Quilt guild met Wednesday evening. The program was a "round robin" of mini-classes including my hand quilting class. Like planning for any class, it took time, research, and organization. I put together a hand-out which included a list and description of tools and supplies, step by step instructions for successful hand quilting, and a list of resources. I made small quilt "sandwiches" for each student to practice the technique. I also brought a wide variety of needles, threads, frames, marking tools, thimbles and other quilting necessities for the students to see and handle. I had a lot of positive feedback and felt the class went well.
needles - Clover Gold Eye size 12 betweens
thread - YLI 100% cotton hand quilting thread
hoop - 14 inch round quilting (not embroidery) hoop and, for some projects, I use a small square PVC pipe frame
batting - my favorites, depending on the item being quilted, are Hobbs wool batting, Hobbs Thermore polyester batting, and Warm & White cotton batting.
thimble - my Roxanne silver thimble is my favorite quilting tool - I love it!
I love to quilt by hand and find it is calming, relaxing, and therapeutic. For me, it's Zen.