January 18 – February 2, 2020

New Zealand!


New Zealand

2020 starts out with a fabulous trip Down Under. From kangaroos to kiwis, it’s sure to be an adventure you won’t want to miss!

We will begin our fabulous cruise sailing out of Sydney, Australia under the Harbor Bridge and past the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Our first stop is Fjordland National Park, for a day in stunning Milford Sound! The perfect place for some quilting inspiration! We then travel to Dunedin, the Edindurgh of New Zealand! Similarities to Scotland are very noticeable and a number of restaurants honor the city’s Scottish heritage, featuring items such as haggis, Cullen skink, and whiskey. Our next stop is Akaroa, the gateway to Christchurch. Explore the village and enjoy colonial architecture, art galleries, shopping and cafés.

Next we visit Wellington, the capitol city of New Zealand. See the Wellington Botanic Garden, ride the red Wellington Cable Car (a funicular, really) down to Lambton Quay and give the New Zealand capital a walking tour. And if the countryside looks familiar, that’s because many signature scenes from the “Lord of the Rings” movies were filmed in the area! Then it’s on to Napier, A city of vision, rebuilt in the striking, clean style of art deco af-ter a devastating earthquake in 1931 and reinvented as a center for gourmet food and wines. Our next port of call is Tauranga. Site of fierce Maori wars, Tauranga today is a peaceful city in the heart of kiwifruit-growing country.

Farther afield: Rotorua, with its spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools, the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and nocturnal kiwi houses. We will then head to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, nicknamed the “City of Sails” for the many boats plying the beautiful harbor. We will spend 2 days here, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore this fabulous city!

Our last port of call is Waitangi Bay of Islands!Located at the top of the North Island it is one of New Zealand’s sunniest and most picturesque playgrounds. Swim with dolphins, take in the history and architecture or enjoy the wonderful shopping and dining.


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


November 10-20, 2019

Panama Canal!


Panama Canal

2019 brings us an exciting opportunity to experience the Panama Canal! We’ll sail on Holland America Line’s beautiful ms Zuiderdam, departing from sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

We will visit some beautiful ports in the Caribbean, Central and South America. You will also be privileged to see one of the world’s greatest engineering marvels with a partial transit of the Panama Canal! It’s an amazing accomplishment and sure to take your breath away. This cruise will fill up quickly, since many quilters bring family members with them.

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



I’m on the road again, starting in January.  My January – April  schedule is below.

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

If your guild would like me to come to your guild, I would love to hear from you!

My 2019 schedule is full and 2020 is almost full.  If your guild would like to be considered for the remaining open dates in 2020 or even 2021, please fill out the  online contact form .  


January 2019

8-9: Lake Country Quilt Guild
Mount Dora, Florida


Lecture – Quilts of Illusion


Workshops – 

Chip Out of Every Block

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Contact: Pat Alpaugh       Email: palpaugh213@yahoo.com 






February 2019

3-20: Hawaii Quilting Cruise!

Aloha! Join me to the tropical paradise of Hawai`i on this fantastic 17 day quilting cruise!


For complete details, click here.


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




March 2019

19-20: Gwinnett Quilter’s Guild
McDonough, Georgia


Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

Workshop – Ice Crystals

Click here for supply list


Contact: Gloria Jeld     Email: gfjeld@att.net


Guild Webpage:  http://gwinnettquiltersguild.org



April 2019

1-2: Quilt North
Clifton, New York


Lecture – Quilts of Illusion


Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Contact:  Angela Pachal        Email: angela.pachal@gmail.com 



April 11-13: Quilter’s Guild of Plano
Plano, Texas


Lecture – Quilts of Illusion


Workshops – 

Patchwork Illusions

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Combing Through Your Scraps

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Contact: Jeanne Smith      Email: ymmts2@hotmail.com

Guild Website:  Quilters’ Guild of Plano




So excited to share this news!   Will share my newest collection as soon as I can.

You can see Banyan Batiks beautiful batiks here!


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



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


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

Click here for supply list


Workshop – Ice Crystals

Click here for supply list


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

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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