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Laura Murray Designs

November-December 2017

The holidays bring lots of color and energy to brighten the winter, along with a joyful spirit and appreciation of friends and family.

I am thankful for the continued support of my readers, and wish good health, happiness, and creativity to you and yours. To make the holiday season merrier, read on for news of my biggest sale of the year.

~ Laura

Dazzling Holiday Stars

For that special holiday decoration or gift, here's an idea that is sure to impress:

  1. Assemble one of my starBuilder designs* on an extra heavy-weight stabilizer. Find basic instructions on my website (PDF download).
  2. Fuse another fabric on the back and cut out the star.
  3. Sew an interesting button in the middle, attach a pretty ribbon and hang on the wall, doorknobs, tree, etc.

* Adapt this idea in fabrics of your choice, which requires making templates and cutting out fusible backed fabric to create the designs.

Houston Quilt Festival Highlights

Abyss by Danny Amazonas, 15' x 6'

Show stopper at the 2017 Houston Quilt Festival was clearly the special exhibit of 16 amazing quilts by Danny Amazonas. His quilts are created by painting with fabrics, without the need for intricate sewing. Danny is a portraiture painter who discovered fabric as an exciting new medium; and often uses Kaffe Fassett prints. After close inspection, I'm fairly certain that collaging and glue are involved, followed by monafilment thread stitching to hold the pieces down to a base fabric. Very exciting and inspiring!

Fabric Trends at Market show floor (trade show for business owners), featured numerous fabric manufacturers displaying their newest designs. The large majority of them were sweet little prints on white or tinted backgrounds such as the ones shown by Free Spirit. On the value scale from white (1) to black(10), it seemed that most of the trending fabrics are 1-5, with few darker values of 6-10. Fortunately, batiks and solids are available in the full spectrum, and quilt shop owners stock their shelves to appeal to a variety of interests.

I'm glad to be a hand dyer, because I can create my own fabric in the rich, saturated colors that warm my creative spirit.

Biggest sale of the year! Online Store discounted 25%

Use the Coupon code 2017holidays and click on "apply" to receive the discount.


Three days only, Nov 19th through Nov 21st

Take an extra 25% off items already discounted from suggested retail price, including:

  • All kits and special offers
  • Kimono silks (*excluding treasure bags)
  • Stamps, stencils, stencil brushes
  • Foils and accessories
  • Rubbing plates
  • Garment and Handbag patterns
  • Books/DVDs

Don't miss out!

As an extra holiday bonus, a purchase of $100.00 or more will include a special gift (valued at $29.95). While supplies last, each customer placing a net order of $100.00 (not including S&H) will receive one of my signed 10" X 10" fiber artworks, matted and ready to frame. Designs vary, no two are alike. Truly, this is a dazzling deal!

On The Road

New silk batiks

The new year is coming soon, and I'm especially excited about several new silk batik designs which will serve as inspiration for several new garment samples. As always, we are your source for all things paintstiks, and I will happily demonstrate my unique techniques for creating amazing fusible appliqué designs without sewing.

Visit the show schedule for complete information.

Jim and I look forward to seeing you.




Jan 18-21

Road to California
Ontario, CA
Booth, workshops, demonstrations


Jan 25 -27

Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival
Phoenix, AZ
Booth and seminars


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