When all the prep work is done on your art quilts and it’s time to start the actual quilting, you have many choices. On pieced quilts you can simple stitch in the ditch (where the fabric pieces meet at the seams). But most quilting artists prefer to use one of a number of stitching motifs.
|Samples from Candy Glendening’s
art quilting motif sketchbook.
Quilting motifs enhance the quilt not just because of the beautiful stitching. The motifs you choose can also emphasize the lines of the quilt design.
On landscape quilts, especially, the quilting motifs can help suggest topography and add texture. Even mini quilts can benefit from just the right motif.
Quilt artist Candy Glendening uses a wide variety of motifs in her art quilting. One of her favorites is the pebble stitch.
Here’s what she had to say about the pebble motif in the February/March 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine:
|The Pebble Stitch Motif,
by Candy Glendening.
Pebbles are fun and fabulous to free-motion quilt. With a few tips and a bit of practice, they may become one of your favorites fills.
• When trying out a new pattern it’s helpful to first draw the design on paper to get a feel for it.
• As you move from pebble to pebble, trace carefully over a previous stitching line to keep the pattern clean.
• Mix the sizes of your pebbles for a natural look-plus, larger pebbles will speed the process! Pebbles are a time-consuming fill, but the effect is worth the effort.
• As with most new skills, practice is important. Relax and take your time.
Candy has used so many different quilting motifs that she has made a sketchbook to keep track of them. She demonstrates how to make a sample book for stitch motifs in the February/March 2014 issue of Quilting Arts.
P.S. What is your favorite quilting motif, and why? Leave your comment below.