I am also a hand quilter & I too find hand quilting thread hard to find in my Area . ( New Brunswick Canada ) I bought some CT thread & find its great for hand quilting . That is what I,m using now . I have also bought Walmart Thread & have had good luck with it . Like some of you at almost 70 years of age I find arthritis has claimed alot of the use of my fingers & I cant quilt as fast as I used to . I quilt every day but limit myself to a few hours with breaks often
There are some non-prescription medications available for arthritis pain. One of those was a gel called 'Cobroxin', which is made out of cobra venom serum (very mild). It has helped me somewhat, but did not make my trigger finger go away.