As part of the DIY adventure yesterday with Francesca, we also came up with a system for storing Red Snappers. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, Red Snappers is a pinless quilt loading system designed by Renae Haddadin. I received my set of Snappers included when I bought my Innova longarm. They are available at www.quiltsonthecorner.com and other sources.
We started with a cardboard tube that was used to ship metal rods thus it is heavy duty and very sturdy. The tube was cut to the appropriate lenghts and then one end covered with duct tape. We then wrapped the tube in a cute mustache patterned duct tape that I purchased at the local Tractor Supply store. The tape was wrapped in a spiral fashion overlapping about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. We used an extra piece of tape around the top edge folding it over to cover.
We needed tubes in three different lengths to accomodate the three different lengths of the snapper pieces.
Francesca came up with the brilliant idea to attach the tubes to the quilt frame with pipe clamps. A job made much easier with the Hitachi cordless driver (have I mentioned before how great it is to have the right tools? Thank you hubby!).
Voila! The snappers are stored in a handy place where they are also safe from any damage when not in use.