Since it was lovely and cool today and the table on the porch is the perfect size and height, I basted Jim's new woobie quilt. You can search the labels on the right to see other posts about this Denyse Schmidt pattern called "Single Girl."
I use a curved upholstery needle for basting which should be not further apart than the hand. Miraculously, I didn't stab myself with it this time. There's an old tradition among quilters that it's good luck to bleed on the quilt you are making. That should make me a very lucky person. If you do bleed on the quilt you are working on, your own saliva is the very best stain remover.
This long, thin table is ideal for basting. I tape the back down to the table to keep it still and mark the side centers with pins. The batting comes next and then the top with the side centers also marked with pins. I line up the centers, secure with long pins and begin basting. Starting in the center with the excess resting on the chairs, I use long threads and baste the entire center area, then move the quilt to the two extremes to finish.
I've decided to use the large stippling stencil to quilt this one. More on that process later.