Divide, Design & Fill for Beautiful Quilting

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It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Lisa H. Calle has developed a method to divide large spaces on a quilt top into smaller sections and add beautiful quilting motifs and fills. Looking at open spaces on a quilt top can be overwhelming, but in this class, you’ll learn a step-by-step process that produces one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Lisa shows how to turn large spaces into smaller, more manageable sections by adding a series of dividing lines. Place lovely feathers, ferns, and leaves within the lines. Then, put the finishing touches on your quilts with fills that make your quilting motifs pop! Lisa even shows what to do to make that quilting mistake look like it was part of the quilting plan. No matter your preferred quilting method—hand, domestic machine, or longarm—this class will leave you looking forward to creating your own quilting designs. And best of all, the entire method requires hardly any marking or measuring!

Course Curriculum

Divide, Design & Fill for Beautiful Quilting by Lisa H. Calle - 2hrs 5min
Lesson 1. Introduction 0 Hours 4 Minutes00:04
Lesson 2. Dividing Lines: Drawing 0 Hours 25 Minutes00:25
Lesson 3. Dividing Lines: Quilting 0 Hours 19 Minutes00:19
Lesson 4. Sketching Design Motifs 0 Hours 11 Minutes00:11
Lesson 5. Design Motifs 0 Hours 26 Minutes00:26
Lesson 6. Fill Work 0 Hours 25 Minutes00:25
Lesson 7. Design Variations 0 Hours 16 Minutes00:16

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Fabric:

  • Quilt top
  • Backing fabric
  • Batting (Lisa recommends two layers of batting for added dimension: Quilters Dream Poly® Select as a base and Quilter’s Dream Wool on top.)

Thread:

  • 100 wt. for stitching in the ditch
  • 40-50 wt. for dividing lines and stitching motifs
  • 100 wt. silk or polyester for stitching fills

Other Supplies:

  • Camera or camera on a cell phone
  • Black and white photograph of quilt top
  • Printer
  • Tracing paper
  • White eraser
  • Painter’s tape
  • Longarm acrylic templates (or plates, cups, bowls, etc. that can be used for tracing)
  • Spray bottle filled with water (if hand quilting)
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • Snips or small scissors

Marking Tools:

  • Ultra fine point permanent marker
  • Mechanical pencil

Optional:

  • Basting pins
  • Sketchbook
  • Circle stencils
  1. If I work alongside Lisa in the class, what will I have when I am finished?
    You will have a three-step method to use whenever you decide to create quilting designs for a finished top. You’ll have the confidence to divide areas for quilting into sections and will know how to draw a balanced design. You’ll also know how to make feathers, variations of feathers, and flowers and ferns that can be added as special motifs. Finally, you’ll know how to add fills to make the entire design a cohesive unit when completed. All of that—with little or no measuring, marking, or math!
  2. Do I need to have a longarm to take this class?
    Absolutely not! This is a class that provides a technique for creating quilt designs. The approach can be adapted to hand, domestic machine, or longarm quilting. Lisa does demonstrate on the longarm, but the design technique is the focus of the class.
  3. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Lisa will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  4. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

Instructor Gallery

Student Gallery

  1. Cynthia Mitchell

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    Loved the class. When Lisa talked about how initially she was intimidated by figuring out how to quilt a project, I could relate. The step-by-step instructions along with tips on how to break everything down into smaller steps is really helpful. I learned so much! Thanks, Lisa!
  2. Lynn Tancig

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    Enjoyed your class. As I like to trapunto I was not sure if I would like the class. Good news. I learned a whole lot of new things I can incorporate in my work as well as a new concept of not marking the fabric. Overall I really am glad I took her class. She is also a very good teacher. She explains everything we needed to know and she used a dark pen so the students can see what she was do

    ing.
    I like the micro-stippling but have not used it in a while and got carried away and a few feathers became bushes. I now understand why the squares needed to be quilted. If not quilted they really stand out and project looks unbalanced or to large for the project.
  3. Robin Ryder

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    Excellent class. Lisa does a great job at breaking down her design process and talking about the choices she makes and why she makes them when creating a quilting design. The design process is applicable to many different situations and the quilting techniques she demonstrates are applicable to domestic machines as well as long arms.
  4. Wendy Kent

