Here are a few of the little tools I use that help me enjoy doing hand-quilting just a little more:
Pincushion Ring from ArtNest's Etsy Shop: I got this super-cute pincushion from my ridiculously creative friend Sheri and I always wear it on my right-hand ring finger while I'm quilting. This is a great way to keep track of the safety pins as I remove them as I go along.
Leather Thimble: I've tried lots of thimbles since I started hand-quilting and I've found the leather ones to be most comfortable. This one needs to be replaced because it's getting worn down on both sides, but it has lasted through several quilts and is more durable than some of the metal thimbles I've tried. I'm pretty sure I got this originally from Purl Soho, but I don't see them on their website right now. They sell similar ones at JoAnn.
Fabric Marker: The Hera marker works great for me every time. It just puts a tiny crease in the fabric where I mark it and it doesn't come out until washed. There's no ink or chalk or substance being put onto the quilt, so it washes out easily every time. It's a little hard to see in dim lighting, but I can't really do hand-quilting in dim lighting anyway. This one I did get from Purl Soho's online shop - they only have the short, fat model in stock right now, but and I'm sure it works pretty much the same as mine.
What tools help make quilting (machine or hand-quilting) a little easier for you?