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Making a fractured landscape quilt using a simple piecing method

Making a fractured landscape quilt using a simple piecing method

by Jackie White

Yesterday we finished a gorgeous wall hanging using drunkard’s path blocks. Today you’re in for a real treat. This quilt will take you on an exciting experience of learning how to make a fractured quilt from a completely pieced quilt! This method can be done with any quilt to give it a unique look and make the eye travel while admiring your quilt.

Nature quilt hanging on wall of blues, greens and browns.

Fractured landscape quilt with Naturescapes collection by Northcott Fabrics.

This quilt measures 36″ x 39″ and consists of a pieced top that has had a very dark sashing added and then adjusted the strips to give it a fractured look. Let’s get started!


I used the beautiful Naturescapes collection from Northcott Fabrics.

⅝ yd 21390-42 blue

¼ yd 21414-74 pebbles

¼ yd 21394-93 flat rocks

¼ yd 21400-93 field of grass – blurred

¼ yd 21382-76 dried brown grass

¼ yd 21407-74 jungle grass

¼ yd 21401-35 detailed green grass

1 yd 2138799 black (sashing and binding)

1½ yds backing

1½ yds batting

Nature looking fabric on table Northcott Fabrics

Naturescapes collection from Northcott Fabrics


Cut seven 16½” x 4½” strips of blue fabric.

Cut the following into 4⅞” squares:

8 jungle grass

4 blue

8 blurred grass

8 pebbles

8 detailed grass

8 dry grass

4 flat rock

Put the following squares of fabric into pairs, right sides together:

4 blue with 4 jungle grass

4 jungle grass with 4 blurred grass

4 blurred grass with 4 detailed grass

4 detailed grass with 4 pebbles

4 pebbles with 4 dry grass

4 dry grass with 4 flat rock

On one wrong side of each block sandwich draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. Do this for all the pairs.

Sew a scant ¼” seam on either side of the drawn line. Repeat for all sandwiched blocks.

Cut carefully on the drawn line. Repeat for all blocks. Press open.

3 half square triangle blocks

Make half square triangles from Naturescapes collection by Northcott Fabrics.

Following the diagram, place on your design wall or lay out on your floor. The black lines are to outline so you can see the blocks and strips.

Picture of quilt blocks on wall.

Place blocks and strips in the format as pictured.

Sew the squares to create vertical rows. To clarify, each vertical row starts with a long blue strip (sky-like), sewing these to the square below and adding every square below that. Stop when all squares are sewn in their corresponding vertical row. Once all the squares are sewn in vertical rows, stop. Don’t sew the vertical rows together.

Quilt top sewn together in rows using Northcott Naturescapes collection on wall.

Quilt top sewn together in rows using Northcott’s Naturescapes collection

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3:  Drunkard’s path makes a puzzle out of the Pebble Play quilted wall hanging

Go to part 5: This 1 easy step creates the fractured landscape within the quilt



Nancy January 7, 2017 - 9:23 pm

I want to learn more about landscape quilts. I love them.

Cathie Scanlon January 6, 2017 - 10:15 pm

I like this a lot. I didn’t see that it was half square triangles until I read the instructions!

Nancy Giese January 6, 2017 - 9:39 am

You always have such interesting and informative articles! Thank you!

Delaine January 5, 2017 - 9:16 pm

I love this! Thank you for the great tutorial!

Eileen January 5, 2017 - 8:37 pm

I love this fabric!

Sandy January 5, 2017 - 6:20 pm

Love this

Calvin F. January 5, 2017 - 6:18 pm

This looks very neat. Never knew quilting could be so wonderful.

Celia Ambrose January 5, 2017 - 4:56 pm

The bundle for the giveaway is nice. Thanks for the chance to win.

Liz Dempsey January 5, 2017 - 12:14 pm

Wow, ill have ti give this a try

Carol M January 5, 2017 - 11:53 am

Neat look and so simple to do—who would ever have guessed!

Dawn F January 5, 2017 - 11:43 am

This is a neat variation on a chevon quilt and would be fun to try!

Sandy Allen January 5, 2017 - 10:41 am

This is so much fun! I haven’t seen anything like this before! Thanks for the inspiration.

maren katz January 5, 2017 - 10:39 am

This would make a nice picnic blanket, blue in the middle like a lake and then pebbles and grass around it!!!

MaryBeth January 5, 2017 - 9:16 am

I love that you don’t have to worry about matching seams!! Very nice.

Nicole Sender January 5, 2017 - 3:34 am

What a unique quilt! Outstanding!

Melissa F January 5, 2017 - 3:08 am

This is very unique and beautiful!

Karen January 5, 2017 - 1:14 am

I really like the chevron look of this quilt.


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