I will be teaching a beginning landscape quilt class at Quality Sewing in Silverdale in September and I am doing the preparation work for the class. Recently I taught a practice class at Creative Union in Port Townsend and it was very useful to me, plus my students created some great quilts.
The class uses the book “Lovely Landscapes” by Cathy Geier as the basis. The objective of the quilt design for this class is to make it easy for beginners and simple enough that the students can accomplish most of the assembly process in class. So I decided to use a sunset scene with a silhouetted tree.
My first prototype is shown below.
I decided this one was too dark and the tree needed more detail. Also the water wasn’t right — the horizon was too high and the water wasn’t interesting.
So I altered the foreground design and lightened up the sky some. Also added a silhouetted sailboat for a little more interest.
I still think the sky needs to be lighter yet, and the change in the water is more interesting but adds quite a bit of time to the assembly process. I will need to simplify the design further by reducing the number of strips. Also the area where the sand meets the horizon line is not good and needs some adjustment.
And here is the quilt made by one of my students and fellow guild members, Susan Sawatsky. She decided to go with a daylight scene and did some wonderful collage work with embroidery thread to make the leaves in the tree. Didn’t she do great?
I will post more later as I evolve the design for the class.