Linda Schmidt

Textile Artist, Quilter, Designer

Landscape Quilts


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 I began doing Landscape Quilts very long ago. The first quilt I ever made was a pinwheel quilt; the second was a landscape quilt I made of Neuschwanstein in Austria, right after I came back from Europe. It wasn't all that big, or that great, but it was a start. After that, I branched out. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Dawn of Time/Only the Shadow Knows

I started this as a Quilter's Newsletter Challenge to create a work based on the work of a famous artist. This quilt was created using a black and white pencil line drawing of Stonehenge done by John Constable back in the says of Impressionist artists. That drawing was combined with the feeling you get when you look at a painting done by Turner, with his images of Man's attempts to withstand the forces of nature.

This quilt combines a number of techniques including invisible machine appliqué, hand appliqué, fabric painting, thread painting and freehand machine quilting. The Dawn of Time has appeared in Great American Quilts of 1998 and American Quilter Magazine, and in Mickey Lawler's Skydyes book. It won first place in the Images competition in the Northeast, 2nd place at the Pacific International Quilt Show in Palm Springs and Seconde Place at the AQS Show in Paducah, Kentucky, as well as prizes in numerous local quilt and art shows.

The back of it is a Druid priestess holding a staff, and is called "Only the Shadow Knows," because, after all, nobody really knows WHO created Stonehenge, do they?

(The Dawn of Time/Only the Shadow Knows, 67" x 54")

One of the quilts I really had a good time making is this one, parisian Ninepatch. It is based on a photograph my husband and/or I took outside the Louvre, where children rent sailboats to sail across the fountains there. This quilt won Judge's Choice at the Pacific International Show, Best of Show at the Road to California Show in 2000, as well as First Place in the American Quilter's Society Show in Paducah in 2000 and Second Place at the National Quilt Association Show in 2000. Here are the quilt and the original photograph.

  Probably my favorite thing is changing photographs into landscapes, or making up landscapes. I really have a tough time when I'm not actually dealing with reality - or, preferably - fantasy.

(Pentecost 80" x 112")

On the left is my Pentecost quilt, quite a large piece done for my church in fairly abstract terms. I did have a great time making it, but mostly because it was stuck in my head and I couldn't get beyond it until I created it.

I much preferred making Lord of the Rings (on the right). this is largely hand appliquéd and hand quilted, and the border blocks are scenes in from the story miniature, with Smaug the dragon in his lair, and the giant spider, the trolls, and all the characters from the Lord of the Rings. I don't insist on reality. Just a facsimile thereof.

(Lord of the Rings, 69" x 74")

Anyway, the process of making landscapes can be a varied and convoluted process, involving many steps and much drawing and tracing and figuring and pondering, or it can just be a sort of slapdash approach where you paint fabric, slash and tear it and manipulate it and fuse it and soft edge it and see what you get when you're all done. I belong to the "Whatever it Takes" school of quilting, and am quite willing to do whatever needs to be done in order to get the effect I'm after. Here are two quite different approaches, Point Lobos and The Jumbly Wood. The first took six months to piece, the second took 4 days from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed each of them, and each of them have their place in the grand scheme of things.

Point Lobos is fairly large (40" x 52"), while the Jumbly Wood is fairly small (29" x 36"), but they are interesting in that they both came to be as results of Ruth McDowell's class at Asilomar; the first directly, the second indirectly. I started Point Lobos in class, and it took me 6 months to complete it. After that, I needed some comic relief, and slap dash appliquéd (my own invention) the Jumbly Wood in reaction to it, just for fun. One is completely pieced, the other soft edge appliquéd, embellished and a heck of a lot more fun. Just different approaches to the same thing.

Perhaps I'm just looking for my own place, wherever it is?

I almost forgot to tell you that I have had such fun making people these days, that sometimes they actually take over the landscapes. They're more peoplescapes than landscapes, but in the longer landscape classes, we do make people. For instance, here are a few:

(Close Encounter, 40" x 56")

In both of these quilts, the people dominate, but that is because they are such fun to make. Come take my QuiltU People in Places class and see what I mean!

(We Are Family, 30" x 22")

If you're interested in taking a Landscape class, go to the Miniatures Page and check out all the different versions I have detailed there.

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