On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Gloria Loughman at the Empire Quilters Guild in New York City. The presentation was part lecture, part travelogue and part trunk show. She also talked about her quiltmaking techniques that combine piecing, applique and fabric painting.
Gloria began quilting when she was in her 30’s. At the time, she was working as a physical education teacher and had three young daughters. Sadly, she had also just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Attending a quilt class was part of her healing process and she was hooked.
Gloria and her husband live in a custom-built house on the ocean. Her husband describes the house as “a big studio with a little house attached.” I didn’t see photos of the house, but the studio was large and included a wet area for dying fabric. Although the studio was built with the intention of it being a classroom, currently the only students are her grandchildren.
One of the best parts of the Powerpoint presentation was the photographs. Gloria travels with her husband, who is the family photographer. (She claims that he only travels with her so that she has a larger luggage allowance for her quilts.) The couple has been all over the world and the photos are breathtaking. My favorite were close to home — the Canadian Rocky Mountains — which I consider one of the most beautiful areas of the world.
Gloria learned to quilt on a Bernina and continues to use only Berninas. She does all of her own quilting. She is the author of two books — “Luminous Landscapes” and “Quilted Symphonies.” She has a third book in production with C&T Publishing.
She is a great speaker and packs a lot of information — and quilts — into her lecture.
You can see Gloria’s quilts at: http://www.glorialoughman.com/gallery.htm