Featuring Karen — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on January 6th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 10 comments

Today’s feature is Karen of Blooming Poppies!  Karen has been blogging for a year, and attended the Sewing Summit with us!  I hope you enjoy getting to know Karen better –
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting when my oldest daughter was almost two, just over 5 years ago.  We were at Joanne’s, looking for glue or something, and she pointed out this cute little pink and purple fairy/star fabric.  I don’t know what came over me but right then and there I had the vision of a quilt for her.   I didn’t know the first thing about quilting but had seen my grandma make a few when I was little.  I bought that fairy fabric, some coordinating fabric and went home to find where my old sewing machine was buried.  After getting reacquainted with my machine- a ten year old Kenmore I bought a Sears, I got to work designing her quilt.  I don’t think I even knew that patterns existed.  I have to laugh about it now, how much I didn’t know that I didn’t know; 1/4 inch seams, matching seams, rotary cutter??? ha!!  Ignorance is bliss I suppose,  I enjoyed the process  much more than I expected.

"time traveler" quilt

 With a brand new baby as well as my toddler at the time however, my ability to keep making quilts was limited.  So I made a couple more in those first three years but I would say it was just in the last two years, after our third and last baby got a bit older,  that I have really become serious about quilting and sewing. I have learned so much, all self taught, so mostly by the many mistakes I have made.
2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because I have to.  I feel happy when I’m designing a new quilt.  I love the process of creating things, and am drawn to all things artsy/crafty, but quilting is by far my favorite “medium”.  I see my design wall as a blank canvas just calling out for some color, line, design, etc.  I love the limitless possibilities in quilting and I have grown to love the community as well.  I have been so inspired and supported by the Modern Quilting blogging world, my own personal quilting blog,  Flickr groups, and my local Modern Quilt Guild. I still consider myself a newbie quilter and I look forward to continuing this path and growing as a quilter/designer.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Pay attention to detail,  but relax and have fun with it at the same time!!! In my best moments, I like to treat it like a form of meditation.

"Fact or Fiction" quilt front

4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My inspiration came from my Kona Solids Sampler Card that I received at the Sewing Summit-Thank you very much!!  That combined with all the colors of fall and the Indian Corn I was seeing at the pumpkin patch, farmer’s market, grocery store, etc. all came together in this quilt.
 5. Do you sew other things?
Yes, I enjoy making bags, pillow covers, hot pads, etc.  although I have only made a handful, I also like making clothing-dresses, skirts for my three young daughters.  I will try just about any sewing project because I love learning new sewing skills and adding to my repertoire of knowledge.  I am so inspired by all the creativity I see from other crafters, quilters, sewers. I love it all and, like probably all of us, just wish I had a bit more time for it all.

"what's for breakfast?" quilt

6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am a closet bird-watcher/lover, and I love black jelly beans!!
Thank you for sharing your quilts, and your story with us Karen!  I love the freedom in your quilts, and your tip is perfect!  I love the hum of the machine as I work through a new design.
Have a great weekend everyone!

10 thoughts on “Featuring Karen — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!

  1. Lovely quilts! They remind me of modern paintings. It is hard to believe that they were ever simple pieces of fabric… Such an inspiration… Gorgeous!

  2. It’s always fun to get to know other quilters! Thanks for sharing, Karen, your quilts are wonderful! There are many of us who still use our old Kenmores! LOL

  3. You don’t need patterns. I love your designs! I find many of the same things as you when quilting. I wish I was a stay at home grandma.

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