Our English Paper Piecing Story

In middle school, Karen found out that making your clothes was cheaper than buying them! As she got older, she took every sewing class that she could, eventually learning how to draft her own pattern designs. She spent hours playing with new products, practicing, and learning new techniques that she tried on herself and her friends. Sewing simple clothes evolved into making wedding dresses for friends and family through the years. Sewing is her passion.


Her love for design and the arts continued through high school and college. She went on to attend college where she earned a fine arts degree with an emphasis in Architecture. Her career consisted of running an architecture and interior design company for 25 years while sewing in her spare time. After 25 years in architecture and interior design, she made a pit stop that consisted of owning and operating two bakeries for multiple years. She doesn’t want to elaborate on her baking adventure, so make sure you ask her if you ever meet her in person!


Even though she has had an eventful career, her passion for sewing never left. In her spare time, Karen always had at least one sewing project in progress. While researching a new quilting project, she came across English Paper Piecing. Karen fell in love with the intricacies and designs that could be achieved with the La Passacaglia Quilt. But the decision to start the La Passacaglia came when she found the dedicated community behind the quilt. English Paper Piecing came to Karen naturally, but the fact that it was a social craft, was the perfect fit.


Karen has created and is the sole founder behind TheDIYaddict, an English Paper Piecing Community and product company that offers exclusive kits for beginners, intermediate, and advanced quilters. Recently, she was in the La Passacaglia Quilt event at the International Quilt Festival. You can find her weekly vlogging videos, the community forums, and English Paper Piecing kits on TheDIYaddict.com.


Karen Tripp

View my quilting kits below!

View Our Exclusive Kits

Designed for quilters who love to English Paper or Hand Piece.


The Mischief quilt is chocked full of many different color options to play with, perfect for beginning or intermediate quilters.


The Obsession quilt is laced with beautiful curves that wind gracefully through the pattern. Ideal for fussy cutting.

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