Enhance Your Creative Quilting with The Pebble Motif

6 Jan 2014

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.

quilt art stitch 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:

art quilting pebble stitch
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.


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Comments

on 7 Jan 2014 7:46 AM

What a lovely post! Having a sample "book" of quilting designs is a perfect way to remember what you did the last time without having to dig out the quilt itself. My favorite, "go-to" quilting motif is very similar to what Candy has in the image above using the red thread. I don't have a name for it, but I can do this in my sleep. Pebbles and I don't get along very well - they are SO labor intensive. But they really are fillers for small spaces (in my humble opinion). Thanks for sharing this today. I loved it!

sallyg@13 wrote
on 7 Jan 2014 9:46 AM

Love leaves - so many variations you can do with them!

Leslie247 wrote
on 12 Jan 2014 7:56 PM

I love leaves, too:)

lellytots wrote
on 19 Jan 2014 8:52 AM

I really want to make a quilt. I have the filling and fabrics and everything really to start but I am not sure how to do it. I hesitant as I want to do applique on the front but am not sure how to do the back with one of the sewn patterns like this or any other as I am not sure how to not make the back sewing stitches show on the front where it will be appliquéd.  I hope that makes sense. I've had all fabrics and everything since way before Christmas but it's still left untouched.

lellytots wrote
on 19 Jan 2014 8:53 AM

I really want to make a quilt. I have the filling and fabrics and everything really to start but I am not sure how to do it. I hesitant as I want to do applique on the front but am not sure how to do the back with one of the sewn patterns like this or any other as I am not sure how to not make the back sewing stitches show on the front where it will be appliquéd.  I hope that makes sense. I've had all fabrics and everything since way before Christmas but it's still left untouched.