I've been making loads of these little hexagons (actually by some standards I think they're pretty big - 2 inch sides) and I've got quite a stack building. I'm impressed at how quickly the basting is going now that I've developed a bit of a "production line".
Because I do most of my sewing in the evening - I find it a bit daunting to thread the wee size 9 sharps I'm using. I had read somewhere that it was handy to pre-thread a number of needles onto a single thread and then pull them off as needed.
I was quite delighted to discover that I can thread 16 of these little beggars lickety split in natural light (I'm talking a minute or two).
I then wind them back onto the spool of thread and secure them. And there we go. I pull them off individually with a length of thread ( one arm's length bastes 2 hexagons). Since I usually make 6 - 8 hexagons per night - there's no need to worry about threading needles!
I'm using a Royale Hare brass support spindle to hold the spool. It's heavy and the thread spins off nicely.
Last but not least - everything packs up in a couple of decorative tins and sits nicely ready for use at anytime...