Welcome to Karen's Quilt Shop & Karen's Bead Shop online--your source for quilting fabrics, hundreds of Jim Shore Heartwood Creek figurines, necessary quilting notions, interesting quilt books and patterns, beads and embellishments! With 2700+ bolts of quilting fabric and more arriving daily, you're sure to find what you need or desire! Shipping out of the Chicago area means low shipping costs wherever you may be.
We have lots of gift-type items as well for the quilter or art lover in your world.We add new items weekly, so check us out OFTEN! Better yet, add your name to our e-mail list so we can keep you up-to-the-minute on new additions.
Paul & I (with sometimes a little help from family & friends) also vend Quilt Shows around the country. You can click on our "News" page for a show schedule. E-mail me if you're attending one of the shows and I'll send you a coupon for $$ off to spend at our booth!
You can always reach us at karensquiltshop.com or karensbeadshop.com. Our phone number is: 630-377-5965. Be sure to add your name to our mailing list: click on "WIN" link. You'll not only receive our informative (but never annoying) e-newsletters, but you will automatically be eligible for $25 gift certficate drawing held at the end of each month.
This is our family. Picture was taken on New Year's Eve, 2008, 2 days before PJ's surgery for malignant brain cancer.
We also have a rental condominium in Door County, Wisconsin. If you're in the market for a little vacation or a fun quilting or beading getaway with some friends, e-mail me for more information (email@example.com).
My husband and I are long-time residents of St. Charles, Illinois, a far western Chicago suburb. I have been quilting since the early 1980s, never having learned how to operate a sewing machine until I was an adult! I graduated from Marquette University (Milwaukee, where I grew up) in...let's just say, the early 70s... with a degree in English, and taught junior high and high school English off and on, while raising my family.
We have 2 children: our daughter (another MU graduate) is a Marketing Manager in downtown Chicago (doesn't sew) and lives in Oak Park.
Our 26-year-old son is a 4th year medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City. While taking 2009 off to be treated for a Grade IV brain tumor, he conducted research at Northwestern's Brain Institute laboratory. His MRI's continue to be clear and we are hopeful he will be one of the 2% who survive this cancer. He plans a career in pediatric oncology.
I am an avid quilter and beader, former retail shop owner of QBU Prairie Shop in the western Chicago suburb of Batavia (5 arthritic years later) and I love online shopping!! I am also available for guild lectures and workshops and have designed a number of quilt patterns. My "handle" is the Eclectic Quilter which pretty much describes me--I love art quilts, miniatures, reproductions, crazy quilting--you name it--I've made it and it all interests me, as does the fabric, of course.
Beading is my second passion and I offer kits, books and magazines online. We also take beads with us to the shows we vend.
Feel free to e-mail me with your suggestions and/or what you'd like to experience or find online!! We'll try to accommodate. For now, enjoy your visit! If you're in the Chicago area, please give us a call & come visit us in the western suburban area. We are open by appointment!
You can also find us on Facebook: Karen's Quilt Shop, where you can become a FAN and I hope, will visually share some of your own quilting wonders and works of art!
Meanwhile, thanks for visiting and enjoy touring (and shopping) our online store.
Karen & Paul
He's doing fine, still undergoing chemo, still having clear MRIs.
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Karen's Quilt & Bead Shop
40W514 IL Route 64
Wasco, IL 60183
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