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Landscape quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman, First Day of Summer by Nancy Zieman

Try Landscape Quilting Today

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Landscape quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman, First Day of Summer by Nancy Zieman

Start with a simple photograph, or collection of photographs, and give landscape quilting techniques a try. We always have great interest in Natalie’s and Nancy’s 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. Nancy and Natalie Sewell, had a wonderful time working on Beginning Landscape Quilting. You can watch the first episode online.


Learn to Create Dark-Shaded Trees

During this three-part TV series, Natalie and Nancy take a simplified approach to landscape quilting. It’s all about trees—dark-shaded trees, light-colored trees, and snow-accented trees! You’ll learn to messy-cut, glue, shade, and finally stitch a tree—ta-dah, you’re a landscape quilter.

Landscape quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman, inspirational photoFirst they’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, Nancy and Natalie detail how to easily create trees with their raw-edge appliqué techniques.

Landscape quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman, October Evening by Natalie SewellYou’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 Nancy and Natalie give fabric guidelines and create this scene. Find more information on the techniques in the book Beginning Landscape Quilting book and DVD.


Landscape quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman, First Day of Summer by Nancy Zieman

Natalie and Nancy enjoyed sharing their landscape quilts. Windy (19″ x 22″) by Natalie Sewell  shows how simple, yet effective a design can be.

Landscape quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman, Windy by Natalie SewellCreate Light-Colored Trees—Birch or Aspen

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. This design details how to create depth and shape, and also how to improvise when you can’t find the exact leaf fabric.

Landscape quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman, Old Friends by Natalie SewellThis inspirational photo guided Natalie on what fabrics to choose.

Landscape quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman, inspirational photo

Nancy took some leeway with this quilt, Blue Birches, casting a blue hue to the birch trees.

Landscape quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman, Blue Birches by Nancy ZiemanCreate a Winter Landscape

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.

Landscape quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman,River  Birches by Natalie Sewell

This photo “tells” you that very few fabrics are needed.

Landscape quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman, inspirational photo

Watch Beginning Landscape Quilting (Part OnePart Two, and Part Three) on Sewing With Nancy online.

Happy Landscape Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

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66 Comments

  • judy
    February 15, 2018

    Spring is my favorite time of year.

  • Linda
    February 15, 2018

    I would love to create a landscape wall quilt for each season of the year. We have many beautiful photos of scenes from vacations and even just here at home, and I can envision them on our wall in fabric.

  • Max
    February 15, 2018

    A great learning tool in learning something new to me.

  • Marty
    February 15, 2018

    I’d like to make a quilt depicting all four seasons of the same scene.

  • Julie Kill
    February 15, 2018

    I love to watch the season change at our farmsite. That is where I would start. We have a beautiful vignette outside my kitchen window. There is a little shed that looks like a red barn, and a pathway that leads into the woods….. I would like to capture it in a quilt for each season for my dining room wall.

  • Cheryl Buchanan
    February 15, 2018

    I love winter! And I a so in love with birch trees, I would definitely make a quilt using those trees. On my bucket list!

  • Donna Fecteau
    February 15, 2018

    i love the colors of autumn and the view out my kitchen window. I would like to capture that view and have it year round in a quilt.

  • Jane Looez
    February 15, 2018

    My favorite ate the snowy winter scenes. Those birch trees in the white snow background are beautiful. My kind of scene for sure!!

  • Betty G
    February 15, 2018

    New beginnings refresh the soul and spirit. I’d be interested in devoting time to a scene depicting spring, when the tired and drab winter yard comes alive. The quilt could have a basket of flowers in the center, surrounded by various other stemmed flowers and the birds that come to my feeders.

  • Sandra Namken
    February 15, 2018

    I’d love to recreate a photo with fabric!

  • Bonnye
    February 15, 2018

    My favorite season is spring. The beautiful green foliage.

  • Thunder
    February 15, 2018

    I think spring would be fun to do, fresh new growth…

  • Brenda
    February 15, 2018

    I love fall colors and my enormous stash reflects that!

  • Ennis A
    February 15, 2018

    I love Fall!! And I’ve wanted to try Landscape Quilting ever since I saw it from Nancy. Thanks!!!

  • Susan Spiers
    February 15, 2018

    Spring with all the bright colors of the newly bloomed flowers!

  • Tifeni Whittington
    February 15, 2018

    I want to try the winter landscape. I live in rural Washington and the snow covered trees here are a magnificent image of God’s creation of nature.

