These safety pins are pretty. But they're also a potential hazard. Let me explain.
Look closely at the three unquilted sections of the blue Sonja's Windows block below. Ignore the top left blue quadrant and ignore the blue sashing (and ignore the FMQ--it's not very pretty).
|Count the pins|
Do you see 11 basting safety pins?
No ? Well, neither do I. I have trouble finding them in the photo, and I had to watch very closely for them while quilting this quilt.
Unfortunately -- with one quilt left, I ran out of my shiny, silver safety pins.
Fortunately -- I had backups--a bag of pretty purple, green, fuschia, and navy safety pins.
Unfortunately -- the unpinned quilt was the darkest, my Rainbow Sonja's Windows quilt which I wrote about here and here. This is NOT a quilt where using dark, painted pins is the preferred choice.
I've safely finished the quilting, and I didn't hit a pin, but I had to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n and stop more often, looking for the closest ones. Little Nellie (my HQ Sweet 16 mid-arm quilting machine) would not have taken kindly to putting a needle through a basting pin.
Enjoy the weekend, my quilting friends.