Karen took up quilting to recycle fabric she couldn’t bear to part with, and a practical art became a passion.

After a few years of quilting on her own with techniques learned from library books and PBS, Karen took a bold step from scrappy patchwork. Integrating modern, minimalist design with traditional quilting techniques she began making the kind of quilts she had always longed to create. Her original fabrics explore color with textile painting, sun printing, rust dyeing, fabric pastels and discharge dyeing. Focus on surface design has opened another dimension to her quilting through embroidery, trapunto and fabric origami. Current mixed media works feature such elements as functional electronics and yak bones. She has at last embraced her fear of that most daunting of forms, the circle.

Perhaps spiders will be next.




Guilds :

Beaconsfield Quilters Guild

Courtepointe Quebec Quilt (CQQ)

Montréal Modern Quilt Guild

Inspirations and Resources :

Byerpatch Studio – art quilts

Day Style Designs – impressive free-motion quilting tutorials that take domestic machine quilting to a whole ‘nother level.

Deux Petites Souris – modern quilts

Dimacquilt– quilt appraisals

Doodle Press – gorgeous quilts, fantastic patterns; love the Radiant Suns templates!

Fabric– quilting cottons and much more

Farbstoff – modern quilts

Film in the Fridge – modern quilts

Fresh Lemons – modern quilts

Geta’s Quilting Studio – stunning shadow trapunto

Green Fairy Quilts – mind-blowing longarm quilting

Handmade by Alissa – modern quilts

I’m a Ginger Monkey – modern quilts and more, great free tutorials and patterns

Jenniverre – beautiful stained glass, and more

Mutapic – brilliant design tool created by Sylvain Moreau, and Wotomoro – his awesome gallery

Oh, Fransson! – modern quilts

Quilters Cache – huge library of free patterns; love the paper piecing printables!

Quilting is my Therapy – dazzling long arm quilting

Red Pepper Quilts – modern quilts

Sew Kind of Wonderful – super cool modern quilt design and patterns, stupendous longarm quilting; love the Quick Curve Ruler!

Sew, Mama, Sew! – modern quilts, loads of cool free patterns and tutorials

Tallgrass Prairie Studio – modern quilts

The Travels of a Quilter –  Check out Dianne Robinson’s awesome blog, be inspired.

The Charming Needle – modern quilts and more

Twizzelle – lovely longarm quilting gallery


Quilting Fabric :

Courtepointe Claire – everything you’ll need to make a quilt, lovely Montreal area shop

Fabricworm – awesome modern prints and organic cottons

Fat Quarter Quilt Shop – modern quilting fabrics, pre-cuts

Hancock’s of Paducah – quilt shop extraordinaire

Keepsake Quilting – quilt shop of my dreams

Mad About Patchwork – wonderful online fabric store for modern prints, Kona solids, etc.

Spoonflower – send your own original design or choose from the hundreds available on Spoonflower and they’ll print it on the fabric of your choice!