I do put pins in to baste, Monika,...
As you might guess, I do this on the floor of my sewing room. I smooth out the backing and tape it down to the floor, with the "wrong side" up. Then, I smooth the batting over it, then the quilt top.
After that I spill out a bunch of safety pins and sit cross-legged on the floor, and then on the quilt, as I put them in, starting at one end and working my way to the other end. As you can see, I don't put them too close together, maybe 6 inches apart.
When I start quilting, I often do "In the ditch" alongside the borders, or any long pieces like that.
Then, I go all around the outside of the quilt and trim off the extra batting and backing fabric.
So, then I often take out the pins that are close to the straight stitch quilting. I like to take pins out. I don't like when they click on stuff. I also don't like to stop in the midst of free motion quilting to remove a pin, so I usually try to maneuver around them, and then take out a whole bunch of them at the same time.
I haven't had too much bad luck doing it this way, although I probably do get the backing bunching up a little from time to time. But, that's just what I am able to do, which isn't perfect, but it's do-able.
And, I am happy that I was able to take some quilt tops to a long-arm quilter to do this past week. And! I have a few more ready to take as well. There are still a couple of tops that need backings and borders, but the stack is much depleted.
I had a few smaller projects, like the Christmas one I did yesterday that don't exactly make me really excited to finish, but I am trying hard to feel enthusiastic about them. There was some sort of reason why I started those projects, and if I do finish them, then it is possible that they can be used and liked by someone, if not necessarily by me.
Oh yeah, I do have a "tip" that I thought of when I read "your" (Monika's) post last week on bindings.
This is: As soon as I finish the quilt top, I cut the binding for the quilt. Then I have a special container where I place the bindings so that they don't get mixed up with my other fabric and accidentally used for something else.
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