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"At long last, landscape patterns suitable for the rank beginner with little experience and no self-confidence! (Said with tongue firmly planted in cheek) .... you'll be hooked on this easy, no-template, surface-stitched technique"     Karen Reed / PA

"... it (Layered Curves) has added a new dimension to my work as a fine art quilter. The Accidental Landscape is a practical new skill. It is both fast and marketable as fine art. It promotes creative self expression for artists using fabric for their medium."  Joan / Massachusetts

"... your method allows for much tighter curves in the design and also gives an interesting texture with the topstitching."    Ionne / British Columbia


Wiggles & Waves 
Inspired by the textures, lines and colors found in nature,  Karen shares her love of curved piecing and collage, and how it  led to the creation of her  layered topstitching technique. Wild curves and dramatic angles may look difficult to do, but the process is really easy and quite relaxing! 

So sit back and let Karen inspire you during this presentation on how to use her topstitching technique to create wiggles & waves, twists & twirls, logs & leaves, Accidental Landscapes™ and even waves to wear.

(Powerpoint presentation includes a mini trunk show of 10 to 12 quilts)

oops! My Edges are Showing


Is it straight-stitch appliqué or raw-edge collage? No matter what you call it, the edges of the fabric are bound to fray, but that's OK! From early hand appliqué pieces, up to her current straight-stitch appliqué series, Karen’s presentation will definitely give you some ideas on where to find inspiration and how to deal with those scary edges encountered along the way.  

(Powerpoint presentation includes a mini trunk show of 10 to 12 quilts)



Happy Villages and Accidental Landscapes 

Two totally different techniques with the same fun results! 

Karen shares her two favorite approaches to playing with fabrics: Fabric collage (Happy Villages) and layered/topstitching (Accidental Landscapes). This lighthearted and informative power point presentation will show you how the techniques evolved and will inspire you to try fabric collage or layered/topstitching in your own creations. 

(Powerpoint presentation includes a mini trunk show of 10 to 12 quilts)

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Watch me on (membership required to view)

As a guest of Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims I am demonstrating my Accidental Landscapes and  Happy Villages techniques. Episode 1109

Color Twists and Leaves


Ease in to gentle free-form topstitched curves in this technique and design workshop.  We will make abstract flowers that twist round and round and pairs of Layered Leaves embellished with yarn. Then experiment with different combinations to see which design layouts appeal best to you for making your choice of a wallhanging, table runner, table topper, a bag or the beginnings of a quilt top.

6 hour (one day) Workshop Supply List

3 hour (half day) Workshop Supply List

Book highly recommended:  (Wiggles & Waves $ 25)

Large Logs
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Let’s start with the traditional Log Cabin block and feature a fun image in the center instead of the classic red square. Select a large print and some lights and darks to coordinate with it and you are on your way to building some very sassy blocks with topstitched curves and perky little triangles.

Size of table runner/wallhanging: 13½” x 48”

Five log blocks make a great table runner and four blocks are perfect for a table topper or bag. If you want to make a large quilt bring more fabric and continue making blocks.

6 hour (one day) Workshop Supply List

3 hour (half day) Workshop Supply List

Book highly recommended:  (Wiggles & Waves  $ 25)

Accidental Landscapes COMBO - New for 2019



TWO landscapes in ONE workshop!

Learn how to use Karen's layered topstitching technique to "accidentally" create a beach scene in the morning and then expand on your newly acquired skills to make a mountain views landscape in the afternoon.

These scenes are quick and easy to make, no fuss - just free-form rotary cutting and topstitched edges. Finished sizes vary (approximately 9" x 12" without borders).

Students must come prepared to do BOTH landscapes.

Workshop Supply List  

Book recommended: Accidental Landscapes $21.95

All levels - available as a 6 hour workshop only


Accidental Landscapes ™: Beaches


Here is an introduction to creating landscapes "accidentally" using Karen's layered topstitching technique. These little beach scenes are quick and easy to make, no templates, not fuss - just free form rotary cutting and topstitched edges. Personalize your beach by adding collage details like a dune fence, beach grass, shells, sailboats, beach chairs, umbrellas, lighthouses, photo transfers, etc.  Beach scene measures approximately 8" x 12" (without borders). (Additional pattern fee $ 7)

Workshop Supply List

All Levels ~ available as 

Half Day Workshop (the basic Beach scene is created; collage details will be discussed)

1  Day Workshop (students will have time to add collage details, borders and start quilting - as an option students may choose to use their new skills to create a different landscape in the afternoon instead of finishing their beach scene)  

Fabric Kits are available at $25 and may be reserved for workshop participants  by contacting me by email or phone. 

Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views           

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Here’s another surprisingly simple quilted scene using Karen’s layered topstitching technique. Gentle rolling hills of green fabric strips combine with distant peaks to create peaceful vistas. Include a lake or a field of wildflowers. The variations are endless! (Book highly recommended: Accidental Landscapes $21.95 - see pages 8-13 and 50-51 for workshop)  

Workshop Supply List

Finished Size: approx. 9” x 12” without borders (size varies)

All levels ~ available as:

3 hour: Create one or two Mountain View scenes. Learn how to add Angelina fibers for sparkle.

6 hour: Add borders and quilt your Mountain View scene(s)


Collage Workshop "Happy Villages"

seasidevillage s.jpg (119022 bytes) Explore the freedom of fabric collage! No seams to piece or match, no lines to trace ... Just free form cutting of step and window shapes. Step by step your little village will magically come to life.  Finished size 16 1/2 inch square 

Book highly recommended:  (Happy Villages Book  $ 22)

Workshop Supply List (Full Day)

Technique:  Fabric Collage 

All Levels ~ available as 

1  Day Workshop: Sewing machines are optional for this class. Most students prefer to spend the time leisurely collaging, however for those of you that work quickly, bring your machines for the end of the day  

See more Happy Villages made using this collage method



For Workshop / Lecture Fees and Scheduling

please e-mail or call  +1-860-927-4201

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