Karen Pharr

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Tree Skirt

As I put the skirt around the Christmas Tree I am reminded just how long I have loved stitching.  I made this tree skirt when I was pregnant with my son.  Dustin is now 27, oh my now I feel old.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

How many colors of green?

Do you try out thread colors before you start quilting?

First you have to decide if you want your thread to blend in or enhance your quilt.

Building Quilts

These great quilts were part of the display at the show in Shepherdsvile Ky.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thanksgiving Lace

My Thanksgiving weekend was wonderful. I spent it in Greenville Sc with my daughter and new son-in-law. 
Rather than do any crazy black Friday shopping my Daughter And I visited her favorite pedicure spot and relaxed a bit.  Afterwards she took me to some of her best finds.  Resale Shops. 
My most wonderful find was this bag of vintage lace. I spent all of $3.00. 
My next find was a vintage oversized brown jacket. I plan to use the lace and other fun embellishments to make it fun.  More on that later.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Flying Geese

How do you create your flying greese?
I love to use half square triangles. It gives me the opportunity to mix and match even more fabrics.

Fearless Fabric Painting

I think this is fearless fabric painting at its best. This fabric was painted by Betty Fortner's 5 year old granddaughter. Betty created a great pillow from her fabrics.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Student Work

Awesome How one kool kaliedoscope class at the Myrtle  Beach Quilt Party turned into wonderful bed quilt.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

working on a new door quilt

half paper half fabric, halfway through the process.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Coffee Cake Recipe

Warm and Wonderful Coffee Cake

1 egg
½ Cup Milk
2 Tbs Vegetable Oil
½ Cup Sugar
1 Cup Flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp Salt
½ Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbs Flour
1 Tbs melted Butter
½ Cup Nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease an 8 inch square pan.  Beat egg and milk together and Add oil.  Blend dry ingredients and add to egg mixture.  Mix until well blended.  Pour into greased pan and add topping. Bake 25-35 minutes. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tiny Crazy blocks

My Tiny Crazy Quilts

I had to wait to post these picture.  My Daughters birthday present. 

The two crazy quilt blocks are only 2 inches square.  I did a photo on fabric for the centers.  I found a glass pendant to place the two small pieces in.  Now she can wear her crazy quilt. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Vintage Photo's on Fabric

I have been working with some vintage photo printing on cotton.  Centered the pictures in a Wonky Log Cabin style block. 

My Granny in the Top Photo, Her mother in the center Photo and Granny with siblings on the bottom photo.  

I have added a border and started some embellishing with rust dye lace.  Wonder what else I will do. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Proof Reader

My Little Helper Calli, this time she is proofreading my 
Half Square Triangle Book

 Oops, by the look on her face I think she found a mistake.

Friday, June 8, 2012

In the PInes

Next Up Original Sewing and Quilting Expo Raleigh NC

I designed this cute Wall Hanging using my Half Square Triangle Techniques.  Stage Demo at the Expo.  

See Ya There !!! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waffle Test

Using my Mom's Old waffle iron, I have been testing waffle recipes.  Buttermilk seems to be the Hubby's favorite. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Color Testing

working with some possible new colors of Karen pharr studios textile paints. See anything you like?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Photo Quilt

Making New look old again.
I love this quilt, fun pictures but they are not old, I used a Sepia tone to print them giving them a vintage look.  For fabrics I chose off white, and black w/ cream or tan.  
Printing on fabric is so easy now with prepared printables, load in your inkjet printer and print. 

The quilt design is from my Crazy shuffle book, it has great blocks for replacing prints with Photo's

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tree of Life

Just got this one sewn together.  My tree of Life, pattern and kit are going to Greensboro NC this weekend.
Maybe I will see You there. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cinda's Circles

Come see Cinda's Circle in person at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo this weekend in Worcester, MA.  Just another show or two and it will retire permanently to my Studio Wall.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Our for a ride, the Crazy Quilt stick horse was perfect entertainment while Mom shopped in the booth.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Stained Glass Jacket

Love the way this Came together.  

I painted the fabric with my shimmer paints using my Stained Glass method and my dear friend and wonderful teacher Judy Kessinger created this jacket. 

Check out your chance to create your own from beginning to end at our Retreat. 
Aug 28, 29 &30


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Organizing the Studio

When folding fabric to go on the shelf I use my six inch ruler and wrap the fabric around it. After wrapping, the fabric easily slides off the ruler. I then fold this in half. This creates a perfect size fold to fit on my shelf.

For more studio tips visit my YouTUBE channel