Start with a simple photograph, or collection of photographs, and give landscape quilting techniques a try. We always have great interest in the landscape-style of quilting on Sewing With Nancy. Many of you have embraced this art and have created wall quilts featuring the beauty of nature. Others have voiced an interest yet are hesitant to start. Taking the challenge to further streamline the process, I’ve invited my quilting buddy, Natalie Sewell, to present a series on landscape quilting from a beginner’s perspective. You can watch the first episode online.
During this three-part TV series, Natalie and I take a simplified approach to landscape quilting. It’s all about trees—dark-shaded trees, light-colored tress, snow-accented trees! You’ll learn to messy-cut, glue, shade, and finally stitch a tree—ta-dah, you’re a landscape quilter.
First we’ll show you how to create a simple fall scene. Natalie’s quilt, October Evening, features dramatic trees and simple foliage. Instead of showing you how to make this specific design, we’ll detail how to easily create trees with our raw-edge appliqué technique.
You’ll learn that your quilting “pattern” is no more, or no less than an inspirational photo. You’re not going to create a wall quilt that looks just like the photo, only use the photo as a guide. Watch online as we give fabric guidelines and create this scene. Find more information on the techniques in the book Beginning Landscape Quilting book and DVD.
Natalie and I enjoy sharing our landscape quilts. Windy (19″ x 22″) by Natalie Sewell shows how simple, yet effective a design can be.
When you’d like to create a landscape featuring birch or aspen trees like Natalie’s design, Old Friends, some of the same designing principles apply, along with a few new tricks. In this design we’ll detail how to create depth and shape, and also how to improvise when you can’t find the exact leaf fabric.
I took some leeway with my quilt, Blue Birches, casting a blue hue to the birch trees.
Winter landscape scenes pose new design opportunities. River Birch Trees in Snow by Natalie, showcases the stark contrast between the snow and trees. We think you’ll be slightly surprised to learn all the fabric options when your inspiration comes from snow-covered ground.
This photo “tells” you that very few fabrics are needed.
Thank you for joining us today for the first episode of Beginning Landscape Quilting. To watch this program or any recent Sewing With Nancy episode, go to nancyzieman.com and watch online.
Watch Beginning Landscape Quilting on Sewing With Nancy online.
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 to be considered for a copy of Beginning Landscape Quilting from Nancy’s Notions. One winner will be randomly selected.
Her comment was, “I like a pattern that has different design features. Thanks for the chance to win it. And thanks, Nancy, for the tips.”
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