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Laura Murray Designs

August 2018

Do you consider yourself a designer? Each time you select fabrics for a quilt or garment, you are making design decisions. An abbreviated Wikipedia definition of a designer is "an agent who creates tangible or intangible objects." However, if you are making a kit, then someone else made the design decisions. I think of myself as a designer, which becomes an important affirmation.

An affirmation is really anything you think or say. according to Louise Hay. author of You can Heal Your Life. Positive thinking and saying opens the door to positive choices, while negativity invites more negative feelings and actions.

We can all design, it's not an exclusive club that requiring validation by others. We can all think and say things that focus on what we want to be and make a beautiful life!

~ Laura

The "not quite right fabric" solution

It happens to us all. The fabric we have is not quite right. For example, here's my newly purchased shirt with neutral cream/tan/grey stripes which needed a bit more interest.

Why did I buy this shirt? It was on the 75% off rack at an expensive wearable art boutique, excellent quality and proper fit, proportion and silhouette for my body.

Before

After

Using a turquoise paintstik and a 1/4" stencil brush; it was quick work to transform a cream stripe to turquoise. Masking tape not required.

Still subtle, but an improvement.

Detail

Asymmetrical Top and Tunic

This Amy Brackman pattern is a flattering style, and perfect on hot summer days. Make as a top or lengthen for a tunic; it quickly became a best seller in my Raleigh, NC booth.

 

price: $18.95

 

My sample is made with silk batiks, featuring an asymmetrical top closeup contrasting panel in the front. However, the original fabrics also seemed "not quite right." Problem solved with a lime green paintstik, rubbing plate, and stencil brush, used to add a subtle design for more interest.

This is a brush rubbing technique, done by applying paint to a stencil brush, then rubbing the brush on the fabric (vs directly with the paintstik). The texture comes from the Curves Rubbing Plate set. Random placement is the key to success.

Close up

On The Road

Find inspiration, techniques and products not found elsewhere such as hand batiked silks from Thailand, and lots of paintstik expertise. Customers say:

  • "Had a great time shopping with Laura Murray. Love her products, creativity and her shop. Great experience."
  • "I appreciate the time you spent with me, Laura, to demo your techniques and tools!"

Date

Show

Website

Aug 22-25

AQS Quiltweek
Grand Rapids, MI
Booth, demonstrations

http://www.quiltweek.com/locations/grand-rapids/

Sept 6-8

Quilt Expo
Madison, WI
Booth, lecture**, workshop*, demonstrations

http://wiquiltexpo.com

Sept 27-29

Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show
Springfield, MO
Booth, demonstrations

http://opqgshow.com

*Radiant Star workshop in Madison Quilt Expo

Make this gorgeous star in just 3 hours (1-4 p.m. on Wed, Sept 5 or Thurs, Sept 6), while learning how to make shapes using paintstiks and my stamps. The shapes are backed with fusible web and arranged on a background fabric for easy assembly.

**Also in Madison, I'll be lecturing at 8:30 on Friday and Saturday, "Fusible Appliqué with Paintstiks and Stamps", using a slide presentation to illustrate how to create amazing designs without sewing.

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