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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, December 30, 2010

Snow Dyeing.





There was some chatter on the quiltart list about snow dyeing ... thought I would share a few photos of how I took advantage of the first snowfall about a month or so ago.. I love how the linens turned out.  Can't wait to use just plain white muslin and make a few batches of different colors..

Monday, December 13, 2010

More On Alzheimers Art Quilt Initiative.. Awesome News..

I copied and am pasting this from AAQI Blog...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Burton, MI)-- December 14, 2010 -- A $30,000 research grant awarded by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) to the University of Michigan has yielded positive results! The award helped finance research led by U-M Life Sciences Institute assistant professor Mi Hee Lim which was published online in the December 3rd edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Dr Lim and her team created new molecular tools that show promise for cleansing the brain of amyloid plaques. These plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, are clumps of misfolded proteins thought to cause cell death leading to devastating memory loss and cognitive decline.

The mechanisms responsible for the formation of these misfolded proteins, and their associations with Alzheimer's disease, are not entirely understood. It is thought that copper and zinc ions are somehow involved. Funding of Dr. Lim's study which explored the roles of metal ions in Alzheimer's disease was the third grant made by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative since it became a nonprofit three years ago.

In earlier work, Lim and her team developed dual-purpose molecular tools that both grab metal ions and interact with amyloid-beta. The researchers went on to show that in solutions with or without living cells, the molecules were able to regulate copper-induced amyloid-beta aggregation, not only disrupting the formation of clumps, but also breaking up clumps that already had formed.

Building upon that first generation of compounds, Lim and lab members Jung-Suk Choi (postdoctoral scholar) and Joseph Braymer (graduate student) now report a second generation of compounds that are more stable in biological environments. The researchers tested one of those compounds, described in the PNAS paper, in homogenized brain tissue samples from Alzheimer's disease patients.

"We found that our compound is capable of disassembling the misfolded amyloid clumps to form smaller amyloid pieces, which might be 'cleansed' from the brain more easily, demonstrating a therapeutic application of our compound," said Lim, who has joint appointments in the Life Sciences Institute and the Department of Chemistry. In addition, preliminary tests show that the bi-functional small molecules have a strong potential to cross the blood-brain barrier, the barricade of cells that separates brain tissue from circulating blood, protecting the brain from harmful substances in the bloodstream."

"Crossing this barrier is essential for any treatment like this to be successful," Lim said.

Next steps include more intensive testing of the new compounds for diagnostic and therapeutic properties.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.AlzQuilts.org) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project and sponsors a nationally touring exhibition of quilts about Alzheimer's called “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope.” The AAQI has raised almost $500,000 since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.

For more information on the AAQI or to make a donation, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m – 3 p.m. Eastern), ami@alzquilt.org or www.alzquilts.org.



Read more: http://www.alzquilts.org/limgrant.html#ixzz182SOw4lo

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Alzheimers Art Quilt Initiative..

I want to share this with all of you...I am very lucky to have had a quilt picked to go on the new traveling exhibit.  Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope.

Alex Anderson, Ami Simms, Ricky Tims
One in 10 people reading this knows someone with Alzheimer’s. For one in three, the person with Alzheimer’s is a family member.
Today, The Quilt Show premiers program #712. It features the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, our grassroots effort to raise awareness and fund research. If Alzheimer’s has touched your life, please watch this important show and join our fight against Alzheimer’s.
The Quilt Show, hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, is a fully produced “television” show filmed in front of a studio audience. It is available on the Internet, 24/7. Click here, to be taken directly to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative show.
In the studio during filmingPlease share this news with your friends. Thousands of quilters, perhaps someone you know, have written the name(s) of a family member or friend who has/had Alzheimer’s on a purple patch of fabric. Those patches have been stitched into 182 “Name Quilts” honoring more than 10,000 individuals. The”Name Quilts,” along with 53 small format art quilts, make up the AAQI’s new traveling exhibit called “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope.” A portion of “Alzheimer’s Illustrated” exhibit is shown on program #712 for the first time anywhere. The AAQI is looking for quilting groups to bring this poignant exhibit to their communities. Learn more here.
This is my quilt that will be in the traveling exhibit and this is what inspired me to make it

The Unknown Spirit

Laura Krasinski
Menomonee Falls, WI.

I was sitting in the waiting area of a mental health facility
reading my quilting magazine.  As I was sitting there a man
and his mother came in. She was there ( I found out later)
for her check up.  She has Alzheimers.  She had asked her
son very timidly," how old am I ? " He replied," 80 years old."
She continued in disbelief on how the time has gone
by so quickly. After she took a very short walk down
memory lane she asked again," how old am I?"...
her son replied," 80."The women was so sweet and
it just seemed so sad to me. I'm naming my quilt
THE UNKNOWN SPIRIT... for these unknown people
who are dealing with this disease we call Alzheimers

Monday, December 06, 2010

Snowmen


Just wanted to share a few of the snowmen I made a few weeks ago I still have 2 hats to put on the little ones.... these are fast and fun.. The 2 I donated to my guild for an auction.. They are snow quilters..