Today’s Topic: More Ways to Divide and Conquer Quilt Design
Welcome to Week Nine of The Better Machine Quilt-a-long based on my book 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting.
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Good Morning, Quilters!
Again, thank you for all of your comments on marking tools! Yesterday, I offered the reasons I no longer use Frixion Pens for quilt marking (difficult to completely erase) and it seems I’m not alone. Several quilters shared their stories about Frixion pen marks reappearing. As always test all marking pens on your fabrics!
I’d also repeat that I use white chalk a lot–but I don’t recommend colored chalk as it can often be difficult to erase.
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Divide and Conquer Design
Yesterday, we reviewed a simple way to divide a square or a rectangle. We will be using this technique in an upcoming project, and I use this technique frequently to help divide large areas into shapes that allow for easier quilt design.
After dividing the quilt space–block or border–I sample a variety of motifs and combinations of motifs. I flip through my motif books
or I visit the over 150 step-by-step motif tutorials here at LKQ.
Your Ruler Collection
If you’re like me, you’ve amassed a large collection of rulers in a variety of shapes and sizes. In addition to squares and rectangles, you might have diamonds, triangles, circles.
Use your collection to create interesting designs as a framework for motifs.
Have you ever tried to divide a circle into equal segments? It makes my head twirl to think about pulling out a compass…
But there is an easy way.
Start with the divided square and extend the lines to divide the circle into equal segments. No compass!!!
As long as the center of the circle and the center of the square are the same point–it works!
The Quilt Design Formula
Use rulers and marking tools to divide blocks or borders. (You don’t need to stitch these lines!)
The divisions can be subtle…Instead of stitching a long motif like feathers in the large white border above, I divided the border into squares and stitched flowers.
Doodling is essential to good quilt design!
This week, focus on dividing your paper into compositions and filling the shapes with a variety of motifs.
Dividing the paper creates restraints and for many people-restraint makes design easier–not harder!
Doodle Every Day!
I have stacks and stacks of doodles (think fire hazard).
Starting today, I will share a few doodles every day–and maybe then I can purge the paper—but will I????
May your day be filled with
restraint unrestrained Joy,
Your Doodle Hoarder,
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