Location: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Crooked Stitches (Karen’s work): KarenMarchetti.Blogspot.com
Creative Longarm Quilting (client work): CreativeLongarmQuilting.blogspot.com
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Quilting Experience: Since 2003 Karen expresses her artistry through drawing and painting and finds that quilting on the Gammill is very similar to both – she draws with thread. Karen loves creating and designing her own quilts, and competes as much as possible. She loves anything and everything creative. When she’s not stitching you can usually find her doodling away!
Karen pieced her first quilt top in 2003. One scrap of fabric lead to another and two years later she purchased her first Gammill quilting machine and opened Creative Longarm Quilting – turning her hobby into a business. It didn’t take long for longarm quilting to become her true passion as she brought her artistic background to her work, developing her own unique style of custom quilting. Karen entered her first quilt show in 2006 and won Judge’s Choice. Since then, she has won numerous national awards for her personal quilts, as well as client quilts. She quilts samples for the Niemeyers/Quiltworx, Jinny Beyer, as well as RJR Fabrics, just to name a few. She became a Gammill Quilt Artist in 2012, and currently shares the Block Breakdown monthly series. Her work has been seen in several publications, as well as multiple Gammill ads. She has previously appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky. Karen brings a fresh open approach to teaching, encouraging quilters to use their passion to create and increase their skills gently while enjoying their creations the whole way.
Quilting Tips: “Always have FUN and never stop learning. There are no rules, only guidelines — what works for someone else might be totally wrong for you. Find exactly what works for you and make it yours. Stitch on your Gammill as much as you can — use every opportunity to practice and play. Always push your limits and extend beyond your comfort zone, it is what makes you grow as a quilter!”