Great topic, Caron! Althought I just posted, I couldn't let the opportunity go... Preferences for hand quilters can be so different from machine quilters! So here are my preferences:
- Variegated Egyptian cotton, thin and bright, like King Tut or Valdani (check them out...)
- A closed sturdy thimble, that fits just right (hey, do I hear the name TJ Lane popping up again?!;-))
- A regular stitch that is the same all over (no matter whether it's 8 or 20 stitches on an inch)
- The liveliness of the fabric next to a quilt line, where the fabric goes up and down. A machine quilting stitch is just down.
- Having a few hours to finish a certain area to near perfection.
- Soft tight woven cotton, that doesn't split when quilted.
- A perfect curve
- A fine grid
- Quilting needles #12
- The look of a quilt on a frame or in a hoop itself!
- Cheap printed cotton with the rubbery grey on the back
- Thick seams, although a rocking stitch helps a lot!
- Old needles
- Callus on my underhand
Have fun quilting!