Thursday, January 14, 2016

Update - Landscape Art Quilt Challenge

It's been 7 months since I launched my Monthly Landscape Art Quilt Challenge. This is where I challenged myself to complete one landscape art quilt per month. A little ambitious? Maybe....

"How's it going?" I can hear you ask. Well, here are the results to date.

June 17, 2015: Monthly Landscape Art Quilt Challenge Announcement
July 3, 2015: June Landscape - the Lone Tree
June's The Lone Tree (8" x 11")
July 29, 2015: Fireworks for July's Landscape Art Quilt
July's Fireworks for July (14" x 8")
September 14, 2015: Yellow Kayak Landscape Quilt

August's Yellow Kayak (11½" x 12½")
November 30, 2015: Fall Tree Project
September, October and November's Fall Tree (19.5" x 25.5")
January 13, 2016
December's Project
December's Mountainscape Project
Thread Paining and Beads
Thread Paining and Beads
I started December's Mountainscape Landscape Art Quilt on November 11 (Remembrance Day in Canada) when I attended a workshop with quilter Hilary Rice. Here's the post about the workshop.

Once the pinning was done, I left it until my Christmas holidays to complete. I didn't know how to thread paint and quilt it because the colours didn't bring anything to mind. It's more of a desert landscape but with a river. I ended up finding a few pictures of mountains and rivers on the internet and thread painting it as best as I could. Two of the hills are covered with trees while a third one has rocks or sand. The big brown hill had a pale area that I thread painted around. It could be a glacier or, in a desert area, a hill without vegetation.

I added metallic thread in the river. This was done by sewing from the back of the piece, with the metallic thread in the bobbin.

Metallic thread and beading in the river

Once I had finished, I found the piece a little dull, so I added bling to bring it to life. The river and one of the hills has beads while I added some birds in the sky.

What I learned:

Tape at the edges so that I could stop quilting
  • I seem to need a specific idea for my landscape before I start, and choosing the fabrics is an important part of this. I found this project very difficult because I didn't know what it was supposed to represent and I hadn't chosen the fabrics.
  • I know that the landscapes don't have to represent real things and that I can make things up. It was only when I allowed forced myself to do this that I was able to keep going on this piece.
  • I did put one of my former recommendations in practice - I marked off the edges of the piece with tape so that I didn't quilt or sew much past it. It really helped.
  • Sewing on the metallic thread through the bobbin went well, but I should have checked my tension!

Mountainscape Landscape Quilt (17"x 11")
This is my 100th post on this blog. How cool is that - time sure goes by quickly!
Here are my linky parties: Let's Bee Social, Fabric Tuesday, Freemotion by the RiverOff the Wall Friday, Free Motion Mavericks, Needle and Thread Thursday, and Can I get a Whoop! Whoop!


  1. I'm visiting from I'm drawn to landscape quilts and would love to make one. I really like the kayak and the mountainscape quilts. You did a great job on your challenge quilts.

    1. Thank you very much Margo. I hope that you'll give them a try. It doesn't have to be complicated. The mountainscape was very simple to do and doesn't need the extra embellishment to look good. Good luck!

  2. First of all Congrats on making it to 100 - shows blogging commitment! Also I like how your challenging yourself with these landscape - they're coming great! I would like to invite you to my blog link up - Off the Wall Friday which is mostly aimed at art quilters. I thought the group would love to see your work!

    1. Thanks Nina Marie. I wasn't aware of your link up party. I have now linked up and look forward to seeing everyone's work. Now I know what the big deal is when tv shows have their 100th episode! :-)

  3. What a beautiful landscape quilt! I really like the colors.

    1. Thanks Connie. I found the colours a challenge but I like the way it worked out. Thanks for leaving a message.

  4. Hello Andrée,

    It is interesting that you have done a landscape that can be seen in different ways. I see it as cold, bare and windswept, the river is in flood, and the beads on the mountain are outcrops of rock.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

    1. Hi Muv, I like your interpretation. I suppose it's a little like poetry - it's just that I usually like to know exactly what something (a picture or writing) is trying to tell me. I don't want to have to guess. It could be the business training or just intellectual lazyness :-)

  5. Beautiful work and I commend you for sticking to your commitment.

    1. Thanks Norma. I wish I could say that I usually stick to my commitments but really, the only reason I have stuck to blogging and making these art quilts is because it's so darn fun. I do get frustrated, but I know that that's just part of the process.


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