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About Karen Brow

* I teach classes locally in Southern California and provide lectures and workshops to guilds nationwide. See “Lectures” or “Workshops” to learn more.IMG_0228

 

Animal Quilts: Animals found their way into my quilts very quickly because of the personality and movement they add to a project. There is a particular joy in setting their gentle, appliqué curves against the strong lines of pieced blocks.  We can use playful, life-size creatures or gently twisting vines and the result is just lovely.

The Joy Of Fabrics: I have been enchanted by the possibilities that call to me from bolts of fabric since I learned to sew at age 14..  Anything is achievable -beauty can emerge from our own hands. I found that one of my greatest joys is putting fabrics together and creating that special harmony of color, pattern and scale so unique to quilting.

The Path To Patterns: Every skill I ever learned at a job is needed for  this work.  I graduated from Michigan State University as a language double-major and have worked as a visual communication specialist, writer, graphic designer, cartoon illustrator and art appraiser’s assistant before channeling my focus into quilting and pattern design. My efforts today are a  challenging synthesis of design, creativity and color.

My work has appeared  in the following magazines:

McCall’s Quick Quilts

Quilter’s Home

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks From Today’s Top Designers

Quilts With Style

The Quilter Magazine

American Quilt Retailer

 

And is regularly featured in these catalogues:

Keepsake Quilting

Hancock’s of Paducah

Nancy’s Notions

 

Patterns are available at javahousequilts.com, at quilt shops throughout the U.S. and Canada, and at the major U.S. Quilt Markets and numerous shows.