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. Karen loves to quilt with silk and linen. Texture became her obsession, custom long arm quilting its expression. Focus on surface design has opened another dimension to her quilting through embroidery, trapunto and fabric origami. Her art quilts feature textile painting, cyanotype printing, rust dyeing, and discharge dyeing. 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.

Media :

Global Television, 2015 


Guilds :

Beaconsfield Quilters Guild

Courtepointe Quebec Quilt (CQQ)

Montréal Modern Quilt Guild

Inspirations and Resources :

Byerpatch Studio – art quilts

Cluck Cluck Sew – loads of quilty and crafty loveliness

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!

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

Kathleen Quilts – dazzling longarm quilting

Missouri Star Quilt Company – best collection of video tutorials ever!!! Gorgeous, easy-to-assemble designs, loads using pre-cuts. What’s not to love???

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, stunning 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

Zen Chic – loads of inspiration plus cool free patterns


Online shops I love :

Fabric.com – they have EVERYTHING!!!

Fabricworm – awesome modern prints and organic cottons

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

Hancock’s of Paducah – quilt shop extraordinaire

Hawthorne Threads – a brilliant offering of modern fabrics

Keepsake Quilting – this classic quilt shop is tops!

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

Pink Castle Fabrics – modern fabrics galore, a truly excellent selection

Sew Sisters – another awesome online Canadian shop

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!