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    Love Lisa’s technique and she was able to communicate the design process very well. Also appreciated her teaching her micro-stippling technique. I do feel that quilting of the border was an important piece of quilting that was missing in this course. In many cases, the border is an integral part of the quilt and it was completely glossed over. While quilting of the border was briefly mention

    ed, the class neglected to demonstrate how to accomplish this and failed to mention at all how to incorporate a border into the design process. Other than that, I enjoyed the course and felt that I learned some very helpful ways to figure out how and what to quilt on my quilts.
  5. Juanita

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    I've watched both of Lisa's classes, love them both! Great instructions and demonstrations. I use her divide and design techniques a lot. Thanks for great classes.
  6. Lisa Yarost

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    This is truly one of those "teach a gal to fish" type of classes. Lisa walks through her process step by step to show the viewer how to design for any quilt, not just her example. She is easy to understand and makes all of the steps crystal clear.
    This course is worth every penny. I believe I will be using Lisa's design process for nearly all of my custom quilting work.
  7. Carmen van Eck

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    Thank you so much for this wonderful class. I watched it a couple of times and enjoyed every moment of it. I now know how to turn these white open spaces into something beautiful! Still need a lot of practice, but love every minute of it...
  8. KATHLEEN RUSSELL

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    I loved this class. I have watched it 2 or 3 times and have tried my own. Thank you for making this class so easy to understand.
  9. Betty Jo Tatum

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    Such a wonderful class. I learned a great deal and am looking forward to improving my quilting using the clearly taught techniques.
  10. Jody Anderson

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    Online Quilt Magazine Review

    As published in onlinequiltmagazine.com Vol. 7 No. 3 Pgs 52 & 53 Author: Jody Anderson

    “Divide, Design & Fill for Beautiful Quilting” by Lisa H. Calle iquilt is a great new offering from the American Quilter’s Society, featuring a range of video courses on a variety of different quilting subjects and techniques. This month, I watch

    ed the “Divide, Design and Fill” class from Lisa Calle, and frankly – I can’t wait to get started on applying Lisa’s tips and techniques to my next quilt! This 2 hour / 7 Lesson course was very well explained, and I thought, a more relaxed approach to achieving some of that detailed quilting that we all love the look of. Lisa breaks it down into easy steps and designs on tracing paper first, which gives the freedom to try different ideas first, with no pressure to quilt and get it right first go. She starts with dividing lines and quilts them, then it’s back to the tracing paper design drawings to work out some motifs to add, before quilting them too. She finishes up by drawing out some filler designs before quilting them as well, resulting in a stunning quilt from an easy step by step process.
  11. Melinda Roeske

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    I really enjoyed learning Lisa's thought process in quilting design and the progression from paper to machine. She presents a fun jumping off place for those of us that are easily overwhelmed with trying to mentally design the whole quilt while looking at it on the frame. I'm sure my seam ripper will enjoy a rest from trial and error designs done directly on the quilt!

    Lisa's tips on thread wei

    ght, batting choices and scale were also most helpful.

    Thanks to Lisa for your class and response to my questions & to all involved for presenting a quality class. I will look through my orphan blocks and start playing!

  12. Sabrina Stark

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    Lisa does a great job tackling the design process step by step. The information about dividing lines was particularly helpful as I now realize that is what makes the difference between stunning and mediocre quilts. I feel much more confident in my design skills after this class -- though I do still mark the design on my quilt top with water soluble markers before I layer the quilt sandwich.
  13. Michele Duffy

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    I began watching this video thinking “well, this will be interesting to see how Lisa does it,” which soon became “Wait a minute, I think I might be able to do this,” and then finally “Holy smokes! I can do this! I can’t wait to get started!” It is almost mind-bending how Lisa breaks down each task into manageable bites. I thought it would be too difficult: Lisa has won many awards fo

    r her quilting, so how could I possibly learn all of that with one little video? Believe it! Not only does Lisa give you a wealth of information, but she also alleviates the fear that keeps so many of us from beginning.
  14. Patrice Rine

