Have any of you seen these neat new pins? They came to my attention a few months ago, and I even have some in my Amazon "Wish List" to buy sometime. I guess I can remove that item from my list, because I received this box as a holiday gift. They are called Marilee's Numbered Pins. Not sure how many come in a package, but I am pretty sure it is a lifetime supply. Here is a link to the pins on Amazon. They are pretty pricey, so sharing a box with your sewing group may be the way to go.
There are so many ways you can use these handy pins. Numbering your quilt project rows as you sew them together is the obvious thing that comes to mind.
Have you ever sewn your rows together and realized that you switched one row around or put it on top of instead of below the row it was meant to be next to? So frustrating to have to rip out an entire row of stitching. These pins will keep you on track for sure.
I used to put one pin in row one, two pins in row two, three pins in row three, etc, which worked, but seems excessive. I have also been known to use numbered sticky dots or to pin a numbered scrap of paper to my blocks. This is a much better system.
One feature of the pins is that you can take a permanent felt tip pen and write on the reverse side of the pin head if you want to use letters of the alphabet or other reference systems.