Karen is the author 9 different books, some of the titles include Optical Illusions for Quilters (AQS), Combing Through Your Scraps (AQS), Floral Illusions (AQS) , 3 Quilters Celebrate the 4 Seasons (AQS) & 3-D Fun with Pandora’s Box, co-authored with Sharlene Jorgenson of Quilting from the Heartland and Celtic Pieced Illusions (AQS).
She has been a fabric designer for almost two decades, working with several different fabric companies. She has created over 100 different collections; both batiks and quilting cottons. Many of Karen's fabric designs have become classics. Karen currently designing batiks for Northcott's Banyan Batiks.
Nominated for Teacher of the year in 1995, 2000 and in 2005, by Professional Quilter Journal, Karen travels internationally to teach her techniques and methods. In 2012, Karen was honored to be asked to judge the IQA Quilt show.
Karen works with Quilt Seminars at Sea, teaching her quilting techniques on quilting cruises around the globe.
In addition to traveling to guilds and quilt shows, Karen's new venture is her online class with Craftsy,
Karen now lives in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee with her husband Rick, and their sweet Shih Tzu, Benji. Their grown children, Angela and Josh visit when they can!