Quilt Seminars at Sea and I have created a new “Quilt Explorations” cruise, this time we are traveling on a River Cruise!   Starting in Paris and sailing on the river Seine, just a few of our stops include Normandy, Monet’s garden and the charming port town of Honfleur.  History, art, timeless landscapes, stunning architecture and good food fill this itinerary.  

There is already lots of excitement about this cruise, I’m looking forward to sharing it with you!  

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

Paris and Normandy River Cruise Quilt Exploration

7 Days • March 25 – April 1, 2021

Paris always sizzles while Normandy beckons. Experience an unforgettable trip with fellow quilters and renowned instructor, Karen Combs.

Paris and Normandy Quilt Exploration

 Each Quilt Explorations cruise revolves around a specific quilting experience presented exclusively by one quilting expert. Intimate and upscale, these unique cruises help you explore quilting in ways you never imagined.

Dear quilters and friends,

Join Karen Combs for an unforgettable journey as you sail from Paris on the beautiful Seine River. Karen is an internationally known quilter, teacher, author and designer who has been nominated by students for Quilt Teacher of the Year in 1995, 2000 & 2005. Teaching since 1989, she is in high demand as a teacher who encourages her students, makes learning fun and makes the complex easy to understand!

A Unique and Exciting Itinerary

Paris always sizzles while Normandy beckons with its stunning coastline, incredible food and artistic beauty. Monet’s Gardens, Rouen’s Cathedral of Notre Dame and the charming harbor town of Honfleur, will inspire you the same way as they inspired the great Impressionists. For inspiration of a different kind, travel the “Routes des Abbayes,” visiting some of the most magnificent monasteries, and to the unforgettable beaches of Normandy where Allied forces landed during WWII’s D-Day invasion. Relive the grandeur of royalty at Château Malmaison, the former home of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, and at Chateau de Bizy, once referred to as “the Versailles of Normandy.” Blend a passion for the good life with culture, art, architecture and timeless landscapes, and you have Northern France.

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With get-togethers with Karen, shopping time and surprises along the way, this will be an unforgettable trip of a lifetime!

Best wishes and hope to see you soon,

Karen Combs

Amy Ross and Kim Hedges
Group Coordinators
Quilt Seminars at Sea

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

I’m so looking forward to the AQS QuiltWeek Show in Grand Rapids in August.  Grand Rapids is always a wonderful place to visit and the AQS Show is always a treat to see.

You can find sign up information about each class by clicking on the links below. Many of my classes are kitted so you won’t have to worry about finding the perfects fabrics for the class.  See each description and and photo for more details.

Looking forward to the show and to our classes together!

3-D Patchwork Fun: Transforming Tradition

More Patchwork Illusions (6 hour workshop)

Learn all the tricks and tips to creating 3-D patchwork blocks.  You will also learn how to use color to enhance the 3-D effect and how to use different settings to create amazing quilts of illusion!

If you have taken my Patchwork Illusions class, this is a perfect next step!  I will show you how to add 3-D patchwork into your cubes!  It is so much fun and you will be able to make your own 3-D patchwork cube in class.  So many possibilities!

If you haven’t taken my Patchwork Illusions class, no worries, you won’t miss any trick or tip to create your own 3-D Patchwork Cubes!

The class is kitted with the fabric you will need and I will bring  lots of colors so you can select your favorites.

Chip Out of Every Block

Chip out of Every Bock  (6 hour workshop)

Is this chip going in or does it go out?  A fun quilt of illusion and so simple to make, once you know how.  A throw that can grow to any size you wish!  Let Karen show you how easy it is to create an intriguing quilt of illusion! 

This class is kitted with the cube fabric (and I will bring lots of colors for you to pick from), just bring a background fabric and we are all set for the fabrics.  (Supply list will have details.)

Ice Crystals: 3-D Illusions

Ice Crystals (6 hour workshop)

How did you do that?!   This is what your friends will ask after you take this class. Create this truly stunning 3-D quilt  with Karen’s special rotary cutting techniques,  along with tricks and tips.

A perfect class for a quilter with sewing experience.  (This class is kitted with the fabrics you will need to create this beautiful 3-D quilt.   You can add your background once you are home.)

Learn English Paper Piecing: Tumbling Block Fun

Learn EPP with Karen

It’s old, but its brand new! Hexies and English Paper Piecing are all the rage! Why, because this technique is easy, fast, accurate and best of all, portable, perfect for sitting and stitching, no matter where you are.  (This class is kitted with many of the items you will need, including some fabric to get you started.)

Let Karen show you this popular technique while creating an amazing 3-D quilt. Frankly, Karen avoided this kind of piecing for years…until she tried it. Now she’s hooked and it is her “go-to” take along project. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before, we will start at the beginning and learn all the tricks and tips need. CAUTION: You may become addicted!

Transparency in Quilts: Create a Color Illusion

Transparency  (3 hour workshop)

Learn all the secrets to creating the look of transparency in your quilts. Transparency is the use of color to make your quilts look like one color is laying over another. It’s very simple if you know how. After this class, you can amaze your friends and family with your use of color!

Registration is now open and my classes are listed here.

For more information about Grand Rapids Quilt Week, click here. 

I’ve been working on this for quite some time and can finally share the news about my new booklet, Lone Star Illusions!

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The Lone Star quilt is something quilters aspire to make.  However, many  don’t want to tackle diamonds.

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I’ve created a way to make a Lone Star design with the simple shapes of squares, rectangles and triangles. When they are sewn together, they look just like a Lone Star made with diamonds. . . . it’s a wonderful illusion and so fun to create!

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Lone Star Illusions contains patterns for 3 beautiful Lone Star designs and each Lone Star design has two sizes.

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I’m so excited to share this book with you and can’t wait to see your own Lone Star Illusion quilts!

For more information and to order, visit here.

(Shop owners wholesale information is located here.)

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Colorfall SM ad


I’m so pleased to be a Guest Designer with Banyan Batiks (division of Northcott) and I’m very excited to share  my new fabric line.  It’s been hard to keep it a secret, but I can finally share all the details!

As you know, I love designing gradated fabrics and I love designing batiks.  COLORFALL combines both in a very special way.




COLORFALL shades from light to medium to dark, from selvage to selvage, approximately 14″ per value.  However, COLORFALL does something that is new . . .  . we’ve been able to achieve an actual cut-line on the batik!  Now you will know exactly where to cut it apart to work with each value.




Not only that, we’ve been able to add a texture to the gradation!!!!!  This is something never done on a gradated batik.  I’m so excited we’ve been able to achieve this.

The texture of broken dots in a soft undulating line add a bit of interest and movement to the fabric.  It looks fabulous in a quilt!




I’ve been having a blast creating quilts with this new line and will share more in the future.

Here’s my Magic Cubes pattern created in COLORFALL.  The three values on one piece of fabric made piecing this a breeze.


Magic Cubes Colorfall


COLORFALL will debut at Spring Quilt Market.  I will be there at Market, as well as holding a Schoolhouse and teaching a COLORFALL Take and Teach.

COLORFALL will be shipping to shops in December.  You can see all the colors on the Banyan Batiks webpage by clicking here. 

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

Click here for Supply List


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

Click here for supply list


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

Click here for supply list


Combing Through Your Scraps

Click here for Supply List


Contact: Jeanne Smith      Email: ymmts2@hotmail.com

Guild Website:  Quilters’ Guild of Plano




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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