I'm learning to hand quilt. And I have the sore thumb to prove it! I have to say I am enjoying it, although I have a looong way to go... I have never gotten used to using a thimble. My mother tried to get me to use one when I was learning to sew many years ago, but I just never liked the feel of the thimble on my finger. (Probably there was never one that fit me properly as I have very small fingers). I have always gotten along just fine without. Until now. Now I'm regretting it as I still cannot stand a thimble on any finger and my poor little thumb is getting mighty sore. I am persevering though, and comparing my stitching to that of the others who came today, I'm doing okay for a beginner. I have no trouble making small stitches on the top- it's that darn space between the stitches that I have trouble keeping small. I'm concentrating on making sure every stitch goes through to the back and picks up the backing.
Our Guild is hand quilting this queen sized quilt for the Stan Cassidy Rehab Foundation to raffle for funds. My friend Gail M pieced the top- you can see it here. We now have it in the frame in my livingroom and FQG members are welcome to come and quilt on it. You can read more about that here. The stitches you see above in the border along the bottom of photo are mine, all mine. Every little one. Notice I haven't given you too close a view... But they look good from a distance don'cha think? As I get better, perhaps I'll get out the macro lens... Perhaps. No promises...
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.