One-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):
  • Patchwork Sky (preferred, see below) OR
  • 18 x 18 (more or less) piece of a “sky” fabric. Choose a hand-dye or look-alike, or any soft, pale, low-contrast print in sky colors.
  • 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. Include a few 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, about 25 x 30 inches
  • 3/4 yard of backing fabric
  • 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

BEFORE CLASS (for adventurous quilters):

Make four blocks of Patchwork Sky! Using low-contrast, VERY PALE sky colors, piece four 8”-10" blocks. Any pattern will do, or four different ones. The goal is to make blocks to portray a flow of pale color across the sky, not the usual high-contrast graphic bed quilt design. Think color-wash.

Questions? Call or email….8>)


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