how to design a winter landscape quilt Nancy ZiemanIn the upper midwest, you’ll find me snapping pictures of snowfalls to save for future landscape quilt projects. So far, the photo collection out-numbers the quilts created, but they do provide fun inspiration. My completed landscape quilts hang in my home and office, and I’d like to share a few winter-themed quilts with you today.

January In My Backyard

This morning, the view outside my window looks much like the quilt above. I created January In My Backyard many years ago. Since making this quilt, I’ve learned a lot of landscap quilting tricks from my quilting buddy Natalie Sewell, yet it’s my favorite winter scene. There isn’t any painting on the fabric, just raw edge appliqué. It’s rustic, but fun, and hangs above our fireplace during the winter season.

Blue Birches

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I gave this landscape quilt to my friend, Deanna. It’s really straighter than the photo shows! There were only 3–4 fabrics used in the scene. The key was choosing the right hand-dyed fabrics. To learn more of the process I used in this quilt, read my Blue Birches blog posting.

Chance of Flurries

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The background fabric and tree fabric are one and the same. I chose an ombré fabric that gradated from cream to black. The fabric has since been discontinued—sorry.  It’s a moody scene, much like the skies before the snow starts falling.

Moon Lit Birches

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A greeting card was the inspiration for this landscape quilt. At first I wondered how I’d create the shadows: A mottled gray fabric provided the solution. Snow scenes are some of the easiest landscape quilting projects to create since there is high contrast.

Future Landscape Quilt Project Inspirations

When you look at these photos, notice the blue cast in the top image and the brown cast in the other two photos. Winter is more than just black and white!

how to sew landscape quilts Nancy Zieman

how to sew landscape quilts Nancy Zieman

how to sew landscape quilts Nancy Zieman

How You Can Create Landscape Quilts

My quilting buddy Natalie Sewell and I have written numerous books on landscape quilting and have presented the book topics on Sewing With Nancy many times. You can watch the 3-part series on Beginning Landscape Quilting.

The process is like paint-by-number! We show it in picture form in the Beginning Landscape Quilting book and DVD. Here’s a teaser of the process.

  • Step one: Choose the fabrics.

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  • Step two: “Messy cut” the background. Draw in trees.

how to sew landscape quilts Nancy Zieman

  • Step three: Shade the trees with silver and black Sharpies.

how to sew landscape quilts Nancy Zieman

  • Step four: Add tree limbs and branches.

how to sew landscape quilts Nancy Zieman

  • Step five: Learn how to stipple, we make it simple. Then, frame your artwork in a 5″ x 7″ frame!

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What landscape scene would you like to create?

I’m always interested in knowing what seasonal landscape you would like to design? It could be a virtual quilt or an actual quilt. I do a lot of virtual sewing and quilting. There isn’t always enough time to actually make everything I’d like to, so day dreaming about it is fun too!

Watch Beginning Landscape QuiltingPart 1Part 2, and Part 3 on Sewing With Nancy online.

Beginning Landscape Quilting Natalie Sewell & Nancy Zieman

Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to dive into landscape quilting, which season would you most like to capture in landscape quilt imagery? Leave your answer in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of the Beginning Landscape Quilting book from Nancy’s Notions. One winner will be randomly selected.

Beginning Landscape Quilting Book by Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell from TVs Sewing With Nancy

 

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