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We’ve got an exciting new quilting cruises scheduled for 2018 and 2019.  Can’t wait to share them with you. . . hope you can join us!

 

Alaska 4 Day Overland & 7 Day Quilt Cruise!

August 15 – 26, 2018

2018 Alaska Cruisetour Quilt Cruise

Land + Sea!

This year we will have the special opportunity to add a 4 day land package to the beginning of the trip for a truly in-depth Alaskan experience.

You will travel via motorcoach and the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to see the majesty of Denali National Park and Denali, America’s tallest peak! We’ll then board Holland America Line’s wonderful ship, the ms Noordam, and cruise to popular ports.

There’s something wonderful awaiting you at every destination. You can play tourist, choosing your pleasure whether it be walking, touring, flight-seeing or shopping!

All the ports we visit are right in town, and there is a lot to see within walking distance, including quilt shops in every port!

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

 

 

 

 Hawaii!

February 3-20, 2019

2019 Hawaii Quilt Cruise

Aloha! We are going to the tropical paradise of Hawai`i! We’ll sail on Holland America Line’s beautiful ms Eurodam, roundtrip out of San Diego!

Set sail on a Hawaiian cruise to Kauai, Maui, Oahu and The Big Island of Hawaii, including the active Kilauea Volcano (hopefully she’ll put on a show for us!)

From turtles to stingrays, submarines to snorkeling, there’s something wonderful awaiting you in every port of call.

What a great way to usher in spring and take a break from everyday life while enjoying 5-star service and the company of fellow quilters!

 

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

 

 

I’d love to have you join us!  For more information, click here to visit Quilt Seminars at Sea.    

You can contact Amy at Amy@QuiltCruises.com or call 1-866-573-6351.

 

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Upcoming Quilting Cruises!

We’ve got some very exciting Quilt Cruises coming up!

 

August 19 – 26, 2017

Alaska 7 Day Quilt Cruise!  (Just a few spots left!)

 

With so much bountiful wildlife and breathtaking scenery, no wonder “The Last Frontier” is the first choice on most cruise lover’s wish lists. There’s something wonderful awaiting you in every port of call:

  • Juneau – In Alaska’s capital, taste salmon baked over an alderwood fire, pan for gold, flight-see the Juneau Ice Field, and visit the Mendenhall glacier.
  • Sitka – Step back to the days of Russian Alaska as you watch lively performances of the New Archangel Dancers and view holy paintings of the Czarists’ days. Plenty of wildlife adventures await!
  • Ketchikan – Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world’s largest collection of totem poles or kayak the colorful waterfront. Visit Creek Street and see Alaska as the early pioneers did.
  • Victoria, B.C. – Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

You can play tourist, choosing your pleasure, whether it be walking, touring, flight-seeing or shopping. All the ports we visit are directly in town, and there is a lot to see within walking distance, including quilt shops in every port.

For complete details, click here.

 

 

 

February 14 – 28, 2018

14 day Quilt Explorations Batiks and Bali cruise!  (Taking Waitlists)

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This 14-day cruise of a lifetime begins and ends in Singapore. Visit the Indonesian ports of Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Probolinggo, Lombok, Komodo Island and overnight on board ship in magical Bali. Tour along the way in ports that 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 and visit the center of Balinese hand-woven fabric.

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! To know the exact schedule and route of the cruise, view the detailed itinerary.

For complete details, click here

 

I’d love to have you join us!  For more information, click here to visit Quilt Seminars at Sea.  You can contact Amy at Amy@QuiltCruises.com or call 1-866-573-6351.

I’ve had a busy winter and spring, visiting many quilt guilds, shops and shows.  Thank you for inviting me to teach and lecture for you.  I truly appreciate it and it was a blast to be with you!

