My Favorite Safety Pins // Try it Tuesday


Unless you send all of your quilt tops to be professionally long armed (and if you do, I wish I was you!), at some point, you have to baste your quilts.  Most of the time, I pin-baste my quilts. This means that I use safety pins to secure and hold together my quilt sandwich (the quilt top, the batting, and the quilt back) to keep it from shifting while I quilt it on my machine.

Lots of quilters use baste almost exclusively with a spray adhesive.  I often spray baste baby quilts because it is fast, and I only use 505 Spray Baste. I’ve tried most of the other brands and I really prefer this one. I have also found that spray baste does NOT work with voile quilt backs (this quilt is backed in voile), and I haven’t had much success with spray baste and Art Gallery fabrics either.


Personally, I find that I get better results when I pin baste anything larger than a baby quilt. These are my favorite safety pins. They are sharp, they are thin, they are small, and they are easy to close. The sharp point really does “glide smoothly through layers of fabrics” as the packaging suggests. I try to place them in the same direction and about the same distance apart, it makes them easier to remove. When I take them out, I stick them in a small glass jar without closing them so they are easy to use on my next quilt. If I find that one is dull or doesn’t go into the fabric easily, I throw it out.

If you don’t like the safety pins you are currently using or would like to give pin basting a try, I highly recommend these. I have been using them for 3 + years, and I just bought another set this week.  Note: These pins are tiny! I use size 1, which is about 1.25” long. 

Swim Bike Quilt

Try It Tuesday Stats:

Name: Wrights®/EZ Quilting Basting Brights
Size/Count: 200 safety pins
Price: $10.22 on Amazon for 200; $6.41 for 50
They are also available at and
How to use it (per the manufacturer: EZ Quilting basting brights safety pins are anodized to prevent snagging, colored to easily be seen & rust resistant.

Note: I did not piece this quilt–my mom did. I did provide the fabric, which is Dream On by Urban Chiks for Moda (from about a million years ago). I sent it back to her to finish binding this morning, and can’t wait until it’s ready to be gifted to a special someone.
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  1. Michelle Holloway
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Safety pin, good ones, are hard to come by these days, even in sewing centers. Thanks for this bit of advice!

  2. mindingmomma
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I always pin baste, thanks for pointing me towards these.

  3. Posted May 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing!! Oddly enough I just exchanged my machine with another because it was an epic fail at quilting large, super-pinned quilts (boo!) Thanks for the tip on these — off to amazon to add some more color to my life 😉

  4. Posted May 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing! I think I need new pins :) It is my favorite way to baste. I find my quilts shift far less when I pin baste.

  5. Posted May 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve been thinking of upgrading my pins as some of them are rather dull now. I can’t use any chemicals/spray adhesives due to allergies, so having sharp pins on hand will be great.

  6. Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I just went to amazon and purchased the basting pins….thanks for sharing :-)

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