Saturday, June 22, 2013

1 Week Update

I've been hand quilting this quilt for 1 week.  I am about 70% done.  By next weekend I expect to be sewing on the binding.  I am using a "big stitch" technique with an embroidery needle and 12wt Aurfil thread.  I am very, very happy with how it's progressing.

It's the Nightingale quilt.....

The quilt is 90" square - so a queen size quilt.  I'm probably a bit more prolific than the average quilter, but instead of my usual 4-10 weeks of hand quilting - this will be done in less than 2.  Just something to remember when your favorite long arm quilter has a back log of 3 months and you would like to finish a quilt.  Big Stitch quilting - the 21st century hand work.  

Laurie

30 comments:

liz said...

It's beautiful. Does any of your books cover big stitch, how do you do it so it doesn't look sloppy and stupid : (

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Just gorgeous!

Heather said...

Oh that quilting is just beautiful and perfect for the quilt - plus I love red and white too!

sue said...

Love the big red stitching!

Laurie said...

Liz,

The big stitch is exactly like the regular quilting stitch. Use a large embroidery needle and thicker thread (12wt Aurifil is great), and do the rocking stitch. You will only be able to get about 3 stitches on your needle. There are some good videos on You Tube that show the rocking quilting stitch. 2 good reference books are Quiltmaking by Hand by Jinny Beyer and That Perfect Stitch by Dierdra McElroy. Just practice. Work on EVEN stitches. That's it. Good luck.

Laurie

Janet said...

It looks fabulous!! Less than 2 weeks for a queen size quilt - WOW!!

beth said...

oh my goodness! It's beautiful and you're SO FAST!!! It took me ALL of soccer season (and then some) to quilt one with those big stitches!

Tina said...

Laurie,
Thanks so much for answering Liz' question regarding Big Stitching - I had the same question as well and I really appreciate the information you provided! Your quilt is just gorgeous! Love, love, love the red stitching too!!

SharoninStitches said...

Gorgeous!!!

Shannon said...

Just had to drop in and say how beautiful this quilt truly is...love it! Keep up the fantastic work!

PamKittyMorning said...

I looks wonderful!

Beth said...

The quilting is perfect. I love how it looks in the close up picture.
Thanks for answering that question, I will check out more info on big stitch. I have a couple I would like to do that way.

Betty Lou said...

Beautiful.

mascanlon said...

So beautiful and the big stitches are such a fabulous touch.

Anita said...

Love it!

Sherri said...

Beautiful! I just finished a midwinter red quilt and seriously thought about hand quilting...took it to the quilters today though...too impatient I guess!

christineschoon said...

Hi Laurie,

I love your quilt!! Maybe big-stitch quilting is just the thing right now for me as well. I'm quilting my third big quilt with big stitches, since I need to finish 4!! big quilts for my girls going on a pony summer camp at the end of july. I've been working hard, but it's rewarding to see quilts finish rather quickly. I'll get back to work now...one to finish and one left to make.. ;-)
Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!
Love from the Netherlands, where we still have perfect quilting wheather (cold, rainy, etc.. where did the summer go this year LOL?)

Melanie said...

Beautiful piece...Lots of talent in those stitches....

Jennifer said...

Love the hand quilting and the applique! I also love that you had use a nine patch for your crosses. I am doing the same thing with a quilt I am working on.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

You have beautiful stitches!

Aunt 'Reen said...

Beautiful! I love your big stitch quilting it looks wonderful!

Teri said...

Beautiful. And, I love the big stitch quilting. Glad I was able to see this post, makes me glad I am doing big stitch quilting on my current wool project. AND...I love your story on the last post about the "Hoffa dig". Having lived in MI, I understand that oh so well. Stay a non-suspect...don't get out your shovel. Thanks again for posting on your blog and keeping us up to date on you and Polly.

Lynette said...

Beautiful-- Just love it! Two questions as I can't tell by the picture..about how long is the stitch and what do you use to mark your pattern? Thanks for the note about the thread that you used.

Laurie said...

Lynette

The stitches are approximately 3/8" long. Some are close to 1/4" and some 1/8". I used 2 marking devices - a hera marker for the straight lines and a blue water soluble market for the circles. I sprayed the marked blue lines every evening after they were quilted. I am now currently sewing on the binding. The quilting took 12 days. I'll wash the quilt once the binding is on to be sure all of the blue marks are gone.

Laurie

Lynette said...
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Lynette said...

Thank you for your response! I can't believe how quickly you completed the quilting!

betty boop said...

I have this pattern and have not started as yet. Must be a reason because I LOVE the hand quilting and have wanted to just sit and do a quilt. Now is the perfect time and I so like your design you are doing. You two do just the bestest work!

Ethel Alderson said...

Where do we go for instruction on the large quilting style?????

How does the 12wt Aurfil thread differ from other thread?

Thank you
alderson@udel.edu

Wanda said...

12w thread is thicker and what I use for embroidery. I have also used it for big stitch quilting as well as #8 and #12 DMC spools.

You are a very fast hand quilter to complete a queen size in two weeks. I am very slow, but love to hand quilt as I find it very relaxing.

Your quilt is beautiful.

Debbie said...

Just lovely! And thanks for your tips in the comments!

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