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Quilt Market is crazy, but I wanted to take a minute to share the news. We won BEST BOOTH!

The booth was the vision and design of Mark Hordyszynski, he is the designer of our Rock Candy.  He and Diana Mancini, our art department director, worked on the design and created a fantastic booth!

The booth had a tree covered with 3-D leaves. The leaves were made from our designer’s lines (my Gilded Greenery was one of the fabrics in the leaves!)


Tomorrow, I’m headed to Houston, Texas for the International Quilt Market and Festival. It is always an exciting time and I’m looking forward to it!

 I’ll be debuting my new colors for Shade Cascade™: Cardinal, Evergreen, Ink, Latte, Sapphire, Shamrock, Sun and Teal. We will have yardage on the web store soon!

My new quilt, Cascading Stars, will be displayed in the booth. It uses Shade Cascade™ in Sky, Sage, Blossom and Pumpkin.

At Festival, I’ll be teaching my Patchwork Illusions class

and my Sweethearts class.

A report on Market when I return!

I’ve been a Tennessee Titans fan since they came to Tennessee.  We have had some hard years, but this may be our year!  The Titans only undefeated team in the NFL!

Tennessee Titans 34 – Kansas City Chiefs 10

Oct 19             
Tennessee    10  14            34 «   
Kansas City    10            10    


Next week: Monday Night Football – Titans vs. Colts!

This week, I had the honor of being on the Quilt with Rosie Radio show. It was a blast!

Rosie is the owner of a fantastic quilt shop called Rosie’s Calico Cupboard in San Diego.

To listen to the show, visit their website or subscribe to the show through iTunes.

In my office, I keep special things. Things that inspire me, make me laugh, are beautiful or remind me of a special trip.

Recently, I saw a paperweight that inspired me. It has found a special place on my desk.

 It says, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

It reminds me to set my sights high and to dream. It reminds me to have courage and to take risks on my designing. I love the power of positive thinking and this affirmation will be a reminder to dream!

I recently read:

“Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are conductive to growth, expansion and success. It is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results. A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action. Whatever the mind expects, it finds. 

Positive and negative thinking are both contagious. All of us affect, in one way or another, the people we meet. This happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through thoughts and feelings transference and through body language. People sense our aura and are affected by our thoughts. Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive persons and shun negative ones? People are more disposed to help us if we are positive. They dislike and avoid anyone broadcasting negativity.

In order to turn the mind toward the positive, inner work and training are required. Attitude and thoughts do not change overnight.

Read about this subject, think about its benefits and persuade yourself to try it. The power of thoughts is a mighty power that is always shaping our life. This shaping is usually done subconsciously, but it is possible to make the process a conscious one. Even if the idea seems strange give it a try, as you have nothing to lose, but only to gain. Ignore what others might say or think about you, if they discover that you are changing the way you think.

Always visualize only favorable and beneficial situations. Use positive words in your inner dialogues or when talking with others. Smile a little more, as this helps to think positively. Disregard any feelings of laziness or a desire to quit. If you persevere, you will transform the way your mind thinks.

Once a negative thought enters your mind, you have to be aware of it and endeavor to replace it with a constructive one. The negative thought will try again to enter your mind, and then you have to replace it again with a positive one. It is as if there are two pictures in front of you, and you choose to look at one of them and disregard the other. Persistence will eventually teach your mind to think positively and ignore negative thoughts.

In case you feel any inner resistance when replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, do not give up, but keep looking only at the beneficial, good and happy thoughts in your mind.

It does not matter what your circumstances are at the present moment. Think positively, expect only favorable results and situations, and circumstances will change accordingly. It may take some time for the changes to take place, but eventually they do.”


In February, I’ll be teaching on a cruise to the Panama Canal and Costa Rica. It is a fabulous cruise with I’ll be joined by Paula Nadelstern, Mary Sorensen, Charlotte Warr Andersen, Sharon Pederson and Mary Lou Weidman. I know we will have a fantastic time!

The cruise has sold out quickly and there are only a few spots left. If you would like to join us on the cruise, don’t hesitate! Visit their website or give them a call at

Debbee Nelson at Quilt Seminars at Sea
     Phone: TOLL FREE (866) 573-6351
     Fax: (208) 667-1248

Tomorrow, I’m taping the radio show “Quilting with Rosie” , with hostess, Rosie Gonzalez. I’m looking forward to it!

You can hear the show live from 11am-11:30am (PST), subscribe to iTunes to listen to the Pod cast or listen to it on their web page.

Karen Combs is a internationally known quilt teacher, author and fabric designer. Visit her web site at

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