Karen FrickeMy 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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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: 57 years old, married 30 years (!) with four amazing kids, and two amazing kid-in-laws.  Fluent in Spanish and enthusiastic about gardening and eating out.