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Old 05-24-2012, 04:44 AM
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What is it? I have seen several references here on the Board, but I can't find anything specific. Is it just taking big stitches versus trying for tiny ones? Do you use a different type of thread? Different needle? Inquiring minds want to know! At least, my mind wants to know!

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Old 05-24-2012, 04:53 AM
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The way I understand BiG Stitch is to use emboidery floss and make larger stitches but they have to be perfectly even. It gives a primitive kind of look. I beleive it is more decorative than meant to hold the layers together.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:22 AM
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Perle cotton, size 8 or 12, works better than embroidery floss. Stitches are usually about 1/8" on the front and 1/4" on the back. It's fast, easy, looks great on many things and has no problems holding the layers together. It's also called the utility stitch. It has a great old fashioned look to it. All kinds of info available online.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:28 AM
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I do that on some quilts. Yes, it can give a rustic and organic feel.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:32 AM
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I had not heard of this...but Googled it and I will try it....
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:42 AM
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It is easy; I did this one last fall. I used Pearle Cotton #8 (red), also I used a hoop.

Also some links that I found when I was 'researching':


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Old 05-24-2012, 06:13 AM
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I believe this is also called "utility quilting." I have a friend that does this on a lot of her quilts and uses crochet thread since it comes in so many different colors.

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What a great idea! Does give a very "comfy" look! Like your quilt, Grammy!
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Thanks for the tips. I have thought about this technique for a flannel quilt I am working on. Now I know what to do. Those web sites are great!
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:14 AM
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Thank you to everyone! This is why this Board rocks! I am going to give this a try. tea
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