About Karen

I am a fiber artist and art quilter residing in North Carolina.

Tootie in Living Color

Here’s my boy Tootie. He is so photogenic. What a beautiful guy. He’s not the brightest bulb but he’s a really sweet kitty.

Tootie’s my second cat. I got him because my first cat Herman needed a playmate. I was out shopping one weekend and needed a few things at the Target on South Blvd. There he was in a large box with his brothers and sisters…..”box-o-cats.”

I’ve been wanting to make a quilt of him for a long time. I shot a picture of him one Sunday morning and decided this was the picture I needed to use.

Created with acrylic textile paint on PFD fabric, rayon thread, cotton batting. Thread sketched and free-motion machine quilted.

Is August over yet?

It’s been a bad August, well, it’s been a bad year. Mark’s best friend lost his battle with cancer, mother passed away, two of my cats are under the weather, new A/C for the house, new A/C for the car, got rear-ended and slammed into the car in front of me……..do I need to keep going on. You get my drift.

Anyway, things could be much worse and I’m thankful for what Mark and I have. We really do have a lot to be thankful for.

I need to get back to it and finish up the three quilts I’ve been working on.
Here is a sneak peak of what they look like.

Daphne with a ton of thread sketching.

Tootie the wonder cat.

Oversized poppy…..what, you didn’t think I was working on a flower quilt……well, of course I am.

Hopefully, I can get back to stitching this weekend.

Happy stitching, Karen

Long Memorial Day Holiday…

Here are a few pics of the projects I’ve been working on this holiday week.

I love poppies and this one I shot at Wing Haven. Here’s the poppy in the middle of the painting process.

Here is the poppy with the painting completed. Now I have to start the thread sketching.

I also wanted to do some detail paintings of the poppy. As a bud, an opening bud and after the bloom.

A few months ago a friend and I went to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (DSBG) to shoot pics of the orchids. They were amazing. Here is one species that I worked on.

Picture with tracing on fabric.

Laying down the first two colors.

Orchid painting complete. Time for thread sketching.

Too much fun…..

I’ve been having too much fun lately. I’ve discovered a new technique during national quilting day. As many of you know The Quilt Show offered a “free” weekend. I think I watched a total of 8 shows. I loved the show featuring Susan Carlson. I watched her technique and loved it!!! I finally knew what I could do with all my scraps. Susan uses small bits and left over pieces to create her pictorial quilts. I immediately purchased her book “Serendipity Quilts” and here is my first attempt….Sunface.

I’m really pleased with the results. The facial features look pretty accurate and I learned a lot. I couldn’t wait to start my next quilt….MoonFace. I had even more fun with this one.

Also, for everyone who was following the block of the month. I’ve uploaded the last block of the cardinal in the column to the right.

Studio organization advice needed!

Here is the current configuration of my sewing machine. My Bernina is in a SewEzi table. I have a folding table placed long ways against the window and my old dining room table (36×60) is behind these against the wall.
These three tables form an upside down “L”. And, on the right, is my ironing board. This configuration works pretty well. It’s especially useful when I’m working on a large quilt and when I’m free motion quilting.

Soon, We will be doing some renovation and will be getting a new front door. The carpenter who will install the new door told me the old door (36×79) makes a fantastic table and if we didn’t want it he would take it off our hands. DING, DING, DING! Table? How about a new sewing table? (There are no panels, it’s currently a smooth surface.) I could have him cut a hole in it similar to the SewEzi table and butt it up to the old dining room table. But, I have several questions and would love to hear what you, my quilting friends have to say.

1. Should I cut the door (36×79) to match the dining room table (36×60)?
2. If I cut the door what should i do with the 20×36 left over? Ironing table?
3. Where should I have the hole for my bernina cut into the table? I was reading Philippa Naylor’s book, Quilting in the LimeLight and she set her machine back 10.25 inches from the front edge. This gives her arms an area to rest on the table while working. Also, this prevents carpel tunnel….which I’ve had, because my elbow didn’t rest on a surface while working. I’m thinking setting the machine back 11 inches.
4. I’d love to get thoughts on the layout of the room.

Here is a layout I’m thinking about.

I’d love to here your ideas to make my sewing studio as efficient as possible.
Many thanks.

January had been a blur….

…and I’m so far behind on the Block of the Month, work, quilting, cleaning and everything. My apologies. But, here is the January BOM and Tootie has been gracious enough to pose with the block.

In other news, I was able to take some time earlier in the week to visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Here are a few pics from the orchid conservatory. If you have the time it is definitely worth the visit.

December BOM

The holidays will be here very soon but we can’t forget our sisters with breast cancer and the blocks we are doing. This month is the final pieced house block. I’ve gotten wonderful feedback from many ladies who have enjoyed making the blocks. I must say how rewarding it is to see my designs come to life. Thank you to everyone for participating.