Friday, September 16, 2011

Undone

A couple of people asked on my last post about why the pins were left open, and one was a no-reply blogger so I thought I would answer here. 

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When I learned about pin basting, I read that you're supposed to leave the pins open until you get them all in.  If you close them as you go, you're lifting the layers and shifting them, so you can end up with puckers.  There is a wee bit of danger in doing this....I have a few holes in my fingers, but I've never had puckers [or blood on my quilts].   I assure you they're all closed now.  And.....drum roll....quilting has commenced!

If you want to read my post on how I baste quilts, you can find it here.  

Have a great weekend everyone!

29 comments:

shez said...

i never knew this Allie ,thankyou and i will check your post out,have a great weekend

Shari said...

I love the close up- all the pins standing to attention like toy soldiers... great job!

rosie said...

I too love the close up in the previous post Allie.. an awesome photo...
Wishing you a great weekend..xxx

Jantine said...

I have never heard this, but it does make sense! I will certainly try it next time!

Karen said...

I will have to remember this next time I'm pin basting.. thanks for the tip!

Fiona said...

ho... you can learn something new every day.... I didn't realise about the puckering....
Hugz

Linda said...

This is a great tip. I have been having a ton of problems with puckering with one particular quilt. I rebasted it twice and got a new walking foot. Still having issues. Ugh, I will try this when I baste it again.

Terry said...

I've been basting small projects with straight pins lately. I've only gotten stabbed a couple of times! LOL

Quilt Kitty said...

That makes perfect sense Allie but I never knew to do that. I'll be following that in the future. Thanks. Tarcee xx

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Well I never knew that! I've seen Eleanor Burns pin baste the same way you have, and now I know why she left them open!!!

sunny said...

That's interesting! I'll remember it next time I get out the pins. Like Shari, I envision little soldeirs all lined up.

Sarah (Nikki) said...

what a great hobby.

VivJM said...

I usually tack baste my quilts for hand quilting, but thanks for the tip re the safety pins - will defo try this next machine quilted one I do, it certainly seems to make a lot of sense!

Soggibottom said...

I never knew that :-) Thanks Allie :-) x x x

Mad about Craft said...

Thank you for the tip, that may have been one of the problems on my lastest pinned quilts which I unpinned yeaterday as it was puckering.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Interesting. Like the others I have seen other people do it this way but never knew why.

Candace said...

Great tip, Allie - thanks! Kaaren's quilt(s) are looking gorgeous! How nice that Cathy was able to help with the basting! Hip, hip Hoooray!!!!
Cheers!

Marg H said...

Thank you for that. I have had problems with puckering - now I know why. It always seems obvious when someone tells you! Ta

Bumpkin Bears said...

your quilt is going to be amazing, have a fab weekend x

A Quilter Awakens said...

Ah; good tip. I had not yet heard it. Karmen

Deb said...

I'm a bit behind in reviewing blogs, and noticed your wrist brace, what did you do, diagnosis? I'm asking because I'm wearing (have been wearing off and on for some time) a very similiar brace, but it's on my left wrist. Started nearly a year ago and waited several months before I went to the dr. - they told me tendonitis, probably related to quilting and could last up to a year before it fully heals, if ever with the pressure on that wrist from holding ruler while I cut fabric. Let me know....thanks

Brooke said...

See? This is why I love quilt blogs! I've never heard that before, but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing the tip!

John'aLee said...

Great photo! And one beautiful quilt!

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing this. I think I'll still stick with my spray basting though. It makes my fingers sore just thinking about putting all those pins in! I love the quilt. It inspires me to want to make a signature or autograph quilt.

manda said...

I can't wait to see it finished!!!

Ivory Spring said...

How interesting, Allie! I think the opened pins also make cool picture too. :)

Michelle said...

How interesting! I always close as I go, but I can see the logic behind it.

O'faigh said...

Thank you for the post, looking forward to seeing the finished quilts....

Val said...

I learnt this from Fiona a while back in one of her tutorials. There is always something new to learn about quilting and so many nice people willing to share their tips. Good to hear that the pins are all closed and quilting has begun :)

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