Greetje Hein – Country – Landscape


Iceland has a big variety in his landscape: rough country-side, volcano’s, calm meadows, lupine fields, waterfalls, lagoons, black lava, hot springs, mountains, fjords, little churches between the small villages, but no trees at all.

It was difficult to decide what to pick for this landscape-quilt. I decided to join a few things together to give an idea of the lovely country-side. Of course waterfalls coming down from the black lava rock; the water falling into the blue lagoon. A lupine field in front, some horses running on the meadow and a small church in the middle of nowhere.

I used only snow-dyed fabrics (just the church is commercial fabric). I cut this fabric into 1 inch squares and created the background. I first stamped the lupine-field with fabric paint using a sponge. After that the flowers are free motion quilted with zig-zag stitch.

The waterfalls are created with glitter angelina fibers and some cotton floss at the bottom. I stitched this with rayon thread on the background.

The whole piece is free motion quilted.

Close-up view:

  1. carolinehiggs

    I really like the way that you have built up the landscape using squares and the machine stitching pulls it together nicely. The flowers and waterfalls add dimension to the piece. great work!

  2. How creative to use blocks of colour, it must have been labour intensive, but a beautiful result. well done.

  3. The construction of your landscape with squares is so effective that we forgot them when looking at your quilt ! and I like how you stamped the lupine field.

  4. Maryte Collard

    You caught the spirit of Iceland really well. I look at your landscape and I think that I’ve seen that church! Interesting idea of using fabric squares for the background and the creation of waterfalls is well done.

  5. studiociboulette

    I like the piecing of your landscape, and the colors. I didn’t know Iceland had no tree. That is so interesting. Beautiful!

  6. I haven’t visited Iceland and your story is very interesting. The waterfall is really lifelike and so are the lupines. Lovely choice of fabrics. Well done!

  7. Not so long ago I read a book about living on a farm on Iceland and your picture captures all I read about 🙂 Great job!

  8. Such a nice and creative idea to build up your landscape in blocks. The scenery is beautiful and I love the way you have stitched the waterfalls and how the horses are a repeat element in your quilts. Bravo.

  9. This stylized representation of Iceland is so much fun! It came as a surprise that the country has no trees. Angelina was a good choice for the waterfalls.

  10. joanbrailsford

    Your colours work beautifully together and the stitching brings all the little squares together really well. This is a very interesting way to create the background and to stylise the landscape. I love the detail in the waterfall, the church and the lupines. Well done

  11. This really does say “Iceland”. It reminds me so much of one splendid holiday we had there. I particularly like the way you have depicted the waterfalls.

  12. Lovely abstract composition depicting Iceland and its varied landscapes. Love all the stamping and stitching details, especially the splashing water creating texture and the depth created with the lupine field in the forefront. Well done Greetje!

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