Lady K Quilts ~ Karen O’Connor
At International Quilt Festival in Houston last month, the Quilt-Pro booth was really decked out with beautiful quilts! All of these were designed in QPS, of course, and hanging front and center were two stunning sampler style quilts created by Karen O’Connor of Lady K Quilts. All of us here at QPS
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QPS: How long have you been designing quilt patterns
Lady K: I’ve been dabbling in design since 2004. On a professional level, I began designing for shops and for publication in 2015.
QPS: Why did you decide to start designing quilt patterns?
Lady K: Magazine patterns are what brought me to the craft. I looked at what was out there and thought: “I think I can do that!” I lacked confidence for a while, but with the growth of the last year and a half, my confidence has grown too! Publishing patterns in magazines
QPS: What was your inspiration for these two collections?
Lady K: This started out as one collection with 30 blocks! After submitting them to Quilt-Pro Systems, Erica Shockey, Brand Manager for Quilt-Pro Systems, reached out to me sayingQPS loved all 30! She asked me to design 10 more and divide them into two collections. The blocks ranged from traditional to modern which provided an organic division between the two collections.
I would define myself as more of a modern traditionalist. I love taking the simple pure design of traditional blocks and then doing something unexpected with them!
Classic Twist is an ode to traditional design. Mostly traditionally pieced, there is only one block that is well served by EPP. This quilt was designed with the fabrics of Amy Sinibaldi’s Sonata line by Art Gallery Fabrics. The blue background fabric is a from the denim line also by Art Gallery Fabrics. This quilt can be seen in QPS booths all across the country in 2019!
The Fresh Twist collection could be defined as
QPS: Your use of color is fun and fresh! Can you tell our readers what colorways you’re drawn to?
Lady K: I have made a lot of shop samples and I’d tell you my brain is lazy and likes to work in a collection! Classic Twist was perfect for Amy
QPS: Why did you choose QPS for digital designing?
Lady K: Erica is a great representative
QPS: Do you have a favorite part of the process?
Lady K: The rotary cutter tool! I’d used the competition since 2004, but this rotary cutter was a game changer. I discovered that I could load any design and re-imagine it with the rotary cutting tool. This tool helped me develop a more intuitive understanding of block design. I was able to think of the block library as a digital book of patterns that had 100% control overgiving me endless options!
QPS: What new things might be in store for Lady K Quilts?
Lady K: Watch for more social media-based news and events with QPS. It’s a digital world and QPS is at the forefront of that wave. In my studio, watch for sew-
I do hope Karen’s work is as inspiring for you as it is for me. If you would like to follow her, you can find her on Facebook, Instagram
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Classic Twist by Lady K Quilts is a collection of twenty blocks inspired by tradition and classic style. Designed to be pieced quickly and easily, use these blocks to make beautiful quilts that will be a joy to create, use, and display. Use your favorite fabric collection or try using solids to create a more modern look but be confident knowing that these striking blocks will come together effortlessly. Utilize the many options this software offers when it comes to designing projects using Lady K Quilts Classic Twist Blocks.
Fresh Twist is a quilt block collection of twenty blocks that are designed with the modern and edgy quilter in mind. Make a sampler using all twenty blocks or pick and chose to create something unexpected in your quilt design. Use one block to create cool secondary designs that surprise you. Using a mix of traditional and foundation paper piecing, with a skill level ranging from confident beginner to a challenge seeking maker, have fun making eye catching quilts and projects using Lady K Quilts Fresh Twist Collection.