A few more stops and we are back in Singapore, after an amazing 2 week “Batiks” cruise!

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Sailing into Singapore at dawn


A few favorite scenes from our trip, before we fly home. . .

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A big thank you to our group for joining us and to Quilt Seminars at Sea for making this amazing tour possible!




A visit to Komodo Island, home of  Komodo Dragons!

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We took school supplies to a local school and were greeted with lots of smiles!

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Our next stops were Lombok and Bali.  Beautiful scene as we sail into Lombok

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Watching a weaving demonstration


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Our welcome party in Bali

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A visit to the Monkey Forest in Ubud

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Sunset and dinner on a beach in Bali


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A beautiful sunrise, our second day in Bali


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A visit to a batik mill, learning about stamped batiks


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And lots of shopping!


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Looks like a painting, but it is a lovely scene at our lunch stop


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Two very full and amazing days in Bali . . .we were blessed with this amazing sunset to send us on our way.






I’ve just returned from our Bali and Batiks quilting cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea.  We had a fantastic time with our group.  Here are a few photos from our trip.

A few scenes from Singapore, before our cruise

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Year of the Dog, we were visiting just a day or so before Chinese New Year.  Decorations everywhere!


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Beautiful street artist!


First stop –  lots of fabric shopping and a lovely lunch!

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Our next stop was a try at canting and beautiful scenery

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We have a additional way for you to order my patterns and templates – The Quilt Exchange!

They can be shipped worldwide or the patterns can be downloaded instantly!

Currently, there are over 30 patterns available, more will be added in the next few weeks.

Here’s a direct link to see the current patterns available:


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. 



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I’ve had a busy summer and fall 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 the with you!

A special thank you to

Music City Quilt Guild in Nashville, Tennessee

The amazing group who traveled with us to Alaska on the Quilt Seminars at Sea Alaska Quilting Cruise

Evergreen Quilt Guild in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Darting Needles Quilt Guild in Appleton, Wisconsin

Capital Area Quilt Guild in East Lansing, Michigan

West Michigan Quilt Guild in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The wonderful students who took classes with me at Quilt Festival  in Houston, Texas


If your guild would like me to visit, I’m currently booking 2019.  Please visit my webpage ahttp://www.karencombs.com/contact.htm and fill out my online contact form. I’ll email a complete teacher’s packet and we can discuss open dates.


My 2018 schedule for the first part 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 happy to give you information.

If I’m not coming to your area, you can always join me in my Craftsy class, we’d love to see you there.

 Here’s a link to the class, with a 50% discount!


February 2018

14-28: Bali and Batiks Quilt Exploration Cruise (wait listed)

Join us for a trip of a lifetime!  An exciting 14 day Quilt Exploration cruise featuring Bali and Batiks!

For complete details, click here.

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



March 2018

7-11: 27th Quilt Show at Farmpark
Kirkland, Ohio

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion


Patchwork Illusions

More Patchwork Illusions

Celtic Pieced Illusions

Ice Crystals

Pick Up Sticks


For complete information, click here.

Contact: Andrea Pasquele      Email: apasquale@lakemetropark.com 




March 27-28: Misty Mountain Quilters Guild
Murphy, North Carolina

Lecture – You Bought That Where?

Workshop – Combing Through Your Scraps

Click here for supply list. 

Contact: Marlene Royse      Email: marleneroyse48@gmail.com

Guild Webpage: Misty Mountain Quilt Guild



April 2018

3-4: Quilting Guild of The Villages
The Villages, Florida

Lecture – You Bought That Where?

Workshops – 

Patchwork Illusions

Click here for supply list

Contact: Ruth Strocchia      Email:  qgotvvp@gmail.com 

Quilt Guild website:  http://www.qgotv.org/



April 18: Lakeside Quilt Guild
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

Workshops – 

Patchwork Illusions

Click here for supply list

Contact: Cheryl Juedes      Email:  TCSHERRYRN@yahoo.com

Guild Webpage:  https://sites.google.com/site/lqghome/ 



June 2018

12-14: Quilters Anonymous
Shoreline, Washington

Lectures – Transparency & Quilts of Illusion

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

Click here for supply list 

Contact: :   Dianna Park grinchygreen@gmail.com



June 21-22: Aspen Quilt Guild
Boulder, Colorado

Lecture – Creating Batiks

Workshop – Transparency

Click here for supply list

Contact Beth Issacs      Email:  beth.w.isaacs@gmail.com

Guild Webpage : http://www.quakingaspenquiltguild.org/


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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