Hello! I’m Laura Murray, owner of Laura Murray Designs. My company was launched in 2000, immediately after the end of my 30 career as a Human Resource Manager with Honeywell. It was an easy transition, thanks to my lifelong interest in sewing and needle arts. My husband, Jim, and I Iive in Minneapolis, MN, and travel extensively to vend and teach at quilt and sewing shows across the country. My first quiltmaking class in 1989 revealed my true passion with the discovery that I could choose my own colors and designs. Previously, all my projects originated with kits, which I completed based on the designer instructions and color choices. Soon, I was creating original work, and developing a keen interest in surface design. This led to lot of classes in how to dyeing, foil stamp, stencil, screen printing, along with a host of other techniques that enhance cloth. It’s a wonderful thing to discover one’s purpose. My purpose is to share my discoveries with other kindred spirits. My artistic aspirations are similar to the StarTrek mission: “Going where no one has gone before,” and I also want to get there at warp speed. Complexity and speed are not always easy partners, and my approach is to find and use the most direct path to my desired result. Encouraged by a number of ribbons won at various juried quilting exhibits across the country, I began to author articles, write a book, teach, design my own stamp and stencil products, and develop my own techniques. It is rewarding work, and I’m grateful to all who support my passion.
|Color Your Fabric with Paintsticks
Friday, June 14, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Using paintstiks, stamps, and fusible web, learn Laura Murray’s “Stackers” technique, which uses layered squares and triangles to create the appearance of intricate detail in traditional quilting block designs. Sewing is not required because the blocks are assembled on a base fabric using fusible web. The Stackers technique is fun, easy to learn and produces amazing results.
Kit: $20 — Includes One stencil brush, one stencil, one paintstik, handouts plus use of instructor’s paintstiks, rubbing plates,and general class supplies. Fee paid to the instructor.
Student Supply List:
Eight 12” – 14” prewashed fabric squares (can be cotton, silk, or synthetic). At least six squares need to be dark color and two light color – can be solid, hand-dyed or subtle tone-on-toneMasking or blue painter’s tape; ¾” or 1” wide. An apron or smock (or wear old clothes).