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    Smile large stitch quilting

    Is there anyone here who could tell me about large stitch quilting? saw it mentioned in an article and would love to have more info on it.

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    just search on google...it's not for me but there is No Wrong Way to Quilt, so check it out...

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    do a search in the tuts on the board. seems like someone has a tut or a link to one.

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    Quite often done with pearl cotton and a large needle. it can be quite decorative

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    large stitch quilting is often done with embroidery floss or perle cotton-
    it is simply a running stitch- between an 1/8" & 1/4" long- goes quickly and on the right quilt is quite wonderful. used often on primatives (wool quilts- flannels-homespuns) old fashioned looking traditional quilts
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    I remember seeing it here on the board somewhere, some time ago, do a search.
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    I found a blog with big stitch on it; let me look and see if I can re-find it.

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    There's an article in the latest issue of McCalls Quilting. They even have a video. Look at McCallsQuilting.com and click on videos.

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    Here's a blog that gives some great pictures. http://sewprimitive.blogspot.com/200...-examples.html
    I have done big stitch and love it. I use perle cotton and larger needle. No hoop. I did mine on these quilts for sons for Christmas last year. Apparently it's only letting me download one quilt. But I hope you can see what it is.
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    Billie Lauder is famous for using this technique. I just googled her and got this link to a website with a lot of her videos. One of them is about Big Stitch quilting.

    http://www.easymade.com/video_advanced.html

    Enjoy!
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    Ever since seeing Billie Lauder demonstrate the "big stitch" technique on Simply Quilts, it is the only hand quilting I do. It is so much faster than regular hand quilting and looks great! Take Arlene's advice and watch the Billie Lauder video. If you can't open it, I taped the Simply Quilts show and would be happy to loan it to you.

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    Sandyl,
    I really like that look with the stitching and it looks like a yummy snuggle quilt
    Fay

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    Last month I finished doing 'Big Stitch' quilting on my D9P with heart, named the quilt 'Hugs & Kisses. Here is the link;

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...d-t170021.html
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    I'm definitely going on line to check this big stitch out. Sounds like something I would like to do. All my quilts for vintage/traditional patterns so this might be what I need for them. Thanks for posting this.

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    I love that!

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    I heard it called Stab Stitch quilting, but others have referred to it as Pioneer stitch. You use embroidery floss or some other thick corded thread so you really SEE the quilting. You make large stitches, as large as you want but typically you are getting only 2-3 stitches per inch. Just like tied quilts, these large stitch quilts will not last as long if they are frequently washed, but they are warm and cozy. I use a thicker batt for it, although I believe traditionally, they simply put an old blanket in the center and quilted over it. You need a SHARP needle and a thimble. It's not really that much different from sashiko, only you use colors instead of either white or black.

    My great-grandmother's last two quilts were done using a stab stitch method as she was nearly blind. They still stayed together until recently and were made in the 1940s.
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    I have quilted a few lap quilts using the "big" stitch method. The thread used is the pearl cotton. I used black thread and liked the "old" look it gave the quilt. Much easier, for me anyway, than hand quilting using small stitches.
    The process allowed me to quilt a lap quilt in a reasonable time. If you would be interested in seeing pictures send me a PM. I'd be glad to send you pictures of the quilts I have done in the "big" stitch method.

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    I have used a "large stitch" in my quilts for years and love the look when a contrasting color thread is used.

    I use Sulky 12 wt. cotton threads (they also have beautiful blended colors), #8 or #12 perle cotton balls, and even #10 crochet thread.
    The needle I prefer is a Richard Hemming large-eye between in a 7, 8, or 9 size.
    I quilt in my lap with a 14" round hoop and my stitches are about 5 to the inch (counted only on the front).

    I love hand quilting, especially in the winter when I can curl up in the quilt as I work!

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    I suppose some "purists" would call those bigger stitches "toe nail catchers"! I think it looks wonderful. I had only previously seen it on wall hangings, but it looks terrific on quilts, too.
    Sue

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    Am in the process of big stitch quilting a king size quilt. Love doing it and love the look, is primitive and really attractive on the civil war or 30's type of fabrics. Not using a hoop, just puddle it on my lap. Had not seen the ones with the colored thread, like that too, am using beige pearl #8 and a large eyed needle. Will certainly do more this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I have used a "large stitch" in my quilts for years and love the look when a contrasting color thread is used.

    I use Sulky 12 wt. cotton threads (they also have beautiful blended colors), #8 or #12 perle cotton balls, and even #10 crochet thread.
    The needle I prefer is a Richard Hemming large-eye between in a 7, 8, or 9 size.
    I quilt in my lap with a 14" round hoop and my stitches are about 5 to the inch (counted only on the front).

    I love hand quilting, especially in the winter when I can curl up in the quilt as I work!

    Jan in VA
    Thanks, Jan,for all the info. Think I'll try it on my next quilt!

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    cannot watch video on easymade ??

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    If I were to hand quilt...that would be the way I would do it.
    enjoy your life...it's the only one you have!!!
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    A friend of mine has a machine that does long stitching but can't think of the name of it it looked like hand sewing quite neet.I wouldn't put that much money in it tho. Have a blessed day

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    Is it similar to Shashito? The stitches are deliberate and meant to show.
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