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