Dixie, I know I'm a little late getting to this discussion, but hop on over to the Around the Quilt Frame Handquilter's group and join in there. Jean Brown's Aunt Becky method is the best I know of for arthritic hands. There is a video that demostrates her technique. It takes a little getting used to, especially if, like me, you've been using the traditionally rocking motion to hand quilt.
If you type in Jean Brown quilting into your internet search engine (like google), lots of videos come up. Here is a link to one.
Hope this helps!