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Divide and Design: Planned Machine Quilting Designs

on Oct 3, 2017 in Blog, quilting | 6 comments

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily QuiltsThe look of planned quilting designs is amazing. I love how they compliment the quilt and bring out a whole secondary design around the quilt block. In fact, I love it so much I grabbed the Divide and Design book by Lisa Calle.

Divide and Design by Lisa Calle

Her work is stunning (#fangirl), and she breaks down the method to design quilt motifs in her book. I’ve basically been putting off trying the technique until I had the perfect block-based quilt ready to go. Well, it occurred to me that may never happen. Lisa’s book outlines how to choose points to divide your block/space. Starting with that notion, I should be able to try her method on anything, right?

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Side story: This teal baby quilt has been in the UFO pile for nine years. Yes, I really just wrote NINE YEARS. I know because I won the fabric from Karen Combs’ booth at my first-ever quilt market in Fall of 2008. The fat quarter bundle was sponsored by Blank Textiles. Yes, NINE years ago. Now seems like as good a time as any to get this guy quilted up.

I remembered making the quilt square. (cough cough) I based my divide-points on the fact that I must have 12″ blocks in this design. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow the directions as closely as I should have. Lisa mentions tracing paper and black & white copies and other things to be really successful with this technique. Well….  I said “Ok, dots. I’m gonna do this right now!” I was really excited to try the technique!

After I loaded the quilt and was about 2/3rds the way finished with the longarm machine quilting, I noticed that my quilt was in fact a rectangle. Dangit. But, this revelation is ok. This is a practice piece, remember? No problemo.

This quilt also did not have defined 12″ quilt blocks as I had remembered. Turns out, nine years is a long time to remember details. Good gravy.

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

See along the top edge and bottom edge in the picture above? There are three 1/2 circle shapes, except the bottom edge’s circles are 3″ longer and look much more like pope hats.

Failing memory aside, I think my first go at Divide and Design was pretty neat. I will 100% be following the directions more closely and taking the time to choose a sensible block-based quilt when I try Lisa’s method again. In the meantime, this little rascal is going to be bound and likely donated to a local children’s charity.

Teal Baby Quilt | Divide and Design | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

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*This is not paid content. I wanted to try the book & technique.


  1. Beautiful work !! I so wish I could free motion quilt !

    Ann Nell

    October 3, 2017

  2. I took both of Lisa’s online iquilt classes…..she is an amazing teacher. After I watched them I went right to work and designed 2 wholecloth quilts……what a RUSH! I had so much fun stitching out my own designs, thanks to Lisa’s online tutoring. My wholecloth quilts can be viewed here:

    Many thanks for sharing all of your lovely quilting. I have followed your blog forever and do appreciate all of the inspiration you share with so many.

    Wishing you continued success in all you do,
    LuAnn In Oregon

    LuAnn H Kessi

    October 4, 2017

  3. Jen, you have done a great job, hands down for this beautiful pattern. I cant wait to make with the same color and fabric.I will also subscribe to your blog for more posts like this in my inbox.



    October 6, 2017

  4. Beautiful quilts! I’ll have to check out her online classes.

    Jen Eskridge

    October 9, 2017

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