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Show 2007 - From Perfection to Preservation

Featuring: Karen Kay Buckley / Lynn Gorges

Posts On: March 26, 2017


With fifteen Best of Show ribbons to her name, Karen Kay Buckley knows what a judge is looking for when it comes to a perfect quilt. From perfect circles to ovals and stems, Karen shares tips and tricks for taking your work to a whole new level. But wait, there's more. Karen shows her technique for squaring up the perfect block.

Then meet North Carolina Textile Conservator Lynn Gorges, who spends her days preserving textiles for future generations to enjoy.

Show Information

Links to Artists:

Karen Kay Buckley

Lynn Gorges

From Chapter One:

Alex and Ricky learn about fifteen time Best of Show winner Karen Kay Buckley. They learn how she started her quilting career and take a look at some of her quilts.

From Chapter Two:

Karen shares tips and tricks for making perfect circles...every time.

From Chapter Three:

Karen shares tips for making perfect appliqué stems, including an ironing trick to keep the stem laying flat. Karen also demonstrates her snap-together system which allows users to square up a block "perfectly."

From Chapter Four:

TQS visits a North Carolina studio to see what a typical day entails for textile conservator Lynn Gorges, who helps to preserve historical quilts for future generations to enjoy.

After Set:

Karen talks about her new studio as the result of swapping work spaces with her husband. The new studio is a big departure (color and look) from the rest of her home. Karen also talks about her insect collection, which she has gathered over many years. She sees them as art.

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#15 bellmj 2018-02-02 17:16
I was able to spend 3 days with Karen at “The Quilt Academy 2017” in Dallas. AMAZING 3 days, “ thank you so much” for having her on your show. This has given me the inspiration I needed to finish my 2 projects. I have ALL of Karen’s scissors and I LOVE THEM!! I also have found many uses for her large square up ruler!! Oh yes and I LOVE, LOVE the perfect circles, ovals and stems and leaves!!!
#14 Lytle Markham 2017-04-06 17:15
Karen Buckley is an awesome quilter and teacher!
#13 littlestitches 2017-04-05 10:41
Thank you so much for getting Karen on your show.. I am a hand appliquer and hand quilter.. very good information for circles..
#12 TJ Beaver Engers 2017-04-02 08:49
Karen did a workshop at Hill Country Quilt Guild in Texas and her tips and techniques are motivating! Her attitude of you can do this pushes into anode of confidence! I enjoyed your show tremendously!!! Thanks!
#11 appr216 2017-03-31 11:40
Had a class with Karen in Houston and she and Joe are delightful. Her classes are great and really enjoyed seeing her on TQS. Thanks, Judi
#10 Tinilou 2017-03-27 13:00
What a wonderful show, I should say perfect shouldn't I? Circles are my thing and your skill is amazing. Thank you Karen Kay for helping us regular quilters by inventing all your crutches.
#9 racequilt 2017-03-27 09:01
Loved this show. I have had the honor to help "host" Karen while she was teaching at our guild. She is an amazing woman and teacher. Her techniques and tools are awesome. You cannot believe how incredible her quilts are in person. Thank you, TQS, for finally having KKB on your show and sharing her with the world.
#8 eileenkny 2017-03-26 17:41
Karen Kay Buckley is one of my all time idols! Thank you for having her on the program.
#7 Pemela 2017-03-26 16:29
What a wonderful show - I thoroughly enjoyed watching Karen Kaye (I couldn't be without her perfect circles, ovals and scissors) and Lynn Gorges. TQS is the best value membership of anything I have ever purchased in my life, so once again Thank You.
#6 jeanne.whittle 2017-03-26 14:06
I was blessed to take a class at Houston International Quilt Festival by Karen several years ago. It was nice to have a refresher course to watch her techniques. Thank you for having such great shows. Jeanne
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