Yesterday I sandwiched and pinned the giant hexie quilt, and marked a big Baptist Fan quilt design over all. Began big stitch quilting (for the first time) last night. I'm loving the result! It's quicker and easier than regular hand quilting, even doing one stitch at a time rather than attempting to rock the needle. Here's what I have completed so far:
I wondered if doing the larger stitching would affect my regular hand quilting stitch size, but I've been switching back and forth between the two quilts currently hooped, and am not finding any change in my normal hand quilting stitches so far.
So, I'm wondering, if you do big stitch hand quilting, what have you found to be an ideal stitch size as far as ease of stitching, overall appearance, and longevity of your finished item? I'm finding that about 6 stitches per inch is quite easy for me to do, and the stitches don't look as if they will snag on little toes or other items. I'm hoping this will be durable for a young child's bed and heavy use.
My other question concerns the pearl cotton. I'm finding that the thread seems to be untwisting the plies as I stitch along and the unknotted end is unravelled before I've stitched along more than 12 inches or so. I've tried knotting the cut end as well as the lead end of thread and find it doesn't seem to make much difference. Is this a characteristic of pearl cotton due to a looser twisting of the plies or ?? This inquiring mind would like to know.