About Laurie

Laurie Shifrin, quilter

Laurie Shifrin

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.

To contact Laurie (and to order patterns) email her at laurieshifrin@aol.com.

10 Responses to About Laurie

  1. Pjsk says:

    When is the 3rd book coming out? We don’t have it…do we?

    • My latest, Batik Gems, has been out for a while – and it’s still in stores. If you’d like to purchase a copy from me, just send me an email. I’m hoping to get some of the quilts up on this website so you can check out the projects.

  2. love Batik Gems pattern book; next project is batik

  3. Cathy Clark says:

    What kind of batting do you prefer with batiks? I am making a queen-sized quilt with batiks. I think I would like a really thin batting, but having seen much of that in the local shops. Do you have a recommendation?

    • That is a great question – one I get all the time. I prefer a cotton batting with batiks because with polyester, the fabric just floats on the batting and I like the fabric and batting to feel like they are a unit – connected. So I use (almost exclusively) Quilters Dream Cotton (http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/) in the 2 thinnest weights – Request and Select. I prefer this brand over Warm and Natural, because there is a scrim in the Warm and Natural, that is a polymer mesh, which is hard to hand quilt through. And I like to have the option of hand or machine quilting. If you do primarliy machine quilting, any of the cottons would work, or even Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 blend, which has just a little polyester, giving it a little loft.

      Another factor that influences my batting choice is that I like the batting to be flat, like with cotton, so that it isn’t the quilting which is showcased, but the fabrics and the design. With loftier battings, the quilting catches the light and forms shadows, which then become the focus. I also choose the lightest weight, Request, more often than not, because I’m not aiming for a heavy quilt (I travel with my quilts and the lighter the better for me). If you are looking for more warmth from your quilt, try the Select, Deluxe or Supreme (a beautiful, thick cotton) weights of Quilters Dream Cotton, or even a wool batting.

      I hope this helps – but I believe the best way to form an opinion about the different battings is to try as many types as you can, and take notes about what you like and don’t like about each.

  4. Linda Espe says:

    I just finished “Nature’s Jewels” and am wondering when you will have the pattern ready that uses the extra fabric from this quilt. I love this quilt and the fabrics!

    • Oh My, Linda!!! I thought I’d have a little time before anyone was ready for that project!!!! How’d you get done so fast? Must not have done it as a block of the month. Well, I do have the project ready, I just have to get the directions set. So now knowing you are waiting for it, I’ll bump it up on my list of things to get done. I’ll send you an email when it’s ready – OK? (Thanks for the gentle prod.)

  5. Sylvia Brun says:

    Laurie, I see you are teaching at Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland OR. I won’t be able to get there to take your class. Will you be selling your patterns at the show?

    • Yes, I’ll be there for 3 classes, one trunk show/lecture and I’ll have a quilt exhibition. My patterns and books (and some kits) will be for sale the whole time and I’ll be by my merchandise whenever I’m not teaching, so I hope to see you there! And, I’m so excited that my new Antelope Canyon quilt and pattern will be making its debut at the Northwest Quilting Expo!

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