Online since 1997
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Karen uses several different kinds of software in quilting and writing. She uses QuiltPro to illustrate teaching brochures and articles. Several of the designs in her book "3-D Fun with Pandora's Box", co-authored with Ms. Jorgenson, were designed in QuiltPro. She has been a guest on Sharlene Jorgenson's "Quilting from the Heartland." Karen's first book "Optical Illusions for Quilter's was published in 1997.
Karen Says: I began quilting
in 1974 while still in high school. I loved quilts, but we did not have any in our home.
So I decided to create some of my own. My first attempts were awful! But through lots of
reading and trial and error, my efforts got better and better.
Since I began quilting, I
have been interested in quilts of illusion. I was drawn to the traditional patterns of
Baby Blocks, Storm at Sea, Spider Web and other quilts of illusion. I wanted to learn how
to make these quilts and other quilts with illusions, but no book was available to show me
how to do this. In 1990, I began designing my own designs and studying art books. I wanted
to learn how to create illusions in quilts.
"Optical Illusions for Quilters" shows quilters how to create quilts with all types of illusions: space, depth, motion, and illusions using color. Masterpiece quilts are used to demonstrate these techniques and traditional quilt blocks are also used.
I began teaching in 1988 and now teach nationwide to guilds and at quilt shows. I teach how to create quilts of illusions, as well as classes on color, designing, perfect machine patchwork and a class of "successful teaching."
In 1996, I was teaching at the International Quilt Festival for the first time. While there, I met Sharlene Jorgenson of "Quilting from the Heartland." She and I started brainstorming about quilts of illusion. We came up with a terrific way to create 3 -D Patchwork Cubes using templates from her template set -Pandora's box. In fact, we co-authored a book "3-D Fun with Pandora's Box" showing this technique. This book was released in 1997. I was a guest on her TV show "Quilting from the Heartland" this fall and the Series 700 is showing now, nationwide.
I have been invited to participate in many challenges in the last few years. I was invited to design a quilt for the Silver Dollar City Wallhanging Challenge in 1995 and have had quilts in the Hoffman Challenge in 1995 - 1997. Last summer, I was invited to show my work at the Fitton Center for The Arts.
I use several different kinds of software in my quilting and writing. I use QuiltPro to illustrate my teaching brochure and articles. Several of the designs in my book "3-D Fun with Pandora's Box" were designed in QuiltPro. I also did all the illustrations for this book in Quilt-Pro. Shar, later redid some of the drawings in Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator. However, all the initial designs were drawn in QuiltPro.
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