Kwik Klip the last time I was at Joann's so I tried that out for the first time while basting. I really like it! Basting is so hard on my fingers, so it's nice to have a tool to help me do the job. My manicures will probably last longer now too, although my nails weren't painted this time.
I use a lot of pins while basting (placing them at least every 4 inches or so), and try to be mindful of how I'm going to quilt when placing them. In this quilt, I've basted only in the sashing since I plan to straight line quilt through the blocks first. I will remove them after the blocks have been quilted so I can then free motion quilt the sashing without them getting in the way.
I store my pins in a milkglass jar when I'm not using them, and just stick the jar near my sewing machine so I can easily throw the pins back in when I take remove them during quilting. Functional and pretty is always a good combination!