Celtic Pieced Illusions

If you love Celtic designs, but would rather piece than applique your Celtic designs, then this is the book for you! With only two simple blocks, unlimited Celtic designs are possible.

In the book, I share piecing tips, show design possibilities and show how to use color to add the illusion of transparency to the quilts. The book  also contains design information to help you create your own, unique Celtic Pieced Illusions quilt, fabric selection tips, complete sewing information and full color diagrams for 14 quilts.  If you would like to peak inside the book, click here.

This book will not be reprinted and I have purchased the remaining stock of this book. If you have thought about getting this book, this is the time. When the remaining stock is gone, the book will be out-of-print.

Don’t forget, this makes a perfect gift! If you have a friend who loves Celtic designs, they will love this book.. Don’t miss out, order your book today, while supplies last!  You can order the book on our webpage at our online store.

 

Video: Celtic Pieced Illusions

Want to see a little more from the book?  Let me show you some illusion tricks and piecing tips.Click here to view the online video clip. 

 

 

I’ve had a busy winter and spring, visiting many quilt guilds, shops and shows.  Thank you for inviting me to teach and lecture for you.  I truly appreciate it and it was a blast to be with you!

A special thank you to

  • Friendship Quilters in Athens, Alabama
  • All the students who were in my classes at the AQS Quiltweek in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Island Quilters in Foley, Alabama
  • Hall Country Quilt Guild in Flowery Branch, Georgia
  • Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Cumming, Georgia
  • Batting Brigard Quilt Guild in Florence, Alabama
  • New Mexico Quilter’s Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Patchers at the Lake in Muskegon, Michigan
  • Somewhere Sewing in Millersburg, Ohio
  • Lone Star Quilt Shop in Mt. Hope, Ohio

 

 

Some recent travels:  Fairhope, Alabama  (We spent a few days there, celebrating our anniversary in March)

 

 

A few images to my visit to New Mexico (lovely visit with the New Mexico Quilter’s Association!)

 

A beautiful morning at the AQS Quilt Week in Daytona

 

 

My 2017 schedule for the rest of the year is listed below. (My complete schedule for the next few years is located on my webpage, here. )  If you live in these areas and want to attend a class, be sure to contact the email listed with each listing. The program person will be glad to give you class information.

If I’m not coming to your area, you can always join my in my Craftsy class, we’d love to have you! Here’s a link to the class, with a 50% discount!

 

Program chairs – My 2017 is full.  I have a little room left in 2018 and am now booking 2019.  I’d love to come to your guild!   If you would like me to visit your guild, please complete the online contact form .  I will send you a complete information packet and we can look at open dates.

 

August 2017

1-3: Music City Quilt Guild
Nashville, Tennessee

Lecture – Transparency

Workshop – Color and Texture for Quilters

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Workshop – Christmas Cube

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Workshop – IceCrystals

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Contact: Susie Cole     Email: sewsusieque@gmail.com 

 

 

August 19-26: Alaska Quilting Cruise
Sailing from Seattle to Alaska

 

One of my favorite quilting destinations is Alaska. Amazing scenery and did I mention there is a quilt shop in EVERY port!?!   

I’m looking forward to returning to Alaska again in 2017.  

Join us for a special seven day cruise round trip from Seattle aboard Holland America’s wonderful Vista Class ship: the ms Eurodam.  

 

For more details, visit Quilts Seminars at Sea.

 

 

September 2017

 

13: Evergreen Quilt Guild
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Lecture – Transparency

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Contact:  Tracy Reeb        Email: tracyreeb@gmail.com 

 

 

 

14-15: Darting Needles Quilt Guild
Appleton, Wisconsin

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

 

Workshops – 

Patchwork Illusions

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 Ice Crystals

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Contact:  Carrie Cook      Email: cookbook@new.rr.com

 

 

 

21-23: Capital Area Quilt Guild
East Lansing, Michigan

Lecture –  Quilts of Illusion

Workshops – 

Celtic Illusions

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Chip Out of Every Block

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Contact: Julia Oliver       Email:  ProgramChair@CapitolCityQuiltGuild.org  

 

 

 26-27: West Michigan Quilt Guild
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

 

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Workshop – Crystal Star

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Contact:  Brenda Bremer      Email:   Tbwbremer@yahoo.com

Guild Website:  www.WMQG.org 

 

 

October 2017

 

27-30: Quilt Market
Houston, Texas

 

Trade Show for Shop Owners

Information available here.

 

 

31-2: Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas

 

Workshops:

Patchwork Illusions

Ice Crystals

Chip Out of Every Block

 

More details available by clicking here.

Class registration is open soon!

 

We’ve decided to make some of our patterns downloadable!  We’ve started with a few and will be adding more very soon.

Please visit my Etsy Shop to see all the current downloadable patterns by clicking the link below.

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If you are a member on Etsy, please “favor” my Etsy Shop, follow it and follow me.    I would appreciate it so much.

Thank to all for your support!