  • Debra Williams
    February 15, 2018

    I would like to try the fall landscape – all those beautiful autumnal colors – yummy! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Laura
    February 15, 2018

    I’d love to make a fall landscape. Even though I don’t really get fall colours where I live, I do love the look of the trees at this time of year.

  • Vanessa Vodak
    February 15, 2018

    I would like to do a fall landscape. Where I live we have a lot of ever green trees with sudden pops of brilliant Scarlets and oranges here and there. They really stand out against the different shades of green.

  • Deena K Paine
    February 15, 2018

    I love them all, but the Wintery scenes really catch my eye 1st. I love the leaves and bark of the tree that look like it’s coming off the page at you.
    I’d love to have her book on Beginning Landscape Quilting book and DVD.
    Deena Paine
    My deepest prayers of healing for the loss of Nancy Zieman. To Nancy’s family and her extended family the folks that worked with her, I know she was well loved and I’ll miss seeing her as I know you all will also.

  • Debra
    February 15, 2018

    I would love to try a winter scene, embracing the beauty of snow and the naked trees. I love the shadows of blues and gray on white seen in a winter scene. I have some lovely photographs I could use as a starting point. Of course I’m ready for spring to arrive soon….!

  • Kathryn E
    February 15, 2018

    I would love to make a spring landscape quilt. I love spring flowers and would love to make a bright sunny quilt. I know that winter is much more dramatic, but there is too much winter in Wisconsin.

  • Susan T
    February 15, 2018

    Fall is my favorite season so that guides my choice.

  • Pat
    February 15, 2018

    I would create a landscape quilt featuring a fall scene. I love the golds, browns and oranges of the fall season. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  • Joan
    February 15, 2018

    I love the colours of fall, so would choose to do a fall scene first.

  • Carol
    February 15, 2018

    Nancy made creating landscapes look like fun! Would love to win the book and make one of my own!

  • Sandra Schroeder
    February 15, 2018

    As much as I love the winter snowy scenes, my choice is SPRING! I love lots of color & feel it invokes new life, new feelings & just makes you feel HAPPY!!! I would love to try landscaping technics to create Happiness!!!! Hope I win!!! Sure do miss Nancy..she always seems to care about her people & followers!!

  • Melissa
    February 15, 2018

    I would do a fall quilt as my favorite colors are the colors of fall, but because I live in Texas we really don’t have fall, I would have to work with a picture from somewhere else(New England).

  • Bonnie Frame
    February 15, 2018

    My daughter has a lovely Italian style window overlooking a wooded lot. Although it is winter in Minnesota, the view is spectacular. I would love to make a small quilt as a reminder when I am home in the Chicago area as my kitchen window overlooks the neighbor’s brick wall… Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Kathi Martens
    February 15, 2018

    I am sooo interested in this. Have often admired the work and will watch the video to make myself aware of the processes of design I need to master to become efficient at this. Thank you for presenting this on Nancy’s blog again. God bless….

  • Kathy Copeland
    February 15, 2018

    I have always wanted to try the landscaping techniques but was always afraid. Now I have put my mind to trying one and I have always loved the fall when the leaves are just turning.

  • Virginia B
    February 15, 2018

    I would to have this book to get me started on a landscape quilt.

  • Shirley Clark
    February 15, 2018

    I was so fortunate to be in a lecture where Nancy explained some of the landscape quilting. I have been intrigued ever since. I think I love the fall and winter landscapes best.

  • Kathie Robbins
    February 15, 2018

    I love to capture spring, and winter. Especially the Columbia River Gorge, which I live near. So much inspiration!!

  • Doreen Linehan
    February 15, 2018

    I’d probably do either a fall or winter scene.

  • Bonnie
    February 15, 2018

    I would love to make a landscape quilt for autumn. The beautiful colors of the season are amazing. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • kathy
    February 15, 2018

    I would love to try a winter landscape quilt. Even though I am ready for winter to be over with!!

  • Gail Beam
    February 15, 2018

    All of the landscape quilts are Awesome!! I think I would like to try a spring time quilt.

  • M C.
    February 15, 2018

    I think I will try to do one quilt for each season. Could be 4 different scenarios or all from the same place…
    I will love to get a book!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Rhonda Maxfield
    February 15, 2018

    I would love to learn landscaping. I would like to try spring first. Then maybe the fall. What great quilts for decorating the walls. Thanks for the chance to try.

  • Michelle Hall
    February 16, 2018

    I would probably choose a Spring or Summer desi

  • Michelle Hall
    February 16, 2018

    I would probably try a spring or summer design

  • Carol P
    February 16, 2018

    I could look at these quilts for hours. I am going to try my 1st landscape quilt this year!

