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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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

What a summer....so far

It has been quite sometime since I have updated my blog.  I guess my life has been pretty boring and I really don't have much to share.
I haven't been doing much quilting since I got my job in February.  Which by the way I love.
I did take up running in May.
Last year some friends of mine ran the Breast Cancer Run down at the lakefront in Milwaukee for me, being a survivor and well I opened my big mouth and told them I would join them next year.  Jen reminded me in May.  She knew it would take me a few months to prepare for the Sept. 21st run.  And she was right.  I started very slowly in May.  The weather was terrible but, in the last 2 months I have been running as much as I can.  I signed up for a 5 K in Elm Grove.  It was raising money for Alzheimer's.  Little did I know 2 days before the race my mom was diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer's.  The Lord works in mysterious ways.  So I continue to try and run faster.  My first 5 K was fun.  All the girls were cheering me on and bought me a after my first 5K MOJITO!!
It was delicious!!  I have one more 5 K before the Breast Cancer Run.  If you feel so inclined to donate to my cause you can here.  I'm trying to raise $100.


Here's a few photos I took this summer.. Except the one of me Mike took.  I'm having a lot of fun with my camera too.  Life Is Good!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bigfork Bay Cotton Co and what I know.

I'm sorry to see the Bigfork Bay Cotton Co website go.. Along with their wonderful patterns. I'm sorry if you have a pattern and can't get the corrections ( if there were some). I'm sorry you can't see the color swatches.. And above all I'm so sad to see them go. Hopefully at a later date the company might be back. In the meantime I have a lot of patterns on my Etsy shop.  And I just ordered some of the last patterns I could find of Toni Whitney's BFBCC patterns. So let me know if you need any. Check my etsy shop. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Blog

Hi all.. I created a new blog awhile back for my business. I am trying to make it informative and fun. You can see it at http://laurakrasinskisartontherun.blogspot.com You can go over there and become a follower. I will post occasionally on this blog ( mostly for fun family stuff). I have many new ideas running around in my head that I am going to get out into the world. Please check it out. My last post is on 1/4 " seams...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Comfort Quilts for Cats and Dogs

Cat Quilt

Dog Quilt
I just finished these two quilts for my veterinarian, Betsy Miller.  She uses the quilts when she puts the animals to sleep.  The owners are in the room and she wraps the animals in the quilt for comfort.  I just went through it this summer when I had to put my beloved Fatty to sleep.  It was very nice.  These will be my 2nd and 3rd one that I made for her.  You know how much I don't like traditional type quilting but, I just felt I needed to make these.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

AAQI in Houston!!

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is offering more than 2,100 Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts for sale at International Quilt Festival in Houston. Please head over to the front of the Exhibit Hall, Row Sand buy a few quilts (Oct 31-Nov 4). All profits fund Alzheimer's research.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative® (www.AlzQuilts.org ) is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's. The AAQI has raised more than$773,000 since January 2006.

Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.
 This is a quilt I made for AAQI that is in he traveling exhibit.it is called The Unknown Spirit. 

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Postcards for Houston.. this is from Pokey's blog

Please Take Our Quilt Festival Pet Project Postcard Pledge!

We are thrilled to announce that Friends for Life, Houston’s fastest growing no-kill animal adoption and rescue organization, will be the beneficiary shelter for Quilt Festival’s Pet Postcard Project! I personally admire this organization tremendously for the work and outreach they do, and it is where I adopted my dog, Clarence.
For this fall’s International Quilt Festival/Houston, we are launching our first of three Festival Pet Projects, and we are inviting YOU for this fall’s show to make fabric postcards that will sell for $20 each to benefit Friends for Life.
Take the Pet Postcard Pledge!
Would you be willing to make and donate a one-of-a-kind fabric postcard? I am hoping we get at least 500 fabric postcards, and if they all sell, that is $10,000! And wouldn’t it be fantastic if we got even more?
We encourage animal-themed fabric postcards but we certainly welcome and would appreciate other themes as well, such as abstracts, landscapes, floral pieces, etc. The point is to raise as much funds as we can!
If you are interested in making a fabric postcard (or two or three or more), here are the requirements:
• Each fabric postcard must be 4″ x 6″ and can have either a horizontal or vertical orientation. They should be stitched (hand or machine) and consist of a front, batting (or interfacing), and a back. As these postcards will not be going through the mail, it is OK if they are in excess of 1/8″ in thickness. So if you want to heavily embellish your postcard(s), go for it!
• You are not limited to making just one fabric postcard. Create as many fabric postcards as you like.
• On the back side of the fabric postcard, please sign your name and title your postcard. (Contact information is optional.)
• These postcards are due at the Quilts, Inc. office no later than Tuesday, October 23rd. Please note: this is a received-by date.
• You can mail as many fabric postcards as you would like, but please place them in a padded envelope. This way they will stay in pristine condition to be displayed at Festival. Please mail them to:
Festival Pet Project
Attn: Pokey Bolton
7660 Woodway
Suite 550
Houston, TX 77063

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sew Many Stars Quilt Show

Hi all... I'm heading to McHenry Illinois on Thurs to vend the Country Quilters of McHenry's show.  The show is Friday and Saturday. I'm very excited to be a part of this show.  I hope you can take a ride.. it is only 1.5 hours from Milwaukee.  Here is the website for more information
A good time will be had by all.
Due to my husband's job.  My son will be with me vending.  I'm sure he will do a fine job!!


