Monday, May 26, 2014

Quilts from Photos.

 I love making quilts from photos.  Here are just a few I have made.  I learned the technique from Wendy Butler Berns.  My Blue Heeler, Rosie was in the International Quilt Show in Houston  in fall of 2013.  The quilt of my daughter was at International Quilt Show in Houston in 2012.  The quilt Beauty was in the AQS show in Grand Rapids, MI last spring.  All of these quilts have been in numerous shows around the Wisconsin area.

He Loves me, He loves me not.


My Blue Heeler , Rosie 

Zak the zebra at the Milwaukee County Zoo


Abner traveled for a year in a special exhibit. 


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

It's been awhile ... what I"m up to

I'm working on a quilt that I am afraid might take me years.  I saw this pattern Curvy by Mark Lipinski in the Fons and Porter Love of Quilting magazine.  May June 2013 issue.. I was intrigued by it.  And decided right then and there I wanted to make it.  I have been collecting Marcia Derse  fabrics for years now.  I finally have a purpose for them.  Right now I have made strip pieces and have cut out 7 curved pieces from the strips.  I have 280 curved pieces to now sew together.  ( see the photos below) Thank goodness retreat is coming up this month.  That is only one of my projects. 
I am also working on putting the finishing touches on my dog and cat postcards for Houston. 
I am starting a new quilt with the latests Tula Pink fabrics called Acacia.  I fell in love with the Racoons..  
I am also taking along a strip quilt I want to make.  It is in the book Strip Therapy 9 and it is on the cover.  For you locals that book is available at Patched Works in Elm Grove.  My favorite quilt shop!! It uses bali pops and then a background fabric.  Patched Works also carry beautiful Bali Pops.  
And then my final project I am taking along is making a Star Table Runner by Common Bias Quilting . (See my star below)   I met Susan up at a show in Minoqua ( in August) and she challenge me to make a star by the time I see her in Madison ( in Sept.).. I made it and I loved the technique using her easy templates.  The stars float on the surface of the quilt.  
So why am I writing all of this.  I think I am turning into a traditional quilter!!  Just kidding.  I love doing both but, right now I have been in the piecing mode.  And of course these projects are easier to take on retreat than an art quilt.  As far as my art quilts go I am starting one for a challenge with West Suburban Quilt Guilds Show  March 14 and 15th 2014.  I know just what I am going to make.  Remember that photo with the squirrel in the popcorn container?  Let me refresh your memory ( see below) 
I couldn't end this post without reminding you that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month.. Please be sure to take the time ( both women and men) to do a self exam or get your mammogram.  I'm happy to have celebrated 16 years cancer free this summer.  All because I did a self exam.  And that was a long time ago before they were really promoting self exams.  Remember I was only 39 at the time.  So start early!!  

I have been updating my business blog a bit more than this one.  You can view it here

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Comfort Quilts for Cats and Dogs

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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. Class

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  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. Open sew days are $8. Please let me know if you are interested by Sept.1  Email or give me a call with any questions.

Monday, July 16, 2012


 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, June 23, 2012

Abandoned art

I joined a group called Art Abandonment on Facebook.. It started last week and has now grown to over 3500 artist. You leave your piece of art someplace where someone will find it. I made my first drop yesterday at Best Buy.. I left this altered ( larger ) playing card which I put in a clear envelope on a stove... This is what we put on the artwork. Many people have found the artwork of some of the artists and have sent messages to them. If you are interested in the group do a facebook search for Art Abandonment. This is a gift!!! It has been secretly placed here among everyday items simply for you to discover and enjoy. I am one of the many artists who want to share a small slice of what we love to do. If you are so inclined, please send a message to this address to inform us of it's fate.

Friday, May 25, 2012

My Auction Piece for SAQA

Lost Marbles
I was playing around with raw edge fusible applique and my circle cutter.  I found some fabric that I had painted and put salt on last summer to use for the background.  I cut out circles from a Laura Wasilowski hand dye and started playing.  After finding a good shape it looked like I needed something else.  So I added the lines.  I have never done any micro stippling before so I thought this was a good piece to try it on.. I love the way it turned out.  There are rays from the marbles and the stippling is inside the rays.  I hope this brings in some $ for the auction.  Please check out the auction dates and times here..

