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.