A dear friend recommended this great book "Utility Quilting" by Carolyn Foster after I expressed interest in learning how to hand quilt using perle cotton and big stitches. It is filled with lots of clever ideas and ways to get your tops quilted quickly and decoratively. Have tried to learn to hand quilt before but the attempt has always ended up as an experiment gone terribly wrong. I usually stab myself badly underneath the quilt and my fingers become very sore. The stitches go beyond being charmingly primitive and into the realm of just looking horrible. The idea of conventionally quilting an entire quilt by hand is completely intimidating.
Am determined to try again with the help of the Quick Quilter. This gadget replaces your hand under the quilt. The needle deflects off the spoon underneath rather than the tender tip of your finger. This is more easily explained in the video below or in an even better one here. Am making up some muslin/batting sandwiches and will post some pictures of my stitches later after a bit of practice. I'll give a more detailed review of this tool then. Any hand quilters out there? Any tips for a hopeless beginner? Any "can't do without" gadgets?