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

This is a quilt I made for a challenge for Milwaukee Art Quilters called "Name That Tune".  The quilt was made from a photo I took at the Milwaukee County Zoo of the Lion Sleeping.  The quilt had to have some music notes in it so I dyed some black and white fabric to a brown to use for on his face.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


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, January 10, 2012

From Heartbreak to Hope

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.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My Class at Antoinette's on Thread Painting

 Last weekend I taught a thread painting class at Antoinette's quilt shop in Plover.  It is a great little shop with wonderful fabrics, notions, a nice class room and a huge long arm machine.
The gals at the shop and I decided on thread painting on a panel with leaves and flowers.
I started the students off with just free motioning the veins on the leaves and maybe adding a little curly cue here and there.  Then we went on the the flower.  Using mostly corresponding thread to the color of the flower they began to fill in from the center of the flower.  Just with a back and forth motion.  Adding their own little touches as they felt more comfortable.  We worked on smaller daisy type flowers.  Everyone did a really great job.  I think they learned some techniques and alittle
something about threads and needles.  There were a few gals unable to come to the class that day so we may set up another date in 2012.  Hope to see you there.. It was loads of fun!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

SAQA Auction Quilt... SOLD!!

I was so happy that my quilt for the aution sold..  I received this very sweet note from the gal, Sally who bought it..

Hi Laura... I just received your beautiful quilt from the SAQA Auction today. It is so much more wonderful than either of the photos.  I love the holographic threads and the sparkly bubble fabric. Your free motion stitching is wonderful. I love the turtle backing fabric and the label stamping! I am truly delighted and fortunate to have your beautiful piece. Thank you again for making and donating it. It has a very happy home now..... Sally Signore

I thought that was very sweet... Now I'm ready to tackle another one for next year!! 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

SAQA Reverse Auction Starts Sept. 12

The SAQA 2011 Benefit Auction will begin on Monday, September 12th at 2:00 PM Eastern Time and conclude on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 PM Eastern.
Last year's Benefit Auction raised $52,450. The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA's exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs.
For more information on the quilts for auction please go here
First Dive by Laura Krasinski

Sunday, August 21, 2011


I just got home to Menomonee Falls from our vacation in Upper Michigan.  We stopped off up north for a couple days.  I had stopped at a few quilt shops..picked up 3 fabrics.. 2 of which were fat quarters.. I just figure I need to be a bit more frugal when it comes to buying fabric.. I need to use what I have.  At the last quilt shop i picked up 3 small spools of variegated thread.  Sooo.. I had my sewing machine, these fabrics some old wonder under and a terrible scissors.  I have a cutting mat and ruler but, no rotary cutter up north.  I decided to try and whip up a quilt for AAQI.... so I put the wonder under on the fabric with the huge flowers.  When I tried to take it off it didn't come off.. so I had to soak it in water.. then the paper came off.. and the fusible actually stayed on the fabric.  I fused the fabric flower to the yellow and black fabric.  I happen to have some batting up north too.. so I made a sandwich and started to thread paint the inside of the flower... and quilt the rest of the piece.  Since I have my old machine up north my quilting is not really up to par.    I want to add some bling to it.. or at least some beads.. this is it without the binding sewn on yet.  It was an interesting project...

And speaking of the Alzheimers Art Quilt Initiative...the traveling show Heartbreak to Hope will be coming to Quilt Expo in Madison the second week of Sept.  I have a quilt called THe Unknown Spirit traveling in the exhibit.  And AAQI are in need of more quilts... to take to Houston.. so please if you can help them out and make a quilt or two.. they only take a few hours... 8"x10".... for more info please go here..

