I am making excellent progress hand-quilting the Double Wedding Ring. I've been outlining the rings and am starting with a simple echo in the connecting squares.
I'm using a bamboo/cotton batting. I've used it once before for a machine quilted project, but this is my first hand quilting. Love it. I've heard complaints about bearding, but with a #11 needle and coated hand-quilting thread I've had no problems.
We'll just pretend that my stitches on the back are as even as the ones on the front.
Unfortunately, I can't manage a thimble (or any other tool) on the bottom side and still get my stitches tiny, so my left pointer and middle fingers are full of holes.
Subsequently, I needed a different type of project while those fingers are on "injured reserve" so I pulled out the UFO bin with Rita's Hexi quilt.
It was last summer's hand-work project that got de-railed when I read some hexi-snob's post making nasty comments about being able to see the connecting thread on these kinds of quilts. (As accurately illustrated on the left.) Fortunately, I don't remember where I read it, but it moved this project from something I found quick and fun, to some weird ideal I should aspire to.
I had been doing a traditional whip stitch.
But the expert told me I should do it like this. I tried that for a day and became so discouraged that I threw everything into the box.
Today, I am back to the whip stitch, but using a very thin needle, silk thread, little stitches and being oh-so-careful to catch only a couple threads.