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Well, this is just as exciting as it can be, in 2018, Kathy McNeil and I will be teaching on a cruise around the islands of Tahiti with Quilt Seminars at Sea!

More details are below or you can click here for complete details. 

I hope you are able to join us on this fantastic cruise!

Tahiti and Marquesas Quilt Seminar at Sea

14 Days • August 11 – 25, 2018
Surrender to island time as you embark on a luxurious all-inclusive quilting cruise to paradise! Visit enchanting isles and natural wonders with Karen Combs, Kathy McNeil and fellow quilters.

 

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Dear quilters and friends,

2018 brings us back to a much loved destination for two weeks in magical Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands! You’ll be part of a warm group of fun-loving people who share a common interest in quilting. You’ll have the pleasure of making new quilting friends and enjoying “sewcial” activities such as a “Welcome Aboard” party, a Challenge Block contest and a Show & Tell at the “farewell” party. You will also have the opportunity to perfect your quilting skills. There are a variety of classes from which to choose, taught by two of the most renowned instructors in the world of quilting: Karen Combs and Kathy McNeil.

 

 

Luxury cruising at its finest

We’ll sail out of Papeete, Tahiti on the wonderful m/s Paul Gauguin! You’ll discover the joy of sailing on an intimate and ultra-luxurious vessel while enjoying fine dining and the amenities of a 5 star resort. While onboard, this all inclusive cruise experience includes gratuities, beverages including select wines, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water and hot beverages. Your refrigerator is replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water. You will have access to the onboard water sports marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and Zodiacs for dive excursions. You will visit Paul Gauguin’s private beach on Bora Bora and the private islet of Motu Mahana.

 

A uniquely beautiful experience

Natural beauty is on display everywhere you look on this two-week journey through the Marquesas, Tuamotus, and the Society Islands. This itinerary offers plenty of time to explore at your own pace, from the pristine beaches and exceptional diving of the Tuamotu Archipelago to the Marquesas Islands of Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, and Nuku Hiva, all of which are as rich in culture as they are in rugged, natural beauty.

This cruise is the perfect opportunity to share something very special with your spouse, your family or a friend– non-quilters are always welcome to join us and will have many activities to pursue while you are in class.

We hope that you will join us on this sensational cruise!

 

For more details,click here or call Amy or Kim at 866-573-6351.

 

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We had such a great time on our last Batiks of Bali Quilt Exploration cruise that we are going back in 2018!

Kim, Amy and I have been working on this cruise 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.

If you are curious about our cruise in 2016, click here for photos. 

Details about our 2018 cruise are below or you can click here for complete details.

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

 

Batiks of Bali Quilt Exploration Cruise

14 Days • February 14 – 28, 2018
Experience Bali’s rich cultural heritage, scenic beauty and exotic wildlife with fellow quilt enthusiasts and award-winning instructor, Karen Combs.

Dear quilters and friends,

2018 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.

 

Indonesia Quilt Cruise

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.

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 and visit the center of Balinese hand-woven fabric.

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.

 

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For more information, you can click here or contact Amy or Kim at 866-573-6351

 

 

 

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I’m looking forward traveling to many quilt guilds and shows this year!  If you belong to any of these guilds or traveling to any of these shows, please be sure to say hello.  (Here’s my schedule for the first part of 2017. You can see my complete schedule by clicking here.)

February 2017

13: Friendship Quilters
Athens, Alabama

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Contact: Patsy Kobs      Email: pekobs@yahoo.com

 

March 2017

1-4: AQS Quilt Week – Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach, Florida

Workshops

Tumbling Blocks Fun! (3 hour class, perfect for beginners!)

Transparency (3 hour class)

Chip Out of Every Block (3 hour class)

Pick Up Sticks (3 hour class)

Ice Crystals (6 hour class)

Quilts of Illusion – Depth, Perspective and Color (3 hour class)


For class detail, click here. 

Details about AQS Quilt Week – Daytona Beach, click here. 

 

 

15-17: Island Quilters Guild
Foley, Alabama

Workshops – 

Christmas Cube

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Contact: Mary Warfield    Email: warfield@bellsouth.net 

 

 

April 2017

3-4: Hall County Quilt Guild
Flowery Branch, Georgia

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

 

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Contact: Mary Lowery       Email: marylowryga@haoo.com

Guild webpage:  http://www.hcqg.org

 

 

 

5-6: Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Cummings, Georgia

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

 

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Workshop – Crystal Star

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Contact Frances Ziegler Warth      Email:  fzwarth@outlook.com

 

10-11: Batting Brigade
Florence, Alamaba

Lecture – Transparency

Workshop – Transparency

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Contact Anita Haddad     Email:  ah1haddad@earthlink.net

 

 

 

23-24: New Mexico Quilter’s Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Contact:  Kraren Tanner    Email:   ktanner1234@gmail.com 

 

Your area not listed?  I’d love to come visit you!    

If your quilt guild is interesting in having me visit you in 2018 or 2019,  please complete the online contact form .  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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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