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August 7, 2019
You're Invited to a 2019 Free Motion Quilting Retreat! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Wendy Sheppard and I are joining forces
 to bring you a fun filled 

This September we're motoring off to 
Quilt Town, USA
also known as
Hamilton, Missouri...
The hometown of JC Penny
and the celebrated location of
Missouri Star Quilting Company
and its founder,
everyone's favorite quilting friend,
Jenny Doan.
Karen w/ Jenny -- Missouri Star Academy 2019
My first opportunity to visit MSQC was the Summer of '18.
I was honored to share my passion for FMQ and Aurifil thread during the 2nd Annual Missouri Star Academy.

Visiting this little ...

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March 4, 2019
2019 Free Motion QAL: Part 7 - Simple is Good! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Greetings all - Welcome to Part 7 of the
2019 Free Motion Quilt Along
featuring Lewe the Ewe
fabric panel by World of Susybee..

My dear friend and mentor Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring and I have teamed up to bring you this fun stitching event!

We have amazing sponsors including World of Susybee, Aurifil, Quilters Dream Batting, Hobbs Batting and Creekside Fabrics Quilts and Yarns.

Many thanks to our sponsors!!

Do checkout our Giveaway Post
here ==> QAL Giveaway
If you're just tuning into the QAL it's not too late to join in the fun...

Catch up with these ...

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February 18, 2019
2019 Free Motion QAL: Show and Tell - Some Progress Pics from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Happy President's Day All!

On our "off" week I thought it would be
fun to share a few
Work In Progress pictures
received via Email, Facebook and Instagram

I get all excited when I receive progress pictures.

Honestly !

It makes my day...

I love that each person makes the project their own.

using any machine they have available...
with or without a stitch regulator

Some folks are just getting started...
and some folks had a baby shower deadline so they are DONE !!
(I'll show you more of this one later ;) 
Some folks are working on a longarm...
 Others ...

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January 21, 2019
2019 Free Motion QAL: Part 1 - Lewe Setup, Planning, Basting from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Hello all and welcome to Part I of our 2019 Free Motion Quilt Along (2019FMQAL) featuring the Lewe the Ewe fabric panel by World of Susybee

I've teamed up with my dear friend Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring for this fun quilting adventure. 

We're really excited to have ya'll on board.  Thank you for joining us. 

If you missed the 2019 FMQAL Announcement posts you can find them by clicking the links below. 

These posts outline Fabric & Notion Supplies necessary for the QAL.

As mentioned in the announcement we ...

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January 9, 2019
2019 Free Motion Quilt Along: Lewe the Ewe from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Greetings fellow quilters  --  Happy 2019! 

I hope you had a joyous Holiday Season.

I'm excited to share that I've teamed up with my long time Free Motion Quilting mentor and blogging friend Wendy Sheppard for a 2019 Free Motion Quilt Along.    
It's like a dream come true!  

You see I've stalked followed Wendy for years and years -- getting inspired by and learning from her quilting projects and tutorials -- taking her lead to purchase and use Aurifil thread -- being encouraged to quilt out of my comfort zone...  
Wendy says "put some McTavishing on it Karen"
 -- being tutored ...

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February 2, 2018
We have a Winner! Actually 2 Winners - The Subtle Tree... from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Many, many thanks for all of your sweet and encouraging words about 
The Subtle Tree...
The Subtle Tree was a joy to create -- and I'm honored to share fun new projects with you.  

I look forward to seeing anything you create inspired by The Subtle Tree.
In case you missed it you can:
view the video tutorial on You Tube here.
view, print or download the Supply List & Aurifil announcement here.
read my introductory post here. 

Be sure to tag me and hastag #thesubtletree #threadmatters and #thesubtlesampler if you share a project inspired by
The Subtle Tree. 
I would ...

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January 24, 2018
A Bit of Subtle and a Giveaway to Lift your Seasonal Blues from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Welcome - welcome Quilty Friends!
I'm excited to guest post on the
Aurifil Blog today sharing
a free project & tutorial:
~ The Subtle Tree ~
an 11" x 13" mini quilt.
The Subtle Tree is an exercise in thread painting, machine applique, and free motion quilting on a home sewing machine using my debut Aurifil Designer thread collection,
The Subtle Sampler.
Summer Heat or Winter Blues
have you down ?

The Subtle Tree can be stitched in a weekend and will brighten most any decor.
The tutorial video (below) will take you through the steps necessary to
Subtle Tree.

Be ...

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December 9, 2017
Sneak Peek - The Subtle Tree and Where's the Winner? from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Greetings fellow quilters and thanks so much for stopping by.   

Since the official Aurifil announcement of my debut thread collection,
The Subtle Sampler,
I've been busy creating new ways for YOU to use this marvelous sampling of threads.    

Here's a sneak peek at my current project, The Subtle Tree: Winter...
 I'm having so much fun coloring & quilting with The Subtle Sampler!
An upcoming *free* project,
The Subtle Tree: Winter,
will help you feel more comfortable with Free Motion Quilting.
We'll do some simple, yet effective thread painting, add in a little swirly free motion background AND ...

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November 4, 2017
The Subtle Sampler - Dreams Really Do Come True from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

...and I couldn't be more excited. 

I've been using and bragging about my love of Aurifil thread for nearly 5 YEARS!  

One project after another has been successfully pieced, appliqued, and machine quilted using this amazingly strong, colorful and versatile thread.

Remember these sweet little bird pillows? 
They were one of my earliest projects using Aurifil thread. (July, 2013)

On suggestion from my dear quilty mentor Wendy Sheppard, I used Aurifil 50wt to quilt the pillows on my home machine, McTavish style.   
That's all it took -- they turned out wonderfully and I was SOLD on Aurifil ...

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