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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Renske Helmuth: Landscape Workshop

This was a great workshop to learn the basics of landscape quilting. Renske provided the basics in applique as well as learning how to choose the right fabrics and it all starts with the sky. The sky fabric sets the tone for the rest of the colours you will need for your landscape.

She showed us how she gets inspiration from art books and how to make your own sky fabric from photographs.

Landscape applique is all about working from the top to the bottom. She uses a cut-away method to line up your fabrics.

We worked hard all day, taking a break for lunch and another show and tell of her landscape pieces. Renske is a very organized teacher and we stopped at certain times for each new lesson. Even still we each worked at our own pace, as you can see by the photo below.

At the end of the day, we placed all our landscapes on one table to show how different each one looked just by our fabric choices. She then showed us how we could audition our pieces with a frame.

Thanks Renske, we all learned a lot and are ready for more!

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