Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Make my pineapple quilt a mini

It's here at last. The Mini Pineapple Creative Grids© ruler. This little ruler works just like my big pineapple ruler (6" 8" 10" blocks). The blocks made using the new mini ruler make (4" 5" 6" blocks) with narrow strips and a smaller center square. Available on my website:
I have designed four quilts and projects using the new mini ruler. Here they are:
Pineapple Garden

Pillow and Placemat

South Beach Pineapples

Swirly Pearly Buttons
You can order the ruler and the patterns on my website:
Now I have to get back to sewing blocks. It's just too hard to stop at just one!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

A Snail's pace along the trail

Every January I lead a 3 day workshop at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville NC. Grace Ann Cannon has been there every year, bringing lots of interesting projects for independent study. Like most quilters Grace Ann quilts all year long at home. Here is her current project, using my Square on Square ruler. Here is her first block...
And here are Grace Ann's thoughts:
"Karen gifted me with your square in a square ruler- aren't quilty friend the best?
My first snail's trail block!  Woo-hoo!  What fun!   Thanks for the great ruler, you're the best!"

You can get your own Square on Square ruler and lots of patterns on my website

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Coming Soon!

Creative Grids just released a new ruler. It is a mini Pineapple ruler. This is a 5 minute warning...The ruler and 4 patterns will be on my website later this week.  Stay tuned.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Quilt Show - working link

For everyone who tried the link to my episode on The Quilt Show and got only the trailer, I have heard from customer support, and here is the exact way to get there....

1. Go to and SIGN UP as a FREE MEMBER.
2. Then use this new link to see the show.

Remember I have 15 minutes at the end of the can push back to that part or watch the entire show which is very interesting showing painting on fabric and meticulous free motion quilting.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Watch The Quilt Show - Jean Ann's Studio Visit

Starting this Sunday, August 21, for one week only, until August 28, you can watch The Quilt Show for free without joining as a Star Member. This is by invitation only for my friends and family so you can visit my quilting studio.

Here is the link to go directly to Episode 1904 for a free one week only visit to see how I work in a small 800 sq ft apartment in Washington DC to develop my Creative Grids© rulers, patterns, write books, and make the quilts for all. 

Remember this offer is for one week only, beginning this Sunday, August 21. Come by and say hello!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Little Log Quilts

I recently received an email from Colleen Sholtis sharing photos of two quilts she has made using pattern designs from my book, little Log Quilts. Colleen chose very different, but very effective and dramatic, colors than the ones I used in my quilts. Here are Colleen's quilts and color choices:
Garden Maze Quilt

Around the Maypole Quilt

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Road Trip

Two years ago, just before I moved to Washington DC ad an apartment that was half the size of my house in Georgia, I gave lots of accumulated quilting "stuff" away.

A friend, Michele Bausch, collects antique quilts...some finished and some not. Since I could  not bring my unfinished vintage quilts with me I gave them to Michele. Here is one she is working on now. I love the string piecing since I do so much of it now, but not one in this pattern. It looked a lot like a rag when it was an unfinished top needing some mending. Michele's quilting has brought it to life.

Here is Michele's note to me that came with her photo: "I thought you might like to see what I am doing with one of the beautiful quilt tops you gave me. This is my current hand work project. Joe and I have two fairly long trips planned before the end of the year so I will be working on this unusual quilt from here to Arizona and back and during a three week cruise in the Caribbean. Thanks for trusting this beauty to me."  Michele