This is the quilt I am basting now. It has one row of squares hanging off the other side of the double table. For the new readers, here is where I explain my basting. Here is another post where I show the needle package. Most people that hate thread basting are using too short of a needle. Mine are fine needles about 2" long, plenty of needle to get hold of to pull through.
I have some people asking if my stitching doesn't get caught in the basting thread and my answer is that I would rather stitch through a thread than a safety pin. I don't have to unbaste as I go but you do have to remove your pins as you go.
I have 4 sets of strips sewn on 24 blocks now. I still have a long way to go to get 15-16" blocks.
This is the pile of little pieces that are too short to use in these blocks. They are anywhere from 1"-2" wide and most are 3" long or shorter. They are calling my name to play and make a small project but I'm resisting.