About Me

Little did I know when I sent in that first query to a magazine in 1996, I had embarked on a rocking boat of unknown destinations. My first article was accepted and printed within months. Since then, I published many articles in various magazines and wrote eight award-winning stories. (All my books are available to interested readers. See details on the Books pages.)

 

After a series of mini-strokes, I found I could no longer write for the publishing market. I had to find something to occupy my creative urges. I was sleeping under my grandmother's quilt one afternoon and I heard her whispering to me through her quilt. She spent many long afternoons, piecing and hand-working quilts, clothes and holiday items, various thoughts running through her head. As I began to repair one of her older quilts, I could feel her presence among the stitches. I wondered, "If I can repair, could I create?”

 

My colorful and unique quilts are popular with people who like "different!" No one needs to listen to my quilts whispering; 
I embroider the words that come to me as I piece them together. Each quilt reveals a message, unique to the design, mood and colors I machine piece my quilts to give them a lasting quality. Customers can purchase from my quilt inventory or custom order  size, colors and wordings. Traipse through my quilt pictures and read what my current quilts tell you.

How the Quilting Mandarin was born.

"I was sleeping under my grandmother's quilt one afternoon and I heard her whispering to me through her quilt. As I began to repair one of her older quilts, I could feel her presence among the stitches. I wondered, "If I can repair, could I create?"

Each quilt reveals a message, unique to the design, mood and colors. I machine piece my quilts to give them a

lasting quality.

“Karen is an exceptional creative craftsman.  She has made me a quilt, a table runner, and two jackets. She has designed each one for me and each one has been a beautiful original and far exceeded my expectations.” Barbara Harris

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