huge pincushion!

  9. I made 2 chatelaines from ribbon and I have scissors at one end and a pincushion at the other end. I have a lot more pins that I haven’t done anything with. I was at a quilt show and a lady had a dress form and had lots of pins in it. It was very pretty. Hugs,

  10. I have some show pins but not nearly as many as you. Thanks for all the ideas from Pinterest that you shared.

  11. I love your diet quilt! You are so creative and I love your sense of humor. I really get you! :) I also would like to do something with my numerous pins. I have also tried the name badge and lanyard attachments but had the same problems you had. I haven't come up with anything clever to do with them either.


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