Infrequent posting is not a sign of inactivity- more a sign of a frenetic pace and inattention to photography.
Last week we produced shades at the usual rate and neglected to take a single photo.
Then everything is trimmed to size, shaped, and basted. I love basting! Yes, it could be pinned, but it's not the same. Thread basting is so much better and doesn't take long.
A long time ago I learned a machine-quilting trick that I use for re-sewing a spot like this: take two stitches forward, then two back, then sew; end your sewing in the same way, two back then two forward; when finished, clip the thread on the right side right up next to the fabric, then on the wrong side pull the bobbin thread til the tiny tail of thread on the right side pops through to the back, then clip. The stitch join should be secure and unnoticeable.