I finally did get back to the last quilt top that has been hidden under a pile of other things for too long. So I started pinning it together. I like the backing for this one. I tend to use a patterned backing at this point because it is much more forgiving with the free motion quilting as you cant see small mistakes and accidental crossovers so easily.
And then I decided that I would treat myself to some new pins. I like using the curved safety pin style.
I had some but didn't have a lot of them, so bought a couple of new packages. Well, obviously the quilt gods...or maybe the Chinese factory where they were manufactured .....decided that I was not worthy of a treat! They were a night mare!! Some of the head broke right off! And lots, and lots, of them had little hooks on the end of the point!!
YIKES! If they did go through, they caught on the batting and pulled little bits through the backing. And if I tried to pull them back out they caught again! Needless to say, I ended up throwing a lot of them away. : (
I was so frustrated! I did take some back and showed them to the sales clerk and she said "They just don't make them like they used to, do they" I was speechless....and for me that is saying a lot!
So I am not quite sure what the lesson I learned was #*#??? but maybe next time I will open the package and test them first, I guess !
But the good news is that I got the quilt top all pinned and ready to quilt! I think I will try an all over meandering pattern on this one. It is a Yellow Brick Road pattern. What do you think?