The Southbury Public Library Presents
In the Gloria Cachion Gallery and Brown Room
Karen Eckmeier’s Quilted Wallhangings
Saturday, April 1 – Wednesday, April 26
To welcome Spring for this April show, Karen selected her favorite quilted wallhangings that celebrate the garden and nature. Nature often inspires her work, and she shows the viewer what she feels in lines and colors. Her art is happy and upbeat, concentrating on the positive and whimsical side of life. Kent resident, Karen Eckmeier aka The Quilted Lizard, is an award-winning art quilter, 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.
She uses cotton fabrics, many of which she has hand-painted herself. The techniques she uses to assemble the fabric shapes to create an overall image, range from raw-edge collage, to traditional piecing to her topstitched layered piecing technique, which produces an extra element of texture to the quilted surface. Beads and yarns are often added as embellishments. Free motion quilting with a home sewing machine completes each of the pieces. Her books Accidental Landscapes, Layered Waves, Wearable Waves and Happy Villages describe these techniques in more detail. Karen’s hobby became a business in 2002, when she started designing patterns, writing books and magazine articles, presenting lectures and teaching workshops on the new techniques that she had developed. She teaches nationally and internationally for quilt guilds and quilt symposiums, with her journeys taking her as far as New Zealand on two occasions. Karen’s art quilts have been juried into international shows since 1996 and winning top awards ever since.