Monday, April 15, 2013

More on Big Stitch quilting

I just finished another project 
using Big Stitch quilting.

It can change the look of a 
piece and give it more texture.

For example....

 I really love this Moda red and white
fabric and the faux Redwork.
I added some decorative stitches but
it still looked too plain and boring
to me.

So I decided to try adding some 
Big stitch quilting to it.


 It changed the look completely!
It's now more interesting, has texture
and more pleasing to look at.
I also added some french knots.
And also stitched around the flower
and leaves. 

I mentioned in another post about
using Aunt Lydia's crochet thread
size 10. It looked nice but it's
hard to go through the fabric -
I could only stitch one stitch at
a time.

I also tried DMC cotton Pearl
size 5 but it too was too thick.

The red (above) DMC no. 8 is much
better. You can take 4 to 5 stitches
at a time. And it's 100% cotton and 

In my area the color choices are 
limited. I only found red, blue,
white and ecru. But I have found
that Joanne's fabric and craft store
on-line had a great variety of colors!

Now that the weather is warming up
a bit; I can sit on my deck and stitch
in the sunshine. Which makes me very

Which reminds me - the other night
while cleaning up the deck; I heard
hundreds of crows. It happens every
fall and spring. They make such a 
racket and it fascinates me to watch
them flying from tree to tree back
in the farmer's field next to
my backyard.
I grew up in the city so I really
enjoy watching this spectacle.

What I don't enjoy is when the farmer
man starts putting down the manure right before planting time! phew! I had just hung
out some of my laundry when he
decided it was time to fertilize
the field! I had to take my laundry
back inside.

Have a great week and happy quilting!