What do I hand quilt with? Colonial Needles, #10 "Betweens." I also applique with them, use them to sew on buttons and dig out slivers. They're a sturdy little needle with an eye I can still see. Sold by the pack, with 20 needles per pack.
Have trouble threading your needle? Cut the tip of the thread at an angle, hold the needle over something white so you can better see the hole, and get a great personal task light like this one