Tuesday, June 05, 2007

All you have to do is ask. I knew I would get great advice on what to do about quilting the applique pieces on my quilt. I kind of felt like it needed something and now I know just what to do. First I'll have to shop (oh, darn the bad luck) to find a good Perle cotton color to use. I'm not interested in trying to match each leaf, but want something that will go with them all . . . maybe variegated.

There were a couple of questions about quilting with Perle cotton. I believe the technique is generally referred to as 'big stitch' quilting. It's no different that regular hand quilting - the goal is to have an even stitch over the face of the quilt. The thread is just thicker and the stitches are bigger. The challenge for me was finding a needle that would accommodate the larger thread and still be able to do the rocking motion of the quilting stitch. I have landed on Richard Hemming Large Eye Betweens in size 7. Some people like to use a crewel needle. For me it was a little too long to handle. I still make a quilter's knot and pop it into the batting. If using the heavier with (#5) that may be a little more difficult to do. Because I tend to cut my thread too long, I don't pull the entire length through each time I fill my needle. Makes for less stress on the thread.
So there you have it. I don't believe there is any right or wrong way. Just find a needle that works for you and give it a try . . . it's fun.

12 comments:

Quilt Memories said...

Hi Libby, I have just read all the blogs on your poat for the month of May. (I have been gone), you write such interesting things.you remind me of my sister Libby, she too is a very interesting person.one never knows what she may do next, but she is always delightful, and that is the way I believe you to be.
the quilts you have posted are lovely, I wish I had the time and energy to get as much accompolished as you do. Hooray for You.

joyce said...

I am thinking of doing some of that big quilting eventually and will use your info on which needle to use. Yours is looking very nice.

Screen Door said...

A great reason to shop...and Starbucks afterwards...

May Britt said...

you said it: There is now right or wrong way to quilt. If you want to make big stitches....ok.....if you want to make small stitches....thats ok too. We do what suits us, not the quilt police.

The Calico Cat said...

Thanks for the advice/tips!

KCQuilter said...

Libby, your tips on needles for big stitch quilting came at a perfect time! I have my Chocolates and Cherries string quilt all layered up and pinned--just waiting for the big stitch quilting. I have been wondering what would be the best needle for the thicker thread!!! I have added your suggestion on Richard Hemming large eyes to my list of things to look for at the quilt show on Friday!!!! Thanks.

Darlene said...

When I first started quilting I attended a sit and stitch gathering and the lady on my left was working doing big stitch on a quilt. I was so intrigued that I put down what I was working on and just sat and watched her. Oh, I want to learn how to handquilt so badly. Sigh! Someday!

Wait, maybe I can come visit you and we can meet and sit and stitch. Just like May Britt and Hanne. I'm sure the hotel, where I'll be staying, will have a wonderful lobby area with big chairs and such. :-) I can dream!

Judy said...

Looking good!! I've always used the crewel, but I'll try the number 7 next time for comparsion. Definately need that rocking motion. Can't wait to see what choice you make!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Yep, I did some of this a year or so ago. I finally found a John James large eye between, also a #7 ( I just looked!) I had a dickens of a time finding those, that was the hardest part. Also hard: intentionally making larger stitches! It's not easy to unlearn behaviors, especially for me! I had the best luck using Tiger Tape for "Big Stitch" quilting, it yielded a nice result. Yours looks WONDERFUL!

McIrish Annie said...

Libby, that will be the perfect look for that quilt. what size perle cotton are you using?? I never know which is thinner, the larger number or the smaller?? I know with needles, the larger the number, the larger the needle. with thread is it the larger the number 50 wt the finer the thread?? does that hold for perle cotton?? oops so many questions! LOL

Dawn said...

Oh it is wonderful! I really like this quilt! Darn I wish I could remember what kind of needle I used when I did big stitch with perle cotton. Oh well, you found something that works - so it doesn't matter!

Finn said...

Hi Libby, here I am, as promised...LOL!
Your quilting is coming along beautifully! And I see at least 6 stitches on that needle...wow! That is quite an accomplishment with big stitch. I generally settle for 2-4 depending on what I am 'pulling' #5 pulls hard,even through flannel.For me, 6 stitches is just toooo hard to pull through in one rocking.
I'll add the needle name to my shopping list, I've always worked with crewel, but to find them short enough is hard, tapestry needles work for some things, but not others.
When I stated BS back in the 1990's you couldn't get a between with a big eye, but a boom to quilting that they are available now.
Oh yes, I had forgotten that I went back to read and see what Harper was...LOL, a great combo of breeds for intelligence and companionship!! You did good! Hugs, Finn