Big Stitch Quilting with Sulky 12 Wt. Cotton Thread
I have to be honest, I had always looked at beautifully hand-quilted quilts and thought, “Well, that’s just crazy.” Although I loved the look feel and texture that hand quilting added to a project, I never saw myself doing such intricate work.
The funny thing is, I love hand embroidery. Ah, the slow pace, the relaxation of having a project to work on at all times (I always have a hand embroidery project in my purse); and the satisfaction of finishing something that only required a simple needle and thread.
I don’t know why it took my so long to realize that hand quilting is just one big hand embroidery project and usually using just one stitch, the running stitch!
Hand quilting, especially in the modern quilting movement, has made a big resurgence in the last few years. Many quilters have discovered the beauty and added texture this simple stitch can add to a project.
My personal favorite is big stitch quilting.
This isn’t the hand quilting you would see on a traditional Hawaiian quilt or a hand quilted whole cloth quilt. Those quilts are normally done with a thinner thread and very small stitches so the quilted pattern shows through, not the thread. This style also takes exponentially longer to finish.
With big stitch quilting, the thread really is the star, and that is why I like to do my big stitch quilting with Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Threads.
Sulky 12 wt. Cotton is equal to about 2 strands of embroidery floss, so it will stand out nicely on the project, and the colors are luscious!
Whether I am just doing several lines of big stitch quilting on some white fabric,
Or quilting a pieced quilt top,
This thread really changes an ordinary project into an extraordinary piece.
The beauty of this is I am just doing a standard running stitch! Are you looking to try something new? Then join me in the Slow Stitch Movement. Check out all of Sulky’s 12 Wt. Cotton thread here and let’s start stitching!
Love this big stitch quilting with Sulky 12 wt. One of my quilting students is working on her first quilt doing big stitch in pale peach and pink colors. I have made three baby quilts using Sulky 12 wt for the embroidery on a bluework, pinkwork, and redwork quilt each. Sold them all!
Is the Sulky 12 Wt. Cotton thread just for hand stitching?
Not at all! It’s also great for machine stitching. You just need to use a topstitch needle when using 12 Wt. thread in your machine.
What size needle do you use in your machine with 12 wt. thread?
I use a 100/16 Topstitch needle. My preferred brand is Schmetz
Just wondering if you use this weight in the bobbin when machine quilting?
I usually use 30 wt. Cotton or 60 wt. bobbin thread in the bobbin when using 12 Wt. in the top. It depends on the project.
Ann M Santistevan
It’s beautiful in bobbin work as well.
Love working with this thread for hand and machine work…
I sell machines and embroidery units. With a top stitch needle size 80/12 to 100/16 either weight 12 or 30 thread looks great with outline embroidery deigns. Multi colors really rock designs, try it you’ll love it!!!
I have taken my very small aluminum crochet hooks and crocheted fine delicate borders using sulky 12 at. on appliqués that I a plan on putting on a quilted wallhanging. It drapes beautifully when finished. I think I used a hook 11 or 12.
I LOVE hand quilting using the big stitch and 12 weight thread! I know the Cotton and Steel sets come in 50 weight thread. Is there any way of finding out what colors are used so I could buy them in 12 weight? The colors are luscious and I’d love to use them in a quilt I’m making.
Is this thread suitable for quilts that will be used and washed? Or is it more for wall hangings?
It is perfect for quilts that will be used and washed. All Sulky cotton threads are colorfast and the solid color cottons are even bleachable! They are very sturdy threads as well so you don’t have to worry about them breaking.
This looks very much like a version of Sashiko, is it?
Yes, you could say that!