Recently I heard from Rebecca Knauer, from the Cabarrus Quilter’s Guild in Concord, North Carolina.

Last year, they had asked permission to use my Celtic Pieced Illusions book and technique as the basis of their guild’s mystery challenge.  (Would you believe all these Celtic Pieced Illusions quilts are created with just to blocks?!?  To see more about the book, click on the link above.)

I was honored (and more than a little bit thrilled!) they wanted to use my technique and quickly gave my permission.

The guild has been working on their Mystery/Challenge quilts all year and they were displayed this weekend at the guild’s quilt show.

Rebecca wrote me about the show and to share their quilts.  They look fantastic!  I couldn’t wait to share them with you.

Here’s a sneak peek. . . you can see more on my Karen Combs Studio Facebook page. 

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We’ve got an exciting new quilting cruises scheduled for 2018 and 2019.  Can’t wait to share them with you. . . hope you can join us!

 

Alaska 4 Day Overland & 7 Day Quilt Cruise!

August 15 – 26, 2018

2018 Alaska Cruisetour Quilt Cruise

Land + Sea!

This year we will have the special opportunity to add a 4 day land package to the beginning of the trip for a truly in-depth Alaskan experience.

You will travel via motorcoach and the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to see the majesty of Denali National Park and Denali, America’s tallest peak! We’ll then board Holland America Line’s wonderful ship, the ms Noordam, and cruise to popular ports.

There’s something wonderful awaiting you at every destination. You can play tourist, choosing your pleasure whether it be walking, touring, flight-seeing or shopping!

All the ports we visit are right in town, and there is a lot to see within walking distance, including quilt shops in every port!

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

 

 

 

 Hawaii!

February 3-20, 2019

2019 Hawaii Quilt Cruise

Aloha! We are going to the tropical paradise of Hawai`i! We’ll sail on Holland America Line’s beautiful ms Eurodam, roundtrip out of San Diego!

Set sail on a Hawaiian cruise to Kauai, Maui, Oahu and The Big Island of Hawaii, including the active Kilauea Volcano (hopefully she’ll put on a show for us!)

From turtles to stingrays, submarines to snorkeling, there’s something wonderful awaiting you in every port of call.

What a great way to usher in spring and take a break from everyday life while enjoying 5-star service and the company of fellow quilters!

 

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

 

 

I’d love to have you join us!  For more information, click here to visit Quilt Seminars at Sea.    

You can contact Amy at Amy@QuiltCruises.com or call 1-866-573-6351.

 

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Recently I had the nicest email from Dennis Foster.  he is an amazing kite maker and quilter.

He took my New Directions in Tumbling Blocks class on Craftsy. He used the information he learned in class to make this beautiful kite.

I was blown away by this kite and am so happy he shared it with me.

You can see more of Dennis’s kites (and quilts) on a visit he made to the Amherst Quilter’s Guild.

 

CutLoosePress™

I’ve thrilled to have several patterns with Cut Loose Press!

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Block-A-Bye Block a Bye

and several others.

You can see the patterns I’ve designed for them, at their brand new website, by clicking here.

AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL QUILT SHOP

Upcoming Quilting Cruises!

We’ve got some very exciting Quilt Cruises coming up!

 

August 19 – 26, 2017

Alaska 7 Day Quilt Cruise!  (Just a few spots left!)

 

With so much bountiful wildlife and breathtaking scenery, no wonder “The Last Frontier” is the first choice on most cruise lover’s wish lists. There’s something wonderful awaiting you in every port of call:

  • Juneau – In Alaska’s capital, taste salmon baked over an alderwood fire, pan for gold, flight-see the Juneau Ice Field, and visit the Mendenhall glacier.
  • Sitka – Step back to the days of Russian Alaska as you watch lively performances of the New Archangel Dancers and view holy paintings of the Czarists’ days. Plenty of wildlife adventures await!
  • Ketchikan – Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world’s largest collection of totem poles or kayak the colorful waterfront. Visit Creek Street and see Alaska as the early pioneers did.
  • Victoria, B.C. – Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

You can play tourist, choosing your pleasure, whether it be walking, touring, flight-seeing or shopping. All the ports we visit are directly in town, and there is a lot to see within walking distance, including quilt shops in every port.

For complete details, click here.

 

 

 

February 14 – 28, 2018

14 day Quilt Explorations Batiks and Bali cruise!  (Taking Waitlists)

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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.

For complete details, click here

 

I’d love to have you join us!  For more information, click here to visit Quilt Seminars at Sea.  You can contact Amy at Amy@QuiltCruises.com or call 1-866-573-6351.

 

Serendipity Fabric Line!

We’ve re-ordered many colors of my Serendipity fabric and they are now back on the website.  At this point, I’m not sure if the fabric will be re-printed, so don’t wait, grab it while you can!

You can see all available the colors of Serendipity. here on our webstore. 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

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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