Southern Caribbean and the Panama Canal

November 9-20, 2015

 

Beat the winter blues and take a short break from everyday life. Visit some of the most beautiful ports in the Caribbean

In 2015, I’m returning to the fabulous Caribbean with Quilt Seminars at Sea!  We’ll sail on Holland America Line’s beautiful ms Zuiderdam, round trip out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

We will visit some beautiful ports in the Caribbean, Central and South America; Curacao, Aruba, Cartagena, Colon, Holland America’s award-winning private island, Half Moon Cay.  In addition, you will also be privileged to see one of the world’s greatest engineering marvels with a partial transit of the Panama Canal! It’s an amazing accomplishment and sure to take your breath away. What a great way to take a break from everyday life while enjoying 5-star service and the company of fellow quilters.

There’s something wonderful awaiting you in every port of call, whether it be the diverse wildlife, amazing views or exotic cultures! . Onboard you can take a wide variety of quilt classes taught by myself as well as Gyleen X. Fitzgerald, Kimberly Einmo and Kathy McNeil!

Sewing machines will be provided for your use, and you will also have the chance to purchase a new machine at a great price. Seize the opportunity to perfect your quilting skills and “sewcialize” with other people who share your love of quilting. You may arrive as strangers but you will leave with many new friends!

This trip will sell out fast, so book early! There are a list of quilters interested in booking this trip even before it was organized.   Bring a friend, your spouse or your family – non-quilters are always welcome to join us!  They have many activities to pursue while you are in class!

Nothing better cruisin’ and quiltin’!  For more details, visit Quilt Seminar at Sea’s website or call Amy at 1-866-573-6351.

I’m so excited about this cruise!  As you may remember, I’ve been working with Quilt Seminars at Sea for the past few years and we have gone on some faboulous cruises and fantastic places.

Kim, Amy and I have been working on this cruise for some time and we are very excited to share it with you.  We have some wonderful experiences planned for you. . . . and be sure to bring an empty suitcase!  When you return home, it will be filled with amazing batiks.

The flyer and details about the cruise are below.

(You can also click here to see complete details.)

Space is limited, so I hope you can join us!

Batiks of Bali (Indonesia)Quilt Seminar at Sea

14 Days • January 5 – 19, 2016
Experience Bali’s rich cultural heritage, scenic beauty and exotic wildlife with fellow quilt enthusiasts and award-winning instructor, Karen Combs.
Indonesia Quilt Cruise

Dear quilters and friends,

2016 brings a unique opportunity to experience the fabric haven of Indonesia! This exclusive cruise and tour will sail on Holland America’s ms Volendam and be led by instructor, author and fabric maker, Karen Combs.

Discover the rich traditions of Bali

This 14-day cruise of a lifetime begins and ends in Singapore. Visit the Indonesian ports of Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Probolinggo, Lombok, Komodo Island and overnight on board ship in magical Bali. Tour along the way in ports that will show you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Indonesian fabric industry.

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We will visit the biggest textile market in South East Asia, Tanah Abang Market, on Jakarta. While on Java, we will not only visit traditional markets, but observe the process of making batiks. Once you’ve observed, step in and learn from a batik expert as they guide you through designing and creating your own hand-made batik to bring home! While in Bali, visit the center of Balinese hand-woven fabric, and find the unique Kamben Grinsing (flaming cloth), which villagers believe protect its wearer from evil.

Round out the cruise with a tour to Komodo Island where you can visit the amazing Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat. With lectures, shopping time and surprises along the way, this will be an unforgettable trip of a lifetime! To know the exact schedule and route of the cruise, view the detailed itinerary.

Cruise and learn with Karen Combs

Karen is an internationally known quilter, teacher, author and fabric designer. She is fascinated with optical illusions, these are the subjects of many of her workshops. Designing fabrics for the quilt industry since 2001, Karen is known for her beautiful fabric designs, both batiks and quilting cotton.

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Karen has found a home designing fabrics for Riverwoods Collection for Troy Corporation. During this fantastic cruise, Karen will share information about fabric design, production and some of the secrets of creating batiks.

