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Divide and Conquer Quilting - Part 2

Posted: 11 November 2015 at 6 a.m.

Swan Sheridan

Guest blog:  Swan Amity Sheridan shares how to simplify quilting with the “Divide and Conquer” technique.  This is part two of two. (Part one here)

Step 3

Quilt the dividing lines.  (When the dividing lines are straight, a walking foot or a free motion foot may be used depending on the preference of the quilter.)  Notice that once all the ditching is complete and the dividing lines have been quilted, all the basting pins should be removed.

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With all the pins out of the project, the quilt will be more maneuverable and less likely to snag on any surfaces.  The free motion is now more truly free to move smoothly, allowing you to quilt without hesitations.     

Step 4

Quilting within the new division lines, create simple, continuous-line shapes that are both easy to create and complementary. I call these “foundational elements.” 

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Since the goal here was to create the illusion of light moving through the background, my chosen foundation elements look like curling ribbons. Two of the open spaces are left empty to allow for a different style of quilting. 

Step 5 

Use the foundational elements as guides to build detail quilting into the project.  This will allow a framework or “context” for micro-quilting both into and around the original lines. 

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An additional benefit of this method is the ability to hide any stops and starts in the edge of foundational element, providing the appearance of smoother thread changes and more flowing quilting.

When the center of the quilt is finished, the same process is applied to the border quilting.

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With Divide and Conquer Quilting, the final results are stunning! The viewer is offered movement, flow, and clean organization in the quilt, providing an improved experience.  At the same time, the quilter has the ability to define spaces, move smoothly, and eliminate disjointed quilting with hidden connections in the context of foundational elements; dense or detailed quilting thus becomes more manageable.

This quilt is now ready to bind and enjoy! 

Other examples of quilted projects that employ Divide and Conquer Quilting techniques by Swan.

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  • 2. Swan (11 November 2015 at 2:36 p.m.)

    I'm so glad you like it, Tina! You're very welcome!
  • 1. Tina (11 November 2015 at 12:01 p.m.)

    Your work is beautiful. Thank you for the information.

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