Two-Day Workshop with

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

We will be making “Through the Trees”, the project quilt from A Bridge to Landscape Quilts. Having attended many workshops myself, I know it is practically impossible to bring the “right” fabrics for the project or technique shown. The “perfect” ones are home on your shelf! We can swap fabrics, though, and everyone will have a satisfying experience. So relax: regardless of fabric choice, the little landscape you sew in this class will be your “sampler” for doing more and better ones when you get home!


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...


MATERIALS (you will use these):
  • Quarter yards or so of VERY PALE fabrics for sky
    >These can be solids, prints, marbles, hand-dyes, even stripes. The idea is to assemble MANY fabrics with a theme of colors you have seen in the sky, but NOT a series of cloud or sunset prints. Bring every fabric you own that is PALE blue, yellow, orange, pink, or white. A small print with other colors is fine. We will be using only BITS of these fabrics, to make a 'color-wash' type of sky.

  • A traditional pieced block pattern with a name suggesting skies, to get you in the mood. Example: 'Windmill', any star

  • Quarter yards or so of fabrics suggesting natural textures (not novelty prints)
    >A variety of values (light to dark) in earth and foliage colors (you decide how many), small prints or batiks; solids are not as successful. These are for the slopes of land.

  • Quarter yards or so of browns/grays/blacks suggesting tree bark

  • Neutral or matching threads, monofilament optional for appliqué

  • In case we progress to basting:
    Thin batting. Cotton, blend, or fusible poly batting, 25 x 30 inches or more

  • 3/4 yard of backing fabric, and don't forget....
  • 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 lots of...
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