I have been quilting a twin-sized quilt at my sewing machine. It’s a pretty easy process, thanks to having flattened the quilt sandwich beforehand. I laid out the backing, face down, on the table in my studio and made sure there were no wrinkles or bubbles in the fabric. Then, I laid the batting over the backing and repeated the process. Finally, I set the top, face up, over the other layers and secured all three to my table. Then I used safety pins to pin through all three layers. I’m using cotton batting, so I need to pin fairly close together.
I have three types of pins: one-inch straight sided safety pins, one and three-eights inch straight-sided safety pins, and bent one-inch safety pins. I know, that was tough to read. Just look at the picture, and you’ll, well, get the picture:
I have no idea how many pins I used on the 60 x 75 inch quilt, but I can tell you that the one-inch straight-sided pins are killers. They are so hard to close that they drilled a dent into my index finger nail. If I keep these pins, and that’s a BIG IF, I’ll have to get one of those spoons you can use to help close the pin. My fingers hurt all weekend.
I shifted the longer pins, which I thought I would like the most. They are much easier to use, but it seems that the point can dull, and I don’t like to leave huge holes in my quilts.
The last pins I used turned out the be the best. The bent one-inch pins are easiest to open and close, and leave a smaller hole than the bigger pins. I need to put these on my wish list. If I’m going to continue to do quilts larger than 45″ x 60″ I’ll need more. Anything, to save my fingers!