Handmade by Deb – June 2021
Learn how to hand quilt in the big stitch style! Carolyn Forster’s brand new book Big Stitch Quilting: A practical guide to sewing and hand quilting 20 stunning projects is now out. Inside, the UK’s expert quilter, master teacher and best-selling author introduces big stitch quilting – also known as utility quilting. Don’t let the word utility mislead you – these quilts are beautiful.
This method of hand quilting uses longer stitches, thicker threads and a bigger needle to hold the layers of the quilt together. It makes the quilting process easier and therefore faster. The stitches add texture and visual appeal to the quilt. I love the distinct look of the stitching. The 20 projects in this book are quilted using a range of big stitches inspired by Indian kantha and Japanese sashiko and boro style stitching. This includes a selection of 9 quilts and 11 smaller projects. All are lovely.
The small projects are perfect for building your skills and confidence while using up scraps. You’ll find patterns complete with measurements, requirements, fabric cutting and instructions. To make the process easy to follow, all methods are explained step-by-step, include diagram instruction and generous photography. All of them are beginner friendly. Full-size templates are provided. Big stitch quilting is ideal for the modern quilter who wants a handmade element with a quicker process.