Proceedings: GI 2019

Algorithmic Quilting Pattern Generation for Pieced Quilts

Yifei Li (Carnegie Mellon University), David E. Breen (Drexel University), James McCann (Carnegie Mellon University), Jessica Hodgins (Carnegie Mellon University)

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2019: Kingston, Ontario, 28 - 31 May 2019

DOI 10.20380/GI2019.13

  • BibTex

    author = {Li, Yifei and Breen, David E. and McCann, James and Hodgins, Jessica},
    title = {Algorithmic Quilting Pattern Generation for Pieced Quilts},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2019},
    series = {GI 2019},
    year = {2019},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {978-0-9947868-4-5},
    location = {Kingston, Ontario},
    numpages = {9},
    doi = {10.20380/GI2019.13},
    publisher = {Canadian Information Processing Society},
    keywords = {quilting, pattern generation, spanning tree, texture generation, ornamentation, line drawing, continuous line drawing},


Free-motion quilting patterns are functional and decorative patterns sewn on pieced quilts using a single-line continuous stitch path for each region of the quilt. Seven families of quilting patterns are commonly used by quilters [3]. We present an approach for computationally generating three of these families. The user can control the design for each family based on a set of parameters, including the density and general layout of the pattern as well as the decorative elements. Our algorithm starts by sampling a point set in a designated region, generates a skeleton path over that set, then inserts decorative elements along the skeleton. We provide digital and quilted examples for each type of pattern.