My first quilting experience came at the age of 16 when my very patient Great Aunt Gertie taught me how to make a nine patch quilt by hand. My next quilt did not follow until another 16 years had passed.
After a move from Dartmouth NS to Saskatchewan in 1993, I became involved with the Prairie Hearts Quilters Guild of Moose Jaw. I was involved with the executive for five years and helped to coordinate the program, organize raffle quilts, donation projects, and assisted with quilt shows. In March 2000 I was co-creator and coordinator of the first quilters’ retreat in Moose Jaw.
Although saddened to be leaving my quilting gals, in 2000 I was happy to return home to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I joined Mayflower Quilters Guild and became program coordinator from 2001-2003.
In September 2003, I was instrumental in creating a new guild in Dartmouth; the Mariners Quilt Guild. With five others we set up objectives and regulations, and registered as a non-profit society. The first year I was president, vice president, raffle quilt coordinator, and program coordinator. The guild is quite successful and has reached its top objective of 60 members.
I have taught many workshops, short demonstrations and trunk shows across Canada. Please check out the workshop listings if you are interested in having me teach in your area.
In 2012 I was the Local Organizing Chair of Quilt Canada 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, hosted by the Canadian Quilters Association.
I meet with a small group from various places in Nova Scotia, once a month to share techniques, projects and fiber chat. I have a website called in an effort to share quilt resources of the Atlantic Provinces.
Currently I am a happy empty nester, living with my husband Peter (see riding on his bike all summer long), and my two cats Mikey and Loki.
Teacher of the Year 2008, Canadian Quilters Association St. Johns, Newfoundland
2006 - Pictorial Quilts By Karen Henry, Craig Gallery, Dartmouth NS
2012 - National Juried Show, Quilt Canada in Halifax, NS
2006 - National Juried Show, Quilt Canada in Ottawa
Portrait of Felix Feneon
Walking the Middle Road
2006 - Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener
All My Ducks in A Row
2005 - National Juried Show, Quilt Ontario in Waterloo
A Quiet Conversation
2004 – National Juried Show, Quilt Canada in Winnipeg
1999 – National Juried Show, Quilt Prince Edward Island, in Charlottetown, PEI
Snowbird Pete Henry, 1 Alpha
2010 - Invitational Board Members and Regional Representatives Show, Quilt Canada, Calgary, AB
2008 – Invitational Board Members and Regional Representatives Show, Quilt Canada, St Johns Newfoundland
2006 – Invitational Board Members and Regional Representatives Show, Quilt Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
2006 – Invitational Quilt Show, Maritime Fall Fair, Halifax, NS
2005 – Invitational Quilt Show, Maritime Fall Fair, Halifax NS
2007 – Quilts From the Bell House, Craig Gallery, Dartmouth NS
2007 - Mariners Quilt Guild Show, St Vincent Du Paul Church, Dartmouth, NS
2001 – Comfort and Joy Quilt Show, QE II Building, Halifax NS
1999 – Prairie Hearts Quilt Guild Show, Moose Jaw, Sk
1998 – Spring Festival of Quilts, Melville, Sk
1997 – Prairie Hearts Quilt Guild Show, Moose Jaw, Sk
1996 – Spring Festival of Quilts, Melville, Sk
1995 – Prairie Hearts Quilt Guild Show, Moose Jaw, Sk
2012 – Second Place, Representational Abstract, National Juried Show,
Quilt Canada 2012, Halifax, NS
2009 – Trend Tex Challenge, Second Place, Quilt Ontario, London, ON
2008 - Trend Tex Challenge, First Place Quilt Canada 2008, St Johns Newfoundland "Where we are Bound"
2007 - Trend Tex Challenge, First Place, Quilt British Columbia
Kamloops, British Columbia
‘Fabric on My Palette’
2007 – Viewers Choice, First Place, Mariners Quilt Guild Show
2007 – First Place, Mariners Quilt Guild Challenge
‘Heavenly Bodies, You and I?’
2003 – First Place, Mayflower Quilt Guild Challenge
Autumn 2005 -The Canadian Newsletter
Spring 2006 - The Canadian Newsletter
Spring 2008 - A Needle Pulling Thread