Monday, November 5, 2012

Gloria Loughman's Class - September 2012

My Canadian quilting buddy, Janet, and I took Gloria Loughman's two-day workshop "Quilted Symphony" this past September at the Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon. We arrived a few days early to get in some fabric shopping and do a bit of sewing. 

There were about 15 of us in the class, one from as far away as the East Coast. Gloria was a wonderful instructor - encouraging each of us as we worked on our designs, periodically stopping the group to share another technique or design element and interjecting suggestions. She also brought some of her fabulous quilts (I wish I had taken some photos).

Here is the photo I brought to the workshop and used as inspiration for my piece. 

Rearranged space with the new design
wall mounted in the background.

I got a start on the piece at the workshop but it was obvious that I would need more time to finish. Once I got home I decided I needed to rearrange my workspace, make a new shelf for organizing my thread and put up a bigger design wall before I could start another quilt.

The new thread organizer based on a design
I found online. Where woud I be without "google?"

Time to get back to my project. 

Here is my quilt at one point in time. I kept this on the design wall while I was working on some other small projects, occasionally removing or adding bits of fabric.

I traveled out-of-town for a few weeks. When I returned I concentrated on completing the design and sewing the pieces to the tear away pattern backing. Here is where I am at so far.

The full piece will be about 20"x 26" when finished

detail of lower right corner

detail of right middle
detail of upper left corner

The next stage will be to make the sandwich, do a bit of quilting in some areas, and finish the edges. This will have to wait until I finish two baby quilts and one more table runner.


  1. Susan! Your Gloria piece is.....glorious! I love where you took this process; wonderful colour handling and lovely flow of movement. I really like the smaller touches. Well done!

  2. Big treat to see the photo (a glimpse at your idea!) Love reading your text on all the projects. Thanks for doing this blog, Susan.