for Traditional Quilters
One-Day Workshop with

Mary L. Hackett
600 Country Club Lane
Carterville, IL 62918-1629 USA

To open up the possibilities for sewing scenes in fabric, we will familiarize the traditional quilter with the elements of basic landscape composition. All students will make the same small landscape from Mary's pattern as an exercise piece. Work at your own pace after slides, general guidelines, and an overview of the visual cues that support an illusion of your own making.

We will strive to have everyone finish at least one piece, all sewn up and ready to quilt, and I will give personal help to anyone who wants it. Confident 'eager beavers' are free to work ahead on the other landscape patterns given, or a piece of their own design.

Basic quiltmaking skills are assumed, including at least a passing familiarity with freezer paper applique', fusibles, sewing with clear thread, etc.


Assemble some of your favorite vacation photos, landscape views from magazines, calendars, etc. Before class, scrutinize your pictures for clues about how you recognize the elements and their relative positions. Read "Understanding Landscape Basics" [click here] and try to apply the information as you observe your own personal environment. Begin to generate


  • Small amounts (fat quarters should do) of a wide variety of fabrics that remind you of sky, water, foliage. Also include sunset, or rain, or sand when choosing. [TIP: Generally rely on small-scale prints in a variety of colors and a variety of values. Landscape novelties are not necessarily useful, but do include batiks, hand-dyes, and textures. Bring something very pale to represent sky, with NO CLOUDS unless they are very realistic! Look out the window, and let nature be your guide....]
  • Neutral thread and loaded bobbins; also colored thread and clear thread
  • Scraps of black or other very dark solid fabric
  • Freezer paper
  • Small amount of Wonder Under or your favorite fusible (I like Steam-A-Seam 2 because it sticks in place), and


  • Sewing machine in good working order (know how to use it, please!)
  • Comfort stuff such as a chair cushion, personal light, extension cord, etc. (optional)
  • Basic sewing kit, including pins, safety pins, marking tools, scissors, etc. You know the drill!
  • Note-taking supplies, pencils, scissors for paper
  • Useful but not required: Value finder, reducing glass, small planning board, Teflon pressing sheet, personal iron, personal rotary-cutting equipment, digital or Polaroid camera, and


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