After I was looking at this piece I thought about some of the color that is missing in the flower.  That to me represents some of missing parts of someone with alzheimers.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Another Gallery Show...and My Blue Heeler "Rosie"

I have had a very busy summer.  Not much time for posting about quilting or quilting.  But, now I can tell you about my quilt that was in Knoxville in the ultimate guild challenge.  It is called My Blue Heeler "Rosie" .... I'm telling you about it because it along with the other Blues challenge quilts from Milwaukee Art Quilters is going to be in a gallery show in Plymouth, WI. which begins this friday, August 12.  Here is what the gallery press release read:

Gallery 110 North is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit on the same night, and in the same spirit, as the Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl for the Arts.  Milwaukee Art Quilters ‘Sing the Blues’ opens to the public on Friday, August 12, with a reception from 5-8 pm.  The art quilts will be on display through Friday, September 30th.    
The public is invited to meet the artists during the opening reception on Friday, August 12th from 5 to 8 PM. Stay the evening and enjoy the Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl for the Arts throughout historic downtown Plymouth.       

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-4 PM and Sunday, 1-4 PM.  Admission is always free.  For more information contact The Plymouth Arts Center, 920-892-8409 or visit us at

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gallery show in northern Wisconsin

 Last weekend I took these two quilts up north for a juried gallery show in Wittenberg Wi. 
The show is called Artist's Free Play 
It is for all medium of art.  The gallery is in a updated older building.  And the whole town has murals on many of their buildings.  I just love going up there.  And the good thing for me is it is only about 20 minutes from our place up north.
My son was not too happy that I was taking "his" panda bear up to the gallery and putting a pricetag on it.  I told him if it sold I would make him another one when he moves into his own apartment.  Luke just turned 18 and will be graduating from high school next weekend.  And then attending the technical college to study ITT.. finally someone will know how to help me and my lack of computer savvy.  
I will keep you updated as to any awards if I receive one... Below is a photo of me with my quilt last year that won an award... That was very exciting.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My piece for the SAQA Auction

Last year I joined Studio Art Quilters Association.  SAQA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development and documentation.
Donations of one foot square quilts are auctioned off to support SAQA and all that they do.  You can find out more information about the auction here

 I am naming my quilt "First Dive" because this is my first time donating a quilt for the auction and this is the first dive into the water for this little turtle.. I used cotton fabrics with metallic, polyester and king tut cotton thread for the quilting.  And  a bit of fibers for some texture.  The whole quilt is under a piece of greenish color tulle.  I used that to hold all the little pieces of the turtle down even though I did quite a bit of quilting on him..

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Another finished Quilt

Boy have I been on a roll... I made this for my mom.. I'll probably give it to her for Mother's Day. 

I finished adding the buttons, and embellishments to this little quilt.   It is 15"x18".  The photo is her and her parents with their car.  When I first started quilting I took a class from Lesley Riley.  I love her quilts.  Finally I had a chance to use her techniques in a quilt.  Happy Mother's Day mom...!!

Some works that were in progress

I have been trying to finish some quilts that have been sitting.. I finished this McKenna Ryan quilt a few weeks ago.. I thought it would go good in our place up north. 
I'm not much of a pattern follower but, I have fallen in love with some of the patterns from Bigfork Bay.
I have one that I need to finish of a cougar and another one of just a horses face.  Check them out ... I just met Traci from BFB in a chat room yesterday during Creative Mojo... what a nice gal..

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mrs. B Loves Cats and Kids

My son has had the same LD teacher in high school for all 4 years.. She is an amazing women.. My son has done so well in school because of her.  She and I have a special bond.  She loves cats so I decided to dig out all the Laurel Burch fabric I have been collecting over the years and make her a quilt.  So here it is.. and I will be presenting it to her tomorrow at school... the other cool thing is that I am judging the kids art at the high school for 2 scholarships...along with the art teachers

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cincinatti Quilt Show.

If you are going to the show.. please look for the exhibit Out on a Limb.  My quilt He Loves Me He Loves Me Not is in the exhibit.  You can also see a peek of the exhibit on Bonnie McCaffrey's latest vidcast ... go here
You will see Wendy Butler Berns quilts and her students works from the exhibit.  I am honored to be a part of that exhibit..!!

On a sad note.. the kitty, Mr. Snuggles that was appliqued on the quilt with my daughter passed away about 4 weeks ago.  He will forever be remembered in our hearts and on the quilt.  

