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Any big stitch quilters?

Old 04-27-2017, 07:25 AM
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I am so happy to see this thread and the detailed answers. Currently, I have used Perl Cotton #8 on a table runner and have been very pleased. Arthritic hands prevent me from using the traditional smaller stitch with waxed quilting thread. Burying the knot, using 1/2 of the thread length at a time, and selecting wool applique hand needles have worked nicely. This topic/ info encourages me to try this for cross hatching on a wall hanging. Thank you
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Old 04-27-2017, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Faintly Artistic View Post
Jo Glover, Sarah Fielke, Wendy Gratz all have YouTube videos. I'm sure there are more.
I did a search for these names and added "big stitch" (ex. Jo Glover big stitch) and these are just some of the videos that popped up.

Big Stitch Jo Glover: https://zippyquilts.wordpress.com/20...titch-quilter/
Lesson 1 Supplies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSNJL-SlVjs
Big Stitch Sarah Fielke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DXN5Ger_jo
Big Stitch Wendy Gratz https://video.search.yahoo.com/searc...c&action=click
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Old 04-27-2017, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Genden View Post
Attachment 572135This is a photo of the big stitch quilting I am doing. I got the idea for the crosses from Jen Kingwell.
Genden, can you give us more details on how you did this? Is your quilt on frames?
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Old 04-27-2017, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Faintly Artistic View Post
Is there anyone here who does a lot of big stitch quilting? The more quilts I make, I'm finding it to be my preferred method. I've mostly done straight line or echo quilting (nice around Dresdens), but have seen pictures of Jo Glover's work...enlarging traditional patterns and would like to try some. Any experience with that on the board? I'm also thinking about hand dying/painting crochet cotton (size 30 or 40) as I can't find much thread around here, and I just prefer the size of those threads.
Thanks to you, I now have links to the work of Jo Glover, which I have saved to a folder for Big Stitch. Until now, I thought there was not much out there beyond the work of Billie Lauder.
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Old 04-27-2017, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by awf60 View Post
Genden, can you give us more details on how you did this? Is your quilt on frames?
The quilt is on a Grace Z44 frame, but would lap quilt fine. Better than my explanation of the cross technique, Google the video How to Baste and Hand Quilt with Aurifil 12 weight by Jen Kingwell-Fat Quarter Shop. Be sure to watch the entire video. Jen Kingwell demonstrates the cross technique near the end of the video.
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Old 04-27-2017, 03:17 PM
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I did my version of 'big stitch' on a baby quilt recently. Used a larger needle (sorry don't know size) and #12 pearle cotton thread. It came out quite well but I'm not sure that my 'big stitches' were particularly big, lol. But, hey, it worked; the quilt was completed and (finally) gifted.

Even though my stitches were probably smaller than what most consider 'big' stitching, using the pearle cotton certainly did give the quilting more visibility and definition. I may or may not try it again...depends on the quilt and the visual I'm going for.
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Old 04-27-2017, 05:38 PM
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I just saw somewhere, maybe here, that you draw on your "other thumb" two or three lines the width of the stitch you want to use and you have it there to follow at all times. Great idea! All alike.
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Old 04-27-2017, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Faintly Artistic View Post
Jan, would you be able to post some close ups of your quilting? Would love to see some
I have done so before, but, here, just for you. Oddly, I don't have pictures of but two of my quilts with big stitch, for some reason.

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Old 04-27-2017, 05:54 PM
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Very nice, Jan. I like the big stitch on your quilts. Do you create your own quilting designs?
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Old 04-27-2017, 06:55 PM
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I really really really want to try this, and appreciate all the great information y'all have so graciously shared!
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