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Accidental Landscapes™: Beaches

Karen Eckmeier


Here is an introduction to creating landscapes “accidentally” using Karen’s layered topstitching technique. These little Beach scenes are quick and easy to make, no templates, no fuss – just free form rotary cutting and topstitched edges. The results are always a pleasant surprise. The Beach scene is created in the morning. Borders are added and quilting is done in the afternoon. Finished size is approx. 8” x 12” (not including borders)


To see Beaches made using this technique, please go to my website: and look under the Accidental Landscape gallery and Student Workshop gallery.


Sky – ¼ yard (1/2 yard if the fabric is directional)

Sand  – 1/8 yard of 11 different “sand” fabrics (medium and light values)

Water  – 1/8 yard of 3 different water fabrics (one dark, one medium and one light)

Dune Fence  – Scraps of appropriate color

Sailboats          – scraps of white

[optional: fabric scraps for beach grass, beach chairs, umbrellas, bucket….also shells, beads, yarns, white lace for waves, and photo transfers)

Inner Borders – 1/8 yard each

Outer Border – ¼ yard


Sewing Machine (Featherweights are fine)

Rotary Cutter and mat

Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It™ or your choice of fabric glue (for collaging details)

Threads for topstitching – select threads to match fabrics or use variegated threads (cottons, rayons or metallics)

Neutral thread for bobbin

Fabric scissors

Tracing Paper and pencil (optional)

Pins (I recommend the long flower head pins)

Ruler for rotary cutting borders

Quilter’s Square for squaring piece (only if you already own one)

Iron and ironing pad (mini iron will work)

Pattern: Beaches by The Quilted Lizard $7.00 (required for class)

Most students get to the quilting stage in this 6 hour workshop, please bring the following:


1.        Threads for quilting (machine or  hand)

2.        Needles for machine quilting or hand quilting

3.        100% cotton batting (approx. 18” x 22”) + half yard fabric for backing

4.        “Walking Foot” and/or Darning Foot for Machine quilting

5.        Pins for Basting (for tiny quilts like these, pins are great)