This is my quilt studio. There is a porch off to the right. The door is to the right of the log cabin quilt. The view from the window is all woods.
The design wall is where the yellow quilt is hanging. The Stairstep quilt is hanging in the spot where I photograph finished quilts. The ironing board is in the foreground. The cutting table is beyond the sewing machine.
Here is the husband's sofa/my reading spot.
The fabric storage drawers are by Elfa from The Container Store. They are loaded and heavy, but they are holding up great. I got the yarn storage grid at Target. It's open to the back, but adequate for yarn.
My room was never this organized again since the day these photos were taken. There's always lots of cutting, sewing, basting, etc. going on. It's great to have room to play!
If you're a new quilter, take a look at this fun and easy way to make a string quilt. Make your block bigger than your ruler, then trim. Easy, right? Use any size ruler you like. I used a 6" square in this photo. These strips are about 1 1/2" wide but you can vary the widths.
Quiltmaking has been my passion since I was 13 years old. Following a career as an investment portfolio manager and raising two sons, I now enjoy creating quilts full time. I'm inspired by antique quilts, especially ones that contain improvisational elements in their design or construction. I also enjoy the challenge of upcycling, and wrote the book "Quilts from the Selvage Edge" on that topic. (Published by the American Quilter's Society, 2008.) I'm a member of the Empire Quilter's Guild in New York City, and the Modern Connecticut Quilter's Guild.
Visit my blogs: www.selvageblog.blogspot.com and www.karengriskaquilts.blogspot.com.
My quilts have appeared in numerous books, magazines, museum exhibits and quilt shows. See my blogs for details.
When I'm not in the quilt studio, I like spending time with my husband. We enjoy hiking in New England, traveling, photography, eating pizza, and visiting with our two grown sons.
My quilts now reside here:
I love the creative process. My head is filled with quilts that I want to make, and making a quilt generates even more. I've made hundreds of quilts and have never used a pattern. I want to be surprised when I view the finished quilt.
Vintage quilts are a rich source of inspiration for me. I design as I go, working quickly and intuitively. I like to improvise. I often add surprises to my quilts, for example hiding a little ice skate image for the viewer to discover. Each quilt is unique; I never make the same one twice.
I made my first quilt when I was 13 years old, using fabric scraps from making clothing. Thanks to my mom I enjoy sewing, knitting, crochet, and embroidery, but quilting is my favorite.
My quilt studio is filled with fabrics, tools, embellishments, a design wall, music and books. There are windows and a big porch overlooking the woods. And a sofa for visitors.
I also enjoy encouraging other quilters. My patterns offer an easy, no-stress approach to quilting that will delight new and experienced quilters alike.