Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pleasing Pebbles

In the next few post I will try and show some of what I've been working on these past weeks. This is Carol's table runner. A simple pattern with leaves appliqued on a background fabric. As I watched this quilt "come to life" I stopped to take a photo to share with you.

What do you think? Did quilting make the quilt?

Every single pebble you see here was hand guided and my back had many stretch breaks.


Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's fabulous Mary! Yes, the quilting makes the quilt!

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful! I'm definitely going to do some pebbling on my next quilt.

Lisa said...

It looks wonderful. I have a handi-quilter and I am stuck in stipple mode. I need to put in some muslin or something and just practice all the wonderful designs I have seen. You have encouraged me in this. I think after the holidays....Then look out...
thanks for sharing.

WoolenSails said...

I do love your pebbles, just the right sizes and touch to the piece. You always seem to know the right design to turn the quilts into a work of art.


Monica said...

It looks wonderful Mary! But I think everything you do is wondeerful.

Speaking of quilting...I really need to get on hubby's machine and start playing with it. It's time to stop avoiding the longarm.

julieQ said...

Amen! I really love her applique...but your quilting really made it so very special!

Gayle said...

That looks SO awesome! And it will be even better after it's washed and puckers up a little bit - good job!

Cheryl said...

I have been practicing those. I love what you did with the applique.

Alberta said...

Absolutely stunning!!!!

Sharlotte said...

Looks great Mary!! I think this was just the uniqueness this quilt needed!:) A few years ago, I did this type of quilting on a quilt for my husband's stepdad. I did it for a walkway going up to a cabin and it turned out great!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

That's unbelievably gorgeous! I would lose my mind stitching all those pebbles! Great job!

Micki said...

I love your pebble quilting...looks fabulous!

busymom said...

Yes! Yes! The pebbling is just wonderful. I love it when the quilting brings everything together.

Kelly Ann said...

excellent peebles...

Linda said...

Gorgeous! Between her beautiful applique and your quilting...just gorgeous!

Donna said...


Anonymous said...

The runner does come alive with pebble quilting.

Nancy E

Quilter Kathy said...

Absolutely! Fabulous job!

Wanda said...

I love it. The quilting is perfect to bring the leaves come to life.


Anne said...

Looks wonderful! And it also looks like it took forever. Did it? You've got quite a talent there girlie!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very nicely done. It looks wonderful.

Darlene said...

Love the pebbles - perfection!

Wendy said...

Love the pebbles, you must be seeing circles all day after that one.

Shakerwood said...

That is so cool! What a difference.

Joyful Quilter said...

Definitely! I saw the runner on Carol's blog and thought how pretty, now it is stunning. Isn't it fun to watch the transformation?

StitchinByTheLake said...

This is the first time I've seen the pebbles pattern actually on a quilt and I think it's gorgeous. It really makes both the quilting and the leaves stand out. Excellent! blessings, marlene

Carol said...


AnnieO said...

Gorgeous---and time consuming, not to mention thread consuming, I'm sure! Carol should just love it. Fantastic.

paulette said...

I love it , Mary!! Just beautiful!

Carol said...

I think the quilting definitely made the quilt. The leafs are floating on a bed of pebbles, perfect.

Kim said...

Love this. I'm gonna try using pebbles for a runner I have waiting to quilt! Carol's runner looks great - very beachy. :-D

Loris said...

Beautiful! I love quilting pebbles too. It is such a wonderful filler and it looks lovely around those leaves.

Sherrill said...

I LOVE pebbles on quilts. A friend of mine does AMAZING pebbles on her DSM--so jealous! Your quilting looks amazing also.

free indeed said...

Quilting does make the quilt. I'm all for simpler designs like yours to let the quilting shine through..more of an art work piece.

Madame Samm said...

sew pretty it looking from a bridge at the flowers below along the stream... ok, sew that is

Needled Mom said...

It is gorgeous, Mary. What a great choice for a quilting pattern!!!

annieb said...

So beautiful Mary!

Sue said...

I love that. Have always loved the pebbles quilt design.

A Plain Path said...

