I can now STILL count on one hand the amount of quilts I have quilted by hand, and am heading towards the conclusion that it may just stay that way! Does it get easier/quicker with practice? Surely it does but I'm not sure if I will soldier on. I love that my kids quilts (even the silk ones) can be dragged around, made into cubbies and then if needed have a little trip through the washing machine. I figure they are made with love to be loved. I am thinking that I might investigate combining the two. Stay tuned for results.