Tools of the Trade: Big Stitch Quilting.

big stitch tools_carolyn friedlander

While I’m talking about tools, here’s what I use when I’m doing big stitch hand quilting.

+ Thread (such as Presencia Perle Cotton in all different sizes. 8- and 12-wt are my favorites.)

+ Safety pins (not pictured, but I like using the curved kind)

+ Thimble (such as Clover Protect and Grip)

+ Plastic adhesive thimbles (such as Colonial Thimble-It)

+ Needles (such as Colonial Big Stitch Quilting Needle Pack)

+ Small scissors or snips (such as Kai N5100 4″ scissors)

And that’s it.

perle cotton thread_carolyn friedlander

Except for the Nest Egg Tote. I have one strictly devoted to holding and hauling my big stitch supplies. It lives a full and active life.

big stitch supplies in a nest egg tote_carolyn friedlander

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5 Responses to Tools of the Trade: Big Stitch Quilting.

  1. erin June 4, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Taking a break from hand quilting to catch up in some blog reading, and found this!! Do you have any recommendations for marking your quilt lines (especially white fabric?) or do you just go with the seam lines?

    • carolyn friedlander June 8, 2015 at 8:32 am #

      Hi Erin! Good question. White fabric is tricky–but I’d say try a Hera marker. It basically creases the fabric, so there’s no mark left to worry about removing. It can be tricky to see, but it’s better than you’d think and you don’t have to worry about it coming out.

  2. Melissa Reilly July 3, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    Thanks – was looking for yip our recommended needled for big stitch. What sizes are in this pack? Can’t seem to find those details on retailer sites. Thanks- time to quilt Catenary.

    • carolyn friedlander July 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

      Good question, Melissa, and I just realized I don’t really know. The pack comes with an assortment, which is maybe why it doesn’t say one size because it includes many. Sorry, I don’t know what the mixture is, but I do like working with them!


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