Removing basting safety pins
(Thornhill, Ontario, Canada)
Should I remove all the safety pins before attaching the binding?
I always do.
In fact I remove my pins as I quilt. Every pin is an opportunity for my quilt to get 'hung up' as I stitch.
By planning my quilting ahead of time, I can pin in the areas that are going to need the extra 'hold-it-together-ness' that the safety pins provide.
I don't pin over any seam allowances, not ever, because those lines will be stitched first, in the ditch to stabilize the quilt. Once all the blocks are stabilized that way, I can choose to quilt anywhere that I want in the quilt without the layers shifting on me. I do the fancy stuff when I'm really warmed up and having a good day...the more boring background work when I'm not at my best...and remove the pins as I go.
The quilt seems to get lighter and easier to maneuver that way...even though it can't REALLY be that much lighter. I mean, seriously, how much can a safety pin weigh?!
Readers, do you remove the pins as you go? Tell us using the 'comments' link just below. Thanks!
PS I LOVE
the curved safety pins! Totally worth the extra cost!