The ancestor of what we know today as a safety pin dates back to the 14th Century BC. But it wasn’t until 1849 that American inventor Walter Hunt secured the patent on this nifty and versatile fastener.

Standard safety pins come in sizes from 3/4″ to 3,” and there’s even a 1-1/16″ curved safety pin made specifically for basting quilts.

You’ll learn about some of the many uses for safety pins when you visit:

Happy Quilting!