30 November, 2015
Last weekend I did a 2-day 'Light up your Landscape' class with Australian Gloria Loughman, an internationally acclaimed award winning quilter . We had to take along photos of landscapes we could turn into a quilt...plus our fabric stash of suitable colours!
We had spent Christmas of 2007 in Italy and - of course - had some great pics to choose from. This is a bit different to having photos in an album, this memory you hang on a wall.
We used freezer paper to make a pattern then steam-a-seam lite to raw edge applique. During the class Gloria included mini-tutorials on things like colour theory (in a user friendly way), design and patternmaking, threads and needles combinations for machine, painting fabric for special effects, choosing and using decorative threads, finishing, etc.
Usually Gloria puts facings on her quilts, but she suggested mine would be better with a border, then a facing. I included a tiny inner border as well.
We had two days of fun and amazing teaching with Gloria, and she also had a trunk show presentation on the Tuesday night. What an incredible range of work and what a fabulous lady. Google Gloria Loughman to see her work!
Here are some of the photos I used to design my quilt.
I used a mixture of batiks and hand dyed fabrics, and stitched it with variegated thread.