Karen K Stone

Embracing Abstraction
with Karen K Stone

sacred f

March 21-23, 2024
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

$495 Public/ $396 NQM Friend

Over 3 days, Karen will share techniques which facilitate her transition toward abstract/improvisational work, and encourage students in realizing their own ideas. Topics and exercises include, but are not limited to Improvisational Machine Appliqué, Improvisational Piecing, Improvisational Foundation Piecing, Color & Fabric Selection, and Quilting Ideas & Finishing Techniques appropriate to contemporary work, all with a focus on fine workmanship.

Supply List:

  • Basic sewing supplies, including pins & fabric scissors
  • Rotary cutting supplies (mat, cutter, basic ruler)
  • Pen/pencil and inexpensive paper for informal sketching (8.5”x11” or larger)
  • Fabric marking pens/pencils (chalk, frixion, your favorites)

For the Appliqué portion:
Pinnable personal ironing board (pins will stand straight up firmly), such as June Tailor’s Cut and Press, or a wool board (covered to protect from starch). It should be about 12” x 18”.
Personal iron, if allowed.
Spray sizing (Best Press not optimal for us, Starch is ok)

Sewing machine (zigzag preferable)
Threads: cotton (neutral to your fabric); invisible polyester (smoke or clear)

Fabric: Please bring enough fabric to keep you entertained! SOLIDS are generally preferable to one-sided prints, as they help enhance our awareness of line. Include a wide enough range of hue and value to achieve contrast (lights, mediums, darks, neutrals, brights). Favor variety over yardage (cuts 1 yd or smaller).

Teacher will provide miscellaneous supplies (glue, knives, poster board, and freezer paper) and can bring extra boards and spray sizing for anyone flying in (pop me an email).

Skill Level: Intermediate/All Levels

Karen’s email: karenkstonequilts@yahoo.com 



Karen K Stone

A quilter since 1986, Karen’s inspiration manifests equally of innovation and tradition. She received the Master of Innovative Artistry award at IQF in 2009, and People’s Choice at Quilt National ’95, and is now part of the QN collection at the International Quilt Museum. Her pieces have won Best of Show in Dallas in 2020, juried into Quilts=Art=Quilts 2022, and won awards in QuiltCon 2022 & 2023, IQF and AQS shows, and at Quilt National ’23. Having enjoyed success in design, publication, she continues to teach and judge nationally, and reinvent herself in new work. Karen holds degrees in Piano from Baylor and Indiana Universities, has two beautiful daughters, three exemplary cats, and rides her bike from historic Deep Ellum in Dallas, TX.