Add visual and textural interest to your quilt with big stitch quilting!
No longer do you need perfect small and even stitches that can hardly be seen. Stitching now can become an integral element in your finished piece! Whether you are an art quilter, modern quilter or traditional quilter, add some big quilting to your piece – it’s quick and easy!
What is Big Stitch Quilting
Big Stitch Quilting is a method of hand quilting that generally uses bigger threads like perle cotton in #8 size, which then becomes a visual design element to the quilt. Sometimes people refer to Big Stitch Quilting as Utility Quilting.
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Typically stitches are 1/4 to 1/2-inch in length and become part of the design element of the quilt.
Use this method to finish your quilts if you are working with thicker or bulkier fabrics that would be difficult to hand quilt with a smaller stitch.
If you enjoy hand quilting, but want to complete the piece quicker, this is a perfect technique! This might not be the right finish for every project but it does add texture and a creative element to the right quilt.
As always, pick the right technique for the project and most of all enjoy the creative process!
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