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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!

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May this New Year be the one,

where all your dreams come true,

so with a joyful heart,

put a start to this year anew.

Wishing you and your family a happy and prosperous New Year!

 

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We have a new addition to the Serendipity fabric family – Serendipity Color Wheel!

This collection is a variation on the SERENDIPITY collection.  It uses a similar texture and layout as seen in my SERENDIPITY fabric line.  However, this collection blends beautifully around the color wheel, in a  lovely batik-like texture.

Each fabric features 3 colors in an ombre layout.  Color 1 is 7” wide, Color 2 is 7” wide, Color 3 is 14” wide and then it reverses back again.

There are 8 colors in this collection.  Caribbean, Spring, Sunrise and Mist blend around the color wheel in tints (light colors.) Colors Ocean, Summer, Sunrise and Night blend around the color wheel in shades (dark colors. )

 

TINTS

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Tro-1890/1   Caribbean (tints of blue, blue/green, green)

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Tro-1890/2   Spring  (tints of yellow/green, yellow, yellow/orange)

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Tro-1890/3   Sunrise (tines of orange, red/orange, red)

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Tro-1890/4   Mist (tints of red/violet, violet, blue/violet)

 

 

SHADES

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Tro-1890/5   Ocean (shades of blue, blue/green, green)

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Tro-1890/6   Summer (shades of yellow/green, yellow, yellow/orange)

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Tro-1890/7   Sunset (orange, red/orange, red)

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Tro-1890/8   Night (red/violet, violet, blue/violet)

 

We’ve just added one yard cuts of this beautiful fabric on our webstore, available here.   I can’t wait to create quilts with it!

 

 

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It’s been a fantastic year!  I’ve had the opportunity to cruise around Bali searching for batiks, crossed the equator, traveled to Amsterdam, the UK, Scotland, Norway and Iceland, crossed the Arctic Circle and traveled to many wonderful quilt guilds.

Thank you to the lovely quilters at the guilds below, for inviting me to visit them.  I had a fantastic time with all of you.

  • Friendship Knot Quilter’s Guild of Sarasota, Florida
  • Marble Falls Quilt Guild of Marble Falls, Texas
  • Northern Star Quilters Guild of Somers, New York
  • Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
  • Shawnee Quilters of Southern Illinois of Carbondale, Illinois
  • Threads of Friendship Quilt Guild of Farmington, Missouri
  • Lakeshore Quilt Guild of Henderson, Tennessee
  • Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County of Santa Rosa, California
  • Santa Rosa Quilt Guild of Santa Rosa, California

I also had the opportunity to meet and teach quilters at

  • Quilter’s Destination in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • AQS QuiltWeek in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • International Quilt Festival in Houston,Texas
  • Fall Quilt Market in Houston, Texas
  • Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah

We had such a good time in class, thank you for joining me!

In addition, I’ve had quilts in Keepsake Catalog and created several new fabric collections for Riverwoods Collections: Java Jewels IV, Quilt Trails – Landscape and Serendipity Colorwheel.

It’s been a very  busy, yet fantastic year and I’m lovin’ minute of it!

I’m looking forward to 2017 and wish all of you a very Happy New Year!

 

We’ve just returned from a fantastic quilt cruise with Voyage of the Vikings with  Quilt Seminars at Sea.

During sea days, I taught my Celtic Illusions technique, a Transparency class and a special class: Quilts of Illusion, focused on creating perspective in quilts.

We sailed from Amsterdam, our group joining us there and had port stops in Newcastle in England, South Queensferry (Edinburgh) and Invergordon (Inverness) in Scotland.  3 stops in Iceland and 2 stops in Norway rounded out our trip.

During our time at sea, we had quilt classes, get-togethers, quilt games, sewing time and fun being together.

Some photos from our time in Amsterdam.  While there, we visited museums and enjoyed walking along the canals.

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Our first classes were held once we were on the ship.  We had full classes and excited students from around the world.

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Our first stop was Newcastle-on-Tyne in England. Some of us took a shore excursions to York.

Loved our visit there! Some fantastic sight-seeing and a yummy fish and chips lunch.

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Stops in South Queensferry and Invergordon were our next stop. Rick and I scheduled a tour with a Steve, our Scottish guide.  Outlander fans will recognize some of these locations.

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One of my favorite photos of Rick and I, at  Midhope Castle (Lallybroch to Outlander fans)

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Onward toward Iceland, quilting classes while we sailed.  Iceland is an amazing place.  Many of us took shore excursions while we were at port.  A few photos from this amazing place.

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One of our stops was a geyser just outside Reyjkavik.  I was able to capture a slo-motion video of its eruption.

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After three stops in Iceland, we were ready for more quilt classes and quilting fun!

Next stop, Norway,  more beautiful sights, yummy snacks and wonderful quilting inspiration.

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It was an amazing trip with memories to last a life-time.

So excited to see Keepsake Quilting has my new “Quilt Trails -Landscapes” fabric line and quilt kit in their new catalog!

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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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