I’ve always admired landscape quilts.

I’ve made a couple of small ones, which turned out as I envisioned, but were somewhat primitive.

That’s the beauty of landscape quilts. They can be large or small, simple or complex, or anything in between.

I’ve seen postcard size landscape quilts made of wool that were stunning.

One thing that hinders me from starting my own landscape masterpiece is that the striking ones, like I’d like to make, require a multitude of different fabric and embellishments.

In the March issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited, I found an article on landscape quilts by Kit Robinson.

She created a farm scene quilt, and her article also showed several other landscape quilts made by various quilters.

As I read the article, I was amazed with all the different techniques she used to construct her quilt.

She also used many different items like real screen for the house door, cotton cording for the barbed wire fence and various parts of the quilt were painted and inked.

The detail of the five tractors in the quilt boggles my mind.

So before I even start I’m telling myself maybe a big landscape quilt isn’t something I really want to start.

The few times I have found myself in an airplane I’ve enjoyed the bird’s-eye view of the land below.

I’ve even sketched some pictures of the different “patches” of land where different crops were growing and lazy rivers meandering through the land before the plane soared above the clouds.

The view above the clouds is interesting, too, but I don’t have the imagination as to how to make what I see into a cloud quilt.

Some years back I remember a quilter did a series of crop circle quilts that were very interesting.

Shortly after the Art Quilt Study Group formed, we challenged our members to make a small quilt from a photograph or picture.

My inspiration picture came from a magazine and was a desert scene. I traced the picture, taking out tiny details too small to include in the quilt, and rearranging several items to make my quilt easier to piece.

From reading different articles and from lectures I’ve attended, I knew that editing the photo or picture you’re using as inspiration is not only alright, but is usually necessary in order to execute a pleasing quilt.

I then took my tracing to the blueprint company and had it enlarged to the size I wanted to make my quilt, about 24” x 30”.

I had several copies made. One to use as my master and one to build the actual quilt on.

Collecting the fabric took hours, but I was sure I had a good collection to make my landscape come alive.

Now I was finally ready to start working on my landscape. I packed up all the fabric and my pattern pictures and off to my annual retreat I went — thinking four days at the retreat would give me plenty of time to work on my landscape challenge.

As it turns out, I never even took the project out of its bag.

I don’t remember what I completed at that retreat, but it wasn’t my landscape.

I still have my landscape challenge in the same bag waiting for me to start on it.

My annual retreat is coming up in May.

Perhaps I should take it with me and surprise my fellow Art Quilt Study Group ladies with my completed landscape.


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