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I am working on a flannel baby quilt, so I'm doing some "big stitch" hand quilting for the first time.  Let me tell you that when I look at those larger stitches (around 1/8") of perle coton (pearl cotton), the phrase "toenails catchers" keeps running through my mind.  It was pretty ingrained in me to keep my hand quilting stitches tiny and even, so the big stitch quilting concept is a tough paradigm for me to get around.  

One good part is that it is going pretty fast.  The other thing I keep telling myself is that the thread and stitching seems to be just what the looser flannel weave needs.  

I'm open to advice and suggestions from those with more experience in the "big stitch" method.  Helpful hints & tips are welcome.

PS:  I have to confess that this isn't my favorite baby quilt pattern.  The back is actually cuter than the front - little Noah's ark fabric.  I'm not a huge fan of chevrons, but they seem to be all the rage these days, and I needed a quick & easy, since the baby is due in a week.  Apparently deadlines area  good motivator.  (But in my defense, I only had 9 months to get myself in gear...)

Also, lesson learned:  I used this method of sewing around the outside of fabric squares (in my case 8.5" squares), cutting on the diagonal to get 4 HS triangles.  It is quick and easy, but all of the outside edges are on the bias.  Normally this doesn't bother me too much, but is especially not a great idea with flannel.  I stay-stitched around the outside edge of the quilt for stability, but as you can see, those edges are pretty fragile.  

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Comment by Barb/WI on February 11, 2015 at 4:48pm

I really like the quilt!  Very up-to-date pattern, pretty colors, and those soft flannels, you just can't go wrong!

Comment by Nancy Alberts on February 11, 2015 at 11:50am

I love it! and the colors. That frame looks like one I have but haven't used in a long while. I think it is called Quilt Rite. I will have to check. Anyways, I love the big stitches too.

Comment by Pam/NY on February 10, 2015 at 3:07pm

Great baby colors...I have done a combination of short long stitching.  You alternate them. Never seen just long stitching. It will be so appreciated. 

Comment by Donna Sykes on February 10, 2015 at 2:34pm

Nice quilt PQ! I, too, am not a big fan of chevrons, but I just made a baby quilt and the background fabric is gray with yellow chevrons. And guess what?...I love it! I've never done big stitch hand quilting. Yours looks great so far. Please post the finished quilt - love to see it.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 10, 2015 at 12:48pm

Yes, Shannon, it is!  You can't see it from a distance, but the substitute is the green fabric in the middle.  They all read solid, but 4 of the chevron fabrics have the same pattern, the green as a different one.  I put that one in the middle, so it would look "planned."  This all came from stash fabrics. Yay!

Comment by Shannon, ON on February 10, 2015 at 11:22am

is this the snit quilt?  ;o)  i love it. i think it is perfect for a baby! i can see it being used in a stroller to keep baby cozy! i have no comment on the big stitch idea as i know nothing lol. the colours are soft and pretty. be proud!

Comment by Barbara Graham on February 10, 2015 at 10:42am

I have not tried the big stitch. I'm a bit like Janet--after years of working on smaller, I'm afraid I'd be doing more unstitching than stitching in an attempt to make the stitches more even. That said, I have seen really lovely big stitch projects. I'm sure yours will be one of those!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on February 10, 2015 at 7:05am

I just admire anyone who can do the hand quilting. I've done little of it and what I did was quite primitive. The quilt is going to be loved!  The colors are great.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on February 10, 2015 at 6:56am

Pepper Cory is a big advocate of big stitch hand quilting.  When I took the Sashiko quilting workshop from her 3 years ago, the discussion led to big stitch quilting, and I was hooked.  I used to be able to hand quilt with 10 stitches to an inch, but with age and failing eyesight, the longer stitches are looking better and better.

Comment by Jodi Cramer on February 9, 2015 at 7:29pm

I like big stitches with perle cotton on flannel quilts. It goes so fast, especially with 1/4" stitches & larger needles. Going back to tiny stitches wasn't too much of a problem because I used smaller needles, quilting thread. One of my goals this year is taking good pictures with my phone camera. So far I still have lots of blurry shots. But . . . when things clear up I will post shots of the flannel quilt I did that way.

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