Friday, January 27, 2017

My New Long Arm

I am so excited to be the owner of a new Babylock Coronet.  Wendy and Brad from Franks Sewing Center came over on Weds. and set it up for me.  Wendy showed me the bobbin winder and some of the basics that I needed to know to get started.  As soon as they left I started working on a small quilt that I had put together with blocks from a class I took with Victoria Findley Wolfe.  By the way if you ever get a chance to take a class with her "Do It". She is an amazing teacher.  This is opening up a whole new way of quiltiing for me.  I am so excited to be able to quilt my own traditional quilts as well as my art quilts.  I will however still do most of my art quilting on my Babylock Espire unless of course they are really large.  I have a lot of practicing to do with my new machine.  I just did some random stippleing on this quilt.  It was so much fun!! 
I have never had a need to take any long arm classes but, now I will because I need to soak up all I can to learn about these beasts.  Speaking of beasts...I need to come up with a name for my machine.  I think most people name their machines. If you have any ideas please leave me a comment.  
Someone mentioned the other day how blogs font size are sometimes too small for people to read.  So I am going to start using a larger font. I hope it works for everyone. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Having Some Fun With Panels

Last night at Oconomowoc Quilt Guild our speaker was a guild member.  Dawn Thurow, owner of The Country Quilter. She lectured on different ways to use panels. She also had an awesome trunk show of quilts she has made with panels.  All the variations she showed were amazing.  She gave me permission to share a few of them with you.  Dawn has been quilting for many years and has her own long arm business.  She has quilted many of my quilts.  All I say to her is "go for it " and she works her magic and I get the quilt back and it is beautiful. Here are a few of Dawn's Panel Quilts.
Tree of Life made by Dawn Thurow

Beatles panel cut up made by Dawn Thurow

So as Dawn was talking last night about panel quilts I thought to myself I know I made at least 2.  I realized that I had made more as I was going through my photos to find panel quilts for this blog post.  Most of my panel quilts are quite simple except the one I made for my husband.  A flannel quilt that I love to cuddle up under. 
My husband's quilt before quilting. 

My girlfriend's daughter loves horses so I made this very simple quilt for her. 

Darya's Quilt ( which I quilted myself ) 

Then I made a panel quilt for my dad. He owned a Cessna 180 and would fly up to our cottage in Canada to go fishing.  So he really loved this quilt. 

Mrs. Blackford's Quilt. 

 My son had the best teaching in all the world.  I knew she loved Cats.  So I had been collecting Laurel Burch fabrics and decided to take one of the panels and make her a quilt. 

The very last panel quilt was this one.  It is quilted now and I just have to put a binding on it.  It turned out really cool.. I have Jen Wehr to thank for the pattern.  They had it at Patchworks and it was simple enough for me but, really gave the panel a dramatic border. 

So I guess I made a few more panel quilts than I thought.  And I plan on making more.  Dawn gave us a challenge last night to make a panel quilt by the May meeting.  So I think I am going to try and get one done.  I have about 10 panels that I have to choose from.  Then the quilts that are made will be donated after the meeting.  

One more thing.  I want to show you 2 books.  One I have and one Dawn brought last night.  If you need some ideas for panel quilts/ or table runners check out these books.  
I would love to see what you do with your panels.  Send me an email at with a photo.  I may revisit this topic again down the line and would love to share some of your photos.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A New Facebook Group

I'm always trying to find out what teachers are in the area teaching.  Or giving lectures to a guild.  So decided to make this facebook group called
Midwest Lectures, Workshops and Classes
It open to everyone you just have to ask to join.
Here is what I posted on my facebook page.

Please check out my new group. For teachers and students. A group to post your lectures and classes anywhere in the Midwest. And for students to have a one stop place to find out who's teaching in the area and where. Quilt guilds are welcome to post and also stores. I think this will be a great group once we get started. Below is more info from the group page. 
Midwest Lectures, Workshops and Classes
This group is for artists who teach and students who would like a one stop place to see who had upcoming lectures, workshops or classes in the Midwest area. I you are a teacher please post your classes. I would love to see this group grow. If you are a quilt guild or a shop please post your upcoming events. Whether you are a teacher or someone looking to take a class this is the place for you!

My first post on that group was this...
The class schedule is up! I'm teaching the Red Fox fused pattern. Go here for class schedule. 
#19 – Fuse the Red Fox Instructor: Laura Krasinski Saturday, Feb. 18 AND Saturday, Mar. 4In this class you will put together the Wall Quilt "Red Fox." You will assemble the top in the first class, then receive instruction in the second class in how to quilt it while stitching the pieces in place. Students will have homework to complete prior to and between classes.Prerequisite: Some experience with free motion quilting.Fee: $45.50 1:30pm-5:30pm (2/18) 1:30pm-4:30pm (3/4)

I hope you can join my facebook group and especially those of you who are teaching and would like students to know.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

So Many Projects, So Little Time.

I have been blesssed with a "day" job that I really love.  I work as a receptionist at a dental office.  Starting middle of January I will be going down to 3 days a week.  Which is good.  Because as you can see ( and this is only 3 of them) I have so many quilts to finish.  And when I get my Coronet I will be able to quilt them myself!!  So lets see how many I can get done this year.  Or I should say finished.  UGH!!

Need to put on borders and then quilt it on my Coronet. 

This is just pinned for now.  I used mostly Kaffe  fabrics on this fox. 
This one was not quilted in this photo but, I had Mary Jo Busch quilt it and it is ready for binding.  She did a great job accentualing the panel. 

Where Did The Time Go?

I am excited to start blogging again.  My life has settled down somewhat and I have more time to concentrate on my quilting. I hope you all have a blessed New Year!!

I'm going on the lecture and teaching tour again.  If you are a member of a guild or have a store I would love to give a lecture or a workshop.  Check out my webpage for more info.

I'm expecting a new machine to be delivered this month.  I bought a Babylock Coronet.  I'm so excited to start with a new kind of quilting. You can go here to check it out.

I have been doing some teaching a Ben Franklin Crafts in Oconomowoc. I have a class coming up in February.  It is a 2 day class with 2 weeks in-between classes to make Toni Whitney's Red Fox.  It is a raw edge applique pattern.   During the first class we will start to build the fox.  When you come back for the second class we will put the fox on the background, sandwich it and I will show you how I stitch the pattern pieces down. Sign ups will be up soon.  Just google Ben Franklin Crafts in Oconomowoc.  This is going to be a fun class. 

Red Fox in Progress