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Workshop - Pebbles and Play by Mel Beach
Pebble & Play!
Pebbles are one of my go to free-motion filler designs as they are so versatile and add spectacular, modern quilted texture! We’ll explore exciting pebble design variations that will add drama to your quilt tops! This workshop is perfect for quilters of all levels who are ready to play with pebble designs!
Sewing machine in good working order with the following accessories that will be needed for free-motion quilting:
Free-motion quilting/darning foot compatible with your machine is essential!!
Most have a spring and open toe feet are better for visibility/pulling up thread tails). Check with your machine’s dealer to make sure you have one that is compatible with your machine.
Sewing machine manual (prior to class, check to see how to install your free motion foot and lower your feed dogs and/or install a feed dog cover plate if your machine does not have the option to lower feed dogs)
Brand new needle installed (I recommend size 90/14 Topstitch or Microtex)
Optional: Knee lift bar and Straight Stitch Plate if your machine has either feature
2 quilt sandwiches (each should measure 18”x22”) top, bottom and batting pieces cut in advance. If you opt for the Mod Mola, we will layer/pin baste in class.
Please choose a solid (Kona) or solid-like fabrics (ie. Grunge) to showcase the stitched patterns
80/20 batting: My personal preference is either Quilter’s Dream or Warm & Natural
20 safety pins for pin basting (I recommend 1” curved safety pins)
Good quality thread: I highly recommend Aurifil 50-weight as it is strong yet thin and will blend in beautifully with your quilt top. Choose a thread color that has some contrast with your quilt top but try to avoid high contrast selections ie. black or red thread on white fabric. ** Fill 1-2 bobbins with matching thread.
1 roll of Scotch 3-M Original Blue Painter’s Tape (.94” wide)
1 plastic sheet protector
Black, fine tipped white board dry erase marker (ie. Expo brand, which are found in most office supply sections)
Pencil to doodle/sketch (handouts will be provided in the workshop)
Pair of tweezers and a pair of thread snips
Camera (digital, camera phone, tablet) to take pictures
Machingers gloves (I highly recommend as they will give you control and help you stay relaxed)
Self-threading needle (used for hand sewing and used to bury thread tails (recommend Sench Spiral Eye)
Mod Molas Option: bring a 18”x22” piece of contrasting fabric to layer into your quilt sandwich. (ie. bright batiks, hand dyes, ombres, rainbow prints all work well as the color/pattern varies for extra interest); seam ripper and curved tip embroidery thread snips (I highly recommend Havel’s Snip EZE 4 ¾” Embroidery Snips)
More pictures of Pebbling Designs are posted on my website: melbeachquilts.com/teaching
Questions/concerns? Feel free to contact me at email@example.com