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Old 10-14-2012, 07:30 AM
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I am going to be doing this on a quilt soon and would like to know how to start/stop the stitches...do we have a knot on the back (ugh) or bury the stitches some way? I wonder with the larger thread used if it is possible to pop a knot through the top layer in order to bury it the traditional way?
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:37 AM
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It will be more difficult to pop the knot into the sandwich but I think I would still try. Instead of just pulling and taking the chance of breaking the thread in the fabric, I would pull the knot to where I wanted to pop it through and then back it off a little. I would then take a pin and carefully push the threads of the fabric aside enough to pop the knot through. Once the knot is buried I would coax the threads of the fabric back to close the hole.
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It will be more difficult to pop the knot into the sandwich but I think I would still try. Instead of just pulling and taking the chance of breaking the thread in the fabric, I would pull the knot to where I wanted to pop it through and then back it off a little. I would then take a pin and carefully push the threads of the fabric aside enough to pop the knot through. Once the knot is buried I would coax the threads of the fabric back to close the hole.
Great suggestion Tartan, I will remember this in the future.
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I did a'Big Stitch' quilting. I used Pearle Cotton #8. It is a little tricky to bury the knot, but in one of the links (don't remember which one) helps explain how to bury it.

http://chasingcottons.blogspot.com/2...-quilting.html
http://mollyflanders.blogspot.com/20...-tutorial.html
http://sweetp-paulette.blogspot.com/2011/08/yikes.html

I also took only couple of stitches at a time and used a quilting hoop.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:20 AM
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I love doing the big stitch utility quilting...also have used #8 pearl cotton, and a chenille needle...I think size 24...and I was able to bury the knot as in traditional quilting (the eye of the needle is larger, so allows for the thread to pop through the hole)
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so much good advice here. makes me want to try the technique
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:34 PM
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I use big stitch quilting often....using a quilting between #3 or #5 (Richard Hemming) needle with perle cotton (balls) in size 8, or Sulky cotton 12 weight thread, or I even use size 10 crochet thread....and I always bury the knot the 'usual' way. BUT, I tug the thread one direction while 'popping' the knot with my thumbnail in the other direction and that helps it pop thru the layers.

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Oh my goodness, I like that! It is something I'd like to try sometimes. Thanks for sharing!
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I also like the Big Stiching and with my hands not being as limber as they once was it will be perfect
for me plus I love how this kind of quilting Pops.Thank you Grammy Dwynn for those links and showing us your
Beautiful quilt!
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Thank you for all of the great advice. I am wanting to use this on a few quilts also.
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