Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hand Quilting

It's a very cold and windy day here in

I had planned to go to the Lancaster Spring
Quilt show at the Host Resort  but I woke
up with a terrible sinus headache. So, 
hopefully I will feel better tomorrow.

I decided to kick off my shoes, make some
homemade Beef mushroom soup and do
some hand quilting. 

I have some WIP (works in progress) and
chose a small table runner that I had started
way back when.... who remembers? 

I was thinking that instead of machine quilting it that
I would hand quilt and use the Big Stitch  technique.

I use pearl cotton size 8 and an embroidery needle.

 Big stitch quilting is also called the  Utility stitch.

 You may use a hoop or not. I don't like to use a
 hoop for Big Stitch Quilting because I like the look 
of the little puffs it makes -  It  gives the quilt a 
vintage look.

Depending on your preference; you can either use
even calculating stitches or a bit uneven where your 
stitches don't  necessarily have to be perfect.
I prefer the latter (-:

You can use masking tape or painters tape for straight
lines or your favorite marker.
Or you can just free form and stitch away.

I used Big stitch on two lap quilts so far; I will
post them this weekend. I just love the way they
came out.
It's time consuming but relaxing and very therapeutic.

To me there is no right or wrong way in making a 
quilt. It's the creative process that gives me joy.

Happy Quilting!




  1. Any advice for a quilting beginner? Planning on making some quilts with old clothes - not started yet, still deciding on fabrics and style. Ideally want to make 2 or 3 bed throws- don't have to be full bed size... it'll be a challenge!

  2. Hi Sarah - Making a quilt with old clothes is a wonderful idea!
    I plan to do that also sometime in the future.

    Here are some tips for you:
    Make a couple of sample blocks first to see if you love them before you cut up your clothes.

    If you aren't aware, Quilter's Cache has hundreds of blocks to choose - beginners also.

    also I use it's a fabulous resource for all levels of quilters.
    search for beginner's quilting

    Have fun!


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