Yes, I still baste with needle and thread. I don't like safety pins, REALLY don't like the chemical smell of sprays and don't mind the basting process. Years ago I was the lucky recipient of boxes (and boxes) of cone thread from a local garment factory. I gave it to the students in my classes, two quilt guilds, and I still have lot of it left. Call me old fashioned.
I've used this little pattern twice to teach beginner classes. My first sample had 6 blocks and hand quilting. This one has brighter colors and 9 blocks. I wanted this sample quilted NOW, so headed to the machine (see, I'm not so old fashioned after all).
Quilting on Tuesday morning, binding on Wednesday morning. Today I'll add a hanging sleeve. To get around the problem of binding thread catching on the quilting foot, I make small stitches on the top and large stitches on the bottom - an uneven basting stitch. I hardly ever get stuck anymore.
I found a cute print for the backing.
We had a tiny bit of snow here in Eastern North Carolina early Wednesday morning. Guess I'd better post a token snow picture, too. View from the front window of the store. It's not as pretty today, after half of it has melted.