Seattle designer named Guest Featured Artist for 2018 Quilt Show
Laurie Shifrin feels fortunate to live in the lush Pacific Northwest, where her love for colors and textures found in nature is constantly fed and nurtured. Although she enjoyed her former career as a professional violinist, this phase of Laurie’s life has been the most creative and rewarding.
Laurie has authored three books, using primarily batiks. The latest, Batik Gems, is with C&T Publishing. Her pattern company, Laurie Shifrin Designs, showcases 19 new designs.
Being a published author has opened up the world of international teaching. Laurie regularly travels around the United States and Canada to share her enthusiasm and love for batiks and her no-nonsense quilting tips. For her, this is the most rewarding part of being a quilt designer and author. She treasures interacting with quilters of all levels and loves sharing her knowledge and insights.
Many quilters know Laurie from her many years as manager of the wonderful Seattle quilt shop In The Beginning, which closed its doors a few years ago. She continues as technical editor for In The Beginning publications, including books and patterns. Laurie recently edited well-know quilter Marsha McCloskey‘s book, Feathered Star Quilt Blocks II.
Laurie’s other quilting endeavors have led her to design a new block of the month pattern for Hoffman California Fabrics called Ripples and Reflections, and a featured pattern for Timeless Treasures. She has contributed quilts to numerous books by other authors, including Sandy Bonsib‘s Quilting Your Memories, In The Beginning’s Playtime to Bedtime, and Eleanor Levie’s Skinny Quilts and Tablerunners. Laurie’s quilts and quilt designs are regularly shown by Hoffman, Island Batik, and Princess Mirah Design at International Quilt Market.