Big stitch quilting on my quilt of the moment...
Big stitch quilting is a thing! I'm a little slow to catch on. And I don't mean just because it's been a trend for a couple of years now. (And it has...) I mean because it has it's roots in ancient Kantha Quilting and Japanese Boro quilting :)
My big stitching experiment is on my quilt du jour- 'Seed Packets' by Kaffe Fassett from his new 'Bold Blooms' book. Yummy, no?
Here is the center portion of my 'Seed Packet's quilt. One incantation anyways!! I went through many versions before I was pleased, and added 2 borders of smaller flowers like the original.
Decided to big stitch this bad girl. Big stitching is a lot like traditional hand quilting- stitches are loaded on the needle, you bury the knots, and a hoop is used.
Except big stitching is like hand quilting on steroids- the needle is bigger, thread is thicker, and the stitches are longer. I'm loving the subtle color that the perle cotton adds to the patches so far!
Here I've used a #5 embroidery sharpe needle and #8 perle cotton.
Unlike the parallel lines of the kantha and boro examples shown above, I'm just stitching in the ditch around the patches. Then I plan to add some detail in each of the large flower patches.
I'm digging the spontaneity of the stitching. I decided that I would not pull out any uneven stitches. Of course they get more even with practice. But the wonky scale of the stitches gives the quilt a kind of naive quality that is stress free and refreshing. I'm hooked!
Stitching in the ditch between flower patches with red perle cotton.
You can bet I'll post a picture of the finished quilt. Shouldn't be too long- this goes fast!! Big stitch quilting is a (beautiful) thing!
Anyone else doing big stitch quilting? I'd love to hear from you!
Originally published 4/15/17