by Shirley Stutz
In school I loved learning about fractions and their least common denominators. It seemed like a wonderful math game. I also love to find the least common denominator in quilting designs, reducing them to their simplest forms. This makes no-mark machine quilting easy.
To analyze designs, start by choosing a picture, a form in nature, or a design in the carpet. If you look carefully, you will realize that any design can be created from three simple shapes: straight lines, curved lines, and points.
Now that we have identified the common denominators, let’s draw them. Once you draw them on paper, you can draw them with your sewing machine. If you learn one design this week, another next week, and so on, in a very few weeks you will have a whole tool box of quilting designs.
The second of this three-part series is available by clicking here: nomark-mach-pt2