Wednesday, September 05, 2012

My thoughts and Quilt Expo

I have been gearing up for this day for many months.  I remember getting the letter in the mail saying I was accepted to do a lecture All Three Days!!!  I was so excited.. So today is here.  I'm almost all packed.  Heading out later today and will meet up with my roommate and fellow teacher and best friend,  Chris Kirsch.  If you get a chance to take a class or lecture with her run, don't walk.. She has taught me so much over the years.  One of the biggest influences in my life, in more ways than one.
Anyway.. tomorrow the show will open.  My lectures are at 4pm everyday.  I will be bringing some of the Bigfork Bay patterns with me that will be for sale after my lecture.  Stitchers Crossing from Madison will also be selling patterns in their booth.  Sharon has been working with me on this and I am so thankful to have her helping me.  Their booth is right inside the main door.  I will also be doing demo's at her booth.
I will also have 2 quilts in the show.  He Loves Me He Loves Me Not and My Blue Heeler, Rosie.. I'm very very excited about that.  
2 vendors I must see... Wendy Richardson's booth is always the first one I "run" to.  She has beautiful overdyed fabrics and hand dyed shirts and just beautiful fabrics.  I use them in so many of my art quilts. The second one I want to get to is Marcia Derse.. She has just come out with a new line.. I love love love those fabrics.  I bought some last year for a Christmas gift and ended up keeping it for myself.. Isn't that terrible.. This year I will purchase enough to hopefully make a really cool quilt. 
If you see me there stop and say hi.. Would love to meet more of my online friends..

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Carole Made Me Famous


I vended in Eagle River about a month ago and met so many nice people. One of them was Carole and her sister. Carole's sister was so funny.. she doesn't quilt but, she is a writer. Carole has started a blog and her sister was trying to help her get photos etc. So they talked me into a photo. We had a fun time talking. I took the name of Carole's blog home and checked it out. Thought you might want to check it out too since she has made me a celebrity and gave a shout out to my new pattern.. Thanks Carole!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012


I can't believe it is the middle of August already. School for Jessi will be starting soon. The weather here in Wisconsin has been beautiful..almost fall like. I'm enjoying my new job at Patched Works. I'm practicing my power point lecture and am anxious to start speaking to guilds. My first lecture is next week!! Looking ahead to Quilt Expo in Madison Sept. 6,7 and 8. Sharing the Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. Patterns has really been fun and good for me. I love vending. Whenever anyone sees the booth with all the quilts hanging their eyes get sooo wide!! And the smiles on their faces makes me happy. They are just happy, beautiful quilts. I recently put my older cat down. I was so sad but also happy that he was out of pain. It is very hard to tell when a cat is in pain. I have recently acquired a new kitty. An orange tabby and her name is Sophie. She is so sweet. Snickers and Sophie are now best friends. Looking forward to my trip to Houston for the IQA show!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Daisy is on Craftsy

Hi all I just wanted to let you know that Daisy is available for purchase in a pdf download on Craftsy. This is a fun pattern that uses scraps from your stash. I used handdyes and batiks because of the higher thread count. But, you can use any fabrics you would like. You can see the pattern here and purchase it through Craftsy and Paypal. Go here to see Daisy

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Teaching Bigfork Bay Cotton Co.

Hi everyone. Just wanted to let you know that I am going to be teaching a BFBCC class at the church across the street on Sept. 22. 9-3:30 So those of you who bought the patterns and don't know where begin this is a great opportunity for you. Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. art quilts are a great starting point for traditional quilters to make an art quilt. Bring any of the patterns that you want to work on or let me know if you need one. I can take 6-8 students. I am going to charge $20. You will buy your pattern if you don't already have one. This first day you will make your top so you won't need your sewing machine. Each pattern is different so some may be easier and faster than others. I have open sews if you want to come back and work on it again or start to do the sewing. The first one after the date of the 22nd will be Oct. 13. It is a Sat. Please let me know if you are interested by Sept.1 Email or give me a call with any questions. Romancing Red is one of our very popular patterns and he is easy to complete in a day.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

AAQI update...

