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Many years ago, my husband and I took a trip to Greece. I kept numerous pictures from that long-ago trip in my inspirational file and decided last year to design and stitch a landscape quilt. Use the Back Door—I name all my landscape quilts—was designed from a combination of several photos. The process seemed to take forever. I’d work on it, put it away, and then start again. Can you relate? Last week I finally stitched on the rod pocket and hung it in our foyer. Whew! (It really doesn’t bow in the middle, my photography is less than stellar.)

When presenting seminars on Landscape Quilting, often times people want to study my stippling. I give myself a C+ when it comes to that task. I create landscape quilts for fun, not to win at quilt show competitions. Last week, one of the blogs featured No-Fear Free-Motion Quilting.  This blog shows another option for stippling, namely to quilt together the layers of a wall quilt. Here’s how I free-motion stitch or stipple.

Layer the quilt using a quilting frame

  • Press the quilt top.

landscape quilting nancy zieman and natalie sewell

  • About ten years ago, I decided to make the investment in a quilting frame. My choice was a Hinterberg Quilting Frame. The back and batting are pinned to fabric leaders, the blotchy green fabric. I had lots of yardage in my stash! Ugly, I know.

landscape quilting nancy zieman and natalie sewell

  • Then, the quilt top is pinned to the batting/backing and to the appropriate leader.

landscape quilting nancy zieman and natalie sewell


  • Thread the machine with monofilament thread in the needle and lightweight bobbin thread that matches the backing fabric in the bobbin. I use Madeira’s Clear Monofil Thread.
  • Then, lower the feed dogs and stitch.

landscape quilting nancy zieman and natalie sewell

  • Follow the lines of the design when applicable and fill in with “light bulb” shapes. My stitching is far from perfect, but it doesn’t stop me from stippling!

landscape quilting Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell

  • The designing process is never quite finished. I keep fabric markers close at hand and add fine-tuning details. In the TV series and workbook that Natalie Sewell and I wrote, Landscape Quilting Workshop, we show you how easy it is to shade with just two permanent markers.

landscape quilting Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell

  • To give depth to the scene, I don’t always stipple key areas such as the door and the clay pots.

landscape quilting Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell

  • The quilt now hangs in our foyer. It’s a pleasant design and reminds me of vacations long past.

landscape quilting Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell

More on landscape quilting!

Natalie Sewell is my quilting buddy and we have co-authored several books on landscape quilting. Landscape Quilting Workbook details 12 unique design processes. Design along with us, and create 6″ x 8″ mini quilts! It’s a great way to learn the process.

Landscape Quilting workbook Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell

The Art of Landscape Quilting is a technique book that details the step-by step process and photos of our quilts. It’s also a great coffee table book.

The art of landscape quilting by Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell

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