Objective: Learn the safe way to use rulers & templates. See ways that you can incorporate these tools in your quilting
• Handle rulers safely
• Understand and use ruler markings for precision and accuracy
• Use piecing lines and marking tools to build ruler design confidence
• VersaTool quilting: stitch-in-the-ditch, cross-hatch, piano keys, clamshells and arcs
• Apply binding with the HQ VersaTool
Karen grew up on a farm in NE Ohio in a family of creators and
learned to sew at an early age. She became accomplished in
sewing clothing, embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, crocheting and
quilting. After many years, she found that her passion was quilting
and has been quilting for the past 35 years.
Her grandmother was an excellent seamstress and quilter who
used a treadle sewing machine to create her masterpieces long
before the luxuries of rotary cutters and computerized machines.
Her mom quilted and believed that hand quilting was the only way
to go, until Karen started quilting with a longarm machine!
During high school, Karen took a lot of art classes where she learned about design, color, and texture, which
she is able to integrate into her quilting. Most of her quilts are traditional, but she occasionally steps out of
Karen has a BS in elementary education from Kent State University and a master?s degree in educational
technology from Ashland University. In preparing for her retirement after 30 years of teaching, she became
fascinated by longarm quilting. She bought an HQ Amara? and started learning how to use it with a passion.
She loves combining Pro-Stitcher? and ruler work with free motion quilting. She has been a member of a
quilting/sewing group, The Pinpricks, for the last 25 years. Becoming an HQ educator was an exciting way to
combine her love of teaching, technology, and quilting! Her favorite parts of being an HQ educator are working
with people, sharing her expertise, and visiting quilt shops.
Along with her amazing husband, who supports her quilting addiction, Karen lives near Columbus, Ohio. In
addition to quilting, Karen loves to garden, travel and work on the family farm.