Karen Fricke Quilts
“My medium is fabric, my method is quilting, and the source of my inspiration is frequently the written word.“
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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Bug-eyed for Quilting Arts!
I was so excited to hear from Quilting Arts several months ago about their Fall 2021 edition, which was focusing on Nature. My buggy quilts would fit into that theme perfectly! So I wrote the article, shipped my quilts to them, and waited for the print copy to come out. They even interviewed me for…
Piecing Binding Strips with a 45° Angle
There are all sorts of tutorials about how to piece strips together to make quilt binding. I’ve found that this is the most reliable method for me to piece the fabric. Why bother piecing on an angle instead of straight across? Well, once the strip has been folded in half, stitched down, then wrapped around…
Tying a knot in the end of a length of thread for hand stitching should be pretty straightforward and simple, but I know a lot of people who struggle with it. When my Grandma Fricke was teaching me to sew, I remember her rubbing her fingers together with the thread in between, and VOILA! the…
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