About Karen Brow...
Designer Karen Brow has been sewing and later quilting from age fourteen. She is a graduate of Michigan State University has worked as a professional graphic designer and cartoon illustrator before channeling her energies into quilting and designing unusual patterns.
Her Quilt, "One For The Toad," recently appeared in the June 2010 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts. A feature article about Karen is planned for the June/July Issue of Quilter's Home. She was also featured in "Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks From Today's Top Designers".
Her work has also appeared in "Quilts With Style" and "American Quilt Retailer" magazines and her line of fabrics has graced the front of "The Quilter Magazine."
Her patterns are found regularly in "Keepsake Quilting", "Hancock's of Paducah" and "Nancy's Notions" catalogues, as well as at quilt shops through out the U.S. and Canada and at the major US Quilt Markets.
Karen teaches locally in Southern California and lectures to guilds nationwide. (See the "Upcoming shows" and Calendar & More" pages for upcoming dates and locations.)
"I have a particular love for setting gentle, appliqué curves against the strong lines of pieced blocks, because the sense of movement and the unexpected disruption of an otherwise anticipated pattern repeat. We can use playful, life-size animals or gently twisting vines and the result is dramatic; they just set each other off.
"When all the design elements are working together, another quilter can take my pattern, render it in completely different color schemes, and it still "works.
"I know that quilters glean a lot of information from the pattern photos, so I take extra care to have colors reproduced accurately for covers or electronic media. I try to do something a little different with colors when I first create a quilt. I believe there is a point in fabric selection when those colors will just "SING" and that's what I go for. It's one of quilting's greatest rewards: the harmony of fabrics working together."