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Thread: Landscape Quilting

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    Hi everyone! I have a question on landscape quilting. I am interested in making pine trees look like pine trees. Does anyone have some ideas? I am pretty new at this and am in the middle of making a woodsy landscape with pine trees. I'm not sure how to make the needles on the trees look like a true pine tree. I have thought of embroidery thread. I do not have an embroidery machine just an old machine with limited zigzag options. I've also looked for pine trees, but too small. I would prefer to make my leaves, etc., rather than cutting them out of a fabric. If anyone has some ideas I would appreciate the help. Thanks to all.

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    Sondra when you are looking at a pine tree from a distance you don't see each pine needle but a group. Look at pictures of pine trees in magazines or out your window( if you're lucky). I would put down a small piece of green fabric for the center of a group and stitch lots of lines away fron it. Cut your fabric in cloud shapes with different sizes and shapes....GOOD LUCK!

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    Thanks, your right and I can look at my window at many pine trees. I have several in my yard--duh? Sometimes it takes a knock in the head to make me think. Do you just machine stitch straight lines in a lighter colored thread than the dark green patches I currently have for pine trees? Thanks once again.

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    I am glad my idea was of help to you...I haven't done any quilting landscapes yet but I am an artist...When working with shapes anything that you want to appear in the background try using darker colors and then a medium color...then in the front a light... I would use different colored threats and different colored fabric...Is this a wall hanging are a quilt?...Is it fused down with something? I would practice on scrapes before I put some on my quilt...Good luck OH ..I would run straight stitches back and forth on and off the fabric....think of how the needles grow when you are doing the stitching....I bet that is as clear as MUD..I am a painter not a writer...HAHA

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    Hi , wanted to know if any knew of any bargello quilt sites that show you the methods of creating one??? Thanks!

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    I think Alex Anderson featured a bargello quilt artist this morning. You might check out HGTV site for this morning.

    Good luck, Donna

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    http://www.quiltville.com/scrapbargello.shtml
    this one has step by step instructions. i tried it for my 2nd quilt that I made and it worked great! good luck! :D

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    thank you, i will definetly try it! Lindasue

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    Thanks Donna, and I did happen to see it. Absolutely beautiful, maybe I should get the book for it too. Thanks for your help! Lindasue

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    I just completed the center panel of what will become a large quilt for our church. It was a view of the church with trees and shrubbery and I used brown yarn for branches and found a real fuzzy green yarn for pine needles. I used Roxanne's glue baste it to hold it all in place and then used the blind hem stitch to secure it permanently. If you look at it from a distnce, it looks pretty realistic. Some of the larger tres were done with brown fabric and iron on fusible webbing for the trunks and again yarn in 2 different colors for branches and leaves. Check out your local craft store. You'd be amazed at how many different types of yarn that are on the market. I know this is long winded, but I hope it helps you.

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    I have used photo fabric to transfer pictures of itemsfrom a photograph to fabric. Might that work for your pine trees?

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    Thanks to all for your wonderful ideas on landscape quilting. I am sure I will be able to put all or some of them to good use. It is so nice to have such a great resource when you get kind of stuck....Thanks to all. :mrgreen:

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    Hi,
    Use a free-motion foot and a zigzag stitch going sideways. You will be amazed at the many things you can do with that stitch. You can border an applique piece, fill in some shading and then smooth your work by sewing back and forth over the shading and the sideways zigzag that goes into your piece. I wish I could draw it here but do some experimenting and you will come into it just by doing. Move your fabric wearing a pair of gloves to control your fabric and go for it. If you need a pix I can load something for you if need be. Good luck. quiltinlily

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