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Make Your Mark Quilt

One day while browsing the floral department, I was struck by the irregular beauty of handwritten dash marks on a piece of pottery, which sparked curiosity in me about how I could convey a handwritten dashed look with pieced fabric. To achieve this organic look, I used scissors for the strip sets, then squared them up with a rotary cutter. It was fun exploring color and value in my fabric selection. The blocks remind me of being at the stationery store as a kid, testing out the markers in a wide spectrum of colors on the sticky notes provided. This quilt showed at QuiltCon 2018 in the Modern Traditionalism category. The pattern is available in my shop!

Made by Karen Lee
Quilted by Christina Lane
66” x 66”
July 2017 – October 2017

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Rebuilding Quilt

A friend going through a trying circumstance in her life inspired me to make this quilt. It’s about dealing with the disappointment of a broken dream and daring to believe that things will get better when we pick up the pieces to rebuild. Showcasing the scraps in the margin, rather than hiding them in the design of the quilt, simultaneously draws attention to the brokenness as well as the hope of these pieces taking on new life as building blocks for future endeavors. Choosing to hope and build again after devastation takes courage. The aim of this quilt is to honor the struggle and to celebrate the act of bravery. This quilt showed at the 2018 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

Made by Karen Lee
Quilted by Christina Lane
75” x 63”
March 2017 – August 2017

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Bending Petal Quilt

I started this piece in a class on making inset seams and complex curves taught by Stephanie Ruyle. The thin orange branches which go out from the stem are 1/16″ thick inset seams. The orange stem, the lighter blue background, and the yellow petal were all pieced using Stephanie’s method for curves. It was a fun challenge trying to mimic the thinness of the inset seams in the stem using the curve technique. For the echo quilting, I took a few passes of contrasting orange thread to create a glowing effect and left the petal unquilted and puffy from the wool batting. Bending Petal showed in the Small Quilts category at QuiltCon 2018!

Made and quilted by Karen Lee
22” x 16”
April 2017 – July 2017

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Daffodils

When drafting this quilt I imagined designing a Native American trading blanket in quilt form. The design features four motifs common to trading blankets and quilting: flying geese, bars, crosses, and chains, as well as horizontal and vertical symmetry in both the piecing and quilting. For the palette, I selected neutral, earthy, wintry colors as the backdrop for the pops of Pantone Greenery, representing daffodil shoots poking up sporadically through the soil and snow, heralding spring. These random bursts of color represent the only asymmetry in the otherwise symmetrical quilt! This quilt showed at the 2017 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

Made by Karen Lee
Quilted by Christina Lane
70” x 58”
January 2017 – April 2017

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Light Boxes Quilt

Brimming with inspiration but needing to start somewhere, I made this little piece of wall art upon returning home from QuiltCon 2017. The creative limit I set for myself was to use the scraps leftover from my Fallen Petal quilt, without cutting into any new yardage. Only having a small pile of scraps to work with since I had planned my yardage requirements carefully made the experience especially exciting creatively! I would venture to say that in every case the “make-do” moments made the piece more interesting and appealing. I quilted the piece in coordinating lavender and yellow thread.

Made and quilted by Karen Lee
18” x 21”
March 2017

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Fallen Petal Quilt

Inspired by block A-7 of the renown Civil War quilt by Jane A. Stickle, I enlarged the block, iterated it four times in a grid, and added a drop shadow. Next, I incorporated a “fallen petal” concept into the design, symbolizing a petal falling from a flower passed its prime. This theme harkens back to still life paintings of the past which depict skulls, hourglasses, and flowers dropping their petals, prompting us to ponder life’s ephemeral nature. My mom’s current battle with cancer reminds me daily of life’s fragility and that I’m edging closer to the veil myself. Fallen Petal was published in the July 2017 issue of Klude Magasinet and in Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century. This quilt showed in the Modern Traditionalism category at QuiltCon 2017 and at the 2016 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

Made and Quilted by Karen Lee
62” x 62”
May 2016 – June 2016