Who is Karen Eckmeier?
Karen Eckmeier, aka The Quilted Lizard, is an award-winning 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 over 30 years ago and she’s been hooked on fabric ever since.
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, as you can tell from the titles of her books: Happy Villages, Accidental Landscapes and Wiggles & Waves. Karen’s workshops emphasize her no-stress approach to playing with fabric, whether it be raw-edge collage or her layered/topstitching technique, students always go home with an “I can do that” attitude.