Divide and Conquer

Flower Power Practice

Flower Power Practice

I took the Divide and Conquer (Creative Quilting for Any Space) class by Lori Kennedy on Craftsy last week. In addition to Flower Power, an all-over free-motion quilting design, I learned some other motifs that you can use in small spaces, borders, or to make a whole-cloth piece.

First I made a thread sampler using some decorative stitches and Lori’s spool motif. I drew the first one with disappearing ink and then did the others without drawing. I marked one thread with an L for being Linty and one as being very Linty as there was lint on my practice piece as I was quilting and not just in the bobbin area when I was finished. I had trouble with the turquoise thread at the end of the day–I just needed to clean the bobbin area and then it sewed correctly.

Thread Sampler

Thread Sampler

Tension problem, back

Tension problem, back

Here is the Square Flower and my variation of the Sun motif. Note that you can use partial motifs in a triangle shape.

Square Leaf and Sun Practice

Square Leaf and Sun Practice

Here are a set of motifs: sun, dashes and dots, sailboat, and waves. I could use a little more practice on those waves. Two ways to practice a new motif: Keep drawing it on paper or use a white board before stitching with thread.

Sun, Dot/Dash, Sailboat, Wave Practice

Sun, Dots and Dashes, Sailboat, Wave Practice

A leaf design with border motifs (paperclip and rickrack).

Leaf, paperclip and rickrack practice

Leaf, paperclip and rickrack practice

The first row shows Lori’s design and I did a variation on the leaf veins after that.

One of the grid work designs involved ribbons and bows but I skipped it as I didn’t think I would use it and instead went on to the medallion motif of Nora Rose with Orange Peel background.

Nora Rose Sampler with orange peel background

Nora Rose Sampler with orange peel background

P.S. I have only finished the first five lessons of this class (there are three more lessons). I will come back to this class in future, which is the beauty of Craftsy. You can continue a class at any time and even repeat it as you wish.

This class is still on sale ($24.99) if you’re interested. Note the date of this post was 8/28/2016, so check for class availability.


Another class I can recommend is Leah Day’s Free-Motion Quilting Sampler. She takes you through making a large sampler quilt and also teaches you how to make and quilt separate blocks (quilt as you go) and then put them together.


Want more free tutorials and videos for free-motion quilting designs? Go to Lori Kennedy’s and Leah Day’s websites. They’re both on Pinterest as well. Till next time–



About bycandyp.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com and here (previously icandyet.com) but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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