Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Happy Holidays

Just wanted to briefly wish you all a Happy Holiday Season.  I am currently taking a break for a few months.  Looking for a job to replace my job of 28 years.  I'm still doing my lectures and workshops.  And I will be vending at some shows.  The next one being at Washington County Fairgrounds on Feb. 23rd. 2013.. Hope to see you there..

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Open Sews

Hi all I have scheduled 2 open sews for the rest of the year.  One is November 24th. and the other is December 8th.  Please email me if you want more information or would like to come.  Bring your Bigfork Bay patterns and work on them.  I' m there to help you... I bring a large cutting mat and a big board for ironing.. you bring the rest...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Art on the Run Newsletter for Fall

It’s Fall Y’all… 
Hello from Art On The Run.  So many new things are going on with Bigfork Bay Cotton Co.  They have come out with Lazer Cut pattern/kits. Not all patterns are in Lazer.  You can check the website for more information. 
They are retiring some of the pattern fabric kits.  They are unable to get the fabrics from the vendor anymore.  They will still be carrying all the patterns.
They have added a “wish list” on their website along with a “forum, discussion area”. 
Please visit the website at http://www.bigforkbaycottonco.com
I don’t have any vending gigs coming up but I am doing some lectures and workshops at some guilds. 
I am planning on opening an Etsy shop if all goes well.  In the meantime if you would like a pattern just email me and I can send it out for a nominal shipping fee.  If I don’t have it BFBCC will drop ship it for me right to you. 
If you are in a guild I would love to come and lecture at your guild.   I have 2 different lectures right now. One is a Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. and the other is on Fun With Fusing.  Both have different trunk shows.  The fusing lecture I give you a trip through my beginning of quilting to the present.  I also talk a bit about challenges.
I recently have come out with a self published pattern.  It is a cat called Daisy.  I am currently making a dog for all those dog lovers.  I am teaching those patterns to a couple guilds next year in a workshop format.  I usually lecture before and then spend 3 hours or so in the workshop.
I am so lucky to be able to do what I love.
I have a few gals interested in learning how to make landscape quilts.  Please if you might be interested let me know.. I need 4 gals to make it go.  I will be setting up a date in early December on a Sat. 
I am also planning some open sew sessions on Sat. November 10, or 17 and Sat. December 8 or 16.  I have to check with the church to see if these dates will work for them.  The open sews are held at Zion Lutheran Church and school on Lisbon and Brookfield Rd.  I charge $8 for the day.  It's a lot of fun just hanging with quilters and getting some of our Christmas projects done.. 
I have a separate group that I send emails regarding open sews.  So if you are interested please reply to this email Open Sew.  And I will add your name to the list.  
Well, that is it for now.. Happy Halloween!!  I'll be heading to Houston on Oct. 31st.. I'm so excited.  Keep on Quilting..!!  
Blessings.. Laura

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Busy Time of Year

The leaves are turning colors and the fall has quickly approached us.  Last weekend I lectured at Ben Franklin and I was the featured quilter.  I had over 20 quilts hanging in the shop.  It was very cool.

Next Tuesday I will be speaking to Tosa Quilters.  Heading up to Montello on Weds. and then Green Lake on Thursday for a 4 day quilting retreat.  I might stop up north for a few days after that and then home for work on Thursday.  I will be working Thurs.,  Fri.,  Sat., and Sunday and then on Monday I have a lecture in Racine at the Lighthouse quilters guild.  Hoping to start packing for Houston before the lecture.  I will then be leaving on Oct. 31 to head to Houston for the International Quilt Festival for 5 days.  After I get back from that I will have a chance to breath.. I love being busy.. Hope to see some of you in Houston!!

A little tidbit....

I wanted to give you a little tidbit of information that I like to share in my lectures and classes.  Since I work with fusibles most of the time.   I always cover my ironing surface with freezer paper.  I can get it gunked up and just rip it off and add a new piece.  I can't even tell you the last time I saw the fabric top of my ironing board.  I use it on my bigboard and my little traveling ironing surfaces.  That's my tidbit for today. 

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. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Heading to Expo, my thoughts

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..

Friday, August 31, 2012

Count down to Quilt Expo

Hi all.. just a reminder that Quilt Expo is just around the corner.
Sept. 6,7, and 8th.. so much going on there.. Lectures, Workshops, VENDORS.. and QUILTS... did I mention Vendors and Quilts... The most amazing quilts done by so many artists.  ( I believe all quilters are artists.. whether they make art quilts or traditional quilts) and you will see so many.. special exhibits....
Did I mention Vendor?
Join me as I give a lecture on Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. patterns and Aurifil Thread.. everyday at 4pm.  This is going to be a very exciting Show.. Here is more information.  You really don't want to miss this show!!  See you at the show!!!

http://wiquiltexpo.com/     Web page


Be part of the ultimate quilting adventure in Madison, one of the nation’s most popular cities and a great place to enjoy the beginnings of autumn in the Midwest. Located among beautiful lakes and parks, the city offers unparalleled shopping, dining and recreational opportunities, and the perfect getaway for quilting enthusiasts — Quilt Expo 2012, Sept. 6, 7, and 8.
Whether a seasoned quilter, a novice or just curious to learn more about quilting, all quilting buffs will thoroughly enjoy this opportunity to learn, laugh and draw inspiration from quilting masters who will share their ideas and expertise.
Presented by Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), producer of three highly acclaimed national quilt programs and Nancy Zieman Productions™, this new-age quilting forum is designed to capture and revitalize the creative quilting spirit.

Special Features:
– Public television quilting personality Nancy Zieman, Host of Sewing with Nancy®
– Public television on-air event promotion
– 85,000 square foot vendor mall
– 10-category juried and judged quilt contest and exhibit
– 54 stage presentations on two stages
– 126 informational lectures
– 30 sit & sew workshops
– 12 hands-on workshops
– Quilt appraisals by an AQS certified appraiser
– Raffle prize drawing
– Community service project: Quilt to Give
– Live radio broadcast

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. 
This quilt is the one I teach to guilds.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Newsletter From Art On the Run

Hi all,

It has been awhile since I have sent out a newsletter.  There are so many new things going on with Bigfork Bay.

They have a new pattern out called Wind Dancers... 2 Eagles soaring on a southwest themed background. You can see it here..

Pat Sloan has come up with a block of the month.  Called Red Apple Lane.  I enclosed a photo below.  I will not be carrying this but, you can order it off the BFBCC website.

Pupcake is new too.  Pupcake is all tuckered out! This cute downloadable pattern from Woolin Rouge is sure to melt your heart. The greatest part is all profits from now through September will go to the Delta Area Animal Society in Escanaba, Michigan. See photo below.  $4.50 on the website.

For you traditional quilt lovers the newest pattern from Lynn Stalowy is called " Modern Millie" ...you can see that pattern here..It is a downloadable pattern ( $8.50) or you can order a hard copy for $10.00.

As far as where I am vending.  I have a show in Eagle River on July 21st.  A show in Galena Illinois on August 11 and 12, and a show in McHenry, Illinois on Sept. 29 and 30th.

I am doing a lecture and trunk show at Wandering Foot Quilt Guild on August 21.
I will also be doing a BFBCC lecture and trunk show at Wauwatosa Quilt Guild on Oct. 16.

I am also doing a lecture at 4 pm at Quilt Expo everyday of the show. Sept. 6-8.  I will have some patterns there for sale and my friends at Stitchers Crossing will also carry a few patterns in their booth.

Oct. 6 or 7th I will be demoing at Ben Franklin in Oconomowoc Quilt Fest.

The exciting news is that I have made my own pattern which will be ready for sale very soon.  It will be debuting in Eagle River.  Along with some of my hand dyed shirts.

Don't forget to visit the State Fair.  August 2-12.  They have beautiful quilts and I will have a few in that venue.

I hope you all are having a great summer.  If you have any questions or need anything please let me know.
If you want to be unsubscribed from this newsletter please reply with unsubscribe.

