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Discover Landscapes in Luscious Layers in Accidental Landscapes by Karen Eckmeier. By using Karen's layering and topstitching technique you will be shown the secrets of creating a fabric landscape "accidentally." This guidebook takes beginners and seasoned quilters alike on an inspiring journey to the special places in your memories and dreams.

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Accidental Landscapes
Surprisingly Simple Quilted Scenes

Author: Karen Eckmeier
Pages: 64
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: The Quilted Lizard
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4B0131
Weight: .65 lbs.

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Discover the secrets of creating a fabric landscape "accidentally," using Karen's layering and topstitching technique. As a complement to her popular Accidental Landscapes™ pattern series, this guidebook takes you, beginners and seasoned quilters alike, on an inspiring journey to the beloved places in your memories and dreams. You'll find out how to ....

  • capture the feeling of a scene in simple layers
  • create a landscape based on a favorite photo, postcard, color palette, memory or vacation
  • surprise yourself with lively, exciting compositions
  • adopt the same easy techniques for gorgeous, curved borders

For ease and fun, Karen's topstitched layers beat out machine applique and curved piecing by a mile.


About the Author

Karen Eckmeier is an award-wining fiber artist, international teacher, author and pattern designer. Her company, The Quilted Lizard, produces the popular line of Accidental Landscapes™ and Lucky Lizard pattern series. In 2007, she published her first book, Happy Villages. This no-stress approach to collaging raw-edge shapes, produces both realistic and whimsical villages that are sure to make you smile. She confesses that most of her work comes about by accident. "Lots of intense playing tends to yield wonderful results," Karen believes and she shares this philosophy in her workshops, books and patterns.

Karen was introduced to fabric through the quilting world in 1987. With absolutely no sewing background but a desire to create, she taught herself how to quilt. Quilting remained a hobby until 2002, when it became a full-time business. Now every day is filled with fabric collage, painting fabric, designing and teaching.

She lives in the peaceful Litchfield Hills of Connecticut with her husband and hiking buddy, Walter.


Table of Contents

Introduction 2
Setting Out 3
Planning vs. Serendipity  
Warm-Up Exercise  
Learning the Way 8
Sample Project #1: Alpine Lake 8
Sample Project #2: Waves Upon the Shore  
Pathways to Successful Designs 18
Sample Project #3: The Four Seasons  
Local Color and Value  
A Perfect Focal Point  
Detail Oriented  
Headed for the Borders - Curvy and Straight  
Quilting Your Scene  
Bound for the Wall  
Framing the Vista  
Four Easy Approaches 25
1. Photos  
2. Favorite Colors and Fabrics  
3. Wintry Effects  
4. Black & White  
Scene Enhancers 50
Small Souvenirs 58
Patterns & Resources 62


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