Karen Styles

Having tried her hand at various crafts including knitting, dressmaking and cross-stitch over the years, Karen very quickly found her calling with patchwork. Those first classes led her to making her own quilts, some of which were prize-winning works. Soon, Karen began to teach techniques and projects at that same local store, buying the retail business some eight years later with her husband, Paul.
Since 2004, Karen has successfully re-shaped her business, specializing in 1800s reproduction fabrics, designing her own collection of traditional-style quilts, and reproducing antique quilts – most notably, her “Mrs. Billings’ Coverlet”, which she has done under license from the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. Today, Karen’s quilt designs, sold under her “Somerset Designs” label, are sold throughout Australia as well as Europe, the US and even South Africa. Many of her designs feature the use of acrylic plastic templates, either as optional companion sets or in some, as integral components of the pattern to help create technically correct and accurately pieced quilts.