This video shows how I handquilt with perle 8 thread. I don't use a quilting hoop and just have it on my lap. For the purposes of filming the video, the quilt was on a table.
I like to use Jeana Kimball's Redwork Embroidery Needle Size 9 but I think needles are a personal preference. I usually quilt with perle 8 or perle 12 thread. In this video I am using Wonderfil Eleganza Perle 8 thread. The thread comes in a selection of beautiful vibrant colours. Other brands I enjoy using are DMC (Perle 8 and 12) and Aurifil (Perle 12).