Wednesday, May 30, 2012
WIP Pebbling Place mats experiment
As I've been working on my wonky square ring blocks (another WIP, coming along pretty well), I've been thinking about how I'm going to do the quilting. I'd like to expand my FMQ skills. I can do a decent meander/stipple, but I'd like to try something new. I've always really loved the look of pebbling, so I thought I'd give it a go on a small project.
I went through my stash and pulled out some dark fabric so I could see my work. I started with a bit of a tension problem on the lower right, but ended up fixing it.
Here is where I need some advice! Just looks at this mess. LOL. When I was doing the pebbling, it seems my hands were working a lot faster than my brain. My brain got sort of stuck sometimes and didn't know where to tell my hands to go, so I'd end up making an awkward leap to another area, and the pebbles didn't end up looking right. The "brain and hands out of sync" thing usually is okay with meander, this was trickier.
The photo below shows how they looked when I first started pebbling.. not pretty.
And this photo below shows my work towards the end of the place mat after a bit of practice... the pebbles are bigger and more uniform.
The fabric I'm using for the binding is this colorful print from Hobby Lobby.
So I'm not totally sold on pebbling. I'm going to finish up this place mat and make another and see how I feel. It's very time and thread consuming!
Has anyone done pebbling? Do you have any tips? Is it just a matter of practice makes perfect?
Freshly Pieced , thanks for visiting - I'll be stopping by everyone's WIP's after work!