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Some very exciting news!! For the first time ever, I’m offering some of my quilts for sale!  You can see the initial offerings on my web store here.

If you are interested, don’t wait, there are one of a kind, many of them display in books, magazines, Quilt Market and in my books!

Just a sampling, more on the webpage!







An uplifting and beautiful video – Flash Mob surprises a Mall Food Court with Hallelujah Chorus. Turn up your sound and enjoy!

For the past 11 years, it has been my honor to teach at Quilt University.  It is a fantastic way to take classes from ton-notch quilt instructors. 

Due to my increased work schedule, I will no longer have time to instruct at QU.  The good news, I’m going to offer my most popular classes one more time!   If you have wanted to take these classes and have waited until later, now is your opportunity.  Below, I have listed the classes and the dates.  You can register at, four weeks before the class starts.  Hope to see you there!!


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January 7, 2011

Visual depth has fascinated artists for centuries, Karen has developed a quick and easy rotary technique that allows you to make quilts with a 3-D look.  Frankly, this is Karen’s favorite class because it is so easy to create truly amazing quilts of illusion.  Let Karen share her secrets, so you may become a master of illusion!

3 week class


February 11, 2011

Are you fascinated by the intricate knotwork in Celtic Designs but appliqué just isn’t your thing?  I felt the same way and set out to create these designs using piecing techniques instead.  Let me teach you to design your own Celtic quilt using only two simple pieced blocks. 

Lesson Two covers value, color and the optical illusion of transparency.  Lesson Three concentrates on choosing the size of your quilt and learning how to design your own cutting plan and fabric needs.  Lesson Four will take you through the construction of your original quilt and show you some quilting options. 

Once you have completed your quilt, only you will know how easy it was. From Karen’s new book, Celtic Pieced Illusions.

4 week class



 March 18, 2011

Believe it or not, I am not an artist.  I always wanted to be able to draw, but never could.  I hated drawing in school, knowing that my drawing would never be chosen to be on display.  I even had one teacher look at my drawing of a heart valve in biology class and say,” well, as you know what you have there.  .  . ”  Boy was I embarrassed! 

When I started quilting, I discovered that I loved patchwork.  I loved putting the patches into different designs.  I discovered that I could be an artist, a patchwork artist.

With the technique in More Patchwork Illusions, I think my artistic ability shines.  I may not be able to draw a cat or a heart valve, but I can create marvelous illusions.  Just like an artist.  That is one of the best things about this technique, anyone can do it, even those of us who cannot draw.

Learn all the tricks and tips to creating 3-D patchwork blocks.  You will also learn how to use color to enhance the 3-D effect and how to use different settings to create amazing quilts of illusion!

4 week class



Many of our trees have lost their leaves, but the ones that are left are amazing.  This morning, as I drove through town doing some errands, I was awe-struck by the beauty. . . thought I would share some of my favorite fall foliage photos.

Sunlight On Yellow Leaves



Thanks so everyone for entering the Quiltermaker’s 100 Blocks from Top Designers contest. We had hundreds of emails entering the contest.  I truly enjoyed reading your thoughtful comments!

The winner from my blog is: Vicki Parsons from the United Kingdom!



Such exciting news!  On November 17th, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, will be released. Be sure to look for it at your favorite quilt shop or newstand.  I’m honored to be included in this wonderful publication. I can’t wait to see all the different blocks from other designers!

My block is based on a traditional Variable Star block. However, it has the illusion of overlapping star points.  It looks hard to make, but is made with only squares and triangles, believe it or not.

To enhance the illusion, I used color around the color wheel, from apple green and moving to raspberry.  Tone on tone batik fabrics work well in this colorful block.

Now for some really exciting news! One lucky reader from my blog will win a copy of QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top  Designers!

Here’s how to enter the drawing.

1) During Friday, November 12th, send me an email at

2) In the email, include your name, mailing address and email address. In the subject line, state “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks entry”.

One lucky blog reader’s name will be drawn and announced on my blog on Saturday, November 13th!


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