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I’ve been working on a very special cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea!   Details are below, this is going to be a fantastic trip!









Indonesia: A Quilter’s Dream

January 5-19, 2016 | Sailing Roundtrip from Singapore

with teacher, author & fabric designer Karen Combs

Bali. A dream come true.  Join Karen Combs on board Holland America’s msVolendam for a trip like no other.  Begin and end in the city-state of Singapore and enjoy included tours throughout Indonesia that will inspire and amaze you.

You must use the link below, to see the details about the trip.  Space is very limited, so reserve your spot today!


The trip of a lifetime begins and ends in Singapore on a 14-day cruise.  Visit the Indonesian ports of Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Probolinggo, Lombok, Komodo Island and overnight on board ship in magical Bali.  Tours along the way in the ports will show you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Indonesian fabric industry.
We will visit the biggest textile market in South East Asia, Tanah Abang Market, on Jakarta.  While on Java, we will not only visit traditional markets, but observe the process of making batiks.  Once you’ve observed, step in and learn from a batik expert as they guide you through designing and creating your own hand-made batik to bring home!  While in Bali, visit the center of Balinese hand-woven fabric, and find the unique Kamben Grinsing (flaming cloth), which villagers believe protect its wearer from evil.
Round out the cruise with a tour to Komodo Island where you can visit the amazing Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat.
With lectures, shopping time and surprises along the way, this will be an unforgettable trip of a lifetime!


Karen is an internationally known quilter, teacher, author and fabric designer.  She is fascinated with optical illusions, these are the subjects of many of her workshops.  Designing fabrics for the quilt industry since 2001, Karen is known for her beautiful fabric designs, both batiks and quilting cotton.  She has found a home designing fabrics for Riverwoods Collection for Troy Corporation.During this fantastic cruise, Karen will share information about fabric design, production and some of the secrets of creating batiks.




I’m thrilled to have been invited to be part of EQ’S (The Electric Quilt Company) Christmas Countdown!  For 15 days for free projects designed by EQ Artists.  Below, you will find a link that will take you to the my “String of Ornaments” project that you can directly download into your EQ Software.


Click the calendar for the FREE EQ7 project download!

A note from Karen:

“I designed a fun optical illusion, perfect for the holidays! Blink and you see strings of Christmas ornaments, blink again and you see a transparent Attic Window design!” -Karen Combs

Download “Strings of Ornaments”

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

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