My intention with this hand quilting is that it look a little "rustic". I'm so rocking "rustic"! It's harder on the fingers than quilting with regular thread, I think. It takes a little more pressure and muscle to pull the thread through. I'm waxing the thread -- that's what that pale yellow thing is ... so that it will travel through the fabric a little easier. I read about doing that somewhere and I already had thread wax.
I worked at this for just over an hour and I'm very happy with how much I accomplished considering I'm pretty slow at this stage and am still taking just one stitch at a time instead of building up a few on the needle before pulling them through. I need my fingers to get a little tougher first and I need to get a little more natural rhythm and technique going with the thimble, which is a little snug on my finger. I might need a bigger one.
As you might recall, I had planned on doing this over the long weekend but I didn't take a single stitch until tonight. With such good weather and despite my having a cold, we worked at house painting and other household chores. But now that I'm started, I hope this goes quickly so I can get to the binding stage, which will be another first.
If any quilters read this, please weigh in with me about whether I should be using straight binding or bias binding and why. I'm confused.