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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

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Milwaukee Art Quilters Challenge "Estranged Love"

Months ago a challenge was proposed.  We each put a common object in a brown paper bag and put them in the middle of the room.. Then each of us picked a bag.  Whatever was in the bag was to be used to create a quilt.  It didn't have to be on the quilt.. And the quilt had to be mixed media.  I received a Lotus Pod.  I just loved it.. There were many different things like cotton balls, sequenced flowers, pen and paper, votive candle just to name a few.  I was in home group one night and sketched out my design.  Blocks, and rectangles.. and I knew I wanted to put a lotus flower somewhere in the middle.. Well, the Lotus Flower turned into a Lotus pod.. Three of them.  I bought a few more at the store and my husband cut them for me.. I used the original one to stamp paint on the fabrics. And I used the ends of the cut ones to stamp too.  I put in silk taffeta, dyed silk, cotton and made stems out of raffia, printed words on Lutradur and my snow dyed fabrics along with Wendy Richardson's  over dyes.. This was a fun quilt to make.. There is no piecing in this quilt it is done by using Wendy Butler Berns technique of using freezer paper templates.  I love her technique...!!  All of the quilts that the girls made were pretty incredible.  Amazing how you can take and object and use it for inspiration for a quilt.