Quilt Shop Owner
Pattern & Fabric Designer
A native Oregonian, Karen has been sewing since the age of five. Her mother, Leah, as a professional seamstress, instilled in her daughter the true love of all things fabric! In 1989 she opened an antiques & collectibles shop in a restored building in historic Aurora, Oregon. Karen soon realized she loved fabric more than antiques, and she changed her focus to fabric, quilting & classes. Quilt design soon became a focal point for her business. Creating quilt designs that reflect her personality, and yet appeal to others, is the source of her passion. With over sixty patterns and four Block of the Month programs to her credit, she is the owner of a full blown quilt shop! Having the freedom to do something you love has been the ultimate experience!
In 2007, her business, Speckled Hen Quilts, was designated as a Top Ten Shop in the Fall/Winter Issue of Quilt Sampler Magazine! Always having a true love of reproduction fabrics whether it be 1800’s or 1930’s, & discovering a marvelous old quilt top lost in the midst of a flea market was a true find! To her delight, the quilt was of late twenties, early thirties vintage, and many of the fabrics had never been reproduced! From this one quilt top came three lines of 30’s reproduction fabrics put out by Andover Fabrics, Inc. in 2009 & 2010. To be able to share her love of reproductions in a line of fabrics is exciting! Karen’s newest line, ‘Alphabet Story’ released in February of 2016, was produced by Washington Street Studio.
Karen shares her life with her very supportive husband of almost fifty years, Bob, & resides in Aurora, Oregon. In March of 2011 Karen moved the business to their property which is located just 2 ? blocks off I-5. Husband, Bob & son Andy built the building that now houses her quilt shop, Speckled Hen Quilts. They have two grown sons, Bob Jr. & Andy, and three grandsons, Kai, Colby & Parker.
25455 NE Boones Ferry Road
Aurora, Oregon 97002
Evonne Cook has always been a crafter and began sewing in her 7th grade Home Economics class. Everything changed with her first quilt; the intrigue of cutting up the fabrics & sewing them back together into designs fascinated her. Evonne was a partner in a destination quilt shop before beginning her quilt pattern company, Clothesline Quilts. She loves replicating the feeling you get from the old quilts and treasures the opportunity to sew them with her own hands (and quilting friends, of course). Her quilt patterns concentrate on the vintage designs, traditional and the Civil War era. Her best fabric inspiration is antique quilts and her designs are taken directly from her own collection. With two Civil War series of patterns based on the battles and the generals, she enjoys sharing her stories with groups of quilters and history buffs wherever she finds them. Evonne grew up in Iowa and still lives on the family farm with her husband of over 35 years. She works from this environment where she gets inspiration from the farmland, antique quilts, and her fellow quilters. Visit her website at www.clotheslinequilts.com.