Beginning Landscape Quilting—All About Trees
Landscape quilting is a technique that always piques great interest on Sewing With Nancy. Many of you have embraced this art and 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.
Learn to Create Dark-Shaded Trees
During the three-part series, we 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 my raw-edge appliqué technique.
You’ll learn that your quilting “pattern” is no more, 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 guideline. Watch online as we give fabric guidelines and create this scene. Find more information on the techniques in the book Beginning Landscape Quilting.
Natalie and I enjoy sharing our landscape quilts. Windy by Natalie Sewell 19″ x 22″ 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.
This inspirational photo guided Natalie on what fabrics to choose.
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. If you’d like to rewatch this program or any recent episode, go to nancyzieman.com to 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. One winner will be randomly selected.
Bye for now,