  • Carol P
    February 16, 2018

    forgot to add – love all the seasons, I think I would try winter first, seems it might be easier

  • Nancy Parrish
    February 16, 2018

    All seasons have a special gift. I hope to do a landscape of each of the seasons. Thank you so much for all the information and help you give to us.

  • Marcia Young
    February 16, 2018

    My goal this year is to try landscape quilting. I have loved it for years and have watched all of Nancy’s episodes where she featured it but have been scared to try it for fear of failure. I am determined to give it a try this time. It is almost spring here in NC and the cherry trees are beginning to bloom. I would love to try and capture that in a landscape quilt.

  • Cindy Berry
    February 16, 2018

    I would love to achieve this level of quilting — Fall would be what I would like to capture.

  • Anne Z
    February 16, 2018

    Fall would male a beautiful landscape quilt.

  • Diane gardner
    February 16, 2018

    I would like a spring landscape – with flowering dogwood and redbud trees highlighted !

  • Marie Kozma
    February 17, 2018

    Landscape quilts look SO intimidating! Although I’d like to try it, my appliqué technique really needs LOTS of help! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Ellen
    February 17, 2018

    I have been wanting to make a summer landscape quilt!

  • E Jones
    February 18, 2018

    The winter landscape is my first project, complete with a snowman to brighten up the dreary days we’ve been having! Thank you to Nancy and all who supported her endeavors – what tremendous contributions she made to the sewing community! Warm wishes to all!

  • Liz Ortiz
    February 18, 2018

    I think I would try a four seasons quilt! Congrats to all the winnerfs from the hop it really was fun to see all the projects and read the stories! Thsnks for all you share!

  • Amina
    February 20, 2018

    Hello,thanks for sharing this lovely projects.i will love to start this landscape quilting but i dont know where to get the materials in nigeria.i will appriciate any assistance you can give.thanks

  • Donna Ohl
    February 20, 2018

    I love Nancy’s books and DVDs. Landscape designs is one i don’t have. I would love to win her Landscape book and DVDs

  • Kathy
    February 20, 2018

    Winter, with the trees silhouetted against the sunset.

  • Patricia Biskie
    February 20, 2018

    I just cannot decide–summer or winter!?!? Every season in Wisconsin gives inspiration for a landscape quilt!

  • Linda Stankewicz
    February 20, 2018

    Fall colors would tempt me to try to recreate them in a quilt.

  • Ellen M.
    February 20, 2018

    Definitely fall! I would love to capture all the beautiful colors!

  • Bev Donaldson
    February 20, 2018

    I have already purchased the beginning landscape quilting book and dvd and am deep into my first landscape quilt. I refer back to the instructions frequently and appreciate all of the examples and suggestions. My finished hanging will be in three sections and 7.5 X 5 feet total when completed. Maybe a mite too ambitious for a first attempt. It is a fun challenge!

  • Linda Stankewicz
    February 20, 2018

    Fall colors would tempt me .

  • Lynn
    February 20, 2018

    A Spring landscape would be my first choice because after a long cold winter. Spring is always welcomed with open arms.

  • LINDA KAMMERMANN
    February 22, 2018

    Oh my I love them ALL! WINTER is my favorite, there is something about the crispness in the expression while hanging on the wall. I was mesmerized at how easy the technique is, that my daughter with poor eyesight can do this!! She is in her 40’s and is excited to get started!!!

    I had to move from my beautiful country home and I have some wonderful Winter scenes that even has ice on tree limbs I will try to duplicate!

  • Debbie Winstead
    February 22, 2018

    This looks real interesting, love to try it. I love new things and there is a lady in our sewing group who has just started this. I would be happy to win the book and get started.
    I love SUMMER.

  • Carolyn Prentice
    February 22, 2018

    I love Fall the best, but I love the end of winter when the first Star of Bethlehem come thru the earth, the first violets show there leaves and their violet to purple heads, the first Mayflower are found as you find them after brushing away the snow. I love seeing the first beautiful new green at the end of the evergreen trees and the first iris as they peek out in those marshy areas where the cattails grow. I guess I like the first of Spring too. But, I love the vibrant colors of Fall…. it looks like the hills are hand dyed. Every leave is a different color. Oh then there is the aurora borealis in winter .. I guess I just like colors. But Fall is my best loved with First of Spring a close second. I hope I can win this Landscape Book. Thanks for all you all do. Carolyn

  • Karen Sebor
    February 24, 2018

    I am so anxious to attempt a Landscape Wall Quilt! We have a lovely white birch that my husband and children gave me YEARS ago for Mother’s Day that would incorporate well into a landscape scene of sorts!!

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