Big Hair, Big Diamonds, and Big Macs. What we have learned is that the only thing you want small is your dress size or your tax bill.
Here is our block.... and my version of it.
We really like this spool block. What are we going to do with it? Well, I'm saving these blocks and eventually all of them will be made into a one of a kind sampler quilt, but it looks like I might have to be invited along on a few more blog hops to get some more blocks.
You know where else size matters? It matters in the size of your quilting stitch. When I started to make quilts back when dinosaurs roamed the earth - the be all and end all was a teeny quilting stitch. EVERYONE extolled the virtues of a small stitch. They are beautiful, for sure. When I hand quilt with a traditional size stitch using a quilting needle (a teeny size 12) I love my small stitches, but even they are not THAT small. I guess, if I had to measure, and depending on the fabric and batting used, they would measure anywhere from 8-12 stitches to the inch. After quite a few years doing this I have found that the teeniest stitches are necessarily the best - but the most EVEN stitches are. Whether in this traditional 8-12 per inch or in my new found passion - Big Stitch quilting.
I just love how I can hand quilt a quilt in a reasonably short period of time. How long you ask? Well, everyone is different of course, but I have found that for me, I can hand quilt a quilt using the Big Stitch technique in less than half the time. Probably closer to 1/4 the amount of time. If time is an issue, but you still want to hand quilt - I urge you to explore this option. It's not for every quilt of course, but it works for a large amount.
I have posted a couple of videos on YouTube showing you how I do it. I hope it inspires you.
Remember the blog continues today with Kathy Schmitz and Primitive Gatherings.
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