About Me


I'm Karen, 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! 
June 2016
August 2014
My hubby and I are so fortunate to have two wonderful sons who make us proud everyday.   Our German Shorthair Pointers kept us entertained since adopting them into our family in 2002. They passed away in September 2015 and July 2016 and are deeply missed. 



I learned how to sew 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!

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?  


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.   More recently 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 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!

As one of the2017FAL International Hosts, I wrote THIS POST  if you want to learn even more about me and my quilting journey! Karen