Yesterday and today I worked on a table runner that I'm hand quilting with #12 pearl cotton and an embroidery needle. I've quilted quite a few things this way in the past few years (taught workshop for Kinston, NC quilt guild last year) and really enjoy it for a number of reasons. One is that it is faster than traditional hand quilting with tiny needle and quilting thread. Another reason is that it adds a decorative element. It can look "country" or it can mimic sashiko for a dressier look.