I was trying to figure out how I would quilt my latest quilt (tutorial coming soon, I promise as soon as I finish quilting this, I will post it!) and was stumped. The quilt itself is very simple - all squares and rectangles. Straight lines would be boring. Maybe staggered straight lines that would give it a sort of "plaid" look? Nah... The Kona Coal was reminding me of pavement as I was piecing this all together - I GOT IT! How about pebble quilting? It'll look like a gravel road!
After observing a few examples of pebble quilting online (aka doing a Google image search!), I tested it out on a scrap quilt sandwich. I tried going around the pebbles one time as I sewed - it looked good. But going around two times looked even better!
Looking at it up close, it seemed a little sloppy. I am sort of a perfectionist... I really am not a fan of skipped stitches, bad tension, frayed applique edges, etc... But when you take a step back and look at the big picture, what you're really noticing is the texture, not the fact that you've got stitches not perfectly overlapping each other.
I started out quilting a small 2" x 2" square on the quilt - it's much easier to rip out a small chunk of something you quilted! Especially with such dense quilting on this thing.
When I decided that looked good, I moved on to the bigger area next to it. The one problem I'm having is that when I get back around to where I started, there's a little bit of puckered fabric I have to just try to stretch out and quilt over. I had everything pulled pretty well when I pin-basted it on Friday. Any suggestions? Is that just something I have to deal with or is there a good fix for the puckers?
I've quilted 174 sq in so far and it's used up about four bobbins - from now on, there will be a stash of pre-wound bobbins sitting next to me, this technique uses up SO much thread!
I think it's going to look really neat on the back when it's finished. The design will echo through to the back but it will be sort of like a negative (the colored areas - where there is no quilting, will become the negative space).
Now if I could just buckle down and get through about 100 more bobbins, this quilt will be finished up and I can decide what to do for binding! I have some more Kona (it's Crimson or Ruby or something...not sure exactly which red) but I'm worried it will be a little too solid looking (solids are slightly out of my comfort zone - hopefully soon I will be embracing them!). I might get some yardage of one of the Hometown prints to use for it. Thoughts?