I currently use curved safety pins which make things quite a bit easier on the hands. The pin will practically push itself right back up through the quilt and it saves a lot of time, and rippling. See the difference? The curved pin is on the left.
I try to place my pins about 4 inches from each other across the surface of the quilt top, but for the project I am working on today, I am going closer at about 2-3 inches apart. The fabric is Flirt by Sandy Gervais and it is so silky smooth that even after a good starch is likes to move a bit on me.
I won this fabric in a Blog giveaway about a year ago. I blogged about it here. I've had this sitting on my "favorites" shelf this whole time, dreading ever cutting into it. It was time. :p It's just so sweet, and I can't wait to finish basting and start quilting today!
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