I finished the top:
And boldly decided, since I was on a roll, to attempt pin basting.
This wasn't as hard as I thought and while it was on the floor, everything seemed to be staying tight and taught. I'm not going to lie though, it is pretty uncomfortable and takes much longer than spray basting.
However, I have always felt as though spraying was cheating a little bit and really wanted to know how to do this. Spray basting also creates a LOT of fumes and it is too cold to have the window open, further adding to my motivation to do this.
I also started quilting it and it was here the problems started. All my basting seems to be moving (how is this even possible? It was sooooo tight on the floor) and my blooming machine wanted to play tension Cluedo (exceptionally boring game involving unpicking a lot of really dreadful sewing, making minute adjustments to the tension searching desperately for the setting which agrees with the thread and finding nothing makes it better).
In the end, I decided to start the quilting again using better quality thread in another colour. This is sewing like a dream!
Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday and Lee at Freshly Pieced: