karen2014I’m Karen, I have lived in  Arkansas since 1980 although I grew up in Wisconsin and lived there for the first almost 20 years of my life.  My husband and I spent 9 years traveling and living in other states while he served in the US Navy.   I have been quilting for a lot of years.  I hand quilt, hand piece and machine piece, love needle turn applique.  Besides quilting I love hiking, camping, gardening, reading & traveling .  Quilting is the main craft that I enjoy although I can do other needle crafts and have worked in stain glass.  I have been married since 1972 to the same guy and we have 2 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and 2 wonderful grandchildren from our youngest daughter .  We have a small motorhome and  enjoy traveling off and on throughout the year when my husband isn’t doing contract work.  He is semi-retired.


I am a contributor to the Celebrate Hand Quilting blog and a member of the facebook groups “Celebrate Hand Quilting” and “Jane Stickle Quilt Group” both are closed groups but easy to join – just request it.


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Sara T. January 22, 2009 at 7:38 am

I was lurking on your blog here…your quilts are beautiful! I don’t quilt myself (I knit…I find it much more forgiving!), but I love the artistry that goes into them.

If you and your husband ever travel through Ohio in your motorhome, there’s a great little quiltshop in my hometown.


Happy Quilting!

Sheri Bierschwale February 27, 2009 at 11:34 am

Hi, Karen,

I was reading The Pioneer Woman’s blog, and when I saw your link with the word “quilt” in it, I popped right on over. We have quite a lot in common:

Love quilting, gardening, reading…not hiking so much, but do enjoy a long walk in the woods. If it’s not too hot, not too uphill, and not too many brambles or poison ivy!

Married to the same wonderful, beautiful man since 1974, with children and grandchildren and lovely in-laws.

And I understand about your hair, too. Mine is all white at the temples, and dark everywhere else. And I gave up coloring it long ago when I figured out I was paying a hundred bucks for a good color job and the white started showing at my temples before the week was out.

And we are neighbors! Well, more or less. I’m just across the state line from you in Texas.

Love your work. Your stitches look so even! Makes me want to be home quilting instead of sneaking around on the internet while I’m in a boring meeting at work!


Cheryl S February 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

I just found your site from Pioneer Woman, and I love it! My 3 daughters just took a sewing class because they want to learn to quilt, and I have gotten interested also. I got interested in sewing again while they were taking their class, made some curtains, and baby blankets, etc. I have caught the quilting bug but am very intimidated. I saw where you visited NW Arkansas, and that’s where I live! So your blog will become a favorite of mine, I’m sure. I live in Lowell. I think I will be motivated & inspired by your quilts and tips and ideas. Thanks!

arlene s January 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm

found your blog while looking for double wedding ring quilts started one two days ago I am a 65 year old quilter, been at it 9 yrs and wish I had started sooner! I belong to 3 quilters guilds been married to same guy 47 years 2 kids and 8 grandkids Live in ontario canada

Mary Christopher March 14, 2012 at 10:33 am


I love your tutorial on making applique circles. I would like your permission to use your pictures in a workshop I’m doing with my local guild. It’s a free workshop, you would be given full credit for the pictures.


Nita July 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hi! We seem very similar only we live on opposite ends of the continent – I quilt and love needle turn applique (though I am not brave enough to try complicated projects yet). I also enjoy hiking, camping, gardening and reading. And I do both hand piecing and machine piecing, though mostly machine. And I am 51.

Shirley July 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I love visiting your blog and seeing your beautiful work. I hand quilt exclusively and hand or machine piece. I make scrappy quilts with fabric left from making clothing. We only wear 100% cotton so the scraps are perfect for quilts. I’ve been quilting since my grandmother taught me when I was a very little girl many, MANY years ago.
My only child (son) recently moved to Little Rock from our home in east Texas. He got a job he loves at ADEM. Your blog helps me feel more connected with him and the people in his area. You’re also nudging me to try needle-turn applique. Yours is lovely!

Chris August 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Very much enjoyed reading through your quilting blog, it’s always nice to find others who love doing hand work. I do various needle works but hand quilting, needle turned applique, & hand sewing are my favorites. I especially love scrappy quilts and like to work applique into them. I am currently hand quilting a king size dragonfly quilt and making blocks from the “Dear Jane” book. These blocks are from the 1860’s, all 4 inches square, so they are mostly all hand pieced & appliqued. I am making them in shades of light to dark green and off white to tan. The size is yet to be determined.
I have been quilting, in between other projects, for over 50 years and am not even ready to slow down. I am 60 and live in Kansas so I guess that makes us neighbors. In my husband time we enjoy traveling on our motorcycle and are American Legion Riders who are proud to honor American vetrans & servicemen.

Loved your work, Chris

Kathryn June 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Hi Karen,

I’m Kathryn, and I’m the editor of FaveQuilts.com. You may be familiar with some of our sister sites, FaveCrafts and AllFreeSewing. I’m contacting you because I would love to feature some of your quilting tutorials on FaveQuilts.com! Here is an example of how projects are featured on FaveQuilts:


Each review includes a short description of the project, a byline that credits you, a link to the tutorial on your blog, and a photo of the finished project. We also feature links to projects and accompanying pictures in our free weekly e-mail newsletter. Please let us know if we have permission to feature your projects and photos on FaveQuilts.com and in newsletters. I look forward to hearing from you!


Didi November 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Hi Karen! I am interested in making a quilt…by hand. Is it really possible to make a quilt 100% by hand? I don’t have a sewing machine and probably don’t want to invest in one. I just want to know if it is possible (and would like to learn how)
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Celia February 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Karen, I used to live in Russellville from 1979 to 1988. Graduated from ATU in 1986.
What kind of quilt frame and pin holder do you have? I have never seen a wooden pin holder like this. Very interesting. Was hoping to find out where you bought it.

I enjoy your blog and find it amazing how many quilts you do by hand! I machine quilt using my home sewing machine.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful work. My regular email is celiaambrose@hotmail.com

Tina April 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Hi Karen,

So lovely to find you, a local quilter with a fantastic blog! I live in Greenbrier, which is right above Conway. So not too far from you, just off in the country a bit. Your quilts are beautiful and have given me much needed inspiration after a long illness. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pieces of art and I will following along for many more.

Hugs, Tina

Linda October 29, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I enjoyed reading your blog. Where can I get a 3 roller hand quilt frame like yours?

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