The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 109 - Spiral Pebble

Friday, December 18, 2009

Day 109 - Spiral Pebble

One of my favorite designs is Pebbling, so of course I've done many different variations of this design.

So far we've learned Double Pebble, Escargot, and Cracked Eggs. Now let's learn Spiral Pebble!

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Guess what I woke up to this morning? Snow.

While this may not seem like a big deal to most people who live in normal areas where snowy precipitation is a regular occurrence, it's pretty rare where I live in North Carolina.

Unfortunately the big, fat flakes of love only lasted for around 2 minutes and then were replaced with sleet.

Now, I love snow just as much as anyone else who never gets to see it and has never, ever shoveled her front drive.

It's great stuff and in NC, it shuts down the town solid for at least a week and the schools for around a month before everyone decides that it's totally and completely melted and safe to drive again.

Of course, you also get your mad dash to the grocery store for milk and bread. I've never really understood that part of the snow mania. Beer, Cheetoes, and oOeos seem like much better options to stock up on when you're stuck inside!

Well, enough about snow, let's learn how to stitch Spiral Pebble:

Inspiration - I really love pebbling designs and I always felt like Peppermint Candy was a bit too regimented for my taste. Here's another twist on spirals as well, which always look great no matter where you stitch them.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is really not that hard because your initial circular shapes can be so much bigger.

This stitch will definitely cover a lot more area in a lot less time, while still infusing your quilts with awesome texture.

Design Family - Stacking. The design is created by stacking the circular shapes together. Because you have such control over the size of the circles and how they fit together, this design will really work just about anywhere on your quilt.

Directional Texture - All Directions. Most pebbling variations are flat, directionless designs. Spiral pebble is different in that it has loads of texture and directional movement from the spirals.

Suggestions for Use - I'm definitely planning to use Spiral Pebble around one of my snowflake blocks. It's so versatile, it will definitely fit tight spaces just as well as big, open spaces.

Back of Spiral Pebble
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Leah Day


  1. Leah:

    This one's really beautiful. With the navy blue background, it looks like real snowflakes at night. Thanks again!

  2. I'm new to your blog and am a follower... Love the video tutorials... As a beginning quilter, I'm looking forward to learning more options for free-motion... I'm on my third quilt ever and two of them I've quilted myself...

  3. This one is perfect for the quilt I'm working on now which already has some spirals, but I was trying to figure out something for the border - I think this will be it!
    Thank you! (and the fact that it should work up quickly is a bonus as this is intended as a Christmas present!)

  4. That is just the design I need for my waiting in the wings project.
    I know what you mean about snow and wintery weather in NC. I am Canadian and spent some months in Raleigh, it was educational I must say... at least MOST folks stayed put instead of scooting about without snow tires or snow driving experience.


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