The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 311 - Pebble Ripples

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day 311 - Pebble Ripples

Two textures I absolutely love are Pebbling and curvy lines of echoing. Let’s combine these too textures together to make this beautiful Pebble Ripples design:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Looking at this design now, I realize the name should be Soap Bubbles! It reminds me of the little bubbles and swirling lines of water in a sink of dirty dishes.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate.
While this design might appear intense, it’s really a simple combination of Pebbling and Echo Shell. First start with a little cluster of circles. I aimed to always have around 5-10 circles in each cluster of varying sizes.

All you have to do then is simply echo around this organic shape. The more rings of echo quilting, the more interesting this texture will become.

Design Family - Echoing. This family of designs are all created by first stitching a shape, then travel stitching a short distance and echoing multiple times. Some good designs to get started with are Echo Shell, Echo Arches, and Brain Coral.

Directional Texture - All Directions. I believe this design is so attention-grabbing because it’s a combination of a very flat texture (pebbling) and a very fluid, moving texture (the echoes). Keep in mind that the circles are always going to show up much darker on your quilt’s surface, particularly if you quilt them in contrasting thread.

Suggestions for Use - Of all the designs we’ve learned so far, the flowing, organic designs like this one are my most favorite. I’ll definitely be trying to figure out a way Pebble Ripples, Tree Bark, Flowing Lines, and Swirling Water can all go together in one fantastic quilt.

Back of Pebble Ripples
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler design in your quilts,
and make sure to tell your friends where you learned it!

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Stunning Leah. I really love this design!

  2. Love it, love it!!! I will be using it tomorrow on a quilt I a working on. Thanks to you. I have learned so much from you. Can't wait to buy your intermediate book!

  3. I really like this one a lot. Now to practice!!!
    Mary Beth

  4. Leah,

    Another truly practical and very attractive design, you amaze me with all the different designs you come up with, its a pleasure evry time I get your email newsletter, to ccome over and see your new design.


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