Thanks and hope to see you all soon!!   Laura

PS. You can go here to view my calendar/schedule... https://www.google.com/calendar/render

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Eagle River Quilt Show

Hi all I am gearing up for the show in Eagle River on July 21. I have done some dying of shirts that I will take along. My pattern "DAISY" will hopefully be ready to sell... Along with the newest pattern from BFBCC called Wind Dancers. Two Eagles soaring in a southwestern themed quilt.

Monday, June 18, 2012

A little bit of Ice Dyeing

My first try at Ice Dyeing

I love the little heart on the back of the shirt

This was a white piece of muslin
Hi all,  I just wanted to share with you some of the photos of the Ice Dyeing I did last week.  I love cruising through Goodwill and finding all the white shirts I can to dye.  Some of them turn out beautiful and some are duds.  I never really measure anything or keep track of what I use.  I just put in an order for some brighter colors since I ran out of them last winter doing snow dyeing.  I am planning on bringing the shirts that I will be making in the next couple weeks to my vending shows to sell.  Here is just a sampling of a shirt and some yardage I dyed.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Today's Newsletter

Hi all.. I wanted to let you know about some new patterns coming out from Bigfork Bay.  They have a few new patterns coming out.  There is a fox in some grape vines called Between the Vines.  And this Eagle, which they are looking for a name for.
They is also have a block of the month done by Pat Sloan  You can see that on her website here  http://patsloan.typepad.com/

Sew Days -
I'm having some open sew days over the summer.  My dates for June are
Thurs. June 7  9-3
Weds.  June 20 9-3
Sat.   June 23 9-3

The cost is $8

I will provide a ironing surface.  There are large tables and plenty of room for about 8-10  people.. I have 3 signed up so far for the weekdays and 1 for the Sat.
Bring whatever you want to work on, your sewing machine and supplies.. It will be a fun day!!
I am having these sew days at Zion Lutheran Church.  It is on the corner of Brookfield Rd. and Lisbon Rd. the border of Brookfield and Menomonee Falls.
If you have any questions please call me or email me.. 414-531-4653

If you are on facebook you may want to like Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. and Traci Suzanne Marvel... Traci sends out updates and has giveaways.  Right now they are looking for a name for their new pattern. If you friend Traci on facebook and scroll down to May 17 you can see the pattern.  It is a beautiful eagle with petroglyphs in the corners.  I wish I could post a photo but, my computer is not letting me on facebook right now.. I will try later and send it if I can.  Please send me any photos of your BFBCC quilts that you have finished.  I am currently sewing the pieces down for PEACE and turning it into a powerpoint presentation.
Thanks for your interest in Bigfork Bay....Laura


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Lazy Days of June....

Well, June will be a take it easy month. I have 3 Sew Days scheduled. June 13, June 20, and june 23. They will be from 9 to 3 at Zion Lutheran School in Menomonee Falls. Please email me if you would like to join me. The cost is $8. The next show I will be vending will be in Eagle River....Hope to see you soon!! Eagle River Cranberry Country Quilters Show A Walk in the Northwoods           : July 21, 2012 Location: Trees for Tomorrow, 519 Sheridan St., Eagle River, 54521 Hours: Sat 10 - 4       Admission: $5       Sponsored by: Cranberry Country Quilters, Eagle River, (Venue and schedule change: listed at the First Congregational Untied Church in October in the book.) 100+ Quilts on Display, Antique Quilts, Raffle Quilt, Door Prizes, Quilts for Sale, Country Store, Lunch Available

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


I had a great weekend.  My Blue Heeler, Rosie took a 1st place at the It's a Stitch show.  The Lion Sleeps Tonight took a 2nd.  And Zak, my zebra quilt took a 3rd in the Sun Prairie show.  We vended the It's a stitch show and I met so many nice people.  All the shows have been really a lot of fun.  My next show is in Eagle River on July 21.  Then I will be in Galena, Ill. August 10 and 11th for their big quilt show..

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


If you would like to receive this newsletter to your email box please send me your email address.  I will only send out 1 newsletter per month. 

