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I was 53 in June. I feel like I'm 30. I live in Cold Cold Wisconsin. But, I love it here.. I found fabric and quilting about 8 years ago.. I fell in love with it.. I also enjoy paper art.. I'm not sure how I kept my sanity before I started doing art. I found rubber stamps about 10 years ago and have gone on to anything and everything.. I have been blessed with creative talents and love to express myself in art. I have 2 children .. one girl who is 15 and a boy who is 17. My husband and I love to hunt,canoe and just enjoy the outdoors together.. We all love the outdoors and go up to northern Wisconsin as often as possible. I'm a 14 year breast cancer survivor.. you can view more of my art at http://laurakrasinskiquilts.blogspot.com www.picturetrail.com/barngirl or my teaching, lecture and vending schedule here http://laurakrasinskisartontherun.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 30, 2009


The collages this year just like last year are amazing.. I can't decide which one I want so I may have to buy them all... I wish... they are sooo beautiful...please check this out... This is my collage for this years sale...

Collage Mania, a Fiberart For A Cause fundraiser for the American Cancer
Society, is May 5 -7.

It's great art for a great cause with 383 collages donated by 161 artists
from around the world. You can preview all the artwork here:


Of course 100% of the proceeds are donated directly to the ACS with an
immediate electronic receipt. All collages are available on a
first-come/first-serve basis, so be sure to read over the directions before
Tuesday, May 5:


Any questions, just ask now as May 5 - 7 will be wild and crazy!

Warm regards,
Virginia A. Spiegel
Website: http://www.virginiaspiegel.com
Blog: http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/blog/
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Fiberart For A Cause, fundraising for the American Cancer Society.
COLLAGE MANIA May 5 - 7, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Bird Atcs

I joined an atc swap for something different.. Of course I couldn't do them just with paper. First I put fabric ( bird eggs) over cardstock and used gel medium to adhere it. While that was wet I added some paint and schminke powder. I burned some Lutradur and layered that with handdyed cheesecloth ( Laura Wasilowski special) and a piece of ribbon. I had a bird cigarette card so I copied it and printed it out on fabric paper and added that with a small zig zag stitch. Then I stitched down the feather and added a silver letter. And used Tsukineko inks on the edges. Everything was stitched and not glued. These small pieces were really fun to create..

Bird Atc

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Fun Day!!!

So I had some time today to work on some art... I started to quilt my portals quilt.. but, I ended up unsewing a bit more than I liked.. and I still don't like some of it and may just do some more unsewing... I joined an atc swap... so I am experimenting with fabric and paint and lutrader... more about that later.. So after my unsewing I decided to try a pattern I saw in a kids quilts magazine... it is to make a pillowcase.. I had some turtle fabric that I bought thinking I would make something for Luke out of it..... so I made him this pillowcase...
Also I want to remind you that Collage Mania starts soon.. May 5 and 6th... don't forget to check this out.. http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/CollageMania081.html

Monday, April 13, 2009

Gloria's Magic

I wanted to share with you my latest and I must say greatest quilt. I did all the piecing ( the inside piece that looks pieces is not.. it is a whole clothe piece of batik) but, the quilting magic was done by Gloria Anderson. She is just incredible and I give her all the credit for making this quilt sooooo beautiful..Each one of the circle's has different quilting in it.. I took a few close ups.. and one from the back. So I decided to name the quilt " Gloria's Magic"
My sister has also done a quilt like this with different quilting and Gloria did a beatiful job on hers also... Cheryl's is a king size and mine is a twin or a bit bigger... You can see her quilt on her blog. http://cheryls-chatelaine.blogspot.com/ She has more detailed info there too regarding the quilts.
I wanted to post this before I took off to the Rosemont show. I am soooo excited to go I am practically jumping out of my skin...
So the sister show will be leaving for Rosemont early thurs morning.. we are both taking a fabric painting class with Judy Coates Perez.... I'm thrilled.. On Sat. I will be taking a class from Katie Pasquini Masopaust. She is incredible.. I took a class from her last winter in Racine... Loved it..
I am gearing up for Breaking traditions exhibit (fundraiser) and the Art Now for Autism fund raiser. You can read about these on the right side of my blog... Also Collage Mania is coming up... many many collages to choose from and all the proceeds going to American Cancer Society... And the monthly quilt auction for Alzheimers....you gotta give it up for the gals who run all of these... they donate hours and hours of their time for these causes... I truly appreciate each and everyone of them... Thanks.....