Mariners Quilt Guild

Taking a stab at hand-stitching

Barb Robson prefers the stab stitch to the familiar running stitch

Barb Robson prefers the stab stitch to the familiar running stitch

Barb Robson returned to Mariners to give a hands-on demonstration of stab stitching on April 23. This is a technique of hand-stitching that involves making one stitch at a time. It’s an alternative to the running stitch familiar to many quilters. As well as showing how stab stitching is done, Barb shared her tricks – techniques for threading needles, favourite threads, marking pens and frame (a Q-Snap frame), as well as using needle nose pliers for pulling stubborn needles. We were fortunate, because in showing us examples of her hand stitched quilts from the past 35 years, Barb gave us a mini trunk show.

This week’s show and share was a bit different. As well as quilts from Dominique and Betty, two of the Lunch Box Challenge quilts were unveiled. May 13 is the official “reveal” date for most of the 21 Mariners who took part, but since several members couldn’t be there, they shared their projects the meeting before.

Here are some pics from the busy night:

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