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Join me on Facebook!   I’ve just set up a new page: Karen Combs Studio Fan Page.  

We already have almost 500 fans and are having so much fun! Right now, we have a lively discussion about our favorite sewing machines.

You can also see photos of my fabric lines, patterns, books and a peek into my sewing studio.  The Fan Page will be the first place I’ll post new patterns, fabric lines, quilt news and other fun stuff. 

Hope to see you there!


I enjoy reading quotes and find inspiration in many of them.  Here are just a few of my favorite quotes. I hope you enjoy them.

“Watch your thoughts, they become words.

Watch your words, they become actions.

Watch your actions, they become habits.

Watch your habits, they become character.

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

Patrick Overton


“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

Napoleon Hill


“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”

James D. Miles


“Children are a living message we send to a time we will not see.”

John W. Whitehead


“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

Charles Swindoll


“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all. “

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”



“Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.”

“That government is best which governs least.”

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.”

Thomas Paine


“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.”

“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”

Ronald Reagan

I love quilt cruises.  Combine quilting (our favorite passion) and cruising, what could be better??

February 3-13, 2010, we will be cruising the Southern Caribbean with ports of call at St. Maartin, St. Lucia, Barbados, Martinique and the Bahamas. Other teachers on the cruise include: Mary Sorensen, Karen Kay Buckley, Barbara Randle & Janet Jones Worley. 

Now the bad news, it is sold out!

Here is the good news!  My next quilt cruise will be in August 2011. . . to the Mediterranean!

We will be cruising to fabulous ports in Italy, Croatia and the Greek Isles. Other teachers on the cruise include John Flynn, Elly Sienkiewicz, Cindy Walter and Christine Porter.

Details will be posted soon at Quilt Seminars at Sea. 

If you would like information immediately, please contact Kim or Amy at 866-573-6351.

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

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