Making stunning landscape quilts from photographs is Kathy McNeil’s specialty and she shares so many tips and suggestions in this class. Choosing the subject and selecting the photograph is the starting place, but Kathy shows how to edit the photo and imparts some design secrets she uses in her own quilts. Kathy encourages exploring the subject of the photograph and planning the background. On the downloadable pattern, it is easy to construct and piece the background of the sailboat landscape pattern already provided. Kathy demonstrates how she uses paints to highlight and add dimension to the scene. Rough and finished-edge appliqué techniques are taught and Kathy also shows how to attach appliqué pieces by hand or machine. Finishing touches are included. Complete the landscape pattern provided, or use the information to make a quilt from your landscape photograph.
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- Clear plastic overlay to use for positioning fabric pieces, 28" x 29"
- Batting - 34" x 36"
- Backing fabric - 34" x 36"
- 1. 10" x 4"
- 2. 5" x 16"
- 3. 4" x 4"
- 4. 4" x 4"
- 5. 6 ½" x 9"
- 6, 7, 11. 3" x 5" several different scraps
- 9, 10. 1" x 10" strip variation in foliage
- 3" x 6" multiple or repeated prints for the small shapes in the rocky island
- 29" x 17½"
- (Optional: The same sized section can be pieced together using (130) 2½" squares.)
- 29" x 14"
- (Optional: The same sized section can be pieced from multiple strips measuring 29" wide by 1"–3" strips using 4–6 different quarter yards of fabric.)
- ½ yd. or several prints, mixed
Foreground beach and foliage fabric:
- Multiple 6" x 8" scraps and a novelty print with printed foliage to cut out for overlapping bush
- 6" x 8" white boat hull (Avoid sheer fabrics that will shadow through.)
- 6" x 8" light gray or lavender, back side of hull
- 4" x 9" light brown masts
- 4" x 4" front
- 2" x 2" slightly darker in value angle side
- 2" x 2" contrasting color window
- Use leftover light gray or purple cabin lids
- 4" x 6" white or light color sails
- Threads must match fabric colors.
- Use 60 wt. thread for machine appliqué and 50 wt.–100 wt. thread for hand appliqué.
- Free-motion foot
- Zigzag foot
- 4" appliqué scissors
- Basic sewing supplies and equipment
- Sharpie® permanent fine point marker
- Paper scissors
- Soft pencil
- Ironing Surface
- Inktense Ink Blocks
- Inktense Ink Pencils
- Apliquick® tools
If using raw-edge appliqué method:
- Teflon® pressing sheet
- 3 yd. fusible product if using raw-edge technique for the entire project.
- ½ yd. fusible product if only using it for the smaller shapes
- Note: Kathy prefers Soft Fuse or Lite Steam-ASeam 2.
If using machine or hand appliqué with turned-under edges:
- Several sheets of medium to large art tracing paper to make templates for large, easy shapes.
- Apliquick® stabilizer for smaller, more complex shapes.
- Sizing spray
- Glue pen or glue stick
- Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
Are there two ways to make the sky and water sections of the pattern provided?Yes. Kathy gives two options for making these sections. Read the downloadable materials carefully and watch the video for complete instructions.
Can I use Kathy’s method with my own landscape photographs?Sure. You can make Kathy’s pattern, Beach Walks, or use your landscape photograph to make your own unique quilt.
What if I have questions?We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Kathy will get back with you.
When can I start the class?We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!