I have been hand quilting for about 6 years now. I learned to quilt by doing it…no one showed me the “right” way so I just did what felt right. When I started I didn’t use a thimble but it didn’t take long to make a hole in my thumb…so I made a thimble for my thumb with leather and tape which wore out quite quickly. I made several more with differing materials. I finally made one with a copper pipe fitting lined with fabric and glue…this is what I am using in this short video .
You can get a brief view of Teddy check it out at the start of the video
What you can’t see in the video is what I am doing with my other hand. I use my index finger to push the needle back up to the front …my index finger does most of the work…the copper “thumble” is what I push the needle through with. My index finger and thumb hold the needle and move it down…my other hand pushes it back up with each stitch.
I have tried conventional hand quilting but I find it so much faster this way!
So that is the Tim way of hand quilting…I am sure that it is not the best way, or the right way, or the only way, but it is my way.