Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Divide and Conquer: A finish and a free pattern!

Need a little easy-to-finish springy quilt for your spring picnics? Or a quick quilt to whip up for Mother's Day this weekend? The Divide and Conquer quilt will totally hit the spot!

Divide and Conquer - free PDF pattern download

I just finished this quilt and wrote a simple pattern for it that you can download from Pellon's website. This is a quilt that you can easily finish in a day or a weekend.

Divide and Conquer - Back

Using some simple stitch-and-flip corners and cutting some large prints, you can create a vibrant, but really simple to assemble quilt. As much as I love intricate quilts, sometimes it's a lot of fun to put something together that takes less thought!

Divide and Conquer - Front Detail

I'm really loving the color palette I used for this quilt - I seem to be gravitating to it a lot lately, now that I think about it. There's just something about the coral and aqua and yellow together that just says spring to me!

Divide and Conquer - The Fabrics

The quilty photoshoot couldn't have been more perfectly Florida-ish unless there was a plastic flamingo in the shot - a lizard jumped on as I hung the quilt, and it took some serious encouragement to get him out of the way. He was just enjoying the combination of the sunshine and the beautiful quilt, I think, a bit too much to move.

Divide and Conquer - Lizard enjoying the quilt

I quilted this quilt using two different stitches to create a really cool effect on the back. I decided to try something new and used a curved stitch to emphasize the stitched-and-flipped corners, and creating a curved diamond. I then stippled the remaining parts of the block, using white Aurifil 50 wt thread. I really love the finished look, and I will definitely do more of this curved free-motion stitching.

Divide and Conquer - Back FMQ detail

Quilt Stats
name: Divide and Conquer
size: 60" x 72"
fabrics: Sketch in Coral, Pearl Bracelet in Yellow, Outfoxed Jewels in Teal, Outfoxed Foxglove in Ruby, Linda Lace in Peach, Frida's Dream in Cool, Henna Stripe in Gray, Eyelet in Gray, Flowerpop in Zesty, Houndstooth in Yellow, La Dee Da Floradots in Aqua, Imperial in Turquoise, Quilt Blocks Xs
pattern: Divide and Conquer, free pattern by me, download right here
quilting: Meandering stipple and arcs, in white 50 wt Aurifil thread
binding: Kona Azure, 2 1/2" straight-grain strips
backing: Meteor Shower in Sunset

If you make a quilt using this quickie pattern, please be sure to share it in the Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy Flickr Group and/or Threadbias Group, I'd love to see it! Have a wonderful day today!


  1. I like this so much! Love your color combo! Thank you for the free pattern.

  2. Just a beautiful quilt ans quilting.Great job and design!

  3. I am trying to decide if I like the front or the back better. It is tough. Great colors, quilting ideas and product. I have to emphasize my quilt backs more, they are important.

  4. On the blocks, the pattern just has a total yardage for each block part.
    How does the yardage break down per block part?
    ie: If you have 6 prints, would it be about half a yard for each print for the block prints?

  5. Cute pattern, and I LOVE the fabrics.

  6. congrats, gorgeous quilt and great quilting!

  7. Lol, love the additional wildlife :oD

  8. yes it screams summer time fun !

  9. Gah! You're killing me with the awesomeness! This is a great pattern!!

  10. Thanks for sharing. I've been looking for a quilt pattern for my grand daughter's bed and this will be perfect!


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