For those of you who think you'll never get the hang of hand quilting stitches, I came across my very, very first ever quilted item, a pillow cover, all hand pieced, then quilted by hand. I remember how I thought I could never get those tiny even stitches I was supposed to be doing. This was made way back in the mid-1980's when we were stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. I then made my older son a quilt for his twin bed with the same blocks, though the quilting quickly became better with practice. Here is my first attempt at hand quilting in the 80's, a Churn Dash block-remember, I did not even really know how to sew when I started quilting, so be kind! Today's stitches are much improved, though I do piece by machine now-however, I've only done that for the last couple of years, since being gifted my awesome Brother 6000i by the BYC staff. Here is my current project in progress with closeups of my stitches: My stitches are not as good as they used to be in my best days, however, since developing carpal tunnel symptoms, alternating tingly then numb fingers, and deteriorating eyesight, but I still think I do a pretty mean quilt stitch. I'm not giving up, no matter what! I once was accused of machine quilting a baby quilt when I didn't even own a machine and I doubt I'd ever be accused of that again. So, see, guys? You can do it! Even if your results aren't great at first, practice really does make (near) perfect!