Hi all,  Just wanted to send out a quick email to you who signed up at the West Suburban Quilt Guild show to receive an email from me once in awhile.  We had a winner of the pattern. It was Carol from West Bend. I'm enclosing my schedule for teaching and vending. 

April 11 and 25, 2012
Just a quick update on me.  I am teaching a Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. class at Sew With Me .. 1427 E. Racine Ave. tomorrow night with the second half of the class in two weeks, April 25.  There is still room if you want to sign up.  It is from 6-8:30
Sew With Me


April 14 and 15, 2012
I will be vending at the Crazy Quilters Show this weekend.  It has always been a really nice show.. And the middle school is a great venue. Stop by and sign up to win another pattern. 
 Crazy Quilters 25th Annual Quilt Show

"Still Flying High After 25 Years"

April 14 - April 15, 2012 
Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm


Held at Parkview Middle School
930 N. Rochester St.
Mukwonago, WI
Corner of HWYS 83 & NN



April 21 @ 1:00

I will be teaching a embellishing class at Antoinette's Quilt Shop in Plover, WI.  It's been a long winter so I am anxious to get up into the great north woods for a few days. 


Next month I will be vending at the It's a Stitch Quilt guild show in Jackson. 

May 5 and 6, 2012

 Spring Gathering

It’s a Stitch Quilt Guild presents the 16th annual quilt show:

“Spring Gathering”

Planting the seeds of imagination. Pick up your “free” Seed Packet and Quilt Pattern

Our location is:
Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School
3399 Division Road – County G
Jackson, WI 53037
(1/2 mile south of 60)

May 5 and 6, 2012
Saturday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Admission $5.00


Friday and Sat. May 11 and 12 

University Days in Cedarburg

I will be doing some one hour lectures on Fusing and Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. patterns.  These two days are packed with fun!!  For $40.00 you get 4 lectures a day plus lunch and a lunch speaker.  Friday the speaker is Nancy Zieman and Sat. we have world renown Textile Appraiser, Certified Judge, Teacher and Lecturer.  These are both 2 amazing women.  I went to the University Days 2 years ago and I just loved it.  For more information go here :  Attached is a printable flyer. 



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Evergreen Quilt Guild Show

I'm heading up to Green Bay, WI. for a show tomorrow. It is at Ashwabenon High School Sat and Sunday. Should be a really good time. Come on by and say Hello..

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Art Of Quilting

Just a quick reminder that the West Suburban Quilt Guild show is next Friday and Saturday March 16 and 17. Mt. Mary College is on 92nd and Burleigh in Milwaukee. The show times are Friday 10-7 with a special event at 7pm.. Mickey Dupre will be the guest speaker. Saturday 10-4. I will be there vending Bigfork Bay patterns. It has been a fun week receiving all the patterns in the mail. THe fabrics in the kits are so beautiful.. I can't decide which one I will make next. Stop by and visit me!! And don't forget to visit the guilds gift shop. THere are so many cool items made by the members. The quilts as usual are beautiful ( I will have 4 in the show) And there will be a fun bed turning with Carol Butzke. Which 5 of my vintage quilts will be in. I'm anxious to find out any information about them that she can give me. See you at the show!!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Friends ...Good sports..

Tracing onto wonder under

I used a few of my friends last Sat. to teach them the technique to put together the Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. Patterns.. we had so much fun.. and I do believe that I did a pretty good job...from what they told me.. .Now I am ready for the real world... Thought I would share some photos with you.

Ironing onto the correct fabrics


Starting Ascending Song

Assembling the parts
Putting them together

Patti picked a hard one.. Lots of pieces.. but, is it going to be beautiful when she is done

Earth Wind or Fire.... ?

Fusing the pieces..

Waste nothing!!

Three Wise Guys... don't you just love them?

I used a few of my friends last Sat. to teach them the technique to put together the Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. Patterns.. we had so much fun.. and I do believe that I did a pretty good job...from what they told me.. .Now I am ready for the real world... Thought I would share some photos with you.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

On The Prowl

On The Prowl by Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. using my own choice of fabrics.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Would love to lecture/teach at your guild

I am putting together a lecture/trunk show specifically for guilds. If you are interested in having me come to your guild please let me know...