September 2023 brought the third (I think) of the workshops I have attended this year (the other two will come soon to here). It was with Australian contemporary landscape quilter Gloria Loughman.
This was a two day class organised through Canberra Quilters Inc (my local guild), and was a very intense weekend filled with learning, trying new things, and really pushing what it is to me to be a quilter. Generally speaking, I am not an “art quilter”. It isn’t something I have ever thought of myself as, nor has it been something I have thought of myself being interested in.
I did this workshop because I wanted to be pushed outside what it is that I have been doing. I have about five quilts currently in various stages of progress (should keep track of those here), and after a period of what I can only describe as “meh” in relation to quilting – being heavily involved in the guild over the past three or four years took a bit of a toll on the whole creative energy – I have been trying different things and trying to push myself into different parts of the quilting world.
so on what I am making…
At the last walk around the room before pack up time, Gloria said to me
“I don’t know where this is going, but it looks really good”Gloria Loughman
Same Gloria, same.
I suspect this this may represent a change in my overall practice, and I do wonder if this is going to be one of those things I reflect on in years to come as something that changed the way that I operate towards and think about quilting. The workshop itself was inspiring. I learned things I needed to know and that I was ready to hear about (I foresee experiments in dyeing, fabric panting and collage in my future). It has also triggered some time for self-reflection on what it is about my quilting practice that I enjoy and what type of thing I want to do next.
so watch this space.