Join Leesa Chandler to learn how to combine a variety of techniques to make a unique landscape wallhanging. You’ll be free-cutting, strip piecing, inserting pintucks, using an avant garde style of English paper piecing and creating three-dimensional flowers. Let Leesa show you how it’s done.
Full written instructions, illustrated with diagrams and close-up photos, are provided in addition to the online class
A comprehensive materials list ensures that you’ll have everything you need to successfully complete the quilt – no special tools or equipment required
All the shapes needed are provided on the pattern sheet, ready to trace
Learn how to cut your fabrics without specific measurements and strip piece them together, inserting pintucks as you go
Watch while Leesa demonstrates an unusual approach to English paper piecing to create elements made from unique and asymmetrical shapes cut from freezer paper
See how easy it is to sew double-sided petals for the 3D flowers
Explore some of the ideas that Leesa shares to make this project your own unique art quilt
Suitable for a quiltmaker with intermediate skills
Chapter 1: Meet Leesa Chandler (4 mins). Leesa talks about her recent work and provides an overview of the project.
Chapter 2: Requirements and tools (6 mins): Find out what you'll need to make the project - no special equipment or tools required. Leesa provides tips on fabric selection and discusses her favourite notions.
Chapter 3: Making the background (25 mins): Right from the start, your project will be unique since you'll be cutting fabric without specific measurements. Leesa demonstrates how to layout fabric and piece it, inserting pintucks as you go. The quilting is done next - Leesa recommends machine quilting with a walking foot.
Chapter 4: Making the leaves (23 mins): Leesa has developed a new approach to English paper piecing. She shows how to create unique motifs using freezer-paper templates.
Chapter 5: Flowers (15 mins): Learn Leesa's streamlined method of making double-sided petals, and then combine them to add three-dimensional flowers to your project.
Chapter 6: Finishing (6 mins): An overview of the finishing steps, including cutting an organic curved edge on the wallhanging and adding a rod pocket.
Chapter 7: Gallery (13 mins). Leesa talks about some recent projects and showcases her latest fabric designs.
Leesa began quilting at 18 by chance, when a quilter stopped at her farm and asked for directions on her way to class. “Like many quilters, my first quilt was a classic 12-block sampler. A really good one, actually, with many techniques and tricks I still use today,” she says.
Leesa describes her quilts as fitting into two distinct categories: “There are two styles of quilts I make,” Leesa explains. “The first are designed to display large print fabrics, such as oriental prints and my fabric designs. These are quick and fun to make and it’s all about the fabric. The second is all about technique and they may include 3D appliqué, foundation work etc.
“I do a lot of fabric folding, 3D work, machine appliqué, quilt as you go, paper piecing, whatever I need to get the right look,” she adds. “There are many cool techniques I still need to add to my collection, and that means there’s so much more fun to be had. It’s so hard to choose just one technique which is my favourite. I love needleturn appliqué. It’s a skill I relish because it challenges at every stitch, and there is always room to improve with each project.
“I am also into pre-pieced appliqué at the moment — well, I think that’s what we will call it! Piecing lots of small pieces together and treating it as a printed piece of fabric to cut leaves and 3D petals from — I’m working on it. I prefer hand-work, but as a tutor and shop owner I love the fun, results and time-saving benefits of piecing by machine. There are also so many cool techniques and threads that can only be used on a machine.”
For Leesa, inspiration comes from all over the place. “I find it anywhere and everywhere,” she exclaims. “I love designing with authentic influence from different cultures and have a real obsession and appreciation for botanical art. I find colour combinations everywhere. I got the inspiration for my new Russian collection’s colour story from an eye shadow pack while shopping for makeup! I will often be inspired to create a quilt design for a specific print, rather than the other way around. Having said that, I love using large prints and then taking particular sections and elements of the design for complementary appliqué and piecing.”
Leesa’s “free” time is spent teaching fellow quilters. “I love teaching,” Leesa states. “It’s so rewarding spending time with like-minded people and helping them create something special with their own colours and style. I teach everywhere, sometimes in country towns, guilds, retreats and around the occasional kitchen table. Styles and techniques change from year to year, but it’s always about having a go, having fun and taking home something that looks gorgeous at the end is a bonus.”
Leesa, husband Rob and their boys live in the Melbourne Bayside suburb of Beaumaris. The Chandler household is a busy one. Leesa and her husband run their business, Chandler’s Cottage, while raising their two boys, Philip and Steve.