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Quilted Lizard Tales




Welcome to my

Spring newsletter! 

We are late bloomers here in the Northeast, but it is worth the wait to see the flowers and trees coming to life after the long Winter months.

I have several new videos for you to check out, that introduce the two techniques that I enjoy playing with….fabric collage (Happy Villages) and my layered topstitch piecing (Accidental Landscapes, Wiggles & Waves, Wearable Waves).

Also included is a new t-shirt quilt,
plus a free pattern for a very very practical quilted item.
Read on to find out what it is!

Guest Teacher on PBStv3

In these videos I am a guest of Sheryl Borden, the host and producer of the PBS KENW-tv3 show “Creative Living with Sheryl Borden.” 

These videos were taped many years ago at the studio of PBStv3 in New Mexico and are still on the air. Since you may not live where these episodes are available on PBS, here they are all together for your viewing pleasure on my YouTube Channel and website.

Beach Scene in Layers

Here I demonstrate my topstitch piecing technique of cutting, pressing and layering fabric strips to create a little beach scene “accidentally.”

Happy Villages Collage

Watch how a village magically appears starting with basic fabric shapes and the addition of roof tops and windows. A layer of netting (fine tulle) and quilting hold the raw edges of the fabric in place.

Wearable Waves Jacket

Starting with a sweatshirt as your pattern piece Karen will show you how to create a beautiful fabric made with free-form cut curves and angles.  The edges are turned under, topstiched and quilted to the pattern pieces. The result is wearable art!

Rowdy Roosters Fusible Applique

This colorful fusible applique is a kaleidoscope of barnyard animals. Rowdy Roosters is part of the “Circle of Friends” pattern series.


Recycled Towel Pocket Potholders

Necessity is the mother of invention. My potholders were wearing out. I knew the easiest way to get what I wanted was to make my own, but I was dragging my feet. I really didn’t want to invest in heat reflective fleece or insulated batting just to make the humble everyday potholder! 

With curiosity and a seam ripper in hand, I took a peek inside one of my favorite rugged potholders. To my surprise it consisted of three layers of cotton batting with an extra layer of terry cloth.

That got me to thinking about my shelf of “retired” kitchen towels in the basement. The towels were too icky to use any more, but still too nice to throw out. 

Re-cycle and re-purpose! I loved the idea of using what I had on hand for a practical new purpose. Old towels + 100% cotton batting scraps + my large stash of cotton fabrics = the perfect potholder to match my kitchen and even one of my aprons (see photo above). 

I am so excited about these practical little cuties.

FREE PATTERN for Pocket Potholders

New Quilter Update
In the the last newsletter I showed you a picture of my granddaughter Alex with her first nine-patch. Well....she got inspired after that!

At home, she picked out  fabrics, cut them into squares, arranged them in a diagonal design and  pieced them together on her own sewing machine. On a recent visit we added the batting and backing. She quilted it on my sewing machine and I put on the binding.

Now her stuffed unicorn has a very beautiful quilt and
she is officially a quilter!!

Alex learned the lesson of making use of "creative opportunities" (aka a mistake) when we decided to fuse an owl appliqué shape over a certain problem area. We both agree that the owl makes the quilt even happier!


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Griffin's T-Shirt Quilt
birthday surprise for grandson's 12th birthday

Shhhhh....although he knows I have the shirts, this is still a secret, because his birthday is not until June 3.

For something different, I used a polartec fleece for the backing (borders/binding) and didn't bother with a batting. It is very cuddly without the batting layer, but I don't think I want to fuss with the stretchiness and thickness of fleece again. The next grandchild t-shirt quilt is due in August, no fleece!
The t-shirts with Minecraft and the color green set the mood for this quilt. I was short a few blocks, so improvised  by adding some "taco fabric" blocks....using the same taco fabric that I had made an apron for "Chef Griffin." 

Teaching Calendar

2022 Calendar
*new or updated since Winter 2022 newsletter

RAFA - Rochester Area Fiber Artists, NY January 6 (ZOOM AM) Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views workshop)

Icknield Quilters, North Herfordshire, UK January 10  2:30pm EST (ZOOM Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture)

Hudson River Piecemakers, Lake Luzerne, NY January 15 (ZOOM AM Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture)

CT Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild, Trumbull, CT February 14 & 15 (ZOOM Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture and Accidental Landscapes:Beaches workshop)

Bay of Quinte Modern Quilt Guild, Ontario, CANADA Feb. 28 2:00pm EST (ZOOM Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture)

*SLO Quilters Guild, San Luis Obispo, CA March 14 (ZOOM oops! My Edges are Showing lecture)

Main Line Quilters, Wayne, PA March 18 (ZOOM Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture, Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views PM workshop)

Smithtown Stitchers, NY March 21 (ZOOM Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture….possible ZOOM workshop in April TBD)

Icknield Quilters, North Herfordshire, UK March 26 (ZOOM Happy Villages workshop) 10:00am - 4:00pm UTC (6:00am-12:00pm EST)

*Glendale Quilt Guild, CA May 14 & 21 (ZOOM Happy Villages workshop in TWO HALF DAY sessions)

*Smithtown Stitchers, NY June 11 (ZOOM Happy Villages workshop)

Mid-Appalachian Quilters Seminar
Gettysburg, PA July 14-17 (IN-PERSON 7/15 Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views, 7/16 Happy Villages, 7/17 Large Logs)

link to my classes for registration

Westside Quilters of Los Angeles, CA Sept. 10 (ZOOM Accidental Landscapes:Beaches AM 3hour)

*Shoreline Modern Quilt Guild “RETREAT” at Willoughby Wallace Library, Branford, CT, Sept. 30-October 1 (IN-PERSON 2 day Happy Villages workshop)

Sewing Friends Retreat, Lancaster, PA October 18-19 (IN-PERSON Oct. 18 eve Trunk Show and Oct.19 6 hour workshop TBD)

Hope to meet you OR see you again either in person or via zoom! In the meantime, happy quilting.


Accidental Landscapes™: Surprisingly Simple Quilted Scenes

Wiggles & Waves: Free-Form Curves

Happy Villages™: Step into a Fabric Collage Adventure!

Wearable Waves: Delightful Designs for Quilted Jackets and Vests


Barn Quilt Trail

New Milford, CT

All seasons are beautiful here in New England! 

If your travels bring you to the Northwest corner of Connecticut we have a Barn Quilt trail that is worth checking out.

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