Hi Joyce my name is Jody and I am afraid to say it but I am a longarm quilter. Before everyone boos me off the page. I wanted to tell you that I love hand pieced and quilted and hand applique and when I first started hand quilting is what drew me to quilting and before I got my machine I took a hand quilting class. The teacher taught using the Aunt Becky's underneath and rocking your needle. No matter how much I worked at it I could not get my wrist to bend up at the right angle to do this it may be that having 2 wrist surgeries has mad it impossible for me to do that way. I just recently had my aunt show me that she does one stitch at a time. She does beautiful work. I have a lap hoop and a early 1900's bow tie quilt top I bought the bow tie blocks on ebay I had to do some work with straightening them up and I found so period reproduction fabric and added alternate blocks and I hand pieced them like the bow tie blocks and I want to keep with the hand work so I want to hand quilt it. Because I spend my day standing quilting other peoples quilts I enjoy sitting and stepping back in time and doing hand projects. I admire and respect the work of hand quilters it doesn't compare to machine quilting. If only we could all take a more peaceful approach to life. The world would be a better place. I hope I can continue to post here on my eventual progress on my next attempt at hand quilting. I actually have been invited by a group of hand quilters that meet an hour away, They meet once a week. I just might have to do that after the first of the year.