Writing my new book for C&T, Create Landscape Quilts: A Step-by-Step Guild to Dynamic People & Places, was a really interesting experience for me. I had previously done a great deal of writing – ‘Hoosier Hysteria’, a memoir, and several science fiction stories. And by now I have taught my techniques to so many students that putting down words in manuscript form and knowing what information would be both useful and of interest to potential quilters was relatively easy.
However, the unexpected hard work came when I started making the ‘step outs’ for my book. Normally, whenever I’m making a new quilt, I just go ahead and work through the process, but actually having to make a separate individual quilt to break down and illustrate each step so the reader can see the work ‘in progress’ was truly daunting.
But in the end, I’m very happy with the beautiful book C&T is about to release! And I’m hoping it will inspire many more quilters to try their hand at the very easy landscape techniques I’ve shown them, and that they will also try my unique method for making great-looking people to add into their landscape quilts. I have so enjoyed the wonderful world of art quilting – and I hope you will too!
Meri Henriques Vahl has taught at quilt guilds all over Northern California, and in France and Australia.Her quilts about People and Places have won the Mancuso’s ‘Best Quilts of the World’ contest three times!Please visit her website at www.meriartquilts.com.