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Waterloo County, A Bird's Eye View



I talked to Carl Hiebert and obtained his permission to use pictures from his books or aerial photography in quilts. After I had the initial idea, I wanted to try it myself first, to know how difficult this project would be. I looked through Carl's books to find a photograph that would be the most challenging to interpret in fabric. This wall hanging is the result.
The hardest part was making the pattern. In a painting or drawing, there are limitless possibilities; but when you are working with fabric, the pieces have to be big enough to applique. Once the master pattern was constructed, I started the hand applique, working from top to bottom. The piece was then machine quilted.

Renske Helmuth
Waterloo County, A Bird's Eye View