When I look at my Blog Stats Page I can see what people have searched for that led them to my blog. Recently Many people have searched for “How do you count quilting stitches”. I also read a lot descriptions of quilts listed for sale and many of them list the stitches per inch. There is no consistency in how the various sellers list the number. Some count the stitches from both the front and the back which is actually counting the stitches twice. Correct counting is done on the front of the quilt only and Is usually listed as stitches per inch. (in the United States)
Here is the quilt I am working on
There are lots of curves so it is not easy to measure and show the ruler.
But if I go to a place with straight lines it is easier to see.
lets zoom in even more and see how many stitches there are
between the 14 and 15 you can count 10 stitches.
I am not usually concerned about the stitch count. My big concern is that they be even, and uniformly spaced. The density of the fabric and thickness of the batting will have an effect on how many stitches can be made in an inch. Quality quilting does NOT always depend on stitches per inch.
A few years ago I sold this quilt on eBay, I added a picture of a penny next to stitches to give an idea of stitch size.
that is about 5 stitches to a penny , which is about 3/4″ so about 7 stitches per inch, the quilt has thicker cotton batting and thicker fabric, so less stitches but still they are rather uniform so the larger size does not bother me at all (also this was the second quilt I ever made).
So stitch count to me is not nearly as important as stitch uniformity and overall quilting design.
One more surprise for the day…I got some more Dick and Jane fabric in the mail today. 2 more panels like those I used for the quilt I finished yesterday, and one that features Sally.