Karen

My medium is fabric, my method is quilting, and the source of my inspiration is frequently the written word. It may be a poem, a quotation, a prayer. The thoughts and feelings ignited by those words form mental images, which I sketch first on paper, and refine until I am satisfied with the design. The sketch becomes my working pattern, and I employ a wide variety of methods for creating the image in fabric, from traditional piecing and appliqué to raw edge applications. I frequently embellish my quilts with reverse bobbin embroidery and hand beading. I finish all my quilts with hand-guided quilting on  a long-arm machine, using abstract, thematic motifs inspired by the words and images that first caught my attention. I enjoy sharing my interest in art quilts as an instructor and lecturer, and as the author of numerous articles for quilting and sewing magazines.

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Publications and Appearances:

  • Sacred Threads Exhibition 2017  Michael and Mia’s “Chuppah” and “Michael and Mia’s Seven Species Chuppah Quilt” were both included in the exhibition publication, pages 8 & 9.
  • Machine Quilting Unlimited September/October 2017  “Michael and Mia’s Seven Species Chuppah Quilt” was featured in an article about the Sacred Threads Exhibition, pages 30-35.
  • Teacher Gifts  by Lindsey Murray McClelland, “Mug Cozy, pages 38-39
  • Notebook Covers and More by Lindsey Murray McClelland, “Embellished CD Covers,” pages 39-40
  • “I Don’t Wear Hats, But I’m Fine with My Tiara” self-portrait quilt included in Cate Coulacos Prato’s book, Mixed-Media Self-Portraits; Inspiration and Techniques, published by Interweave Press, 2008.
  • Quilting Arts TV Episode 605
    Stitching, Guilds and Sandwiches
  • Quilting Arts Magazine GIFTS Holiday 2011/2012
    “Gelt Coins and Gift Tags,” pages 23-27
  • Quilting Arts Magazine GIFTS Holiday 2010/2011
    “Thread-Sketched Vintage Eyeglass Case,” pages 104-106
  • Quilting Arts Magazine GIFTS  Holiday 2009/2010
    “Seeing Double,” pages 97-99
    “Mug Cozy,” pages 102-105
  • Cloth, Paper, Scissors July/August 2009 Issue 25
    “STUDIOS Sneak Peek,” pages 54-57
  • Quilting Arts Magazine GIFTS  Holiday 2008/2009
    “Embellished CD Covers,” pages 74-77
  • Cloth, Paper, Scissors STUDIOS 2008
    “Hanging Business Card Holder,”  pages 87-88
  • Quilting Arts Magazine October/November 2007 Issue 29
    “Thread Sketching on Stabilizer,” pages 62-65

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Quilts selected for the 2017 exhibition “Sacred Threads”
  • Quilt selected for the 2008 Quilting Arts Magazine Calendar
  • Quilt selected for 2006 International Touring Exhibition “Tactile Architecture”
  • Quilt selected for 2006 Hoffman International Touring Exhibition
  • Self-portrait quilt published in Quilting Arts Magazine Winter 2005, Issue 20
  • Review of Touchstone Gallery exhibit in Washington, DC, includes write up of my quilt in the Examiner Newspaper, August 12 & 13, 2006
  • Feature articles written about my work in Washington Jewish Week, June 23, 2005 and December 24, 2008
  • Prayer Shawl entry received Fiber Art Study Group Award at Creative Crafts Council 25th Bienniel Show

Education: B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University, 1981.  M.A. from The University of Chicago, 1986.

Profile: 58 years old, married 31 years, with four amazing kids, and two amazing kids-in-law.  Fluent in Spanish and enthusiastic about gardening and eating out.