Featured Artist — Karin McElvein

Karin McElvein lives in Norfolk, Virginia, and spends her free time quilting and golfing.  She is married and has a son, a daughter and four beautiful grandchildren.

Tell me a little about yourself.

I am a transplanted Northerner, having grown up in Massachusetts. I graduated in 1965 from Bates College, located in Lewiston, Maine, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  After getting married, my husband David was a Navy pilot so we traveled a lot. In 1974, when he left the Navy, we returned to Massachusetts for 11 years. I received a Masters in Science from Worcester Polytech in 1982. And in 1985 we moved back to Virginia. I taught high school chemistry for 20 years.  I retired from teaching in 1996 and then worked in David’s company for 12 years. When his business closed in 2008, due to the economy, I began working as the office manager for a small company where I am today.

When did you start making postcards? Why did you join Postmark’d Art?

A member of Virginia Consortium of Quilters introduced me to fabric postcards at one of our quarterly meetings. I just loved them. She gave us the contact information for Postmark’d Art and I asked to join a group. I was set up in a new group, Fabricardart, that had formed and was fortunate to then be asked to join Postmark’d Art. I think I began in round four.

My first postcard was the Cape Henry lighthouse in Virginia Beach. It was published in Bonnie Sabel’s book Positively Postcards: Quilted Keepsakes to Save or Send (That Patchwork Place, 2007).

How do you display your postcards?

I have two photo albums that hold cards in special plastic sheets.  I like to show both the front and the back.  I keep many cards in baskets all over the house.  When I teach a class on fabric postcards, I bring several along for inspiration.

What have been some of your favorite themes?

What I love most about making postcards is the process in coming up with an idea to represent a theme. I also enjoy trying new techniques that I’ve just learned on the small scale.  I loved doing the Element themes. Working on the small scale enabled me to incorporate the techniques into larger pieces later.

Tell me about your other interests.

When I retired from teaching, I decided to take up golf and quilting, both expensive and time consuming. I still battle some days as to what I would rather do when I have free time. I signed up for lessons in both, and I definitely became a better quilter than golfer.  I made a sampler quilt in my first class that I still love. I have made a lot of traditional quilts, both pieced and appliqued, especially baby quilts.

4 thoughts on “Featured Artist — Karin McElvein

  1. Karin, I’m so impressed with your artistic journey. Beautiful pieces and I’m so glad you shared it with us all. XO Jean

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s