It's been a long time since I've needed any safety pins, and even longer since I've had hair! I was rifling through a storage drawer looking for safety pins (prepping two baby quilts for quilting), when I re-discovered a stash of hair clips. They are such a great alternative to pins when finishing (hand-sewing) binding. I had forgotten about them! I don't know how many times I've been stuck by pins in the binding process. Even with the hair clips, I somehow always manage to run the sharp end of my sewing needle under my left thumbnail a few times, and the blunt end usually punctures the middle finger of my right hand at some point. Ouch!
I made this quilt for my niece Jeny. She and her husband, Seth, are expecting their first baby Spring 2014. Here she is opening the quilt at her baby shower in Kansas City, their home.