Quilt designer Laurie Shifrin feels fortunate to live in the lush Pacific Northwest, where her love for the colors and textures found in nature is constantly fed and nurtured. As you look at the rich layers of color and texture inherent in her designs, you’ll see that her previous career as a professional symphony violinist seems to have given her a sensitivity for elegance, richness, vibrance, and rhythmic patterns. Though she enjoyed her former career, Laurie will tell you that this phase of her life has definitely been the most creative and rewarding!
Laurie has authored three popular books featuring batik fabrics: Batik Beauties and Batiks and Beyond for Martingale & Co., followed by Batik Gems for C&T Publishing. Her patterns are published under her own name — Laurie Shifrin Designs — and showcased on her website. While some of Laurie’s most popular designs are for small projects, her quilt designs — many with instructions for multiple sizes — are standouts. Her design Antelope Canyon is one of the quilting industries’ top-selling patterns of 2017.
As a published author, designer and quilter with more than 40 years experience, Laurie has enjoyed traveling far and wide to teach, share and inspire. Many of Laurie’s students praise her ability to share her signature love of color, and a craftswoman’s approach to technique. Laurie prides herself on precision in her instructions. Her goal is for you to really learn something from her classes, and her most rewarding moments come from sharing her wealth of knowledge, tips, methods and insights with quilters of all levels.
Many quilters know Laurie’s friendly face from her many years as the manager of the legendary Seattle quilt shop In The Beginning, which closed its brick-and-mortar doors a decade ago. She continues as wholesale manager and technical editor for books and patterns published by In The Beginning .
Laurie worked with well-know quilter Marsha McCloskey, editing her book, Feathered Star Quilt Blocks II. Laurie’s other quilting endeavors have led her to design two block-of-the-month patterns for Hoffman California Fabrics: Ripples and Reflections, and Nature’s Jewels. She has contributed quilts to numerous books, including Sandy Bonsib‘s Quilting Your Memories, In The Beginning’s Playtime to Bedtime, and Eleanor Levie’s Skinny Quilts and Tablerunners. Over the years Laurie’s quilts and quilt designs have been featured by Hoffman, Island Batik, Princess Mirah, Timeless Treasures and many others at International Quilt Market. A special highlight of her quilting career was her appearance on Alex Anderson‘s television series, Simply Quilts.
To contact Laurie and to order patterns, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.