Lovely! The applique is wonderful, but with any quilt project, I do think the quilting makes it. Beautiful job!

Lizzie said...

It certainly did..! The leaves look as if they're lying on a cobblestone path, love it...

Bari Jo said...

wow - THAT IS SO COOL! Now I want to make this runner, too and have you do that for me! All your work is stunning!!! I am so glad I found you! :o) Bari

Vicki ♥ said...

Yes I think the quilting has made the quilt...its fabulous!

Michele said...

Love the pebbles! They look great and they are fun to do! Thanks for showing your quilts in progress. Amazing!

beth said...


Quilt Rat said...

oh yeah.......LOVE pebbling. The table runner will be lovely...but yes the quilting makes it sing!

Cheryl said...

Amazing! I love it! Got your brochure and will send you a photo of one of my quilt tops very soon. Can't wait to hear your ideas!

Stephanie said...


Anonymous said...

Wonderful! I have to try pebbling!

Karen said...

Very cool looking!! Have never tried pebbling - I think I'll have to try it.

onlymehere said...

Yes! I think it looks like drops of rain coming down on the leaves!

Joanne said...

Pebbles are great! They really add a wonderful texture.

Pat said...

Oh,'s beautiful!

Karen said...

I watched a video on You Tube showing how to do the pebbles. Said it took a lot of time to do that style design. That looks mighty good on the runner you are working on.

Deb said...

Wow, that really sets the leaves off. It looks amazing.

Paula and Mel said...

Oh My! That is abosultely beautiful! The quilting maje the whole tablerunner just beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.

QuiltSue said...

I just love how the quilting makes the leaves stand out. It was specially noticeable if you compare the first and last photos in close up. Doing that type of quilting must take forever though.

Kaaren said...

Absolutely! I love it.

There's a lot to be said for "less is more". Great job, Mary!

Jacky and Steph said...

Yes, definitely! Amazing texture!

Janet said...

It's fabulous, I love the texture the pebble quilting adds, it must have taken awhile. It looks like a super table runner, nice colours.

Michelle said...

I love how it's BEAUTIFUL!

Cindy said...

YES YES YES, quiting made the quilt - 100% !!!!

Mary, do you program your Statler to do this or do you have to do it all tediously, by self-controling the longarm?

I am TOTALLY in love with the quilting - TOTALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Carrie P. said...

I think I like it alot.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

That is awesome Mary! WOW! I've been doing a lot of quilting and last night my shoulder was killing me. I could not sleep. And I'm just following a pattern with a laser light. lol I can't imagine how you must hurt.

Bonny said...

Your quilting is gorgeous - I love the pebble effect:)

Stitched With Prayer said...

Mary, it is beautiful. I'd offer a back rub if I lived closer, LOL. Doesn't it still amaze you as you watch the quilts (as you say) come to life. I don't think I would ever get over the thrill of seeing each quilts 'personality' start to shine through. Hugs...

Diane said...

Perfect quilting choice, simple & elegant--very labor intensive though for sure.

Brenda said...

GASP! I saw a tutorial on making those... I love the look, you did an amzing job!

Rebecca P said...

Mary, beautiful as always. Love the pebbles, lots of work.

MARCIE said...

Love it!

Mary said...

I looks lovely! Brilliant!

Becky said...

Absolutely Love the quilting on this one!!!! What a gift you have!

Jo said...

Mary it's beautiful...AWESOME job. Have a good Thanksgiving.

Vivian said...

Simply seeing the number of comments you've received answers your question, Mary.
Yes--it does make the quilt. It's a simple design but covering the open space with it creates drama! It couldn't have been done any more beautifully! It's truly lovely.

Denise :) said...

Wow. The quilting really *does* make the quilt! Wonderful job! :)

Manoli C. said...

It wonderful!!!
Happy Thanksgiving day to you...

Stephanie D. said...

What I can see of it was beautiful before; the quilting makes it stupendous!

Miriam said...

Really beautiful!! I love your pebbles! They complement the leaves perfectly.
The colours of the leaves are very calming.

Barb said...

Just wonderful!

Barb said...

sooo great. I would love to learn to do this -

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