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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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. 

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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Serendipity Fabric Line!

We’ve re-ordered many colors of my Serendipity fabric and they are now back on the website.  At this point, I’m not sure if the fabric will be re-printed, so don’t wait, grab it while you can!

You can see all available the colors of Serendipity. here on our webstore. 

 

 

 

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We have a new addition to the Serendipity fabric family – Serendipity Color Wheel!

This collection is a variation on the SERENDIPITY collection.  It uses a similar texture and layout as seen in my SERENDIPITY fabric line.  However, this collection blends beautifully around the color wheel, in a  lovely batik-like texture.

Each fabric features 3 colors in an ombre layout.  Color 1 is 7” wide, Color 2 is 7” wide, Color 3 is 14” wide and then it reverses back again.

There are 8 colors in this collection.  Caribbean, Spring, Sunrise and Mist blend around the color wheel in tints (light colors.) Colors Ocean, Summer, Sunrise and Night blend around the color wheel in shades (dark colors. )

 

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Tro-1890/1   Caribbean (tints of blue, blue/green, green)

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Tro-1890/2   Spring  (tints of yellow/green, yellow, yellow/orange)

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Tro-1890/3   Sunrise (tines of orange, red/orange, red)

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Tro-1890/4   Mist (tints of red/violet, violet, blue/violet)

 

 

SHADES

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Tro-1890/5   Ocean (shades of blue, blue/green, green)

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Tro-1890/6   Summer (shades of yellow/green, yellow, yellow/orange)

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Tro-1890/7   Sunset (orange, red/orange, red)

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Tro-1890/8   Night (red/violet, violet, blue/violet)

 

We’ve just added one yard cuts of this beautiful fabric on our webstore, available here.   I can’t wait to create quilts with it!

 

 

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It’s been a fantastic year!  I’ve had the opportunity to cruise around Bali searching for batiks, crossed the equator, traveled to Amsterdam, the UK, Scotland, Norway and Iceland, crossed the Arctic Circle and traveled to many wonderful quilt guilds.

Thank you to the lovely quilters at the guilds below, for inviting me to visit them.  I had a fantastic time with all of you.

  • Friendship Knot Quilter’s Guild of Sarasota, Florida
  • Marble Falls Quilt Guild of Marble Falls, Texas
  • Northern Star Quilters Guild of Somers, New York
  • Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
  • Shawnee Quilters of Southern Illinois of Carbondale, Illinois
  • Threads of Friendship Quilt Guild of Farmington, Missouri
  • Lakeshore Quilt Guild of Henderson, Tennessee
  • Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County of Santa Rosa, California
  • Santa Rosa Quilt Guild of Santa Rosa, California

I also had the opportunity to meet and teach quilters at

  • Quilter’s Destination in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • AQS QuiltWeek in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • International Quilt Festival in Houston,Texas
  • Fall Quilt Market in Houston, Texas
  • Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah

We had such a good time in class, thank you for joining me!

In addition, I’ve had quilts in Keepsake Catalog and created several new fabric collections for Riverwoods Collections: Java Jewels IV, Quilt Trails – Landscape and Serendipity Colorwheel.

It’s been a very  busy, yet fantastic year and I’m lovin’ minute of it!

I’m looking forward to 2017 and wish all of you a very Happy New Year!

 

So excited to see Keepsake Quilting has my new “Quilt Trails -Landscapes” fabric line and quilt kit in their new catalog!

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Our next tour with our group on our Batiks and Bali quilt cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea was Bali!

We had a another very special tour planned with our group.  A visit to a Ikat fabric mill!  It was simply fantastic!

 

Yarn being spun

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Design for fabric being set-up

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Fabric design is finished

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Some of the finished fabric, being used in a slip cover and in clothing

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Piles of Ikat fabric!  (At a fabric market. . . which one do I choose?)

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more photos from the fabric  market

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After all that shopping, its time for a lovely lunch!

 

Our lunch was at a beautiful resort

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Beautiful buffet, ready for our group!

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Such a lovely place for lunch with our group!

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After two days in Bali, a perfect way to relax. . . a beautiful sunset.

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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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