Laura Lee Fritz has been longarm quilting for her community since 1989.
Laura has a love affair with nature and with the things that people DO. Her patterns represent that love of life, and have been sold in C&T Publications books over the years. Her first book with C&T was in 2000, 250 Continuous-line designs for hand, machine, and longarm quilting. It was the first commercially published book of continuous-line quilting designs in the world, and took the world by storm. Shortly after that came 250 MORE Continuous-line designs, Mindful Meandering, Creative Classics, and then 250 NEW Continuous-line designs.
Laura grew up in a normal family in Berkeley California, lived in Brooklyn NY, Manhattan NY, San Francisco CA, Santa Rosa CA, Palmer AK, Houndhollr alpaca farm in Middletown CA, Napa CA, Inverness CA, Lolo MT, Florence MT, and probably a few other places too.
In each of these communities people thought and lived differently, but you all wanted your quilts to MEAN something to the people you give them to.
Laura's digital computer-quilting patterns help YOU add value and meaning to the quilts you produce for your family and your clientele. Quilt some of the designs as overall repeats, others as inserts within your own freehand quilting.
This is but the tip of the iceberg of the designs yet to come. Use these patterns generously, as any times as you like, but you are buying a LICENSE to USE them, not to sell or give them away as designs or patterns, and please, don’t mass produce to resell your products at craft and art venues.
Presently Laura and husband Ron Paul, the traveling longarm service technician, live in the middle of vineyards in Sonoma California, about an hour north of San Francisco. They share their life with a “farm mallard”…that’s a duck by the way.
Please feel free to reach out, Laura is easy to talk to and glad to know who she gets to serve.
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Circa 2022 Circa 1990
1989 is when Laura began designing her own continuous-line patterns to quilt. In those days the Longarm machines did not even have needle positioning, let along stitch regulating and computer options. Ken Gammill personally drove out to Napa California from West Plains Missouri, to deliver her first quilting Longarm.
Back in the olden days, 1969, Laura hand-appliqued, hand quilted and hand embroidered wearable art which she custom made for consignment shops, and her own shop in Point Reyes Station. Everywhere she has lived since then, she has had a quilting shop, in service to the public.
In Laura’s books she teaches how to trace a pattern onto Solvy/Dissolve and pin that to the quilt, stitch over the lines, then peel it or wash it away.
Now there is another wonderful product for hand or machine quilters to use, Sticky Fabric-Solvy, also sold as VilenePlus. This also washes away, but does not pick away from the stitches. Why is it great? because you can print on it from your computer printer.
That is why the patterns you can buy on this website include page-size .pdf files. When you buy a digital pattern from this site, you get the ten different quilting machine stitch file formats, which you can save for when you "graduate" to that method of quilting, but meanwhile, you own the .pdf to print out. Reduce or enlarge them with your computer printer to resize your pattern to print onto Sticky Fabri-Solvy, or to trace onto Solvy/Dissolve.
She has taught quilting, designing, and dyeing since 1989. Now her big passion is designing fabric, which you can purchase here: www.SPOONFLOWER.com/profiles/lauraleefritz