Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Smaller Quilt in the Hoop For Once

I wanted to show the quilt that I'm playing with now.  I sewed the top together about two years ago all in one day.  I think the name of the pattern is 'Turning 20', but it's been so long I really don't remember!  The main thing was, I didn't want to cut some of the fabrics up too much and I wanted a fast, mindless project.
The next quilt to go in the hoop
When I sandwich a smaller quilt, I always have to dig through my leftover batting to find out if I can piece something together.  Yep!  Three pieces sewn together with a double stitch and then cut very close to the seam makes a big enough piece for this particular quilt.  I do so love being frugal.*wink
Pieced batting works just fine too...
 It's not a fancy quilt so I decided to play with the stitching.  I've been wanting to try out some big stitch quilting with some of that yummy Perle cotton.  I had to read up on it and figure out the size (#8) and if I was supposed to use one strand or two and hello?  It's pretty obvious after you look at the thread on the roll! I know, I know, I could have picked a quilt that would show-case it a little better, but I'm learning.  Maybe when I get my confidence built up I'll try for something more umm, spectacular and showy.  lol
Turning 20?  I think that's the name of this pattern
So far, so good and it's going super fast too!  I think my stitches could actually be a little larger, but for now I'm having fun and not worrying too much about anything.
Big stitch quilting experiment
I can definitely see why this could become addictive.....

7 comments:

  1. What a cute little quilt! I love the colors!!! I've been thinking about doing some quilting with Perle cotton!!! Can't wait to see how yours turns out!!

    Blessings

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  2. I tried out perle thread on a very small table centre a while back and loved the extra texture the thread gave. So I decided to use it again on another project...although like you I think my stitch needs to be bigger...I also love that the quilting gets finished quicker!
    The colours in your quilt are beautiful.

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  3. I too are joining in the give the perle cotton a try - I ordered some in brown and when it comes I will be trying it out on a baby quilt. I wonder after so many years of trying for small stitches that I will be able to do them big! I read though that the #8 was harder to pull through the 3 layers so I am trying #12 - it is just an experiment for now so it is ok if it doesn't turn out!

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  4. That looks like a turning twenty to me. That pattern taught me how to make quilts. It's such a quick easy rewarding pattern. I love your combo of fabrics. Good on you for making the most of your batting. You'll love quilting with perle, it's so fun and rewarding. Happy stitching!!

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  5. Love big stitch quilting! Have only done it during a workshop so far, but it was so comfortable to just have my work on the table and not in a hoop. I read you still put your quilt in a hoop, do you find that easier? And isn't that big thread fun to work with? Enjoy!

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  6. Adorable quilt! Have fun with the big stitch quilting. :)

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  7. I don't hand stitch but sure do admire a hand stitched quilt. The big stitch quilting always catches my eye with its more homey look. Your quilt is gonna look great ( hey- it already does).
    ;-)

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