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Create Landscape Quilts Class Plan

FABRIC LANDSCAPE COLLAGE

A SIMPLE LANDSCAPE COLLAGE

From “CREATE LANDSCAPE QUILTS” by MERI HENRIQUES VAHL

Whether you are an experienced quilter or a beginner, you can learn to make your own beautiful Landscape Collage quilt with the fun and easy techniques that are outlined in this book.   Student projects can be as simple or complex as the student desires.

Students will either bring their own favorite photograph to class or they can follow the step-by-step instructions in this book to recreate the project that is developed on pages 44 through 63.  By following the steps that are outlined in the book, they will learn how to transform their image into a lovely quilt that they will treasure forever!  Students can purchase “Create Landscape Quilts” at the fabric shop - and part of the fun is scouring the fabric shop in search of additional fabric and supplies that will enhance their project.

TECHNIQUES: Students will iron their quilt backs and place them face-down on their work tables.  They will place a piece of batting of approximately the same size over their quilt back.  Taking out their scissors, they will begin by choosing fabric to represent what is farthest away in their photo, and will then add layers of fabric directly onto the quilt batting to build up their picture.  As a final step, they will pin a single layer of tulle, usually black, over their entire project and secure it with either straight or safety pins.

MATERIALS: For this playful and informative one or two day class, students will need to bring fabrics that are suitable for recreating the project that begins on page 44, or else a favorite photograph and fabric in related colors.  They will also need a piece of fabric for their quilt back, batting that’s approximately the same size as their quilt back, fine sharp safety or straight pins, scissors, fine mesh tulle (especially black), and any soft notions that can be stitched over (ribbons, yarn, etc.).  Fabric glue or fusible is optional.  Students DO NOT need to bring sewing machines to class since they will be taking their pinned project home to finish by quilting.

CLASSROOM REQUIREMENTS: The classroom should include a large workspace for each student (at least half of a long table so they can spread out their project and supplies), and 2 or 3 steam irons.