I had put a machine quilted heart in the middle of Isabel's Christmas quilt. I hate it. Not the sentiment of course but the execution. Even though many of you pointed out what a nice touch it was, I have been bothered by the machined look. Well I've never really hand quilted before - at least not through cotton, wadding and flannelette! Boy, does it hurt, especially when using a Sashiko needle because that's all I could find! Anyway it's a nice hand stitched heart now and the railway track machining is about to be ripped out.
After I finished I went and bought some proper quilting needles and a pack of curved ones for the next time I have a go. I do like the proper bumpy effect of the hand stitch. Bring on the arthritis!!