Karen is teaching class 7003
Matt: How long have you been quilting? What made you begin quilting?
Karen: Fourteen years ago I was astonished by the workmanship and beauty at a regional quilt show. I walked away with my mouth and mind wide open.
M: Do you have a quilting studio? How big and is there anything unique that you keep in your studio?
K: My quilting studio is a 15” x 20” room with three walls of windows and a small neurotic dog.
M: What do you consider your quilting ‘specialty” or what makes you unique in the quilting world?
K: My sense of humor and the combination of colors (fabrics) are most commented on by students and pattern customers. I’m know for animals who steal squares or leap off the edges of quilts and for a patters with toilet paper themed blocks.
M: What is your favorite color schemes to work with?
K: I like cool-colored quilts with warm accents or warm-colored quilts with cool accents. There is a lovely sensitivity to the balance of these two and the concept can add vitality when understood.
M: What books or articles have you written?
K: I have authored and illustrated over 60 patterns.
M: What do you do while you quilt? Do you listen to music?
K: NPR radio is my constant companion as is a cup of dark-roast coffee.
M: What is your quilting inspiration?
K: Animals and color inspire me most, as does nearly any clever idea.
M: What is the funniest moment you have had happen while you were teaching?
K: The slide projector never showed up so I had to “wing it”. Students were completely supportive and took turns being my assistants. I bought them all chocolate.
M: What was the best class you have ever taken?
K: A Ricky Tims class on piecing curves completely freed my concept of construction.