Gardening with Your Sewing Machine
Two of my favorite hobbies are gardening and sewing. A little over 20 years ago, I was introduced to a quilting technique by Natalie Sewell, nationally known landscape quilt artist. Natalie and I became fast friends and schedule two–three quilting dates each year. During this three-part series, our goal is to simplify the Landscape Quilting process so that everyone interested can enjoy the pleasure of creating outdoor scenes in fabric.
How to Create a Garden Scene with Fabric
A great beginner’s project is to create a close-up garden scene. Natalie’s design, Summer Flowers, is the featured quilt we used during the TV program as an example for choosing fabric, messy and fussy cutting, as well as designing with raw-edge appliqué.
Our book, Beginning Landscape Quilting, is a step-by-step guide for designing simple scenes. We’re confident that you’ll have great success.
First we start with an inspirational photo. We teach you how to study the photo, which will help in the fabric selection process.
Watch online and follow along in the book as we show you exactly how to create a garden scene. Below are the pages from Beginning Landscape Quilting featuring the steps to create a garden scene. It is a direct step-by-step guide, leaving no question as to what to do.
We can’t help, but share a few of our scenes. Irises in my Garden is one of my early landscape quilts—I still enjoy looking at it!
The next landscape quilting topic focuses on ground cover. I’m certain your eye focuses on the Dancing Maple in Natalie’s quilt by the same name. The lively and spirited tree is the star of the design. Yet, without the interesting ground cover, the depth and dimension in the quilt would not be as impactful. If your inspiration photo features ground cover, we share the tricks of choosing fabric and designing that all-important landscape quilt element.
Dogwood by Natalie is another showcase quilt. I almost feel as if I could walk right into the woods!
My design, If Trees Were Teal, is more impressionist than realistic.
I am certain by now you realize you’re learning to use fabric as paint and scissors as your paintbrush to capture nature in a wall hanging. Natalie’s Autumn Birches design combines many techniques we’ve already explained, with the exception of background tree foliage. Next learn the importance of the scale of fabric prints and the importance of really bad messy cutting to give the impression of distant trees. (Learn how to do really bad messy cutting when watching online.)
Here’s another showcase, September by Natalie. Okay, we like to share our work!
Watch Beginning Landscape Quilting (Part One and Part Two) 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 for a chance to win a copy of the book Beginning Landscape Quilting. One winner will be randomly selected.
Her comment was, “The card trick is my favorite. I am fascinated by all the different designs one can come up with using such simple shapes!”
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