Karen Newman Brown
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  • Ottumwa, IA
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UFO's now finished.

Started Apr 8, 2013 0 Replies

Love to sit and practice my handquilting with panels.  Found a couple the other day and turned them into pillows.  I've attached a picture of each!…Continue


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Karen Newman Brown commented on Christine Brown's group UFOs
"Sorry, Mary. I didn't mean to give Riana credit for all your hard work!  I need to keep up more often so I don't get confused!! Have a good day, everyone!!"
Feb 2
Karen Newman Brown commented on Christine Brown's group UFOs
"Riana your UFO look very interesting.  You will have to open it up when your done to view the whole thing!"
Jan 30
Karen Newman Brown commented on Christine Brown's group UFOs
"Elizabeth I love your churn dash.  The centers looks so detailed and I love the  colors. Riana Happy Belated 50th Anniversary!  The pennant is beautiful! Mary I love the tapestry!!!"
Jan 30
Karen Newman Brown commented on Christine Brown's group UFOs
"Dee I like your curtains.  It's always to get those house projects done so you feel like the house is yours..  Congratulations on your Grandson and yet to come Grand daughter."
Jan 30
Karen Newman Brown commented on Christine Brown's group UFOs
"Behind again, so will just do a touch on the last few weeks! Rana I like your practice quilt...anything with a water theme!!!! Dee you must we in your new house with a new sewing room...I will check to see if you have posted it.  I haven't…"
Jan 30
Karen Newman Brown commented on Christine Brown's group UFOs
"Barb, your quilt is going to look like the ocean with those colors!  Excellent shirt shopping!"
Jan 13
Riana Noyes commented on Karen Newman Brown's photo

Winter Fun

"Love the " penny" appliques around the outside."
Jan 11
Karen Newman Brown's photo was featured

Morning Glory Table Runner

Wool applique on linen. Challenge for Guild. Original design.
Jan 11
Karen Newman Brown commented on Christine Brown's group UFOs
"I am always amazed at how creative quilters are with their bits and pieces!  I don't think throwing things away is part of our life style!!!  If we don't want to use it, we will keep sacks of different types of things to pass on…"
Jan 8
Karen Newman Brown commented on Christine Brown's group UFOs
"Nice job, Linda.  I am sure the pets will enjoy the quilts! Mary, feel better soon! Elizabeth, I love your quilt. It is so colorful and cheery!  The stack and Whack added so great interest to the Churn Dash!!! Gail, the quilt is just Army…"
Jan 7
Ginny Andersen commented on Karen Newman Brown's photo

Make a Joyful Noise

"Beautiful panel! Your additions took it to the next level! "
Jan 6
Ginny Andersen commented on Karen Newman Brown's photo

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"Adorable, Karen! Great job with the embroidered details! "
Jan 6
Beth A. North commented on Karen Newman Brown's photo

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"Lots of detail.  Handwork while recuperating."
Jan 5
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Jan 5
Karen Newman Brown commented on Christine Brown's group UFOs
"Thanks everyone!  I appreciate your support and praise.  Hopefully soon I will get my Women of the Bible quilt back from the quilter and I can get it bound and a picture posted.  I am going to keep that one! How did the rest of you…"
Jan 5

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Tell us about yourself—as much or as little as you like.
I have been sewing since I was 11. (Actually, since I was old enough to work the tredle when Mom was sewing!) I made my first quilt in 1980 for my son while I was expecting. It was more of an embroidery project sown together. Since then I have made several quilts for family members. My quilts are to be loved, not displayed. My grandkids and children know when they cover up that grandma loves them and is sending prayers their way.
Now that I am retired I am quilting more for myself, although I still have a list of I wants from the kids and grandkids. I am also looking at buying a long arm. I love quilting in all its forms! I am also getting very interested in the history of quilting and looking forward to traveling to museums and shows.
How many quilts have you made?
I have no idea!
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
Make them and enjoy them!
How long have you been a quilter?
Since 1980
What is your favorite quilting technique?
The one I'm working on.
Why do you quilt?
I love sewing, and making something that shows my love.

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Memorial Weekend Sleepover at Grandma's

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 12:23am 0 Comments

It definitely wasn't a quilting weekend....but just as fun!  3 of my granddaughters descended on Grandpa and I for 2 nights!  Fairy houses, lots of cooking..chocolate chip cookies, bread, muffins, smoothies and lots of time for playing with each other!  They are 3-6 and their conversations are amazing!  While we were making the fairy houses I learned a lot about the world of fairies!  I got caught up on all the fairy names and occupations!  We had to watch the latest Tinker Bell movie before…


Finish projects displayed!

