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Karen Eckmeier

Karen Eckmeier
Karen Eckmeier

www.kareneckmeier.com

Since I was a little girl I have always felt the need to create. I consider myself a serious “doodler” – pencil in hand, I just love making lines and patterns. Color had always intimidated me, because I didn’t enjoy the mess of mixing paints and I didn’t have the color confidence to select the right colors. Fabric was a welcome relief to my dilemma– colors came already “pre-mixed” – no color charts, no mess, no fuss AND I could work with them anywhere in the house. I do love painting on fabric now, which I happily cut up and use in my fabric art.

The sewing machine didn’t enter my life until I was 30 years old. I had purchased one as a young mother feeling it was my duty to own one. The sewing machine sat in a closet till the day I saw my first quilt. Having drawn and taken art lessons since I was 6 years old, I figured that if I could draw it, I could figure out how to sew it. Even though my first projects were far from perfect, I loved working with fabric and couldn’t wait to get to the quilting stage to add the wonderful texture to the surface.

I pursued German and Russian languages in college, thinking I would pursue a career as a translator, but spent time in a German commercial bank instead, then switched to doing pen & ink renderings of houses for real estate companies and homeowners so that I could be home with my children. Next I dabbled in real estate as a sales agent, however, when I realized that I was drawing more houses than selling them, I finally listened to the artist within me and pursued a career in art.

In 1996 I started making art quilts, which were very well received in national and international shows. The awards encouraged me to move forward in my new direction. My hobby officially became my business in 2002 when I opened my business “The Quilted Lizard.” For 8 years I taught at a local quilt store and in 2002 I began teaching my technique “Layered Curves” and “Accidental Landscapes™” nationwide. Teaching workshops gives me the opportunity to share my passion for playing with fabric with others, and I love it!!

Where does the name “Quilted Lizard” come from?

Lizards make me laugh. They’re tiny and cute, and scurry around with amazing speed. I began including lizards in my quilts and loved the smiles and laughs (and blue ribbons) when people looked at my whimsical creations. Over the years I realized that I had collected quite a few lizard pins, belts, t-shirts, hats…. So when it came time to name my company I wanted a mascot that would make people smile.


Accidental Landscapes Beaches
Accidental Landscapes Beaches
Supply List
Supply List
Thursday, July 26
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Accidental Landscapes Beaches

Level: All

Here is an introduction to creating landscapes “accidentally” using Karen’s layered topstitching technique. These little beach scenes are quick and easy to make, no templates, not fuss – just free form rotary cutting and topstitched edges. Personalize your beach by adding collage details like a dune fence, beach grass, shells, sailboats, beach chairs, umbrellas, lighthouses, photo transfers, etc. Beach scene measures approximately 8″ x 12″ (without borders). The basic Beach scene is created; collage details will be discussed.

Pattern fee- $7


Accidental Landscapes Mountain Views
Accidental Landscapes Mountain Views
Supply List
Supply List
Thursday, July 26
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Accidental Landscapes Mountain Views

Level: All

Here’s another surprisingly simple quilted scene using Karen’s layered topstitching technique. Gentle rolling hills of green fabric strips combine with distant peaks to create peaceful vistas. Include a lake or a field of wildflowers. The variations are endless! Learn how to add Angelina fibers for sparkle.
Finished Size: approx. 9” x 12” without borders (size varies)

Book highly recommended: Accidental Landscapes $21.95 – see pages 8-13 and 50-51 for workshop.


Quilt Waves Vest
Quilt Waves Vest
Supply List
Supply List
Friday, July 27
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Quilt Waves Vest

Level: All

It’s all about the waves! Get into the flow with Karen’s free-form topstitched curves and angles to create this great open front vest. The secret is a lightweight sweatshirt pattern base for simple assembly. The sweatshirt provides just the right amount of loft for a “quilted-look” after the stitching and the smooth side becomes an easy matching lining. You choose the length to fit your style.

Come to the workshop with your sweatshirt and fabric cut, as described in the supply list. In class, you will learn how to make the Layered Waves fabrics for your vest and quilt it on the sweatshirt base.

Book required-Wearable Waves Book- $24


Happy Villages
Happy Villages
Supply List
Supply List
Saturday, July 28
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Happy Villages

Level: All

Explore the freedom of fabric collage! No seams to piece or match, no lines to trace … Just free form cutting of step and window shapes. Step by step your little village will magically come to life. Finished size 16 1/2 inch square.

Sewing machines are optional for this class. Most students prefer to spend the time leisurely collaging, however for those of you that work quickly, bring your machines for the end of the day

Book highly recommended: Happy Villages $22.