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Laura Murray Designs

November-December 2018

An Old Woman With Joyous Face
by Marina Landi with Natasha de Souza Bugarin

This award winning quilt at the recent Houston Quilt Festival gives me a joyful feeling with each viewing. The artist used a photograph of this beautiful woman, and reproduced it in silk using a contemporary mosaic technique. If the definition of art is to evoke feelings in the viewer, this quilt is unforgettable and heartwarming because the subject illustrates one of the best aspects of humanity.

The Houston Quilt Festival is exhilarating and exhausting, with approximately 1000 vendor booths, 1800 quilts, 500 workshops/events. It is the Quilter's Mecca, attended by about 60,000 people from 30+ countries. It's my favorite show of year, and I love every minute of it!

It is joyful and inspirational to view the magnificent exhibits "in the cloth," since photographs fall short of seeing the actual item. However, pictures are the next best thing. You can see the entire 2018 list of winners at http://quilts.com/fqf18/iqawinners/list.html

To bring you more joy, I'm offering the biggest sale of the year on my website; read on for details!

~ Laura

How to get the most from your attendance at Quilt and Sewing shows

Houston show floor

As both a shopper and vendor, here are my personal strategies for getting the best shopping and learning experiences at shows:

  • Sign up early for workshops... some fill very quickly.
  • Read the show book/show website so you won't miss free demonstrations/events of interest.
  • Do a quick "reconnaissance" walk-though when you first enter the show and plan where you want to spend more time.
  • Take a photo of booth name/number that you may want to revisit, so you can find your way back.
  • Pace yourself to avoid exhaustion; free demonstrations are a great way to rest and learn (and perhaps eat your lunch).

Biggest sale of the year! Online Store discounted 25%

Use the Coupon code holiday2018 and click on "apply" to receive the discount.


Three days only, Nov 19th through Nov 21st

Take an extra 25% off items already discounted from suggested retail price, including:

  • All kits and special offers
  • Kimono silks (*excluding treasure bags)
  • Stamps, stencils, stencil brushes
  • Foils and accessories
  • Rubbing plates
  • Garment and Handbag patterns
  • Books/DVDs

As an extra holiday bonus, a purchase of $75.00 or more will include a special gift (valued at $24.95). While supplies last, each customer placing a net order of $75.00 (not including S&H) will receive one of my signed 10" X 10" fiber artworks, matted and ready to frame. Designs vary, no two are alike.

On The Road

Appliqué polymer clay buttons

Plans are underway for a new year of vending, filled with exciting and unique products not found elsewhere. I'm especially excited about these gorgeous appliqué polymer clay buttons, and lots of new silk batik designs. As always, we are your source for all things paintstiks, and will happily demonstrate my unique techniques for creating amazing fusible appliqué designs without sewing.

Visit the show schedule for complete information.




Jan 18-21

Road to California
Ontario, CA
Booth, demonstrations, workshops


Jan 25 -27

Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival
Phoenix, AZ
Booth and seminars


Feb 28 - Mar 3

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival
Hampton Roads, VA
Booth, demonstrations


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