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 1:09pm 2 Comments

I finished binding my first machine quilt and have posted the pictures for those who wanted to see the finished project!  I was very pleased with the way Mom's walker organizer turned out!  The inspiration fabric and cooridnated made all the difference in the world in it's finished look.  Mom at 90 is still quite the coffee drinker, so the print was perfect!  It was so fun making it for her!  It even has a pocket for a traveling coffee mug so she can have her coffee whenever she wants it!…


Successful machine quilting today!

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 10:20pm 3 Comments

I decided to learn machine quilting this year.  Have a book and bought an online course off Craftsy.com.  I began by reading the part of the book about preparing the sandwich.  I was already doing several things wrong even with my hand quilting.  I changed the batting I was using, made sure i ironed everything well including the batting, and spent a good portion of the afternoon making the sandwich.  The book said to pin every 4 inches. Had to get more safety pins but the result was worth…



Posted on March 19, 2013 at 11:33am 1 Comment

My last posting was in June right after I put my parents in a nursing home.  Glad to report that they are doing well and love their new home.  The family home has been sorted and sold and my craft room is finally back to being my craft room.  Was still having trouble getting back to quilting so I set myself a couple of goals for the year.  I want to learn to paper piece and machine quilt.  I live in an area that doesn't have a lot of variety of classes being offered, and I didn't want to…


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At 2:27pm on February 27, 2017, Debbie Cartin said…

Thank you Karen for liking my pinwheel quilt, I think I will leave the buttons off, if I knew that they would only use as a wall hanging then it would be fine, but I do not want to take the chance with whoever buys the quilt

At 3:59pm on October 12, 2016, Mary Moore said…

Thank You Karen,  I need another 50 years to do all the fun projects that tempt me.

At 6:01pm on April 12, 2014, Barbara Hughes said…

Hi Karen, Just took a look at your photos and enjoyed them all. Bags, doll clothes and quilts, all so nice. It's nice to see little ones learning to sew. 

At 7:57am on January 22, 2014, Linda Koller said…

I love your work. Your granddaughter looked like she enjoyed herself making her gingerbread doll. Turned out very cute.

At 5:39pm on January 7, 2014, rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP said…
did i send you this already?


started reading about quilts in native american culture while eating a sandwich :)). and now still rambling around on the net serendipitously following interesting links in all things culturaly historical quilty.

:)) ...gues i should get back to being semi productive. guess my labors out in the freezing cold bundling up my orphan kittens and getting them inside safe in their kennel sorta set me back a bit on kicking this cold thing. oh well. the ice storm didn't develope and neither did the winds and rain or snow. and the kittens are warm and safe whatever happens outside now. next step, try and get them adopted. cross your fingers, toe nails ..whatever i can do this thing. they aren sooooo beautiful. ...and SWEET!! omg! i wish i didn't have to part w them. but i already have four cats, all rescues. :(( i love animals of all kinds and it would be so easy to be that crazy women w fifty dogs, a hundred cats, rescued parrots, horses ---everything but stray humans .. :))
At 1:39pm on January 4, 2014, rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP said…
ok! the passage is open & cleared of debris...looking forward to your missive :))
At 8:42pm on December 12, 2013, rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP said…
more reading -- :)) don't know if i gave you this one before


and the photo of your mom & your grandson is so beautiful. so special. so glad you shared it. my son told me my eldest grdaughter has chosen knitting as a craft subject in her school - kindergarten. my fingers have been itching to teach her some form of needlework. she has expressed interest in my quilts i make for them and the embroidery on one i made for my son years ago. her mother dabbles in knitting. i am an experienced knitter. shame the child has to learn in school instead of at home from mother or grmother. but then ddil is another story. so...i will be putting together a knitting "tool/supply" for my little love.
the sewing on fuzzy bags was halted last weekend by moi. long story. so, working on my rr instead of handmade gifts for my two grandchildren. oh well...they are cery young and there will ne years that gramma ham goes shopping instead of sewing :))

back to my projects...was checking bookmarked links for something and came across the above. thought of you...enjoy
At 3:54pm on December 4, 2013, Mary Moore said…

Of course, silly girl.  I would have asked long ago...but I haven't figured out how.   mary

At 4:26pm on October 26, 2013, Pam riddle said…

Hi Karen; I've never been to FL. sounds like you have lots to do.

At 4:24pm on October 26, 2013, Pam riddle said…

Thank you I'm looking forward to this site and learning from folks.


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