The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 183 - Striped Beads

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 183 - Striped Beads

Whoo Hoo! We're officially on Day 183 and at the midpoint of this blog!

Of course whenever special days like this roll around I always get so worried about having a super special, totally awesome design to share.

But eventually I realized that that's really silly, so here's an ordinary, not super special pebbling design, that will nevertheless stitch up to make a pretty awesome texture!

free motion quilting | Leah DayCan you believe we're at the midpoint?! Only 182 designs left to stitch!

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Inspiration - Pebbling designs are some of my favorites and so far we've had many variations with Double Pebble, Cracked Eggs, Escargot, Easter Eggs, Spiral Pebble, and now Striped Beads.

All of these designs have the core circular shape in common which is time consuming to stitch, but the texture is totally worth it!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design is challenging only because of the huge amount of thread build up that can happen as you stitch the circles together.

I struggled with breaking thread constantly on pebbling designs until I changed the thread I was using. Try changing to a thinner, stronger thread if you find yours breaking too often and driving you crazy. 

Design Family - Stacking. Pebbling designs are created by stacking the circular shapes together in an irregular fashion. Because of the way it's stitched, this design can fit in even the tightest, most complicated areas of your quilt.

Directional Texture - No directions. This is another flat, organic fill design that would look great over the background of a large area. Just make sure it's not too large or you'll be quilting it forever!

Suggestions for Use - A little goes a long way with this design, so I'd use it in some small areas, like the centers of appliqued flowers, or within a very narrow vine section. It can be very time consuming, but you can't get this gorgeous thread texture any other way!

Back of Striped Beads
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and send in a picture to show it off.

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day

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