I am now on the 2nd block! It was slow progress at first, but I am picking up speed. It is still going to take a while. When I work on hand quilting, it is usually for an hour or an hour and a half if I am lucky. This is ok with me, because I am also machine quilting MQ6 on my machine. If I get tired of working on one, I move to the other quilt so that it stays fun. Question: How often should I quilt with a new needle? I know on the machine, they say 8 hrs, what is it for a hand quilting needle?
I use a size 10 between sharp. they are short and thin and usually snap several during a quilt. I can stack 4 stitches before I have to pull it in. But if you are lucky enough not to snap the needle, I would change it at least half way through a full size quilt or larger.
your work looks great.
I'm not sure there are any hard and fast rules for changing needles but I change mine when I start to get resistance while sewing. The coating on the needle wears off and creates drag. Different brands wear differently. I suppose batting and fabric play a role in how often needles need to be changed.