The word "quilt" is derived from the Latin word culcita, which means a stuffed sack, mattress, or cushion. A quilt is a bedspread or blanket made of two layers that is filled with a material, such as cotton, wool, feathers, or down, and is stitched together, usually in a decorative design.
What is a Landscape Quilt?
A landscape quilt is fabric art in which the quilter reproduces the beauty of nature. The landscape quilt may feature a single flower or flower bed, a garden, a forest, a meadow, a lake or a river, the seashore, a snowy mountain peak, or any other landscape scene. A landscape quilt is really just like a landscape painting except that instead of using paints, brushes and turpentine, the artist uses fabric, needle and thread.
How to Make a Landscape Quilt
Before taking out your sewing machine, you must first be inspired with a scene for your landscape quilt. Inspiration can come from a myriad of places. One idea for finding inspiration is to take out an old photo album and look through landscape pictures taken from a vacation. Another idea is to look through art books for inspiration from famous paintings. One can also simply look outside and focus on a single flower in the garden. Keep in mind that your landscape quilt does not have to exactly match the scene that inspired you, that scene or photo is just meant to serve as a guideline for your quilt.
Landscape quilts are different than other quilts in that one must pay more careful attention to fabric selection. One of the first steps after being "inspired" with an idea for your landscape quilt is to select the proper fabric. Landscape quilts usually utilize nature fabrics as the scene being depicted usually includes flowers, leaves, or other natural items. If the desire is to create a realistic landscape quilt as opposed to a more abstract quilt, then one must be sure to find fabrics whose colors are true to life. Part of this includes selecting the appropriate background fabric, whether it is a solid light blue to represent the sky in a mountain scene or dark green to represent the background of a flower bed. Following this step, the landscape quilter will sew on flower petals, leaves, rocks, etc. to create the upper layer of the landscape quilt.
Some landscape quilters will not only cut the shape of a leaf, for example, in order to represent a leaf on their quilt, they will also find fabric that features a leaf print so that they can cut out a printed leaf and sew it onto their landscape quilt. If your desire is to cut out actual printed leaves or other items from nature to sew them onto your landscape quilt, you will want to be sure that the print you select features this item in the size that you want. Surely there are dozens of leaf prints to choose from, so one can select leaves in various sizes to give the landscape quilt a more true to life look.
As eluded to, the most widely used technique in creating a landscape quilt is cutting out either shapes of items in nature or finding fabric with that exact item and cutting that out. With either method, one must then sew these items onto the selected background. This technique of sewing onto a pre-existing background is known as applique. After the desired amount of layers are sewn on using this applique technique, then the quilt will reveal a beautiful landscape - a work of craft and art revealing the beauty of nature.
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| February 10, 2016
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