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Thread: Hand quilting with stitches besides running stitch?

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    Refering to the information in several of my quilt history books different kind of stitches had been used for quilting in former times. One famous example is the 14th century quilt from Sicily, now in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London: it's quilted with a backstitch. I think you should be aware that the back side of your quilt can look different to the top and the quilt is not reversable. Maybe it would be an option to combine embroidery just done on the top with "regular" quilting with the running stitch? Just a thought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    I have made two of the strippy quilts from www.maryquilts.com. I did use decorative stitches along the width of the fabrics where I had pieced different fabrics. It was fun!
    Oops, didn't read this carefully enough last night. I was referring to machine quilting. Sorry!

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    Thank you, Andrea -- that is interesting about the old quilts.

    And, that's OK, lots2do. Same idea, different tool is all.

    I'm thinking if I choose mainly stitches where the back looks like a running stitch or backstitch, the back of the quilt should look fine. Different from the front but not bad. I hope LOL . I'll do a little practice piece or two with the actual fabrics and shapes before I start the real thing. I hate to take things out and start over.

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    I did a GFG with a sort of star in the center of each hexagon, using embrodery floss. The stitch I used was just a stright stitch for each "arm" of the star, and I went between the back and front (into the batting) to go to the next "arm" It looked much the same on the front and back. I especially liked the back, because I used different colored floss and a white back. I was very pleased with the look, and will do it again on the diamond hexagon I am working on now. The book that Tashana mentioned in her post above looks very interesting. I will be looking into a possable purchase.

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