Hi! I’m Karen Lee, a homeschooling mom of four, avid gardener, wannabe yogi, coffee snob, sunrise gazer, and obsessive quilter. The quilting part of me really took off after weaning my fourth child. For the first time in eight years I was neither pregnant nor nursing, and had free space in my mind and an accompanying surge of energy and passion to create! With the help of Jenny Doan’s tutorials and Camille Roskelley’s Craftsy classes I made my first quilts. My local and online quilting communities continue to inspire me.


A lifelong lover of art, Karen studied practice of art and art history at the University of California, Berkeley while earning her French degree. Her deep respect for the quilting tradition also informs her work as she seeks to create minimal, modern quilts for the home and gallery and innovative quilt patterns for the discerning home quilter.

Karen is an active member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. Her quilts have shown at QuiltCon, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, and the Northwest Quilting Expo. Her work has been published in Klude Magasinet, a Danish quilting magazine, as well as in the Modern Quilt Guild’s new book, Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century. In February 2018, her quilt and pattern will be published in QuiltCon Magazine.

A California native, Karen now lives on the outskirts of Portland, OR with her husband of sixteen years, Derek, and four kids.