I’ve recently designed a new 3-D quilt using EPP ( or English Paper Piecing), called  Modern Attic Windows.

 

WHAT IS EPP OR ENGLISH PAPER PIECING?

English paper piecing is a classic technique that continues to thrill modern day quilters. It is a beloved quilting technique that can be used in so many different kinds of projects.

English paper piecing (commonly called EPP) is the technique of wrapping fabric around a paper piece to stabilize and form a specific shape. 

The fabric is basted around pre-cut paper shapes and then sewn together by hand, usually with a whipstitch or a ladder stitch. After the pieces are all sewn together, the foundation papers and basting stitches are removed. This is a fun and simple way to create complex blocks

 

 

I really enjoy this slow stitching process, it’s my go-to hand work when I travel. Thought you’d enjoy seeing the step by step process. Let’s get started picking fabric. Need a light, a dark and some colorful fabrics .

 

Cutting out the pieces, paper pieces are the ready, loving the look of this quilt already!

 

Pieces are basted, getting ready to stitch!

 

Stitching away, this is so much fun!

 

Blocks are coming together, can’t believe how fast they are to make.

 

Putting the blocks into rows. . .

 

Here it is, all finished!!!  My new EPP pattern – Modern Attic Windows! I adored creating this pattern and making this quilt, it was so much fun!

Pattern, papers and optional cutting templates available at Paper Pieces: https://www.paperpieces.com/modern-attic-windows .

Can’t wait to see what you do with yours. To share your creations, be sure to use the #modernatticwindows

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I’m on the road during October and November.  My schedule is below.

If you would like more information about each class, click on the links provided below.

October 2018

6-8: Austin Area Quilt Guild
Austin, Texas

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Workshop – Ice Crystals

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Contact: Tomasita Louviere-Ligons    Email: tligons@yahoo.com

Quilt Webpage: https://www.aaqg.org/

 

 

 

November 2018

7-9: International Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas

 

Teaching at 2018  International Quilt Festival!

 

#353 Pick Up Sticks Runner

#412 Ice Crystals

#555 Friday Sampler

 

Class details and registration will be available mid-summer. 

 

Information about Quilt Festival located here

 

 

(I have a few opening in my 2019 schedule and am now booking 2020. If you would like me to come to your guild,  please fill out my online contact form  I will send your guild my teaching packet and we can see if I can fit your guild into my schedule.  Looking forward to hearing from you!)

I’ve just returned from another fantastic quilting cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea, this time to Alaska, along The Inside Passage.

It is really hard to put into words or show with a photo the beauty of Alaska, but here are a few photos from our trip.

 

 

This has to be one of my favorite shots. . . after a morning of thick fog, we were treated to bright blue skies while we cruised along Glacier Bay.

 

For more information about our upcoming quilting cruises with Quilt Seminars at Sea, please visit: Quiltcruises.com or my website at Karencombs.com

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I will be on the road again soon and may be coming to your area!  Here is my schedule for August and September.

If you would like more information about each class, click on the links provided below.

(I have a few opening in my 2019 schedule and am now booking 2020. If you would like me to come to your guild,  please fill out my online contact form  I will send your guild my teaching packet and we can see if I can fit your guild into my schedule.  Looking forward to hearing from you!)

 

August 2018

15-26: Alaska Cruise 

One of my favorite destinations is Alsasa and I’m looking foward to returning again in this cruise.  Even more special, we will be adding a land tour to the beginning of our cruise. (Did I mention quilt shops at every port!?!)

For complete details, click here.

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

 

 

September 2018

12-15: AQS Quilt Week – Paducah
Paducah, Kentucky

19-20: Memphis Cotton Patcher’s Quilt Guild
Memphis, Tennessee

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

 

Workshops – 

Patchwork Illusions

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Contact: Sandra Tucker       Email:  sondratucker@gmail.com

Guild FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/memphiscottonpatchers/

 

 

 

September 2018

27-28: Quilters Unlimited
Chantilly, Virginia

 Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

Workshops – 

Patchwork Illusions

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Contact: Rosemary Ryan      Email:  rosemary.ryan@cox.net

I’m home for a few weeks in-between my teaching trips.

You might wonder what I do when I’m home. . . do I get to piece, quilt and create all day? I would love that, but there is so much to do as a traveling teacher when I’m home.  Working on my webpage, social media updates, working on new quilt designs for patterns, classes or booklets, guild contracts, upcoming class prep (printing handouts, preparing kits), thing like that.

I do sew as much as I can, but more often than not, I’m at my computer.

When I’m home, I do try to take time to enjoy our lovely town in middle Tennessee.

This is taken, looking at our courthouse square.  The sun was starting to set and the clouds were amazing.

I love being able to  visit our local farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. . .

Hope you enjoyed a little peek at my time “at home”. . . .now back to my upcoming class prep.  . . .

 

I had the opportunity to visit the Quaking Aspen Quilt Guild in beautiful Boulder, Colorado in June.  Another amazing quilt guild in a lovely location.

This was the view from our classroom! Just beautiful!

It was a treat to be at their guild meeting. . . they had made comfort quilts for a children’s camp.  Each child attending the camp got their own quilt and matching pillow case.  The lecture location was filled with quilts for the camp and we all got a little teary-eyed, seeing all the quilts and knowing the joy they would bring to each child.

Thank you to Beth (past program chair) for inviting me to teach and lecture for her guild and thank you to Dayna (current program chair) for making my visit so pleasant.  It was a pleasure to be with all of you!

In June, I had a wonderful visit with the Quilters Anonymous Quilt Guild in Shoreline, Washington.

It was a special treat to visit such a beautiful area.  I had an opportunity to walk around near-by Edmonds, Washington,  flowers were everywhere! If you click on my Instagram photo, you can see more photos from my visit.

If you are visiting the area, I highly recommend taking the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston.  It was a lovely trip and round trip was about $8, if you are a walk-on passenger.

The day was clear and the sun was out, I even go a look at Mt Baker and Mt Rainier.  Made the ferry ride even more special

The members of the guild were so much fun and so friendly. . . I felt as if I walked into a room full of friends (which actually what I did!)

Dianna, Patsy, Lorraine and Barbara (joint program chairs) made my visit so special and I had such a wonderful time with the guild.  Thank you to all, I hope to return in the future to your beautiful area.

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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