Our Featured Quilter for 2018 is Foothill Quilters member, Karren Lusignan.
Karren began her love of needle crafts as a child.
In her pre-teen years, her aunt taught her to sew.
For many years, she sewed clothes for herself,
including business suits. Her love of needle crafts
has endured over the years. She began quilting in
1999 as a means to combine her love of sewing
with expanding her social network.
Professionally, she was a computer programmer
and analyst for over 30 years. It was not until
retirement that she began exploring her creative side. A trip to the American Quilt Society Quilt Show in 2000, in Paducah, introduced her to art quilting. To develop the skills necessary to produce art quilts, she began taking both quilting classes and art classes,
such as landscape sketching, watercolor and drawing. For the past eight years, she has been taking an intense one week Master Art class from Hollis Chatelain, a world famous art quilter.
Karren is the Director of the Northern California Quilt Council, is on the Board of Foothill Quilters Guild, and, before moving to Auburn, was on the Board of Amador Valley Quilters. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and American Quilt Society, and has belonged to three art quilt groups over the past years. Since living in Auburn, she has displayed her quilts at the Foothill Quilters Guild Quilt Shows and has won ribbons for many of her quilts.