Hi friends! I want to direct you to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival page set up here. I’ve updated the dates and added a new logo to the page – I’m looking forward to seeing all the quilts again in a couple of months!

Today’s featured quilter is Karen, if you haven’t met Karen yet I hope you will take a few moments to get to know her better. Karen blogs at Quilts…etc. and does a lot of beautiful handwork – Enjoy —

1. When did you begin quilting? 

I made my first quilt about 40 years ago and it was horrible!  I made another one about 5 years later and then another about 5 years after that.  About 25 years ago I really got into it.  I had developed some chronic medical problems that will be with me for life and I really needed a distraction.  I still have the medical problems and have made over 300 quilts since then.  I mainly hand pieced and hand quilted all of my quilts until about 10 years ago when I started to machine piece some of my quilts but I still only hand quilted.  Now I hand piece, machine piece, do needle turn appliqué, hand quilt and do a little machine quilting.  Hand work is still my favorite.

Featuring Karen -- AmysCreativeSide.com

2. Why do you quilt?

I quilt because I love it!!  It is my creative outlet, stress reducer – you name it – it works for me.  I just love working with fabric.  A quilter really gets involved in the whole process, I love picking out a pattern to make, deciding what fabric to use and then creating.

Featuring Karen -- AmysCreativeSide.com

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?

Don’t think you can’t do it.  Just a little bit a day and you can finish a quilt before you know it.  Take your time. Do not think your quilt has to be perfect. A lot of quilters never finish a quilt and that is one thing I do not understand.  I have to finish it so I can use it.

Featuring Karen -- AmysCreativeSide.com

4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival Quilt? (above)

I had seen a photo of Lucy Boston, Patchwork of the Crosses and knew I had to make it.  As I said I love hand work and this project I made with Inklingo – not English Paper Piecing.  Print your fabric templates out with freezer paper and your printer and use a running stitch.

5. Do you sew other things? 

Not usually – I have not been interested in making clothing or bags and things – I can do but I don’t care for it.

Featuring Karen -- AmysCreativeSide.com

6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?

I am a traditionalist.  I like old fashioned quilts but I like modern fabric.   Because I do a lot of my work by hand I find it very easy to pack a small box and take it with us when we travel in our small motorhome – hand piecing on the road is something that comes along easily.  I do not take a sewing machine with me.  I have been known to piece an entire quilt while on the road for 2 months and have it ready for my 3 roller hand quilting frame when I get home.  Don’t let someone tell you that you can’t make a quilt.  One piece at a time and it gets done.  I have never had a class.   I am self taught.  I mainly use a 3 roller quilting frame for my hand quilting and sometimes a small hoop.  Most of my piecing is done on my (and when I machine quilt) big Juki TL-2010Q which I love.  I still like handHwork best but I am now in my early 60’s and I am developing arthritis in my hands so I need to do more of my work by machine.  For me that means piecing by machine and save my hands for the quilting.  I really do not like machine quilting all that much but do it now and then – I like to do all my own work though so I have never paid anyone to quilt a quilt for me – that is part of making a quilt to me – to do the whole thing.  My husband and I love traveling to the Rocky Mountain states and go hiking and camping in rustic campgrounds – we do not like the big resort type of campgrounds where there is little space between campers.  We like the rustic areas instead because they are quite and peaceful.

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Thanks for sharing Karen! Love your tip, it’s definitely about the little bits of work that you can get done each day – it adds up fast!

Happy Quilting –

Amy