Beginning Landscape Quilting Part One
Two of Nancy Zieman’s favorite hobbies were gardening and sewing. A little over 20 years ago, she was introduced to a quilting technique by Natalie Sewell, nationally known landscape quilt artist. Natalie and Nancy became fast friends and scheduled two–three quilting dates each year. During this three-part series on Sewing With Nancy, Nancy and Natalie 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 from fabric. Natalie’s design, Summer Flowers, is the featured quilt during the TV program. It was used as an example for choosing fabric, messy and fussy cutting, as well as designing with raw-edge appliqué.
The book, Beginning Landscape Quilting, is a step-by-step guide for designing simple scenes. We’re confident that you’ll have great success.
First, start with an inspirational photo. Nancy and Natalie show how to study the photo, which will help in the fabric selection process.
Watch online and follow along in the book and see exactly how to create a garden scene. Below are pages from Beginning Landscape Quilting featuring the steps to create a garden scene. It’s a direct step-by-step guide, leaving no question about what to do.
We will share a few of Nancy’s and Natalie’s Landscape quilts. Irises in my Garden is one of Nancy’s early landscape quilts.
How to Create Ground Cover
The next landscape quilting topic focuses on ground cover. We’re 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, Nancy and Natalie share the tricks of choosing fabric and designing that all-important landscape quilt element.
You’ll learn that the inspirational photo is a starting point. Nancy’s and Natalie’s quilts rarely, if ever, look like the inspiration. That’s not the point!
Dogwood by Natalie is another showcase quilt. You almost feel as if you could walk right into the woods!
Nancy’s design, If Trees Were Teal, is more impressionist than realistic.
How to Create Background Tree Foliage
By now you should realize that 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 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.)
This inspirational photo gave Natalie an idea of what fabric to choose.
Here’s another showcase, September by Natalie:
Watch Beginning Landscape Quilting (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
Wisconsin Public Television presents
Feb. 9-11, 2018
Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison
The NZP Team will be taking a break from winter at the WPT Garden Expo this Saturday. We hope to see you there!
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