Laural Byrd answered:
Hi Pamilla, The photo you are looking was taken before I pin them. i place all the pins while it is on the table with the backing taped down. After I remove the tape, and pull lift all three layers, i take the quilt and close all the pins before moving to the sewing machine. I think if you look a the quilt while 'in the machine' you'll notice the pins are closed. I don't really have any pointers except i am very process driven. That helps me do everything in stages. I do think it is easier to place all the pins leaving them open. the pins are MUCH easier to close one the quilt is lifted off the flat hard surface. The only reason you need to close them is so you don't stick yourself with the open pins. They are not going to 'move' when you pick it up even if they are open, so i do think it works better to lay the entire quilt 'loosely' on my lap and close all the pins. The quilt is much more pliable and easy to work with, too.