I’ve been working on this for quite some time and can finally share the news about my new booklet, Lone Star Illusions!

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The Lone Star quilt is something quilters aspire to make.  However, many  don’t want to tackle diamonds.

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I’ve created a way to make a Lone Star design with the simple shapes of squares, rectangles and triangles. When they are sewn together, they look just like a Lone Star made with diamonds. . . . it’s a wonderful illusion and so fun to create!

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Lone Star Illusions contains patterns for 3 beautiful Lone Star designs and each Lone Star design has two sizes.

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I’m so excited to share this book with you and can’t wait to see your own Lone Star Illusion quilts!

For more information and to order, visit here.

(Shop owners wholesale information is located here.)

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I’m so pleased to be a Guest Designer with Banyan Batiks (division of Northcott) and I’m very excited to share  my new fabric line.  It’s been hard to keep it a secret, but I can finally share all the details!

As you know, I love designing gradated fabrics and I love designing batiks.  COLORFALL combines both in a very special way.




COLORFALL shades from light to medium to dark, from selvage to selvage, approximately 14″ per value.  However, COLORFALL does something that is new . . .  . we’ve been able to achieve an actual cut-line on the batik!  Now you will know exactly where to cut it apart to work with each value.




Not only that, we’ve been able to add a texture to the gradation!!!!!  This is something never done on a gradated batik.  I’m so excited we’ve been able to achieve this.

The texture of broken dots in a soft undulating line add a bit of interest and movement to the fabric.  It looks fabulous in a quilt!




I’ve been having a blast creating quilts with this new line and will share more in the future.

Here’s my Magic Cubes pattern created in COLORFALL.  The three values on one piece of fabric made piecing this a breeze.


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COLORFALL will debut at Spring Quilt Market.  I will be there at Market, as well as holding a Schoolhouse and teaching a COLORFALL Take and Teach.

COLORFALL will be shipping to shops in December.  You can see all the colors on the Banyan Batiks webpage by clicking here. 

January 18 – February 2, 2020

New Zealand!


New Zealand

2020 starts out with a fabulous trip Down Under. From kangaroos to kiwis, it’s sure to be an adventure you won’t want to miss!

We will begin our fabulous cruise sailing out of Sydney, Australia under the Harbor Bridge and past the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Our first stop is Fjordland National Park, for a day in stunning Milford Sound! The perfect place for some quilting inspiration! We then travel to Dunedin, the Edindurgh of New Zealand! Similarities to Scotland are very noticeable and a number of restaurants honor the city’s Scottish heritage, featuring items such as haggis, Cullen skink, and whiskey. Our next stop is Akaroa, the gateway to Christchurch. Explore the village and enjoy colonial architecture, art galleries, shopping and cafés.

Next we visit Wellington, the capitol city of New Zealand. See the Wellington Botanic Garden, ride the red Wellington Cable Car (a funicular, really) down to Lambton Quay and give the New Zealand capital a walking tour. And if the countryside looks familiar, that’s because many signature scenes from the “Lord of the Rings” movies were filmed in the area! Then it’s on to Napier, A city of vision, rebuilt in the striking, clean style of art deco af-ter a devastating earthquake in 1931 and reinvented as a center for gourmet food and wines. Our next port of call is Tauranga. Site of fierce Maori wars, Tauranga today is a peaceful city in the heart of kiwifruit-growing country.

Farther afield: Rotorua, with its spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools, the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and nocturnal kiwi houses. We will then head to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, nicknamed the “City of Sails” for the many boats plying the beautiful harbor. We will spend 2 days here, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore this fabulous city!

Our last port of call is Waitangi Bay of Islands!Located at the top of the North Island it is one of New Zealand’s sunniest and most picturesque playgrounds. Swim with dolphins, take in the history and architecture or enjoy the wonderful shopping and dining.


For complete details, visit this link  or call Amy at 866-573-6351

November 10-20, 2019

Panama Canal!


Panama Canal

2019 brings us an exciting opportunity to experience the Panama Canal! We’ll sail on Holland America Line’s beautiful ms Zuiderdam, departing from sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

We will visit some beautiful ports in the Caribbean, Central and South America. 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. This cruise will fill up quickly, since many quilters bring family members with them.

For complete details, visit this link  or call Amy at 866-573-6351



I’m on the road again, starting in January.  My January – April  schedule is below.

If you would like more information about each class, click on the links provided below.

If your guild would like me to come to your guild, I would love to hear from you!

My 2019 schedule is full and 2020 is almost full.  If your guild would like to be considered for the remaining open dates in 2020 or even 2021, please fill out the  online contact form .  


January 2019

8-9: Lake Country Quilt Guild
Mount Dora, Florida


Lecture – Quilts of Illusion


Workshops – 

Chip Out of Every Block

Click here for Supply List


Contact: Pat Alpaugh       Email: palpaugh213@yahoo.com 






February 2019

3-20: Hawaii Quilting Cruise!

Aloha! Join me to the tropical paradise of Hawai`i on this fantastic 17 day quilting cruise!


For complete details, click here.


For more information, call Amy at 866-573-6351 or visit Quilt Seminars at Sea




March 2019

19-20: Gwinnett Quilter’s Guild
McDonough, Georgia


Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

Workshop – Ice Crystals

Click here for supply list


Contact: Gloria Jeld     Email: gfjeld@att.net


Guild Webpage:  http://gwinnettquiltersguild.org



April 2019

1-2: Quilt North
Clifton, New York


Lecture – Quilts of Illusion


Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

Click here for supply list


Contact:  Angela Pachal        Email: angela.pachal@gmail.com 



April 11-13: Quilter’s Guild of Plano
Plano, Texas


Lecture – Quilts of Illusion


Workshops – 

Patchwork Illusions

Click here for supply list


Combing Through Your Scraps

Click here for Supply List


Contact: Jeanne Smith      Email: ymmts2@hotmail.com

Guild Website:  Quilters’ Guild of Plano




So excited to share this news!   Will share my newest collection as soon as I can.

You can see Banyan Batiks beautiful batiks here!


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I’ve recently designed a new 3-D quilt using EPP ( or English Paper Piecing), called  Modern Attic Windows.



English paper piecing is a classic technique that continues to thrill modern day quilters. It is a beloved quilting technique that can be used in so many different kinds of projects.

English paper piecing (commonly called EPP) is the technique of wrapping fabric around a paper piece to stabilize and form a specific shape. 

The fabric is basted around pre-cut paper shapes and then sewn together by hand, usually with a whipstitch or a ladder stitch. After the pieces are all sewn together, the foundation papers and basting stitches are removed. This is a fun and simple way to create complex blocks



I really enjoy this slow stitching process, it’s my go-to hand work when I travel. Thought you’d enjoy seeing the step by step process. Let’s get started picking fabric. Need a light, a dark and some colorful fabrics .


Cutting out the pieces, paper pieces are the ready, loving the look of this quilt already!


Pieces are basted, getting ready to stitch!


Stitching away, this is so much fun!


Blocks are coming together, can’t believe how fast they are to make.


Putting the blocks into rows. . .


Here it is, all finished!!!  My new EPP pattern – Modern Attic Windows! I adored creating this pattern and making this quilt, it was so much fun!

Pattern, papers and optional cutting templates available at Paper Pieces: https://www.paperpieces.com/modern-attic-windows .

Can’t wait to see what you do with yours. To share your creations, be sure to use the #modernatticwindows

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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