I’m thrilled to have been invited to be part of EQ’S (The Electric Quilt Company) Christmas Countdown!  For 15 days for free projects designed by EQ Artists.  Below, you will find a link that will take you to the my “String of Ornaments” project that you can directly download into your EQ Software.


Click the calendar for the FREE EQ7 project download!

A note from Karen:

“I designed a fun optical illusion, perfect for the holidays! Blink and you see strings of Christmas ornaments, blink again and you see a transparent Attic Window design!” -Karen Combs

Download “Strings of Ornaments”

Join us at 4pm Eastern  3pm Central) to listen  live to my chat with Pat Sloan on the American Patchwork & Quilting radio!


Link to the show: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/radio/index.html

You can listen on your computer, subscribe by iTunes (search American Patchwork & Quilting) or download to a player!

Please join us!


Link to Pat’s webpage:   http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/


Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Karen Combs July 204 guest (2)

The final fabric line I debuted at Spring Quilt Market fro Troy’s Riverwoods Collection  is Quilt Trail!  A fabric line inspired by the quilt blocks found on barns around the United States.

It makes a nice day trip to follow a Quilt Barn Trail around the countryside and then, of course, stop at a quilt shop or two!


I wanted to create a fabric collection that captured the beauty of the countryside and the fun of seeing quilt blocks on barns.   The fabric collection features a panel of quilt barn pictures, red and gray barn wood, several basic designs and a collage of all the barns.

The collection is so elegant and user-friendly.  The hand shows only the best fabric has been used in printing this collection.


Here is a quilt made from the Quilt Trail fabric collection:

You can see all the collection here. 

I’m very excited to be a guest on American Patchwork & Quilting Road with Pat Sloan on July 28th at 3pm central time.

Please join us!

Link to Pat’s webpage:   http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/


Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Karen Combs July 204 guest (2)

Also at Spring Quilt Market, I debuted a new flannel design, Quilter’s Crumble!

It is a batik inspired flannel in these yummy colors!


Here’s a close-up of the texture:

The hand of this fabric is like silk, I’m just crazy over this collection!

You can see the entire collection here:


As you can see by the booth, I’m still creating quilts from my gradated fabric line. Serendipity. In fact, we’ve added more colors in just the past few months, link to that blog post is here.

I love working with this fabric! It is so much fun to have the light, medium and dark values on the same color on one fabric.  No more searching for the right light or medium or dark fabrics, it’s all here on one fabric, shading from light to dark and back again from selvage to selvage.


The quilt on the back wall, Candy Drops, is made with 4 colors of Serendipity as well as black and white.  Love the illusion of this quilt!


It is such a fun, fast, yet modern quilt. The pattern is pictured below and can also be seen on our website, link here. 



Also pictured in the booth is my table runner pattern, Diamonds in the Sky. This elegant table runner uses 4 different colors of  Serendipity.  The pattern is pictured below and can also be seen on our website, link here. 



I was only home one day from Tahiti and then it was off to set-up for Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh! As sometimes happens, travel can be difficult and getting to Pittsburgh was.  A quick flight turned into an all day adventure with my bags being delayed for almost two days!

However, I arrived in time to set up the booth and my bags arrived in time for the start of Market.

I loved how my booth turned out!  So colorful and bright!



At Market, I debuted several new fabric collections for Troy Corporations’ Riverwood Collection.  One of them was Celtic Jewels, a new batik fabric collection.  Here’s a look at the collection and some close-ups.




Here’s a quilt, made from Celtic Jewels, from my Celtic Pieced Illusions book. The quilt is beautiful and was pieced and quilted by Stephanie Banik.


You can see all the fabrics in the Celtic Jewels collection here:




The past few months have been very busy, with lots of exciting adventures!

One of the perks of my job is traveling to different locations and teaching my quilting techniques.

In May, I had the opportunity to travel with Quilt Seminars at Sea (quilt seminars at sea ) to Tahiti!  We had a wonderful group and a fabulous time!

I wanted to share our adventure and some of the photos with you.

After flying all night from LA, we arrived at 5am in Papeete, Tahiti. A bit (okay, a lot, I didn’t sleep much on the plane) sleepy, a bit jet lagged, we got off the plane in the early dawn. The sun wasn’t quite up yet. Got through customs and into a van to our hotel for the next few days.

As we walked into the lobby, this beautiful scene was in front of us!


The hotel (Intercontinental Resort Tahiti) has an open air lobby, with a view of Mo’orea, the island in the distance. The sun was just coming up and the scene took our breath away! We knew we had come to a truly beautiful place.

We spent a few days, enjoying the hotel, walking around the grounds, snorkeling in the lagoon and relaxing. Some of our group also came a few days early, to enjoy the hotel and the quilt show in Tahiti.







Soon, it was time to board the Paul Gauguin, our ship for the next week. We would be traveling around several of the islands, holding the quilting classes during the week.

Once on board, we settled into our rooms and before dinner, had a welcome aboard party with our group.

The scenery while sailing around the islands was breath-taking.  At every turn, there was a beautiful scene.



Besides classes together, we also had several other get-togethers. One evening, we had an autograph party, with my fellow teachers Cindy Walter and Karen Kay Buckley, held on the top deck. So much fun to chat with everyone and autograph books.







One of our stops was Bora Bora, even though it rained one morning, we still had a lovely afternoon. We went exploring on the island and snapped this photo while waiting on the tender to take us back to the ship.




One of our favorite stops was the island of Mo’orea. We stayed there overnight, so had time to explore the island, or do some of the shore excursions. (Rick and I went on a Catamaran Sail and Snorkel one morning and it was fantastic. No photos, didn’t want to take my phone and risk dropping it overboard, while sailing.)





We had the opportunity to hold three class, while on the ship. I taught my Transparency class, here are some photos from class.


Nice quilt block, Sue!


I also taught my Quilts of Illusion class and Silk Dyeing class.

On our last evening, we had Show and Tell with everyone. Here are a few of the beautiful silk scarves made during the Silk Dyeing class.




We departed the ship the next morning, ready for a full day of touring, before our evening flight back to the U.S. It was an excellent tour, around the island of Tahiti. Before going to the airport, we had a lovely dinner with everyone. . . one last selfie of Rick and I, at dinner.







Karen Combs is a internationally known quilt teacher, author and fabric designer. Visit her web site at http://www.karencombs.com

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