Karen Styles form Victoria owns and operates Somersett Cottage
Karen Styles' first fabric collection with Marcus Fabrics, VICTORIA PARK, is the culmination of her love affair with patchwork quilts that began around 1994, when she accompanied her mother to a patchwork class at a local shop. 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 underlicense 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. Having exhibited her work in various quilting magazines and at quilt shows around Australia, Karen has acquired a loyal and devoted following. Karen's use of color in her quilts has been lauded as beautifully artistic and even refreshing. Her increasing love for antique English quilts and a connection to her English heritage has also led to her appreciation for a lighter color palette, reminiscent of the florals and stripes of wallpapers and soft furnishings preferred in English homes of days gone by.