3 Artists Every Quilter Should Meet


Add something new to your quilting skill set with these inspiring artists. Each of these instructors enable quilters to enhance their craft and add a variety of techniques that will make you fall in love with quilting all over again! 


Karen Kay Buckley invites you to play in the world of applique.

In 1982, Karen Kay Buckley began quilting as a hobby and immediately sought every quilting class possible to improve her techniques. When a move in 1986 brought the opportunity to open a small quilting shop, her teaching career — and her business — grew by leaps and bounds.

The former teacher and quilt shop owner has now completed over 300 quilts, some of which have been featured on the covers of quilt magazines. Among her many awards, Karen has nine Best of Show awards, including the 2013 AQS Janome Best of Show at Paducah, Kentucky. She is the author of several books, many articles and patterns, and two DVDs. Karen has been featured on several quilting programs and has created a line of products including Perfect Circles™, Perfect Scissors™, Perfect Pins™, and many more.

She has been teaching and lecturing for over 25 years and loves to share her techniques and tips for achieving the best appliqué possible. Join Karen for an unforgettable, non-stop learning experience!

Find out more at karenkaybuckley.com.

Gail Garber adds a little art to your quilts!

Gail Garber’s quilts are characterized by bold geometric designs and colorful flying geese galore. Her style is immediately recognizable because of her talent for combining vivid colors with intricate piecework.

Gail’s geometric star quilts and pictorial quilts have won awards at shows throughout the U.S. and have been featured in publications worldwide. Gail judges quilt shows and conducts workshops and lectures worldwide, while also finding the time to write about her craft. She is the author of three books and more than 100 magazine articles in various publications.

Gail’s classes for novices include instruction in color and composition, introduction to paper piecing, and drafting, drawing, and design. For the experienced quilter, Gail’s classes in design are popular everywhere she travels. She also leads tours for quilters and birdwatchers to exciting, off-the-beaten-path locations.

In her other life, Gail is the Executive Director for Hawks Aloft, a New Mexico conservation organization.

Find out more about her at gailgarber.com.

Karen Eckmeier adds stress-free curves to your quilting world.

Karen Eckmeier, aka the Quilted Lizard, is an award-winning quilter and international teacher, author, and pattern designer. With a background in drawing but no sewing experience, Karen taught herself how to sew in order to make her first quilt. That was 30 years ago and she’s been hooked on fabric ever since.

Nature often inspires her work, and Karen enjoys showing the viewer what she feels in lines and colors. Her art is happy and upbeat, concentrating on the positive and whimsical sides of life, as you can tell from the titles of her books: Happy VillagesAccidental LandscapesLayered Waves, and Wearable Waves. 

Karen’s workshops emphasize her no-stress approach to playing with fabric, whether it be raw-edge collage or her layered/topstitching technique. No matter what, students always go home with an “I can do that” attitude.

Visit Karen at quilted-lizard.com

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At the introductory page of the Blog there is a quilt above these designers that appears to be a Mackintosh rose repeat. How can I find out about what it is?