I enjoy using seed stitch on my small quilts. It’s often used as a filler stitch in backgrounds and I like the quirkiness of the stitch directions. Don’t know what it is? Check out this page from the Textile Research Centre for an explanation.
It’s not a new stitch but looks contemporary. I used this as quilting on my recently-completed bird block and have previously used it on other small quilts. Here’s a close up, which shows how it appears.
I used variegated Wonderfil cotton thread, so the stitches vary in colour intensity. This is another way to add visual interest.
Here’s my completed piece. It is 12 inches square and is one of the blocks from Irene Blanck’s Paradise of Birds quilt pattern. It is now framed and hangs in my home – so cheerful!