I decided I wanted to hand quilt this Double Wedding Ring quilt.
I've done big stitching in perle 5 on my Dandy Garden quilt.
I've done big stitching in perle 8 on my Rainbow of Favorite Things quilt.
I've done big stitching in perle 8 that was then laced (laced running stitch). This quilt also had some finer hand stitching in the ditch. (Grandma's Sewing Room/Spools quilt),
Last year I tried hand quilting with 20 wt thread on this ginormous (somewhere between queen and king sized) snowball/nine patch quilt. I couldn't get used to using a thimble. I couldn't get the stitching motion right. I couldn't get used how the quilt should fit in a hoop. And the stitches looked like basting when I was finished. So it sits in a crumpled heap up on the bed in the spare bedroom.
Everytime I had a coupon I bought a different kind of thimble to try. None of them felt right. Some fell off my finger. Some slipped when I tried to push a needle with it.
I finally found one I can work with. It has a little ridge around the top.
I have a hoop I like and I've learned not to pull everything taught like I do for embroidery.
I've started out by stitching in the ditch between fabric strips on the arches. My stitches are kind of hidden that way while I practice, practice, practice. I think I have the motions figured out and feel a little more confident. Now if I could just see a little better...
I'm meeting up with other folks at Kathy's Quilts for some Slow Sunday Stitching.