How do you baste your quilts ?
When I started quilting, I basted some quilts with thread. I did not like it at all. Now, after many hand pieced hexagons, I don’t think this is such a terrible thing to do.
Then I tried safety pins – huge holes appeared in the fabric – unsightly! I just couldn’t use them.
Then I started to use pins and loved it; now I always use pins.
The basting is fast and easy. It has to be done as in the picture below, to be more effective. The first way takes a little more time, but the pins are better attached to the quilt.
The second way is faster but as you handle the quilt, many of the pins will come out and this is very annoying. You have to pin again.
Also, it’s better to catch less fabric, the pins will stay in place better.
I try to keep the points of the pins in the middle layer.
I can’t believe it’s already Friday!
Edited to add
The pin goes all the way through to the back, but I keep the point in the batting.
The pins don’t have to be long; just long enough to take two “stitches”.
Mine are 1.5” long (it’s long); shorter would have been even better.
Strong pins are the best!
I am not sure what brand I have, I think Clover; anyway – quality counts! We want sharp points and pins that don’t curve easily.