Celebrity Invitational Quilt Auction To Benefit AAQI Row 1: Alex Anderson, Hollis Chatelain, Caryl Bryer Fallert, John Flynn. Row 2: Diane Gaudynski, Becky Goldsmith, Pat Holly, Libby Lehman. Row 3: Marsha McCloskey, Sue Nickels, Mary Sorensen, and Ricky Tims. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Burton, MI)-- July 26, 2012-- Twelve world renowned quilters have each donated a 16" x 16" wall quilt for an online auction benefiting the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). The auction will be held during November 1-10. Participating in the Celebrity Invitational Quilt Auction are Alex Anderson, Hollis Chatelain, Caryl Bryer Fallert, John Flynn, Diane Gaudynski, Becky Goldsmith, Pat Holly, Libby Lehman, Marsha McCloskey, Sue Nickels. Mary Sorensen, and Ricky Tims. This is the fourth year an elite group of quilters has donated quilts to the AAQI for an online auction in November, National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Last year's auction raised more than $14,000 for the national charity that sells donated quilts to fund Alzheimer's research. The auction is open to the public. Download high resolution images for publication below. Please include the name of the artist, the name of the quilt and the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AlzQuilts.org) as attribution. The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.alzquilts.org) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research through art. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project and sponsors a touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's called "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope." The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative has raised more than $735,000 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@alzquilts.org or www.alzquilts.org. Contact: Ami Simms Founder and Executive Director Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative 1200 Creekwood Trail Burton, MI 48509 (810) 637-5586 www.AlzQuilts.org

Monday, July 16, 2012

Welcome Daisy

 Hi all I have finished my first pattern.  Her name is Daisy and she will be debuting this weekend at the Quilt Show in Eagle River.  The pattern is 11" x 13.5"  I have made up fabric kits with hand dyed fabrics from Dye Candy and batiks for Daisy.  I'm taking orders too.. if you are interested please send me an email. 

Saturday, April 07, 2012

AAQI Milestone

On Friday, April 6th the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative processed its 10,000th Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt registration!

“Shhhh….” was made by Kristin Shields from Bend, Oregon and features a sleeping butterfly. It is dedicated “to the caregivers who might need a little rest.”

Kristin’s quilt measures 8.5″ x 8.5″ and was made with linen, cotton, and silk fabrics. It is machine pieced, hand appliqued, hand embroidered, and hand quilted.

Her original design was inspired by a class she took with Jude Hill.

Kristin has made 16 quilts for her $1,000 Promise, raising more than $800 for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. She is also a member of the AAQI’s Quilt-A-Month Club having made or purchased at least one quilt every month for the past 14 months in a row.

Kristen said, “I make quilts for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative because I like the work they to do raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research. I also love to try out techniques in this small format, in fact my work is getting smaller all the time!”

She continued,”It’s pretty amazing to know that this is the 10,000th quilt for the AAQI. I’m really honored and pleased to have this little quilt get some recognition for all the work that AAQI does.”

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is thrilled to have reached this milestone and congratulates Kristin and every quilter who support our efforts. The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative has raised more than $713,000 for Alzheimer’s research, much of this money through the sale of quilts like Kristin’s.

Quilts are offered in monthly online auctions, sold outright on our website, and sold at International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Please share this blogpost with your friends.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Zak.. and Hello Everybody

It has been sometime since I have posted a quilt.. Here is my latest. 

This is my quilt for the West Suburban Quilt Challenge.  We had to find a paint chip that used our first letter from our first and last name.  I had Lagoon and Kalamata Olive.  We could also use Black and White.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Antoinette's Quilt Shop in Plover, WI.

Last time I was up north I took this photo of my favorite up north quilt shop.  Antoinettes... if you are ever in the area stop in and visit them... Great shop.. nice group of gals.. and if you are up there in April you might catch me teaching a class. 
3046 Village Park Drive, Plover, WI 54467

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

From Heartbreak to Hope

This is very cool.. I have a quilt in this exhibit that is traveling to raise money for Alzheimer's.
"Heartbreak to Hope"
Hampton, VA
"Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" continues its five-year journey across the United States with a stop at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXII, February 23-26, 2012.

The exhibit will hang at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (Greater Chesapeake Bay / Williamsburg Area).

Show hours are 10 am to 6 pm Thursday - Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

"Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" is an exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's sponsored by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). Fifty-four small format art quilts (9" x 12") illustrate the disease from a variety of perspectives. They hang among 182 "Name Quilts," each 6 inches wide and 7 feet tall, which carry the names of more than 10,000 individuals who have/had Alzheimer's or a related dementia. The names of loved ones, written on fabric patches by family members and friends, honor the 5.4 million Americans in the United States struggling with Alzheimer's disease.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Blog Hop

There is a blog hop starting tomorrow. including mine....
all blogs will have a giveaway..
Go here tomorrow for a list of all the blogs......

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Wendy Butler Berns on Craftsy

Hi all I want to tell you about Wendy's class on Craftsy... She has 3 classes on Craftsy.  The one I am watching is on Machine Quilting.. and I cannot say enough about the class.  It is a "movie" and once you purchase it you can view it forever.. stop and start and go back...if you want to check it out.. and I know you will you can go here..

Her second course is The art of Quilting 101 .. you can see that here

Her third course is Pictorial quilts.. this is the technique that I simply love!!  I made so many of my quilts with this technique...