Impressionist Landscapes

Just as the Impressionist painters worked in small strokes of paint, we will work with bits of fabric to create a landscape from a photo of each participant’s choice. Participants should be comfortable with their sewing machine and have at least minimal experience with free motion quilting.

Allow 4 hours for this workshop. It is recommended for skill levels confident beginner and above.

A Materials Fee of $10 per student will be collected during class.

Supply List

Your Photograph:
1 digital picture – Something you really love.  A landscape or a well defined portrait.  If using a printed photo, scan it into your computer.  Be aware that if you are using a published photo it may be copyright protected.  It’s best to work with a photo you or a family member took.  
Blow it up to 8 ½” x 11”, 8 ½” x 14” or 11” x 17”.  If you cannot print your photo at home, you can take a hard copy or a digital image on a memory stick to Staples, Office Max, or other copy shop and have them print it out in the size you want.  Print the photo out in color on white paper.  The size you print will be the size of the quilt you will create. Don’t exceed 11” x 17” simply because larger is more difficult to work with.


  • 2 pieces of Muslin 2”-3” larger than your picture (if 8 ½” x 11” – cut to about 11” x 14”)
  • 1 piece of Batting the same size as the muslin
  • Fabrics to match all the colors in the picture – small amounts are plenty.  You will probably not need more than a 1/8th yard of any one color unless your quilt is very monochromatic.
  • A variety of scraps in each color family to be able to mix your colors. Batiks and solids work best because they are the same on both sides, but any fabric can be used.  
  • Threads to match the predominant colors in your picture – bring a variety to allow for choices in the quilting.  Consider variegated threads.
  • Fusible web the size of your muslin.  Heat and Bond or fusible interfacing will not work.  

Other Supplies:

  • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat 
  • Marking pen or pencil
  • Pencil or pen for tracing
  • Safety pins for basting
  • Sewing machine with free motion foot and your manual. It will be very helpful if you have done some free motion quilting before.  You must be familiar with your machine.
  • Basic hand and machine sewing tools you usually work with
  • A bin or unused pizza box large enough to transport your picture home flat

We will provide:

  • Netting for finishing your landscape
  • Parchment paper for tracing
  • Some fabrics to share