Landscape quilts are something I've always wanted to do and Jeremy's request pushed me into doing something a little further out of my comfort zone. They're not perfect by any means and I was futzing with them right up until they went in the gift bags. Even now looking at the pictures, I can see things I'd change or places I would have added something. Thank goodness for deadlines so I had to stop playing!
They were really fun to do and had some unforeseen benefits. In order to find the fabrics I KNEW I had in my stash, the stash had to be sorted and organized. While doing that, I managed to clean out a bunch of "What did I buy that for?" fabrics. Cleaning and organizing the stash took longer than designing and sewing the landscapes!
They aren't very big - 18" x 20". Perfect for a small wall or alcove. I wanted them to think of home when they look at theirs so I thread painted Barnegat Lighthouse into all three. They can pretty well imagine they're looking across the bay to the lighthouse.
For once I was thrilled I had 17 different fabrics for water. Everything but the border came from my stash. Rule of thumb - if you see a landscape fabric, buy it. You'll probably never find it again and when you do a landscape quilt, it will haunt you that it would have been perfect, if you'd only bought some. I don't even want to think about how old some of the fabrics are in these!
I like to free motion quilt and the thread stash provided some good threads to add dimension. I really wanted to jazz them up with beads, some lace or something for the whitecaps but I knew my very traditional children would have balked at the "bling". And at some point, you have to step back from these and say "Enough" - especially when they're Christmas gifts.
You too can play with landscapes. The thoughts for these came from a great book called Accidental Landscapes. You can purchase a copy here if you'd like to try. They're fun!
I have hundreds of pictures from the gardens of years past. All patiently waiting for a landscape quilt to hang on my kitchen wall during the winter to add some color to the bleary landscape outside. Time to get cracking on that!
Till next time.