Best wishes,
Karen Combs
Teacher, Author, Instructor

Amy Ross and Kim Hedges
Group Coordinators
Quilt Seminars at Sea

1-866-573-6351

Schedule of Events

On this unique and exciting itinerary you will automatically be included in all of our fabulous tours and lectures. There is no need to sign up for them along the way! This is not your typical Quilt Seminar at Sea, but instead an exclusive and inclusive look into the fabric industry of Indonesia. Bring a hand-work item from home if you would like to work on a project, but there will be no classes along the way.

You will be included in lectures, special tours on and off the ship, “sewcial” opportunities, special meals, and parties!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016Singapore

Event Name
Welcome & Orientation

Wednesday, January 6, 2016At Sea

Event Name
Learn from Karen: Creative Fabric – Batik Production!

Thursday, January 7, 2016Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Indonesia

Event Name
Included Exclusive Tour: Tanah Abang Market

Friday, January 8, 2016Semarang, Java, Indonesia

Event Name
A Batik Course on Semarang

Saturday, January 9, 2016At Sea

Exclusive on board events for our group, including a private kitchen tour and a backstage tour!

Sunday, January 10, 2016Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia

Enjoy the sights of Probolinggo on your own!

Monday, January 11, 2016Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia, OVERNIGHT

Event Name
Included Tour: Exclusive Tour of Bali Batiks Full Day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia

Enjoy the beautiful island of Bali on your own!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia

Enjoy the sights of Lembar on your own!

Thursday, January 14, 2016Komodo Island, Indonesia

Event Name
Included tour: Komodo Island Trek

Friday, January 15, 2016At Sea

Event Name
Learn from Karen: Creative fabric – Creating cottons for the Quilter!

Saturday, January 16, 2016Surabaya, Indonesia

Enjoy the sights of Surabaya on your own!

Sunday, January 17, 2016At Sea

Autograph & show and tell party!

Monday, January 18, 2016Singapore

Event Name
Included Exclusive Tour: Singapore Lights

Tuesday, January 19, 2016Singapore

Disembark.

Itinerary map

For more details, click here.

I don’t know about you, but I love to piece and quilt.  There is something about “getting in” that creative zone, for me, there is nothing like it.   Well, now I know why!

 

SURPRISING HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUILTING by By  

You know that quilting makes you feel good, but now there’s scientific evidence to back up what you’ve always suspected-not only does quilting make you happy, it’s actually good for your health. Researchers at the University of Glasgow published their findings in the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Health after conducting qualitative research using a local quilting group as their source. The end result? “Quilting seemed to possess some distinct properties for enhancing well-being that would not be replicable through outdoor/physical activity.” In other words, that’s dry research speak for saying quilting gives you a workout you’re not going to find in your local step class.

The biggest perk? When you’re happy and doing something you love, your brain gets saturated with dopamine and serotonin, otherwise known as happy chemicals-especially when you’re doing “meaningful work” using your hands. According to Kelly Lambert, PhD and a member of the neuroscience department at Randolph-Macon College, quilting complements these conditions perfectly.

Get Healthy and a Stunning Quilt

Next on the health benefits list is a decrease in stress levels. Dr. Lambert says quilters “feel a sense of accomplishment that increases your ‘reward chemicals’ and decreases the chemicals related to stress or anxiety.” Of course, lower stress levels are linked to a variety of good things from a lower risk of heart attack and stroke to lower body fat. In a time when stress levels are breaking through the roof for most people, who wouldn’t benefit from a little cultivation of mindfulness?

If you’re more into quantitative proof, a clinical psychologist published research in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing evidence that quilting leads to decreased blood pressure, heart rate and perspiration. Finally, according to Harvard neurologist Marie Pasinski, MD, quilting is a soother for the brain. The Glasgow research echoes these sentiments, with the participants saying that quilting was a (relatively) easy way to embrace creativity, and the use of different colors and textures gave them a “sense of wellbeing.”

