Sunday, September 28, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching - New Project

This week I pin basted a quilt top to start hand quilting using a big stitch. This is my first attempt at the larger stitches and thicker thread, and I am really enjoying it so far. It goes much faster and I have already finished the first block. I am quilting 1/4" (or so!) from the seam lines. It's the lazy quilter way to avoid marking lines :)


This photo shows the difference between the quilting needle I usually use, and the new embroidery needle I am using for this project. That's a big adjustment!

The hardest part is getting the stitch length to be consistent. See those big red stitches?!? I am okay with that, because I am just learning. I probably should be using a colour that melts into the background, but that's not as much fun!
I hope you can join in with the slow sunday stitching party today and put in a few fun stitches. Link up your blog post below and share what your hand work project is for today.




26 comments:

  1. what a lovely quilt love the hand quilting and as you say using bigger stitched it seems to be done in no time at all

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  2. I agree big stitching is so much fun. I think your stitches look wonderful! It is an adjustment to try and do bigger stitches. Just remember it is those slightly imperfect stitches that make the finished project so wonderful!

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  3. I love to see the big stitching on a quilt! Yours looks great! :0)

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  4. I love the warm rich colors in this quilt..perfect for autumn quilting! :)

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  5. Pretty fabrics in this block. The big stitch is fun. You are doing just fine on your stitches already. They will only get better. What type thread are you using? I once used pearl cotton, but can't remember what size.

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  6. It is a perfect quilt for BIG stitching. Your stitches are very consistent for a "beginner". It's beautiful Kathy. Enjoy your Sunday.

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  7. Beautiful block! Your stitches are very nice and regular... not so big! Thanks for the Sunday party!

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  8. The big stitches with the contrasting coloured thread are perfect for this quil! Have fun stitching today.

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  9. Love the contrast with the thread color you have chosen. It looks like a thicker thread than usual too. Enjoy your big stitches.

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  10. Love your big stitchin'!! Mine are bigger even yet...I hope you are enjoying it, Kathy!

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  11. almost back home from our trip and getting into the quilting mood again

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  12. My big stitches are bigger and more uneven than yours! Have fun.

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  13. I love your prints in this -- how pretty!! Your stitches look great, too! :)

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  14. Love it! I think the red threads pulls it all together! :-)

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  15. Looks fantastic from where I'm sitting!

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  16. I love big stitching! Well, I'm not good at tiny stitching, a caveat, lol!

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  17. I haven't done the Big Stitch in quite a while. I need to give some thought to doing it again.

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  18. I love those big red stitches. My mother is in her eighties and only started quilting a few years ago. She uses a fairly large needle and embroidery floss to complete her quilting. It always looks great.

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  19. Beautiful quilt. Those red stitches look great. Enjoy your slow stitching today.

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  20. Consistent stitch size--that is my problem with big stitch. So I tell myself I am trying to make it look "prim". : )

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  21. Oh Kathy...I love the star you're featuring...the fabrics are awesome. I love the large stitch hand quilting, too. No need for perfection...even the Navajo Indians would weave a deliberate "mistake" into their rugs because no one could be perfect except the creator. I can't wait to see this one finished.
    Debbie
    ===^..^===

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  22. Love your stitches as always. Love how you stitched the inside of the star - I must remember that for a future quilt!

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  23. Love the way the big stitch quilting is looking! You have given me an idea for quilting my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. Although the quilting is still a loooong way off!

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  24. I am a big fan of the big, chunky quilting stitches. It also goes much faster with them. Enjoy you slow stitching!

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  25. I really like your big stitch quilting on this quilt! It is looking wonderful!

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