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    I absolutely loved this class! I highly recommend this to all of you! I have taken live classes with Lisa as well as this class on-line. I have to tell you that although its always fun to be face to face and in the same room this online class was like a one on one or a private lesson - I had Lisa all to myself! Lisa is an inspiration and her quilting style is one that I aspire to. I would giv

    e it 10 stars but they only let me give it up to 5 stars! Excellent class and again I highly recommend this one, you will not be disappointed.
  15. Terri Vandenbosch

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    Wow!!! What a lightbulb moment this was for me!!! Lisa was definitely speaking my language--no measure--no marking and yet totally spectacular results!! She really challenged me to "think outside the block" when looking at how to quilt a quilt!!! I had so much fun with the class that I have already quilted up a little one for me--check out the gallery!! Thanks so much for sharing your techniques

    with us Lisa--would have given you a 6 stars--but that wasn't an option!!!
  16. Sheryl Adamson

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    I could not get enough of this. Loved every second. Can't wait for more classes' with Lisa! Thank you so much for giving us the confidence to do this with any quilt we make. Thank you again Lisa. 5 STARS
  17. Colette Beighley

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    This class was rich with information. Lisa is an excellent instructor who takes us step-by-step through design development and completely demystifies the process. I'm excited to try out what I've learned. I highly recommend this course!
  18. Joannie Strange

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    I LOVED this class!! Easy to understand. Well worth the money spent. Now I don't feel overwhelmed looking at negative space. I see them in a whole new light and I'm up for the challenge. Thanks Lisa!!!
  19. Susan Archey

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    I really enjoyed this class. I also learned a lot about quilting a design. It moves right along and does not waste your time. I can't wait to try this technique for my next quilt. 5 stars
  20. Cristina ARCENEGUI Bono

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    I enjoyed every minute of this class. Lisa has given me confidence to try to do a wholecloth. I would love to have more workshops with her
  21. Adele Merrell

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    What a GREAT class Lisa! WOW! I'm blown away ! I just finished and my mind is racing with ideas and excitement, I can hardly wait to get started designing my own quilt designs and quilting them using Lisa's process. Lisa is a brilliant instructor and presented everything in a very easy to understand way.

    I loved how she broke everything down and gave simple tricks and tips to add to my tool be

    lt.
    One of my favorite tips is when doing the floating straight line you fill the end with really small stipling to cover the ends.

    Lisa has given me the confidence to quilt on my domestic sewing machine using her techniques and has also inspired me to purchase a long arm one day.

  22. Janis Devitto

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    Love...love...love this class...thanks Lisa..this class is definitely an excellent tool for my quilting tool bag and one I will reference frequently!!!!!
  23. Merete Ellingsen

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    Thank you for a great class. My brain is just bubbling over with ideas now. I´ve really enjoyed the class!
  24. Lori Pratley

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    Lisa demonstrated design variations on the demo quilt and others she has done.

    I can hardly wait to start designing my own quilt tops. Only this time I have a proven process, instead of the "stand and stare method"!

    Thank you Lisa, you are an incredible teacher! I am so glad to finally be able to take one of your quilting classes. I live in Canada, and find it very expensive to travel to ta

    ke classes. I am thrilled to feel like I have you right here with me in my studio, every step of the way!
  25. Lori Pratley

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    Lisa covered various simple design motifs and explained when to use them. She also made it clear that there is no wrong design element, it is really just personal design style. I can hardly wait to try these to embellish my quilts!
  26. Mindy Burch

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    Professional, passionate and inspiring

    I've always been intimidated by the wholecloth quilting techniques. Where to start? How to layout a design? So many questions. Lisa answered them all for me. After watching her class I was motivated and confident enough to head straight to the drawing board and give it a try. She convinced me it IS possible to produce these intricately-detailed quilts using my domestic machine. Lisa presents the c

    lass in a very positive way and her passion for the craft shines. She is very inspiring and explains the flexibility this type of quilting presents. The possibilities are actually endless! Granted, I definitely need to practice but I know that is part of my process and I will get better with time. Thanks Lisa, I truly enjoyed your class and know that I've walked away knowing more than I did when I sat down.

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