I started in the center of the quilt and using the edge of the hoop as a guide I quilted a circle and then kept going around making a spiraling circle.
There is about an inch of space between rows but I am not measuring anything for this quilt. The piecing is rather random and I didn’t want the quilting to be “perfect” …I want some irregularity which I think fits better with the top.
The hoop is 22 inches across so the circles are quite large.
It is hard to quilt right up to the edge of the hoop so there is a space along the outside edge.
The circles will then overlap a bit as I add more.
Here you can see how the second circle overlaps the first.
and the next overlaps the first two
I have had questions about Big Stitch quilting. You may find some rules for big stitch quilting if do a Google search but I don’t do “rules”. For me there is no correct stitch count or spacing to be concerned with. If you like the way it looks it is correct. One way to look at it is that since the thread is much larger (thicker) than normal hand quilting thread you will need to use a much larger needle to get it threaded. Bigger thread and bigger needle naturally makes for bigger stitches but it might be better described as “Big Thread” quilting. On some quilts I have done 8 or 9 stitches per inch and this one is more like 5. for me the size of the stitch is determined by how I want it to look.
So back to the quilt. Here is what I have done so far.
here is the back
(don’t worry about those wrinkles on the back….I almost never press the backing first….after it is quilted and washed and dried you wont see them)
It goes pretty fast, but don’t get hung up on speed. Relax and make stitches that you like the look of no matter how fast or slow they happen. If you like the look of more uniform stitching go ahead and mark the top. for a more “relaxed” look go ahead and do it by eye.
I hope you give it a try.