The following is the Student Supply List for "Designing from Nature."

Please scroll down for the Organizer Supply List.

Subjects from nature that inspire YOU. Real flowers, plants, leaves, shells, fruit, etc., or photographs or books of photographs or natural objects or landscapes (the larger, the better). Look carefully and in detail at possible subject matter, or, if you wish, prepare a large size careful freehand line drawing in advance. This may be a free hand drawing or traced from a photo (yours or with permission of the photographer). Please do not bring artwork (photo, drawing, quilt, or painting) by another artist with the intention of copying it unless you have obtained permission.

Suggested: to save time: A very careful line drawing or tracing of your subject enlarged to the size at which you wish to work.

If tracing a photo, enlarge the section of the photo that interests you on a copier to 11"x17" first, then trace on clear plastic or tracing paper. Although I have pieced facial features once in my hobbit quilt, I do not recommend it and will not help if you choose to embark on that problem.

Masking tape
A few large sheets of paper
Tracing paper
Paper scissors
Sewing kit
Colored pencils
Fabric scissors or rotary cutter and pad
Large ziploc bag
Freezer paper
Extra or Ultra Fineline permanent marker (Sharpie or Identipen)
Sheet or fleece to pin up work in progress and to transport it home
Sewing machine (unless you hand piece or plan to concentrate entirely on design and fabric selection)
A selection of fabrics. One half yard or less is probably as much as you will need of any one fabric. Small prints, medium prints, large prints, tie-dyes, plaids, stripes, mottled fabrics, prints containing 3 or more colors, scraps. Fabric choices for nature quilts are often not "pretty" fabrics. You may want to investigate sources beyond traditional quilt shops.
Optional: Graph paper Template material if planning repeated blocks

To familiarize yourself with my piecing process, make one or more of the projects from Pieced Flowers, Pieced Vegetables or When Quilters Gather. Read the directions and then follow them carefully. If you are planning to use curved seams in your own project, it is especially helpful to make one of the curved seam projects from the books.

Kodak slide projector, carousels, screen or wall, darkenable room
Table space of at least 3'x4' per student Good lighting
Pencil sharpener Blackboard and chalk Waste basket
At least 2 irons and ironing boards
extension cords Adequate outlets and fuses
indiividual foam or cellatex boards for each student's work are helpful

©2004 Ruth B. McDowell