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Thread: Stitch size

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    Hi all,
    I've noticed that in crazy quilting the stitches are varied & elaborate - would it be possible to use a larger running stitch to quilt with? I know that would mean that my stitches would show, & it's not usually the way things are done, but I'm not one for sticking to the rules lol, unless there's a specific technical reason. Kata Golda did it with hand-stitched felt, so I figured why not quilting? This way I could get started by hand & I may be able to do some stitching with my eyes closed just like I do with my knitting. It'll all be imperfect, but isn't that half the fun of handmade crafts? What do you think?
    Shaz

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    I have used longer stitches in some of my quilts with no bad results. An friend of mine has hand problems and always uses a longer stitch. She says it is her utility stitch. I especially like a longer stitch if I am using a specialty thread. (Metalic, shiny, or contrasting color) My theory is "my quilt, my rules". :lol:

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    I think it would look great. Go for it. I've never done any crazy quilting but I think just about anything goes?

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    I do some long stitch quilting. havent done any on a regular quilts but have used done it on wall quilts. here is a pic of one with long stitch quilting.

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    Super Member quiltsRfun's Avatar
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    My niece does long stitch all the time. She does stitch in the ditch and I think uses a heavier thread. maybe pearl cotton. Her quilts are gorgeous.

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    I think it would look fantasstic

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    I have read about "Big Stitch" hand quilting. If you Google, you should find some information about it. As someone else mentioned, you use a thicker thread for it.

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    I love your winter wall hanging Barb!

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    I agree with the "it's your quilt, your rules" philosophy :D:D:D Have fun with it, and please share pictures when you are finished :D:D:D

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    They - whoever quilts the quilts you buy in the stores uses a long quilting stitch to quilt the ready made quilts and I have heard a lot of complaints about them coming unquilted. If you want to do it on your quilts, feel free, you can make your own rules.

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