Introducing Karlene Larson: A Back to School Sewer for QM

Several months ago, we announced on Facebook that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project for us. It’s been my pleasure to work with the eight women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you this week during the QM Back to School Party.

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Today I’m pleased to present Karlene Larson from Broadway, North Carolina.


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Karlene Larson

Karlene sewed with Stonehenge Woodland fabrics from Northcott.

Here is Karlene’s finished quilt.

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Frame by Frame made with Stonehenge Fabrics from Northcott. This quilt was made by Karlene Larson from Broadway, North Carolina.


Aren’t the textures yummy? This quilt is a bit different because Fabric #8 is lighter than the others, whereas in most of the other quilts, it was darker.

Karlene penned a few thoughts for QP readers:

It was exciting to sew one of the Back to School quilts and to meet the other team members. We formed a group on Facebook and were able to get to know each other a little and share our experiences.

There was much anticipation as we waited for our surprise fabric packages to arrive. It was such fun to see what each person received.

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All the fabrics were wonderful and I was especially pleased with mine. The colors suited me well with their woodsy tones since I love being outside, walking in the woods. I wanted to start sewing as soon as I opened the package.

Having a short time to make the quilts, it was super to have a pattern that worked up easily and quickly. It was great fun to see each team member’s quilt “come to life.” I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and appreciate being part of the group.

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Working on this quilt and making new friends have given me ideas for how to connect and work together with the friends I miss since my recent move. Even if you can’t be together in person, there remains a camaraderie of sewing and sharing the same project while working together online. You can share everything from fabric choices to the finished quilt.

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I love giving quilts away, and a quickie like this is perfect for that. In fact I already have one done in a scrappy version that some child is sure to love.

bbears Introducing Karlene Larson: A Back to School Sewer for QMThis version uses Berenstain Bears fabrics. The fabrics are scattered over the quilt so you get a scrappy look rather than the diagonal rows.

I would highly recommend you grab some of your favorite fabrics and a few friends and have a sewing day to make this fun, quick and easy quilt. You really can have the quilt done from start to finish in a couple of days.

On behalf of Quiltmaker and Northcott, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Karlene Larson for a job well done. We really appreciate you!



About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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8 Responses to Introducing Karlene Larson: A Back to School Sewer for QM

  1. Karlene says:

    Thanks for all the nice comments. Claudia, sorry we have no Fergusons; however almost all my ancestors came from Norway and I definitely have that Norwegian look and most of us have last names that end in “son”.LOL

    • Cherry Parker says:

      Hi Karlene! I saw he quilt that you made in the QM spotlight (Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks-Spring ’15 and was wondering if you can tell me the fabrics that were used? I hope you get this message! Please reply to

      Thanks! Cherry

  2. Claudia says:

    I can visualize some little person climbing the “Bernstein” stairs. Very fun.

    You look a lot like my grandmother. Are there any Fergusons in your family tree?

  3. Peg Spradlin says:

    I love the fabrics (they read like batiks) and the way you put yours together is beautiful!

  4. charlotte pollard says:

    Very Pretty!!

  5. Terri says:

    Beautiful quilts, Karlene. I was a member of last year’s Back to School team and thoroughly enjoyed the experience just like you did. Gotta love Quiltmaker Magazine and their people!

  6. Lisa says:

    I love the child’s scrappy version. I’d would never have thought to do it scrappy–thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Susan C says:

    Love that scrappy version! It would be a great I-spy quilt for a child! Thanks for the great idea.

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