Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Quilted Lizard at Checker Distributor 62 Anniversary Celebration

Checker Distributor 62 Anniversary Open House

Chapter 10

The Quilted Lizard - Karen Eckmeier
Talk about a fun surprise at Checker's Open House.  I got to meet Karen Eckmeier and learn about her books and patterns.  I was only vaguely familiar with Karen's work prior to meeting her.  I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed seeing her quilts and watching her demo.  What a talented woman
The two wall hangings on the bottom of her demo table are examples from her book, Happy Villages.   

I wish this photo was clearer but you can see this is definitely a Happy Village.  My girlfriend Rosemary is in the middle of working on this project from Karen's book.  I can't wait to see how it turns out. 

This book, Happy Villages , is so cool.  They pages are full of great photos and instructions of how to create the village of your dreams.  Although Karen gives the reader guidance on  12 variations (seasonal, international, whimsical, etc) after you begin to learn the process your imagination is the only limit.  Definitely a fun project when you don't want to sew since it is all fusible applique.

Accidental Landscapes is another one of Karen's books. 
Discover the secrets of creating a fabric landscape accidentally using Karen's layering and topstitching technique.

  • You'll find out how to capture the feeling of a scene in simple layers
  • create a landscape based on a favorite photo, postcard, color palette, memory or vacation
  • surprise yourself with lively, exciting compositions
  • adopt the same easy techniques for gorgeous curved borders
My eyes kept going back to this quilt that is featured in Layered Waves.   I really like the free form lines in this "Layered Log Cabin."  First I like colors and that always grabs my eye. I also really like the non-traditional way of doing a traditional pattern. 

Isn't this close up so much fun....see that little guy in the center of the that is fun :) 

 Karen also has a new pattern series that is now available too!

Aren't these patterns just plain fun?  And interesting? And colorful? 

As you can see, my eyes were completely full after leaving Checker's Open House.  I still have more photos but I think I'm going to make a photo album of the photos with descriptions so we can get to the giveaways!!  Everyone loves a fun giveaway, right?



  1. I know several people who have made wall hangings from Karen's Happy Village and Accidental Landscapes books. They looks like they would be fun and easy to make. I've really enjoyed your Checker Chapters, thanks for sharing all the great photos!

  2. Oh Yes we all love giveaways and also love reading all about the different things you have to tell us about :)

  3. It is just amazing how she has come up with all those fun themes and worked off each one.

  4. The accidental landscapes reminds me of Mexico, the way the houses look as if they might slide right into the ocean. My favorite, though, is the layered waves log cabin. What a treat for the eyes! To date, I have not been able to check this book out from the library. I have a rule not to buy until I have thumbed through it first, but I'm feeling a little rebellion building up after seeing her quilt!

  5. I saw the Accidental Landscape for the first time on a trip last spring. Of course the shop was out of the pattern that I liked, and I have never seen them anywhere else. Lovely work.

  6. I really like that wonky log cabin block!

  7. Kelly I am so glad you shared this, I am totally in love with all of it. I love the villiages and landscapes the circles are wonderful and the log cabin idea looks so fun. These book are all on my Christmas list now.

  8. I love the happy villages and the silly snowmen the best, but all of them are fabulous! How creative some people are!


  9. I have her accidental landscapes book, it's great! It's only a matter of time before I get the Happy Villages. SO cute!!

  10. I've enjoyed this series of posts, Kelly. It's always so inspiring to see the creativity of so many talented people. Thanks!

  11. She has some wonderful quilts and patterns, really love the happy houses the most.


  12. The Circle of Friends series is wonderful. You sure find all the great people when you go anywhere Kelly!

  13. As I was reading through your post, I kept thinking 'Oooh, I like that'. Well, I like all of these books. I need to start a Christmas list now.

  14. Sounds like you have had a wonderful time at Checkers lately:) Good for you! Thanks for sharing all of your fun information!

  15. Those Layered Waves look just perfect for those of us that get bored with straight line stitching! And those Flamingoes really ARE Fabulous!! What fun!!!

  16. I should really try a landscape quilt someday....


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