Featuring Karen — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!
Hi friends! Today’s featured quilter is Karen from Log Cabin Quilter! Karen was nominated in the Favorite Wall Quilt Category, and her work is beautiful – I hope you enjoy getting to know Karen better –
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting in 1990 and have been going full speed ever since.
2. Why do you quilt?
I make quilts for the joy of it. I have always been creative. Even as a child, I liked to make things. I love the feel of fabric, the designs, the colors, the designs that can be created. I am happy whether creating something original or following someone else’s design. I love the joy of giving my handmade quilts as gifts and decorating my home with them. I can’t ever see myself as having too many of them.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My quilting tip would not be a how to type thing or a favorite tool. My tip is to make quilts that make you happy. Work with colors that you like and then push yourself into going beyond that. Build up a stash of fabric so that you have lots to pick from and almost always something that will do without having to wait for a shopping trip. Take classes. I have never taken a class where there wasn’t at least one new thing that I learned. Try new techniques. Be open to suggestions. Don’t be intimidated. When I have taught a quilting class, I tell the students that I have made every mistake that they have and probably more than once. Every quilter has been a beginner at some point. Don’t worry that a point is cut off in a block. Most times it isn’t noticeable after the quilting anyhow. Share your quilting knowledge with others.
4. What was the inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt (above)?
The quilt I entered in the Quilt Festival started with an Electric Quilt folk art applique block. I modified the design by changing the urn/vase shape slightly and dividing it into two applique pieces instead of one. I changed the shape of one type of flower to make it a more simple shape to applique . I also modified the shape of a few of the leaves. I used some patriotic themed fat quarters that I had in my stash though the design itself is not patriotic.
5. Do you sew other things?
I used to sew clothes and craft items but have not done that since I started making quilts.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am a prolific quilter and tend to work very fast. I quite often have people asking me how I get so much done. My answer to that is that I spend a lot of time doing it. I don’t stress over the selection of fabric. I go with what looks good and usually something from stash. I will build on that if more is needed. If I get bored with a quilt project or something about it is not making me happy, I pass it on to another quilter. There is always someone who thinks it is wonderful. I donated a quilt one time that I thought was not the greatest looking one. It was for an money making auction for a quilt guild. The buyer told me several weeks later that she donated it to her mother’s church sale and her mother commented that it was better than any other handmade item her daughter had ever donated for it. I used to make mostly pieced quilts and now that I have honed my applique skills, I prefer that to piecing. I am more of a traditional style quilter with folk art quilts being my favorite thing to create. That followed by working with reproduction fabrics.
Thank you for sharing Karen! I love the scenes appliqued in your quilts – and your tip is just what a lot of quilters need to hear! Make what you love :)
With a week before the next installment, I hope that you have decided what to share!
Have a great weekend -