Karen Lightman
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  • Memphis, TN
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Help! Newbie distress call!

Started this discussion. Last reply by patbruck Jan 30, 2012. 8 Replies

Hi ladies! I am doing an applique for the first time on my machine..I have only done them by hand so far. So I did the fusion paper thing, ironed my pieces to my fabric and intended to do a satin…Continue


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Tell us about yourself—as much or as little as you like.
Recently decided to throw myself into the world of quilting. I've always loved quilts and this past February decided to take a class.....totally hooked! It's like heroin for me and since that class I have made 4 bed quilts and two baby blankets. I retired from my high paced job as a secretary to take care of my mother and quilting is the only thing I can do that fills the energy levels I was so used to. Taking care of my mother full time lends little time for classes so I am teaching myself via "Google University". Very excited to join My Quilt Place and learn from fellow quilters!
How many quilts have you made?
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
make them
How long have you been a quilter?
3 years
What is your favorite quilting technique?
leaning towards applique
Why do you quilt?
I just love it!
Do you have a website?
http://not yet

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Posted on September 20, 2014 at 7:10am 11 Comments

Is there a way to block all these adds on the blog area??????? 

Quilt number four!

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 4:32am 2 Comments

This is the front of quilt four of my 10 quilts to December challenge.  Its for a friend who is getting married. She loves owls and I added some of her engagement photos.  This is the only photo I have as I worked on it in record time but still had it on the machine the…


Quilt Two!

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 3:30am 4 Comments

Hi quilters!  This is quilt number two of my "ten quilts by December" challenge and I loved working with these colors! Peach is a color I rarely use and now I wonder why?  It's kind of delicious looking. I kept thinking about ice cream and cobbler and all things that are sweet and creamy the whole time I worked on it.  I have the same reaction to Christmas fabrics but there's more Allspice involved..lol.. Anyway, my co-worker has a 1930's theme for her nursery so who better to show up for…


Ten Quilt Challenge- quilt #1

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 5:05am 0 Comments

So friends, I lost my brother Phil this past July. Super sad but at his funeral I got to see a bunch of family I should definitely see more often. My nieces and nephews (Phil had no children) all commented on how much they love the quilts I post on facebook.  I was in the process of designing a quilt for Phil because I knew he was becoming ill....I just didn't make it soon enough.  I guess because I'm a girl I made my sister's quilts and their daughters quilts first intending to get to my…


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At 9:00am on March 23, 2013, Chef Lisa said…

Hi Karen just here to introduce myself and welcome you to MQP. Glad you enjoy the Zebra a few gals here said they were going to Lancaster for the quilt show as one took a picture and sent it to me. It looked great!

Some times we are not sure where to visit on this site but I wanted to let you know that I have a group of gals and I that are doing several different quilts the Blooming Nine and the Jewel Box quilts. We are posting pictures with our choices of fabrics and progress. Carla Walton has done several of the Blooming Nine so she is our administrator. Come on over to view what we are doing at http://myquiltplace.com/group/batik-strip-swap/forum/topics/projects-and-pictures?xg_source=activity.

To do the Jewel Box we have a Batik Strip Swap going on and we are using those strips for the Jewel Box. We just started a Charm Square Swap of either a Batik or 100% cotton at http://myquiltplace.com/group/charm-square-swap?xg_source=activity today to use with our Jewel Box Quilt project. Just come on over to join and then you can decide if you want to swap or just do the quilt projects.

At 12:36am on February 26, 2013, Diane Engdahl said…

I'll have a Easter fq swap coming up soon gf....hope to see you in it... :o)

At 8:02pm on September 25, 2012, Riana Noyes said…

I've done a nice wedding ring quilt for my daughter 7 yr. ago and never got a picture of it. It's still beautiful & used daily. Maybe I should borrow it for a day & get photo.The pattern wasn't as hard as the old-fashioned template one, you do a little bit of strip piecing, and no applique. (But you DO have to sew in those melon-shaped pieces to centers.) Not a beginner's quilt, but definitely worth the learning curve. Maybe I'll do a new one with a tutorial for next yr.'s fair, (or the yr. after). 

At 9:52am on September 19, 2012, Nori Lamphere said…

I'm glad you've found something on my website worth reading!  I really enjoy what I do and am blessed to be able to share it with others.

At 2:34am on September 17, 2012, Sharon Joyner Griffith said…

Hi Karen....do u live in TN?  This is so exciting meeting people who live in your state..

At 3:11pm on August 6, 2012, Gayle Clements said…

Thank you Karen for accepting my friend request.  I look forward to swaps.

At 7:15am on July 13, 2012, localgirl said…

hi Karen, I loved reading your entry on June 5 about "Hoarding".  I've been trying to cleanup my hoarding/packratting of quilting supplies, esp. fabrics, and other crafts.  I need to stop going shopping and go through my STASH, use what I have.  I got into the habit of buying because its a GREAT SALE, GREAT PRICE, and now my closet is overflowing out the door.  I need help, encouragement, advice, etc.  Thank you for your article, love all your quilt creations!

At 8:56am on July 3, 2012, Yvonne said…

beautiful quilts!!!

At 2:07pm on May 31, 2012, Bonnie Sneed said…

Hi, Karen, Thanks for checking out my new websitewww.quiltasdesired.co (soon to be .com) and my Facebook page at Quilt As Desired.  I waited two years to get the website, and I am so excited!  If you are just looking into a brand new website, and you don't have a lot of experience, but want to customize, I got the .co one at Vistaprint.  In one single day, I chose a logo, designed business cards, and got the website up using the same designs.  It is a bit slow to update, but very user friendly and not enormously expensive.  You can try it free for 30 days.  No, I don't work for them or get a kickback :-).  Thanks for commenting on my quilts!  Hope to hear from you again.  I love this website, as well!


At 9:25am on April 11, 2012, Julie Beard said…

Hi Karen, Thanks for your comments about my Craftsy Blocks.  None of my fabrics are scraps.  I've been buying any blue to navy with white and/or cream fabrics I can put my hands on so that I can do these block.  Yes I agree that January and February blocks were very difficult to make.  I however the ones I liked making the most were March.  I love english paper piecing. Quiet a few of my blocks were made using this technique.  I am also currently making a block that uses this technique as well.  Any way thanks for commenting. Julie Beard


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