Art of Quilting: Woodland Walk – September/October 2006

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To celebrate fall, we’ve chosen vibrant autumn landscape quilts by five talented designers. Using a palette of rich, warm colors, each drew on memorable encounters with nature to create a work of great beauty. You’ll notice a variety of techniques, including traditional sewing, raw edge appliqué, fusible appliqué, embroidery, applied glitter, and other embellishments.
Lumination, 68″ x 68″, 2005.
The glow of 6,000 maple trees plated as symbols of peace by Buddhist monks in Japan inspired Sue Gilgen to make this fiery quilt. She uses multiple layers of hand dyed fabric, batiks, and decorative thread to recreate nature in her quilts.
Designer Contact:
Sue Gilgen
(608) 273-3174
Autumn Trees
Autumn Trees, 29″ x 21″, 1995.
Insomnia and an overnight flash of brilliance inspired Cindy Walter to invent her popular Snippet Sensations technique. This impressionistic fall quilt is her first snippet creation–a painterly gem of new sew, raw edge appliqué, using fusible web as the backing.
Designer Contact:
Cindy Walter
Peak Color
Peak Color, 44″ x 30″, 2003.
Nancy Zieman, public television host, author, and founder of Nancy’s Notions, still finds time to appreciate the changing seasons. Nancy captured white birch trees and brilliant foliage in this raw edge appliqué quilt. To see more of Nancy’s work, look for Landscape Quilts by Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell, published by Leisure Arts.
Designer Contact:
Nancy Zieman
333 Beichl Ave
P.O. Box 683
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Autumn Triptych
Autumn Triptych, 53″ x 40″, 2004.
Daily walks in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest inspired Cathy Geier to make this lush ode to fall, her favorite season. Look for the pattern for this quilt in her new book, Watercolor Landscape Quilts, from Krause Publications.
Designer Contact:
Cathy Geier
(262) 650-0589
Shy Fawn
Shy Fawn, 15″ x 19″, 2004.
Dappled sunlight and subtle shading play across the surface of Julia Laylander’s quilt. An encounter with a fawn in the woods near her home in Oregon prompted the self-taught art quilter to recreate the scene. Julia embellished the quilt with appliqué, variegated thread, watercolor markers to enhance the leaf colors, and glitter to give the pond sparkle.
Designer Contact:
Julia Laylander

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