Straight from the Source

The Glasgow participants specifically cited, time and again, bright colors and how they elevated their moods-particularly during those dreary British winters. Most of the group also said there was something captivating about quilting and that they got into a flow, much like a runner’s high. It’s relaxing and at least for a little while, their anxieties were put on the back burner. However, quilting also requires problem solving skills, like when new patterns and shapes are required. From newbies to quilt masters, everyone said that at some point they always find a new challenge.

Finally, getting that tangible end result is a built-in reward that offers plenty of satisfaction and the feeling of achievement. During the social aspect of quilting as a group, the women said they felt inspired and all those compliments don’t hurt when it comes to getting a self-esteem boost. Quilting is “uniquely good for you” concluded researchers-a sentiment that’s obvious for quilters, but it’s quite the rush to get a nod from the world of academe (kind of like nailing that tumbling blocks pattern on your first try).

Jillynn Stevens, Ph.D. is a writer with a vast array of subject matter expertise. Along with publishing articles for large and small businesses, she researches, writes and publishes reports on various public policy issues.

Not only does quilting have health benefits, it often takes place in the company of good friends and family.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/8297639

 

I love using my Serendipity gradated fabric line to create intriguing quilts of illusions.  

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I also love seeing quilts other quilters have made using Serendipity.  One of my favorite designs is Cheryl Phillips from Phillips Fiber Arts. She is such a lovely person and  I just love her rulers and her patterns!

Recently, at Quilt Market, we discussed the Serendipity fabric line.  She also fell in love with it.  She has been using it to create some amazing quilts!

Here is one stunning design, Split Ten Sunshine, using two colors of Serendipity and using her uses the Two Piece Ten degree tool.

Here’s a link to the quilt is here. 

 

 

Here’s another quilt using Serendipity, perfect for February or a beautiful spring table runner.

February Diamond Runner

Link is here.
One of my favorite patterns is Cheryl’s Bargello ColorWheel quilt.  In the quilt below, she uses four colors of Serendipity to create a simply stunning quilt.

I’ve been working on a very special cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea!   Details are below, this is going to be a fantastic trip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indonesia: A Quilter’s Dream

January 5-19, 2016 | Sailing Roundtrip from Singapore

with teacher, author & fabric designer Karen Combs

Bali. A dream come true.  Join Karen Combs on board Holland America’s msVolendam for a trip like no other.  Begin and end in the city-state of Singapore and enjoy included tours throughout Indonesia that will inspire and amaze you.

You must use the link below, to see the details about the trip.  Space is very limited, so reserve your spot today!

http://www.quiltcruises.com/cruises/Bali16/

 

The trip of a lifetime begins and ends in Singapore on a 14-day cruise.  Visit the Indonesian ports of Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Probolinggo, Lombok, Komodo Island and overnight on board ship in magical Bali.  Tours along the way in the ports will show you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Indonesian fabric industry.
We will visit the biggest textile market in South East Asia, Tanah Abang Market, on Jakarta.  While on Java, we will not only visit traditional markets, but observe the process of making batiks.  Once you’ve observed, step in and learn from a batik expert as they guide you through designing and creating your own hand-made batik to bring home!  While in Bali, visit the center of Balinese hand-woven fabric, and find the unique Kamben Grinsing (flaming cloth), which villagers believe protect its wearer from evil.
Round out the cruise with a tour to Komodo Island where you can visit the amazing Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat.
With lectures, shopping time and surprises along the way, this will be an unforgettable trip of a lifetime!

 

KAREN COMBS
Karen is an internationally known quilter, teacher, author and fabric designer.  She is fascinated with optical illusions, these are the subjects of many of her workshops.  Designing fabrics for the quilt industry since 2001, Karen is known for her beautiful fabric designs, both batiks and quilting cotton.  She has found a home designing fabrics for Riverwoods Collection for Troy Corporation.During this fantastic cruise, Karen will share information about fabric design, production and some of the secrets of creating batiks.

 

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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.

Calendar

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)

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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