Friday, February 20, 2009

Big stitch quilting

I love this method of quilting, it's quick, its relaxing, forgiving and best of all it's a great way for beginners to finish their quilts themselves. They end up soft and cosy.
This is Scrappy Bargello, one of Bonnie's great free patterns but with bigger squares. I love it, I could make this pattern again and again. This is a big quilt made in a hurry last year to put on our bed.
This lap quilt was made from a kit from Material Obsession. I had to get my head around the piecing sequence of this one. I don't usually like the oriental prints but these ones are from Japan, called Naomi . Beautiful quality.
I love to use the variegated threads, either perle cottons or the Caron brand of sashiko thread.
I still use a lap hoop, keeping the quilt loose in it and a #5 embroidery needle. I need a rubber finger on my index finger to help pull the needle through.
In big stitch quilting, the stitches are 1/8" up to 1/4" long. Try it if you haven't already, it really suits some quilts, especially scrappy or bright ones.

21 comments:

Jennie said...

I will try this, since I can't seem to get the hang of "little" stitching, but I really want to get into some hand quilting! Thanks for the info! ~ Jennie

Lurline said...

Your Scrappy Bargello is just fabulous - where do you get such beautiful fabrics? I really do need a trip to the east coast! Big stitch quilting - I'm a real fan - just love it!
Hugs - Lurline♥

una quilter said...

Oh, how I love these quilts! Certainly I will try this out soon. Thank you so much for having started your blog. Your work is incredible. I read every post with eager interest. Warm regards - Una in Norway

Quilt Hollow said...

I've always loved the Big Stitch...it looks fantastic on your Bargello!

Janet said...

Two more beautiful quilts!! I have never tried big stich quilting - although maybe my attempts at regular hand quilting would qualify... :0)

be*mused jan said...

I LOVE your scrappy bargello...what a happy fabric selection! I've been wanting to try that big stitch quilting. I just need to fins the right project for it.

Lily Boot said...

oh I do love the scrappy prettiness of these quilts and your hand quilting is beautiful. I'm looking forward to the colder weather so that I may lay my quilts on my lap and enjoy quilting them again :-)

Maree said...

Love the Bargello...never made one of these as yet...I am also a fan of the big stitching...so much quicker..Great Quilts.
cheers

Dana W. Fisher said...

These are just stunning! I especially love the look of the variegated thread with the big stitch quilting.

Karen said...

Wonderful big stitch quilts. I am going to give it a try. You can also use a crochet cotton, such as DMC Cebelia 100% crochet cotton, #10, 50g

Jay said...

Both of those quilts are beautiful, as are all of the quilts you have shared with us here in blogland. However, I especially love your applique quilts / blocks. Your applique work is awesome! After looking at your quilts done with the big stitch, I have a question regarding your hand quilting. How do you mark the quilt for hand quilting? What kind of marking pencil, or pen, do you use? I'm just curious, as I seem to be on a never-ending quest to find the "perfect" marking pencil. Thank you in advance for answering my question. Happy Quilting! Jay (in cold, windy, snowy NY State, USA)

Stina said...

Oh ...love it ... lovely colours... and I just love the big stitches...:o)

Fiesta said...

Janet I love the bright colors you used on the bargello.It looks happy and fun.

Darlene said...

I love this one - the big stitch is perfect!

erica e said...

thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment! i LOVE this Scrappy Bargello. the wonderful fabrcis really make it! i may have to try the big stitch quilt method too. cool.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I love big stitch...so fast to quilt a big quilt and very satisfying....love you bargello...beautiful colours.

Quilts And Pieces said...

I agree. I like to do it on folk art quilts, it always gives it a really great look!

Carrie P. said...

Wow I like those big stitches. And yours are so even. Great job.

Judy said...

Wow those are amazing quilts! Love the big stitch quilting! You do such a great job!
Have you ever tried the variegated Valdani threads, 35wt? They are a bit thinner but are so yummy to work with and the colors are fabulous!

Lucy said...

Wow your scrappy bargello is so cheerful!

Leslie said...

I've done big stitch with six strand DMC embroidery floss, but what size perle is best for big stitch? I went to buy some recently and found there were two sizes to choose from?? Thx!