Big Stitch Quilting and Feline Jealousy

Feeling unsure of where to start? In the middle and work outward, I was told. Fair enough.

I followed Pepper Cory’s DVD class suggestion to place a pillow across my lap/edge of the table to rest my underneath hand/wrist. The hoop went on top and my left hand handles the needle from the top – because, of course, I am a leftie. I’m not just “left handed” – my left SIDE of my body is dominant. There is no faking it. So I set my stitches from left to right and everything seems to work properly.

The stitching isn’t going to earn any awards but I’m happy with it and I really love the process.

The supplies: The quilt top and backing fabric is all 100% cotton. The batting is Hobbs Tuscany Wool.  I  purchased the big stitch needle package, the Presencia Perle Cotton No.8 thread and a Hand Quilting DVD by Pepper Cory at

If you have never tried it, I encourage you to start with big stitch quilting. I’m loving the process which is the whole point.

My cat, however, is NOT loving it. There is no room for her to sit on my lap when the pillow, quilt and hoop is in place. I feel that she is looking daggers at the quilt and hope she doesn’t decide to chew an edge or something.

Small beginning

Small beginnings

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Close up of the stitching! Squeeeeeeeee!

Close up of the stitching! Squeeeeeeeee!



Layered and In the Hoop!

Layered the quilt sandwich this afternoon as I listened to the beginning of Pepper Cory’s hand quilting DVD. I used basting pins and trimmed away the excess fabric and batting. Then, of course, I learned on the DVD that I should have left more of the excess batting and backing attached. SIGH.

The good news is the quilt sandwich is now in the hoop and tomorrow I will get started. Very excited.

In the hoop

In the hoop

Victory! Quilt Top Complete

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I seriously had the best time making this one. I am completely sold on the Wonky idea.

The plan is to use big stitch quilting on this one. Updates and photos of the big stitch quilting journey will be posted. The backing fabric is scheduled to be delivered on Thursday so while my other materials are lined up and ready to go, everything is in a holding pattern.

My shoulder has made fantastic progress so hopefully layering the quilt will not be extra difficult.