Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine #51 / Virtual Trunk Show #11


Hello Friends, this is a lumped together “Thread Talk” and “Virtual Trunk Show” post.  I am subtitling this post, “Pebble Power” – you shall see what I mean!  I hope you will be able to see just powerful these pebbles are in adding to the look of your quilts!  Feel free to click on the quilt names for further pictures of the quilt.

1.  Flower Duet (American Patchwork & Quilting, June 2012)


2.  Starry Pursuit (Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Winter 2011)

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3.  Solace (Quilt Trends, Spring 2012)


4.  Quilting Around the Applique Block (Quilter’s World, April 2011)



5.  A Tale as Tall as a Tree (Quilter’s World, October 2012)


6.  Garden Mist (Quilter’s World, Summer 2013)


7.  Winter Bouquet (The Quilter, December 2011/January 2012)

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8.  Sweet Meadow (The Quilter, August/September 2012)


9.  Pumpkin Patch (Log Cabins Today, House of White Birches, 2011)

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10.  Christmas-tide, publish pending


I hope these pictures give you some ideas on how to use pebbles in your quilting.  I also covered the pebbling technique in my online “Learn to Machine Quilt” class.  You still have time to enter my giveaway of a free class here.

Learn to Machine QuiltClick here to view my previous Thread Talk posts.

Click here to view my previous Virtual Trunk Show posts.

Thanks for stopping by.  As always, I appreciate all your comments!  Hugs to you all.


19 thoughts on “Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine #51 / Virtual Trunk Show #11

  1. Wow, I was just admiring your pebble in your previous post and here’s a post all about pebbles! Awesome! Your quilting is beautiful!!!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  2. Pebbling (bubbles????) add not only variety and dimension but a formal/elegant feel, I think. You are the “master” pebbler!!!! (I don’t think that’s a word….LOL! But it fits! Also, I didn’t feel comfortable calling you a “mistress”!! ROFL!!!). SSAB!!!!

  3. Hi, Wendy! I LOVE how you use pebbles/bubbles in your quilting. How do you keep them so even and round? And since there is so much thread in quilting pebbles, do you think it is mandatory to use 60/2 cotton or #100 silk for this motif? I’m surprised you included pebbles in your online class, since you said the class is geared towards beginners just starting out. I think pebbles are pretty challenging. Now, I have my own version that I call the Lumps of Coal fill pattern… ;-) Hah!

    Do you have plans to offer another quilting class anytime soon, maybe with feathers and intermediate kinds of designs?

  4. Lovin’ all those pebbles. It is fun to see the different ways that they emphasize the different patterns and techniques. So interesting when they are different sizes. Thanks for the many and various examples.

  5. Wendy, Quilting Around the Appliqué Block is still one of my all time favorites. The stitching is absolutely stunning.

  6. I can’t imagine how you quilt such perfect pebbles; would love the opportunity to win your class and learn your techniques.

  7. I don’t think they should be called pebbles………I think they are more like beautiful pearls!!! It is interesting how they all take on a life of their own in each quilt.

    Great job, Wendy!!

  8. As always, your work is absolutely perfect! I look forward to Ivory Spring and seeing your work! I wouldn’t be able to make one pebble in a hundred years.

  9. I have always loved your use of pebbles – especially in the stems of your feathers, but these are all wonderful. Your circles are so perfect.

  10. Here’s to “Pebble Power”! The combination of the pebbling technique and thread colours is very effective. Love it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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