Prairie Heritage Quilt Show 2011

I just wanted to post about this show.. I entered my Blues Challenge quilt ( which I can't post anywhere until either I hear that our quilts did not make it into Knoxville Ultimate Guild Challenge or until after the Knoxville show) AQS said we can put them in shows that are not AQS shows but, not on the web.  Sooo that is that.. I also entered my quilt Look to the Cross which there is a photo down the page.. and I received an honorable mention ribbon.. I was sooo excited... I will soon be posting a few finished quilts that I have been working on..

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Milwaukee Art Quilters Gallery Show

Milwaukee Art Quilters will have their work shown in the gallery at UW Waukesha  Fine Arts Gallery.  Monday March 14 through Friday April 15, 2011  There will be a reception on Monday March 14 starting at 8:30.
On display will be our common object quilts.  If you didn’t see them in Cedarburg you should go and see them in Waukesha.  It was really amazing the inspiration all of the artists had from their “common object”.  And the quilts that they created from their inspiration. You can see photos of the quilts on our blog.

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, 1500 N. University Drive
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188-2799 |
Phone: (262) 521-5200

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Another Gallery Show

Hi all,  I took a trip up north this past weekend to drop off some quilts for a gallery show.  The gallery is wonderful and the people running it are really doing a good job.  The show starts next Sat. and runs thru February 25.  I took 4 of my quilts and 4 of my girlfriends.  If you would like more information please go here

At the webpage there is a photo of my quilt Triple Trillium that I had in the gallery last spring.  I stayed for part of the judging and they quilts were really impressive.. Mostly traditional but, a few art quilts.  There were also clothing.  I fell in love with a jacket this one gal made.. now I have to go back up in a couple weeks to see if it fits and possibly buy it.. I know my husband loved it so good chance he might buy it for me... These are the quilts I have in the show..

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Unknown Spirit

I am very pleased that one of my quilts was chosen to travel with the new Alzheimer's Exhibit.  the exhibit is called Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope.” 
My piece is called The Unknown Spirit.  I made it during the stay at home challenge during the Houston show a couple years ago.  Those of us who couldn't go to Houston made a quilt for AAQI.  This is what I wrote about my quilt and why I created it. 

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.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

These are the three quilts that I have in a gallery show with Milwaukee Art Quilters at the Cedarburg Cultural Center.. Dec. 12, 2010 through Jan 24, 2010... 
If you get a chance go and check them out.  All of the gals quilts are pretty incredible..

Drazil and Zuri... both took second place!!

This quilt was made for the Ben Franklin Challenge. Above you can see the fabrics that we had to work with. I have always wanted to make a quilt of giraffes. So I thought this would be a perfect opportunity given the fabrics I had to work with.  While I was working on this quilt there was a giraffe having a calf in a zoo near Green Bay, WI.  Her name is Zuri. The calf was born weak and died 36 hours after birth. In tribute to that strong mother giraffe I named this quilt Zuri.  It is sad to think of what happened to this beautiful giraffe but, we have to remember that God has a plan for us and for all animals. 
These fabrics are all cotton.  All the fabrics are fused down. A layer of tulle was placed over the entire quilt.  The quilt was layered and free motion quilting was done throughout using cotton and polyester threads.  

Drazil ... my second place winning quilt from Ben Franklin Challenge 2009
 Back in Sept. 2009 I did a challenge with a pack of fabrics for a store near my home.  The fabrics were bright and cheery and I just loved the colors.  I knew that the brown fabric needed to be a reptile.So I decided to make it a gecko.  I named him Drazil.. which is lizard spelled backwards.. Gecko would not work... Okceg... not so good... Ha!!  He is 25" x 20".

Monday, November 8, 2010

Houston...International Quilt Festival

I was so fortunate this year to attend the IQF show in Houston.  We planned on going about a year before the show.. Like last November.  Everyone was so friendly and happy... it was an amazing experience.  The quilts were incredible.  Thought I would share a couple photos of my quilt "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not"... seeing my quilt in the show just blew me away.  Wendy Butler Berns exhibit was really beautiful and all of her students made really nice quilts.