The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 184 - Pebbled Paisley

Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 184 - Pebbled Paisley

Let's hear it for our first More Fillers Monday! Today I want to try another take at combining Pebbling and Paisley to see what can happen.

I've already tried this once before with Paisley Flower, but these designs work so well together, I'm sure there are many more new variation possibilities.

free motion quilting | Leah DayIt's a gorgeous day in NC, but I'll be spending my time inside working on Shadow Self. Yesterday I managed to get almost half of the clipping completed, but it's still far from being finished.

The exciting thing about this stage is as soon as it's finished clipping, it will be time to quilt! While the quilting on this quilt is sure to take awhile, it's still very exciting to be getting it to this stage.

I really want to have this quilt at least partially quilted in time for my next lecture with the Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Lincolnton, NC.

Since Winter Wonderland and Release Your Light will both be in the North Carolina Quilt Symposium show, the pressure is on to have something good for the quilters to oooo and ahhh over.

Inspiration - I've been playing with a lot of circular designs lately with Beaded Curtain and Bubble Path, so it just seemed natural to try a Paisley variation with it.

Difficulty Level - Advanced. This design is more time consuming and more advanced than most paisley designs. Just take your time and watch your thread play. If you find your thread shredding a lot, try switching to a thinner, stronger thread.

Design Family - Pivoting. This design is first started with a line of pebbles, but then you travel all the way back to the beginning and pivot off that starting point to echo.

Because of the way it's stitched, this will be a very good design for just about any area of your quilt.

Directional Texture - All directions. The circular shapes create a lot of thread build up, which draws your eye to the design. Make sure to put it where you want loads of attention!

Suggestions for Use - This design has loads of nice movement, is very attention getting, but at the same time it's also quite formal.

I'd place this design in a more formal show quilt. Mix and match with big free form feathers and you've got yourself a winning combination!

Back of Pebbled Paisley
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


  1. Leah, I have really enjoyed following your designs, but I have to say that I think this is my favourite so far. Thanks heaps.

  2. I simply have to try this. Fantastic!

  3. I am most in love with the paisley pebbles! glen


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