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Thread: Landscape quilts with people in them (any pointers?)

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    I have a landscape quilt in my head that I want out of there. Does anybody on the board do these things that wouldn't mind to give a little advice and a few pointers on how this is done. I have a book and have gotten a lot of info from it. But, I'd like to hear from someonelse who has been there and done this.

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    I guess it depends on the content and detail you are wanting. I recently did a quilt with a girl in it and couldn't have managed without Bonnie McCaffrey's book on portraits. As to the landscape part, I researched many methods by various quilters including Nancy Zeiman. I would say to try to sketch out your idea as a starting point and go from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    I guess it depends on the content and detail you are wanting. I recently did a quilt with a girl in it and couldn't have managed without Bonnie McCaffrey's book on portraits. As to the landscape part, I researched many methods by various quilters including Nancy Zeiman. I would say to try to sketch out your idea as a starting point and go from there.
    I have a picture to go by. But, I always change everything I do up a bit for my own twist on things. I'll see if I can find McCafferey's book. thanks

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    there are lots of different landscape quilting techniques--visit "sewing with Nancy" 's web site- she does alot of landscape quilting- has books out, but also has lots of videos and free stuff available.
    you have to get your (picture) out of your head and onto paper before anything else- either using pictures or drawing/sketching. use graph paper to get everything to scale so you make the size quilt you want.
    decide if you are doing fusable applique or what techniques you are going to use...when you have specific questions we can help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker
    I have a landscape quilt in my head that I want out of there. Does anybody on the board do these things that wouldn't mind to give a little advice and a few pointers on how this is done. I have a book and have gotten a lot of info from it. But, I'd like to hear from someonelse who has been there and done this.
    I'm attaching the picture of the one I want to do. I have a lot of the leaves cut out for the tree and the flowers and I have the casket made with the flag draped over it. What I'm having trouble deciding about is this. I have fabric that looks like green grass. I have enough of it for the whole quilt. But, do I need some sky? And at what point do I start the sky? And doyou use glue or what to hold everything in place until quilting?

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    Nancy uses glue sticks to temporarily hold the fabric in place. Washable school glue sticks, just dab, don't rub :wink:
    As to the sky, it isn't necessary to add it, but if you want one, audition the size once you get the foreground in place. In this picture? Personally I would leave it out... and leave the focus on the details of the cemetary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Nancy uses glue sticks to temporarily hold the fabric in place. Washable school glue sticks, just dab, don't rub :wink:
    As to the sky, it isn't necessary to add it, but if you want one, audition the size once you get the foreground in place. In this picture? Personally I would leave it out... and leave the focus on the details of the cemetary.
    After I looked at it again. I realized there is no sky. that is taken up by the leaves on the trees. So, that probalem is solved. I've just got to deal with the faces now. That 's the main problem.

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    If you can enlarge the photo to the same size as the quilt you're making, you could print the faces onto printable fabric (available at JoAnn's and most quilt shops), cut the faces out and fuse them to the quilt with fusible web. You could also just find flesh-colored fabric and work the details in with fabric pens.

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    I'm sure how to do a landscape quilt; but wanted to that will a beauty. Would love to see pictures of the finish project.

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    Have never tried this type of quilt but I am in awe of people who do them...please keep us up to date with your progress....
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    I have taken several pictures to Staples and had them enlarged up to 6 feet and more. Then I tape tissue paper and trace the images so I have a pattern to use for each part/color. One of my quilts (Monet's garden in one inch squares) took second and third prizes for Best Wall Art Best Original Design and another (a NW Indian totem design bear) took a first for original design (these were viewers' choice not judges' choice). I've made a Madona and Child quilt this way, a dragon (designed by a grandson), and others. They were fun to do and I'd tell anyone interested in doing something that has meaning to them or to someone they care about to GO FOR IT!

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    Craftsy.com has an online class for Pictorial quilting techniques, but I don't know if it would be helpful for your project.

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    My passion is landscape quilts! I generally use photographs enlarged to the size of quilt I want to make. Then I trace all the elements from the actual photo. This tracing becomes my workable pattern. Once I have the basic design, I flip the tracing paper over and start tracing my individual pattern pieces. I use Steam a Seam2 on the applique pieces since I can stick them to each other without fusing. And remove them or replace them if needed. I use a design board as I create the landscape so I can stand across the room and see how it is coming together.

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    i just did one but with a deer instead of people. get the back ground cut out and dive in from there. that is what i did. batiks in the right shade can be helpful for adding texture and shape i found. granted mine was very basic. but it is a start. add pics as you go so we can see the progress.
    when life gets you down go and talk with a little kid. They will help you work out even the worst problems with their simple logic.

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    One thing to keep in mind is the perspective ratio. Items farthest away from you are smaller. Proportion is also very important, trees have to the be the right size in comparision to the other items etc. One thing that helps is get some coloured construction paper and "make" your quilt with paper changing the size etc of your paper patches as you go.You will be ready to cut fabric and not have to worry about making mistakes and wasting fabric.
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    Great discussion. Great ideas!

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