Karen E Overton is known for her humor, gift of gab (quilt related of course) and her style of teaching – giving each student the individual attention, instruction and encouragement needed in a relaxed enjoyable learning atmosphere. From beginners to advanced quilters, it is Karen’s personal goal to inspire & guide her students in their quilting journey.
After making her first “rotary cut” quilt in the late 1990’s, Karen turned around and taught a class of beginner quilters with the joy of sharing her newfound knowledge with others. Always aspiring to learn, that desire quickly translated to her first love of teaching.
Karen’s skill and expertise with a longarm have been recognized by many professionals within the quilting industry, resulting in her work being included in the following publications: Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986 – 2011 by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan & Nancy O’Bryant Puentes; Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts, by RaNae Merrill; and Deb Tucker’s book Hunter’s Star Hidden Treasures. She has also been published in magazines and appeared as an instructor on Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show as well as a guest on Pat Sloan’s Podcast. Karen likes to say that her claim to fame is knowing famous people!
In 2017 Karen became an Island Batik Ambassador and a Certified Instructor with Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. Combining her love of batiks and Deb’s tools, Karen designed and published over 20 quilt patterns under The Quilt Rambler branding before “retiring” from pattern design to return to her first love of teaching.
Karen is a returning teacher with Stitchin Heaven, having taught on a May 2019 Quilting Cruise. She is excited to return to a Stitchin Heaven venue.