I'm back from Michael's (we don't have a JoAnne's anymore :( ) I bought two types of needles--the curved and some straight. They both say they are for quilting and basting. I'm hoping I can get the curved to work as I think it might be a little easier. Unfortunately, I don't have any floor space big enought to lay everything out--that's why I'm on the table. I hope the curved needle will help me from having to "disturbing" the layers too much.
Thanks everyone for the advice and compliments (I'll definately try out that tape technique!)! The cats haven't been introduced to the quilt yet--I can just see one grabbing onto a thread and. . . well I don't want to think about it!