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An Algorithm That Takes The Grunt Work Out of Quilting

"A new algorithm automates the notoriously complicated—and often frustrating—process of figuring out the order of steps in advanced quilting patterns." How does it do it? Read on to find out! (Photo Credit: Mackenzie Leake)

 

From Futurity:

 

"Stanford University computer science graduate student Mackenzie Leake has quilted since age 10, but she never imagined the craft would be the focus of her doctoral dissertation. Included in that work is new prototype software that can facilitate pattern-making for a form of quilting called foundation paper piecing, which involves using a backing made of foundation paper to lay out and sew a quilted design."

 

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"Each of the blocks in this quilt were designed using an algorithm-based tool developed by Stanford researchers." (Photo Credit: Mackenzie Leake)

 

Algorithm Designed Blocks Mackenzie Leake

 

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susan hilsenbeck
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Could not agree more with you Julie.

I also love how the algorithm actually codifies what we do when we design a FPP block -- you work backwards to get the order.

juliefugate
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This is so cool! I spent most of my working career as a software engineer and I've always felt quilting feeds both sides of my brain. I've quilted since I was in 7th grade (I'm 61 now) and the logic and precision has always appealed to me. In...

This is so cool! I spent most of my working career as a software engineer and I've always felt quilting feeds both sides of my brain. I've quilted since I was in 7th grade (I'm 61 now) and the logic and precision has always appealed to me. In addition, the play of light, color, shape and texture has also fed my soul. I'm delighted that someone has married the intricacies of complex design with the power of algorithm and software! A step beyond EQ...

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