February – A Lovely Year of Finishes Participant – Karen at Capitola Quilter

ALYoF2014Happy mid-February! Shanna and I hope your finishes are coming along beautifully!  Today we have a wonderful participant highlight for you.  Karen from Capitola Quilter has been participating in A Lovely Year of Finishes since we started just over a year ago. She is very active in our flickr group and always has wonderful words of encouragement for everyone!

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Blog name: CapitolaQuilter – secondhandscraps

Name you’re known by throughout quilting world: CapitolaQuilter (Karen)

What’s your ALYoF goal this month?: The Lotus Tile Pillow made from the quilt block that I started in a needle turn applique workshop with Bobbi Finley.   


Lotus Tile Pillow

How do you approach your sewing goals? With complete chaos and plenty of guilt.  I am constantly discovering new projects I want to make but have countless projects already started.

How do you organize/prioritize your projects? Bundled in UFO buckets and some smaller containers. It’s better than before I reorganized my sewing room.  Boarding my fabric and sorting my scraps made a huge difference but there is still a lot of digging and clutter. Prioritizing is almost always deadline based.


What is your current favorite project that you are working on? 

 What is your current favorite project that you are working on? Will you share pictures with us? A few months ago I joined a small group the Fabric Hounds and just finished FMQing and binding a quilt to be auctioned at an upcoming quilt show.  This collaborative creation is called “Pup Art”.  We meet in Capitola so I thought it was fitting to take it for a photo shoot with the colorful backdrop of Venetian Court.

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What is your dream project to work on? Something special made with Liberty of London.

What is your favorite time of day to sew? When I can devote a nice chunk of time uninterrupted – I especially love to get that second wind and stay up all night (or at least until 2am) like at a Retreat.  

 What is your favorite quilting/sewing accessory? My Baby Lock Symphony sewing machine.  I have a newfound appreciation for the features that let me be lazy and also the intuitive touchscreen.

What is your number one quilting/sewing goal for 2014? To attend as many local workshops as I can and to sew from stash so I can save up enough to attend QuiltCon 2015.

What is one technique you really want to learn? Straight stitch quilting using my walking foot and eventually work my way to matchstick quilting or what I like to call toothpick quilting (because really – it’s THAT thin!)  I also want to try the FMQ sketched applique technique like theDoodle Dragon made by my friend Anne @ PlayCrafts.

Thank you so much Karen for joining us today!

 Keep up the great work on your one goal for this month – you can do it!

 The finishes link-up starts the last 7 days of the month and will end before the month is over.




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6 Responses to February – A Lovely Year of Finishes Participant – Karen at Capitola Quilter

  1. Vera says:

    At first I was a bit in shock when I saw the button. What? It is the end of month already? lol Thanks for sharing Karen!

  2. Mara says:

    Good job Karen on all of the finishes and good luck with your goals.

  3. Susan says:

    What fun these interviews are. That’s a lovely pillow, too. Now I have to go look up matchstick quilting. =)

  4. Karen is very talented I always like to see what she is making on Flickr! Lovely finish! The quilt is just awesome! I hope to meet her at QuiltCon 2015! My fabric fast just got a new twist! Thank you for the interview it is great!

  5. CeLynn says:

    Nice to meet you Karen. I like the tiles pillow you are working on,and I Love the Pup Art quilt! Good luck making it to Quiltcon 2015

  6. Katy says:

    Hi Karen *waves*, I do love what Karen does, I just wish Blogger didn’t hate to keep her in my reader!

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