Wednesday, September 19, 2018

big stitch ~ small projects


Lately I've been quite enjoying simple, repetitive, and highly meditative nature of hand quilting. Now, the projects I hand quilt are nothing fancy or large in size. They are mostly just pieces of scraps I sew together into small-ish blocks which I then turn into mats or coasters for our home.


Pretty lovely, aren't they? Scraps make my heart sing :)


Here's an in-progress photo for you to see.

I use pins (or safety pins) to hold the scrappy block and cotton batting together and usually mark a line or two for me to start stitching. I space my lines 1/4'' - 1/2'' apart and since my projects are pretty small I can just get away with eyeballing the distance. Oh, and I stitch through both the top layer as well as batting.


These are my favorite supplies for hand quilting (all self - explanatory, I think).

I'm especially excited about the two cotton threads in the upper left corner since they sort of feel and look like sashiko thread but are a lot cheaper to buy. I purchased mine locally but I'm sure you could find them online too.


Once my mats are quilted I trim off extra batting, add backing, and bind them the same way I would a quilt. I first add my binding to the front and hand stitch it on the back using running stitch.


Pretty fun, aren't they? And super, super useful which is what I like the most.

Do you like turning scraps into pretty projects? What are your favorites?

Svetlana


8 comments:

  1. Those mats/coasters are pretty sweet! I like your limited palette. My favorite small project with scraps are baskets.

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  2. I'm curious why you do not quilt through the batting? Also, what is the brand name of the two threads below the grey Katia yarn? Is it pearl cotton? I can't get pearl cotton wound like that any more...it comes in a skein. I Love your work! Thanks.

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    1. I like to use thicker, more sturdy fabric like canvas for backing and my fingers hurt when I try to hand stitch through those fabrics, so this systems works for me as it lets me enjoy handwork without any unnecessary pain.

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  3. Beautiful work! What brand/size needles do you use for this thread?

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  4. These are fabulous and so inspiring.

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