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.
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
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:
Hancock’s of Paducah
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.