This interview is part of the Canadian Quilters Showcase series. I wanted to share with the world some of the amazing talent found here in our country. Quilters from across Canada have submitted quilts with their stories and are featured monthly. Know someone who should be showcased? Nominate them!
Meet Karen Brown!
Karen lives in Toronto Ontario and hosts a YouTube channel, Just Get It Done Quilts. She’s currently learning the of making videos and all the skills that comes with it such as photography, sound editing etc. She really wants to spend her time quilting. Karen hopes to enjoy the great outdoors on her motorcycle during the beautiful summer months.
Karen has been quilting for 6 years and is a member of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild along with the tiny Burlington Quilt Guild. ‘I feel quite blessed to be around such generous people.’
I love how all of the different blocks come together to make a stunning quilt. The bright colours on the white background make it pop.
Quilt name: Long Time Gone
Finished size: 84″ x 84″
Pieced by: Karen
Quilted by: Karen
Why did you choose this pattern? How long did it take to make this quilt? Where did you get the pattern? Fabric?
After QuiltCon 2017, I came home ready to make quilts. In my social media feed I saw GnomeAngel was starting a quilt-a-long for this Jen Kingwell pattern. It started simple but turned into a blistering 20 weeks…I think I fell back in the pack around week ten but I did manage to finish and assemble all the blocks by Aug 31. It took another 8 months before a put the borders on, long-armed and bound it. All fabrics came from my stash of fat quarters and scraps.
Why do you quilt? What do you like most about it? What do you like least about it?
I love colour. I also love the math. So the planning phase is my favourite part. I say I Quilt to stay sane. When I started I was under a ton of stress. Quilting made life better.
Were there special people or circumstances that encouraged you to begin to quilt?
My cousin is a long time quilter. Every Family gathering I would see all the projects, block-of-the-month kits and guild events she was participating in and I longed to be a part of it. Since I started, we see a lot more of each other and she’s become a very important person in my life.
What do you do with your finished quilts?
The majority go to charity of various types. My last four are keepers.
What do you think of Long Time Gone? Tell us in the comments!