I’ve had so much fun creating some new optical illusion quilt patterns.  You can see them below or for more information, you can visit my webpage, located here. 

ICE CRYSTALS

Ice Crystals is an amazing optical illusion and beautiful design!   I love how it looks in my sewing studio!  Perfect for the intermediate quilter, someone who has taken my Patchwork Illusions class or is comfortable with piecing diamonds.  

 

Ice Crystals cover

 

PICK UP STICKS

A beautiful quilt of illusion, so simple to make, once you know how. You can select your 3 favorite colors in light, medium and dark values to create this stunning quilt!

Pick Up Sticks quilt porch

 

Pick Up Sticks cover

 

Patterns available on our webstore, located here. 

 

We’ve been working hard on a big project!

Here it is. . . .   a brand new look for my website!

www.karencombs.com 

Come over and take a look.  :)

One more blog post, from our amazing Batiks and Bali trip with Quilt Seminars at Sea!

After 2 weeks of cruising around Indonesia, seeing amazing sights and buying lots of batiks, it is time to return to Singapore.

We had planned a fun evening tour with our group around Singapore.

We boarded a bus, to take us from our ship to the Marina.

Fun sights on on of the food trucks in Clark Quay

 

Time to board a boat, for a lovely sail around the Mariana.

The Singapore Merlion, by night

Beautiful skyline!

 

 

Our last stop, a fun “Tri-shaw” ride, with our group, around the city. Here we are, all lined up!

One of my favorite photos of Rick and I.

 

Farewell to our fantastic group!  It was a blast to be with you!

Our trip is finished, time to fly home, filled with memories of all the sights we saw and all the new friends we made.  It was a fantastic trip.  A big thank you to all those who joined us for this wonderful journey and for Quilt Seminars at Sea and Troy Corporation/Riverwoods Collection for making it possible!

Ready for a few more photos from our quilting cruise, Batiks and Bali, with Quilt Seminars at Sea?

We had another tour planned with our group.  This time, it was a stop at Komodo Island. . . . the home of Komodo dragons!

 

Beautiful scenery, as we sailed up to the island

 

Yes, that is a Komodo Dragon, a stone one.  Let’s see a real one!

 

Our guide, ready to lead us into the jungle, to see the Komodo Dragons.  The other guide has a forked stick, just in case the dragons get too interested in us.  (Happily, the dragons were happy to just lay in the shade and didn’t pay us much attention.)

 

A few dragons, resting.

This one was a little interested in us!

 

After our tour, it is back to the ship and more beautiful scenery.

(Click here for the last post, part 5)

Our next tour with our group on our Batiks and Bali quilt cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea was Bali!

We had a another very special tour planned with our group.  A visit to a Ikat fabric mill!  It was simply fantastic!

 

Yarn being spun

 

Design for fabric being set-up

 

Fabric design is finished

 

Some of the finished fabric, being used in a slip cover and in clothing

 

Piles of Ikat fabric!  (At a fabric market. . . which one do I choose?)

 

 

more photos from the fabric  market

 

 

 

After all that shopping, its time for a lovely lunch!

Our lunch was at a beautiful resort

 

Beautiful buffet, ready for our group!

 

Such a lovely place for lunch with our group!

After two days in Bali, a perfect way to relax. . . a beautiful sunset.

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Our next port on our Batiks and Bali quilt cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea was Semerang.

We were greeted at the port by dancers.

Boarded our tour bus and had a very special morning!  We spent the morning at a batik mill, learning how the cloth is woven, designed, wax drawn on by hand, or stamped and then dyed.

fabric being woven on loom

designs being drawn by hand

batiks being stamped

fabric, ready to be dyed

 

Our group, trying our hand at using a canting and drawing with wax

bowl of cantings (tool used to put wax on the cloth by hand)

 

beautiful fabrics!

display of fabric, ready for us to purchase

 

 

(Click here for part 3!)

We’ve just returned from a fantastic quilt cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea to Bali!

Our group traveled to Singapore, where we boarded Holland America’s Vista catagory ship, the Volendam. We spent 14 days, sailing around Indonesia, searching for (and buying!) batiks!

We decided to arrive in Singapore a day early and enjoyed walking around Chinatown as well as the Marina.

Sights around Chinatown

 

Merlion of Singapore, Marina Bay area

Beautiful art as we walked around the city

 

After walking around for awhile, it was time to board our ship and sail into our adventure.

After a day of sailing, we arrived at the port of Jakarta.

After leaving the ship, we boarded our tour bus and our first stop was the largest fabric market in Asia! (Floors and floors and floors of fabric!) We “parked” ourselves in the cotton/batik floor.

What do I pick first?

A few members of our group, buying some fabrics

After lots of fabric buying and a lovely lunch, we had one more stop of our tour, a beautiful department store.  We headed to the 3rd floor, which was filled with fabric, clothing and other items. . .  all batiks

Fabric and clothing for sale.  (Love the lamp shades!)

(Click here for part 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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