Meet Moda’s new designer, Laura Muir

For Laura Muir, art is a way of connecting with joy in the moment. And she hopes that sewing with fabrics from her upcoming Brightly Blooming line will give quilters that same feeling.

Laura, who hails from Utah, has been painting since she was a young girl and took art lessons, which she continued throughout her school years. She painted mostly realistic subject matter, including portraits, with oil paints. She rented studio time for painting during a difficult first pregnancy and realized that while she loved the act of painting, oils weren’t meeting her needs. “It didn’t bring me peace,” she says. “It was another thing to control and fuss over.”  

After the birth of her second child (Laura has an 11-year-old daughter and 7- and 4-year-old sons), she picked up watercolors. “Dabbling in them was a form of therapy, almost,” she says, noting that she thoroughly enjoyed their free-flowing movement. “Oil painting was an exercise in perfection, which I was trying to get away from. It’s taken me years of practice to ‘untrain’ myself from working realistically, but now making art is soothing and all about finding joy and peace in the process.”

Inspiration for her works comes from the landscape around her and a love of florals. She learned that her great-grandmother, who she never knew, had been a talented water-color artist who painted similar subject matter. “I care a lot about the history of families and it feels like I’m connecting with her through this practice,” says Laura.

Creating fabric is another way for Laura to connect. Her collaboration with Moda began when she met design director Cheryl Freydberg at the stationary show in New York City, where Laura was exhibiting her first collection of water color-illustrated stationary. “There is a big divide between people who can afford original artwork and those who can’t, and I wanted to find a way to bring fine art into people’s homes,” she says. While she imagined paper goods as one way to do that, she’s delighted to add fabric to the mix. “It’s been an important focus in my life and Moda’s ability to do digital printing meant that the movement and flowing style of water color could be reproduced well.”

Sewing was something Laura learned from her mother—a talented maker of clothing—and her grandmother worked with her during high school on her first quilt (queen-sized). “It’s so exciting to be designing quilt patterns and fabric and bringing that aspect of creativity into my work,” she says. (That’s her Watercolor Swirl quilt, above.)

In addition to sewing, Laura plays pickleball every day and calls herself a serial hobbyist. “It’s kind of a disease,” she says with a laugh, noting that her Dad passed that particular trait on to her. “He can do anything!” If she’s not painting or sewing, you might find her beading or cooking and baking with her kids. “I always have a ‘next project’ on my list,” she says.

Laura’s excited about the panels in Brightly Blooming. One says, “There are always flowers for those who wish to see them,” which is something Laura tries to impart to her own children. And the second says “You are so loved.” “I want everyone who sees it to feel it,” says Laura.

Laura’s Brightly Blooming fabrics will be in stores in March, just in time for spring sewing. What do you think you might make with them?

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29 thoughts on “Meet Moda’s new designer, Laura Muir

  1. Laura’s line looks to be stunning. Make a shawl, tablecloth, throws for the front porch swing. It is bursting with ideas to plan over the coming winter. Always a special quilt. Looking forward to this fabric line. Marywallis

  2. Beautiful line of fabrics! I love watercolours and I love quilting – a great combination in Lauri’s fabrics! Congrats!

  3. Love your flowers. I am not a contemporary lover of fabric. These designs bring a feeling of new life for spring! Good luck

  4. The first quilt pictured is stunning! Who wouldn’t want this quilt? I’m signing up to get this quilt as soon as it is available. Count me in! I totally love watercolors anyway. This is a match made in heaven.

  5. Wow! I’m enchantedly blown away. Looking forward to having each panel and some yardage of Brilliantly Blooming. Hurray for Laura’s beautiful debut! Allison C. Bayer, Plano, Texas

  6. Not sure what I’d make but I can hardly wait to get my hands on the “you are so loved” panel shown. Being a “Spring” baby I’m sure I’ll be picking up some more of those gorgeous flower prints too.

  7. Very no work. About digital printed fabrics,as they difficult to work with, case on point, will unsewing a mistake be seen as break in the printed fabric? With regular fabric, taking out stitches have no affect on the fabric. How does this work with digital printed fabric? Thank you.

    1. No worries about digitally printed fabrics. They’ll be the same as traditionally printed fabric if you need to “unpick” stitches. We’ll do a post about digital printing in the future. Thanks for asking!

  8. Just ordered almost entire collection from Rhinetex yesterday and can’t wait to put it into my little shop, the colors are georgous and can be combined beautifully.
    I only just started am beginning to set up web site and shop and your colorful fabrics will be a great contribution.
    Looking forward to seeing more from you.
    Warm regards and have a great weekend,
    Bettina

  9. I’m definitely going to make a quilt using the panel that reads “There are always flowers for those who wish to see them”… truer words have never been spoken!

  10. The fabrics are beautiful and the panels are wonderfully stated! Cant wait to get them in the store. What pattern is the quilt? I would love to make it for my niece for her wedding!

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