Being new to the whole quilting thing, I've been looking around the net for blogs with info on hand quilting with Perle Cotton thread. I'm almost done with Evie's quilt and I used DMC size 5 thread. I really love the way it looks but I'll be honest, it is a bit tough to pull the needle through the fabric especially at the seams where you have multiple layers of fabric and batting. I found that many hand quilters use DMC size 8 which is still very strong but a thinner thread. I'm hoping that it will make it easier to pull through the quilt. Size 8 comes in balls instead of skeins and I like the idea of not having to wrestle with a skein of thread while trying to keep it from getting tangled. When I googled DMC size 8 thread to find the best prices (because I hate to pay full price on anything!) I came across Birdbraindesigns.net and not only did they have the thread, but they suggested the "perfect" size needles to use with size 8 Perle cotton! But the coolest thing on their site are these awesome Perle cotton "Bubbles"! These fun little bubbles keep your thread clean and organized with a small hole to pull your thread out! How cool is that? And at only $8.00 for 12, what's not to like? You can also buy them in singles for $1.00 each. On the website the lids are different colors but can you imagine my excitement that mine came today all in red? Yeah....I'm a happy crafter!