About Me

I'm Karen, good old flickr and IG (instagram) known as CapitolaQuilter - because I live in Capitola, California, a little beach town with mild weather - the only kind I can handle! 
Selfie 2021

This page I try to update with big life changes.  Every couple of years we attend summer weddings and take a new family photo.  The most recent is pretty special because I got to be the mother of the groom!  Looking forward to updating to include another granddaughter and a two grandsons born 2020/2021/2022.

July 2018
June 2016
August 2014

Our German Shorthair Pointers Chase and Dottie kept us entertained since adopting them into our family in 2002. They passed away in September 2015 and July 2016 and are deeply missed.  In the summer of 2019 we fostered and adopted a GSP fur baby Rudy who you'll see mostly on my instagram feed.  It's a long complicated story, but in 2021, he was rehomed through the GSP Rescue. 
July 2019

Solo Quilt Show 2013

I learned how to sew clothes (not quilts) from my mother and in 4-H as a child. In the late 90’s I made quilts occasionally, taking classes and teaching myself new techniques.  

Things changed in 2009 when I discovered Flickr and the online quilting community. I quickly became an active participant in swaps, bees and blog-hops. In 2011, I became a founding member of The Modern Quilt Guild’s Santa Cruz chapter and joined the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association.  In 2012 I began blogging and here we are!
A mosaic to make Time Stand Still
Attending quilt retreats and participating in guild and online challenges are especially fun.  Collaborative projects and social sewing are also among my favorite things to do.  Collecting fabric is kind of a given, right?  
Stash Storage circa 2013

My design style is ever evolving as I think everyones should but I do love to work from my stash and incorporate scrappiness into my quilts.   Starting in 2014 & 2015 I've enjoyed designing and working further outside the box as an admin of the QDAD Facebook group (quilt design a day) and member of Bee Sewcial broadening into graphic minimalism, Improv Abstraction and beyond.

You may notice that my blog is kind of like my quilting in that perfection is not the goal and a little like my sewing space, kinda messy and not well maintained, haha.  There will probably be poor grammar, misaligned formatting and old links that don't work,   Hope you enjoy despite the flaws and thanks for stopping by! Karen

As one of the Finish A Long International Hosts, I wrote THIS POST  in 2017 if you want to learn even more about me and my quilting journey and previously, I wrote THIS POST in 2014 as part of the Around the World Blog Hop.