Luscious Little Landscapes

Landscape art quilt by Patt Pasteur

Create contemporary landscape art quilts using alcohol ink! Patt Pasteur shares her method for Luscious Little Landscapes like this one called "Sunrise" using alcohol ink and gel medium.

About this Quilt

Finished Size : 10" x 10"

Designed By : Patt Pasteur

“During the long winters in rural Maine, I spend hour after hour at my sewing machine creating coiled baskets for the summer craft shows. I love doing what I do, but at times I just have to get up and throw paint.

A friend had given me a set of alcohol inks and challenged me to see what I could do with them. These inks work beautifully on metal, plastic, and glass. The colors are vibrant and the inks are wildly unpredictable. I started making luscious little paintings on Yupo®—a synthetic paper that resists tearing and buckling—and absolutely loved the way the colors interacted.

So I started thinking: Could I get this vibrant color on fabric? However, when I dropped the ink on the fabric, the colors didn’t mingle much and the effect was not as dramatic as I had hoped. To solve the problem, I painted a couple of coats of gel medium onto the fabric. Pouring the ink onto the gel medium kept the brightness alive.” – Patt Pasteur

Download this quilt pattern along with art quilting techniques in December 2017/January 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.


  • White cotton fabric, 11″ square
  • Quilt backing, 12″ square
  • Gel medium (I used Golden Artist Colors® soft gel gloss.)
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Cardboard, 12″ square
  • Freezer paper, 12″ square
  • Parchment paper
  • Soft lead pencil
  • Alcohol ink, 3–5 colors (I used Ranger’s Tim Holtz® Adirondack Ink.)
  • Alcohol blending solution (I used Ranger’s Tim Holtz® Alcohol Blending Solution.)
  • Small plastic cups
  • Fusible stabilizer, 12″ square (I used Pellon® Craft-Fuse®.)
  • Thread, variety of colors for machine stitching
  • UV Archival varnish (I used Krylon® satin.)
  • Gloves
  • Stamps, stencils
  • Ink pad (I used StāzOn®.)
  • Zigzag foot with non-stick sole