Last year when I attended the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo here in Cleveland, I saw a lot of the same-old-same-old. However, there is one booth- one designer, really- who speaks to me year after year. I love Laura Murray Designs and her focus on surface design. (She’s where I first learned about foiling on fabric and also how to use Shiva Paintstiks on fabric!)
Laura didn’t disappoint this year, either- she’s come out with an new book and rubber stamp line called “StarBuilders.”
There are two different StarBuilders kits (which include a the sheet of unmounted rubber stamps and instruction book) and then there is the StarBuilder Inspirations Book. Here’s how the system is described:
Amazing no-sew images are within the reach of everyday quilters and sewers, thanks to Laura Murray’s breakthrough method of using paintstiks, StarBuilder stamps and fusible web. Comprehensive guidance is provided for simple, easy to learn techniques, illustrated by numerous color photographs. Step-by-step instructions are included for dozens of dazzling designs that are sure to bring the WOW factor to any fabric project.
I had seen a photo of her quilt at the Show, and was completely blown away. It looked like a super-intricate Mariner’s Compass quilt- but with no fussy piecing.
I decided to buy the “StarBuilders 2” set to try out- and Laura generously gave me the companion book to use! So let’s start off by taking a peek inside the book.
So then I got to work. The red rubber that you use for the prints needs to be cut apart- but then I was ready to use Shiva Paintstiks and created some components. Since you may be new to them, I created this video about them- and you’ll see me using Laura’s StarBuilders in the video, as well.
After letting the Paintstik dry for a day, you are ready to fuse the fabric to a double-sided iron-on adhesive webbing like Wonder Under or Steam-a-Seam. Then you can cut the components apart and get ready to design.
Now assemble your design on a backing fabric, fuse, and quilt away. I’m far from done with mine, but I like how it’s starting so far.
So here’s the skinny- I love this system because it gives the look of both a “painterly” type art quilt AND you get the look of a Mariner’s Compass without all of the crazy cutting and piecing. There is so much room for creativity and expression- and you know that’s where my heart sings. I can’t wait to carve out some time to make some other items with this system and create some cool pieces!
You can purchase Laura’s system on her website, or the book is available in the Amazon affiliate links below. And don’t forget to pick up some Paintstiks!
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