Laura Murray Designs Workshops

Lecture:  One Step Beyond
Workshop: Creating the WOW Factor with Paintstiks

St. Frances Cabrini Church
1500 Franklin Ave. S.E.
 Minneapolis, MN   55414

Friday, May 12
5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 13
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday Lecture:
Follow Laura’s personal artistic journey, marked by a sense of humor and a desire to keep moving -- one step beyond where she’s already been.  Find motivation for your own creative process as Laura shares a retrospective of her award winning quilts, and what she learned from each.  Her breakthrough fusible applique techniques and multi-media surface designs opened more doors to creative exploration, as she began to create the appearance of intricate piecing without sewing a single stitch.  Gather helpful how-to tips, project ideas and the ‘one step beyond’ attitude.      

Saturday Workshop: 
Have you ever been partway into a project, and discovered you now urgently need a different fabric than your stash contains?  You’ll never have to settle for less than optimum again, by learning how to  transform plain fabric into bold graphics, subtle batiks, and much more in this fun, fast moving overview of paintstik techniques.  No artistic skills are required;  bring your sense of adventure and willingness to play while creating a series of samples illustrating a variety of techniques.

Following the basic techniques, the focus shifts to a specific design using Laura’s Starbuilder stamps as the texture for paintstik rubbings. The results are used in a breakthrough fusible appliqué method which puts amazing images within the reach of everyday quilters and sewers.  Students will enjoy the use of instructor’s paints and stamps while learning simple and fun techniques to complete a unique design in class. 

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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 and 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.