A special thank you to

  • Friendship Quilters in Athens, Alabama
  • All the students who were in my classes at the AQS Quiltweek in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Island Quilters in Foley, Alabama
  • Hall Country Quilt Guild in Flowery Branch, Georgia
  • Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Cumming, Georgia
  • Batting Brigard Quilt Guild in Florence, Alabama
  • New Mexico Quilter’s Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Patchers at the Lake in Muskegon, Michigan
  • Somewhere Sewing in Millersburg, Ohio
  • Lone Star Quilt Shop in Mt. Hope, Ohio

 

 

Some recent travels:  Fairhope, Alabama  (We spent a few days there, celebrating our anniversary in March)

 

 

A few images to my visit to New Mexico (lovely visit with the New Mexico Quilter’s Association!)

 

A beautiful morning at the AQS Quilt Week in Daytona

 

 

My 2017 schedule for the rest of the year is listed below. (My complete schedule for the next few years is located on my webpage, here. )  If you live in these areas and want to attend a class, be sure to contact the email listed with each listing. The program person will be glad to give you class information.

If I’m not coming to your area, you can always join my in my Craftsy class, we’d love to have you! Here’s a link to the class, with a 50% discount!

 

Program chairs – My 2017 is full.  I have a little room left in 2018 and am now booking 2019.  I’d love to come to your guild!   If you would like me to visit your guild, please complete the online contact form .  I will send you a complete information packet and we can look at open dates.

 

August 2017

1-3: Music City Quilt Guild
Nashville, Tennessee

Lecture – Transparency

Workshop – Color and Texture for Quilters

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Workshop – Christmas Cube

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Workshop – IceCrystals

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Contact: Susie Cole     Email: sewsusieque@gmail.com 

 

 

August 19-26: Alaska Quilting Cruise
Sailing from Seattle to Alaska

 

One of my favorite quilting destinations is Alaska. Amazing scenery and did I mention there is a quilt shop in EVERY port!?!   

I’m looking forward to returning to Alaska again in 2017.  

Join us for a special seven day cruise round trip from Seattle aboard Holland America’s wonderful Vista Class ship: the ms Eurodam.  

 

For more details, visit Quilts Seminars at Sea.

 

 

September 2017

 

13: Evergreen Quilt Guild
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Lecture – Transparency

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Contact:  Tracy Reeb        Email: tracyreeb@gmail.com 

 

 

 

14-15: Darting Needles Quilt Guild
Appleton, Wisconsin

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

 

Workshops – 

Patchwork Illusions

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 Ice Crystals

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Contact:  Carrie Cook      Email: cookbook@new.rr.com

 

 

 

21-23: Capital Area Quilt Guild
East Lansing, Michigan

Lecture –  Quilts of Illusion

Workshops – 

Celtic Illusions

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Chip Out of Every Block

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Contact: Julia Oliver       Email:  ProgramChair@CapitolCityQuiltGuild.org  

 

 

 26-27: West Michigan Quilt Guild
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

 

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Workshop – Crystal Star

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Contact:  Brenda Bremer      Email:   Tbwbremer@yahoo.com

Guild Website:  www.WMQG.org 

 

 

October 2017

 

27-30: Quilt Market
Houston, Texas

 

Trade Show for Shop Owners

Information available here.

 

 

31-2: Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas

 

Workshops:

Patchwork Illusions

Ice Crystals

Chip Out of Every Block

 

More details available by clicking here.

Class registration is open soon!

 

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Well, this is just as exciting as it can be, in 2018, Kathy McNeil and I will be teaching on a cruise around the islands of Tahiti with Quilt Seminars at Sea!

More details are below or you can click here for complete details. 

I hope you are able to join us on this fantastic cruise!

Tahiti and Marquesas Quilt Seminar at Sea

14 Days • August 11 – 25, 2018
Surrender to island time as you embark on a luxurious all-inclusive quilting cruise to paradise! Visit enchanting isles and natural wonders with Karen Combs, Kathy McNeil and fellow quilters.

 

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Dear quilters and friends,

2018 brings us back to a much loved destination for two weeks in magical Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands! You’ll be part of a warm group of fun-loving people who share a common interest in quilting. You’ll have the pleasure of making new quilting friends and enjoying “sewcial” activities such as a “Welcome Aboard” party, a Challenge Block contest and a Show & Tell at the “farewell” party. You will also have the opportunity to perfect your quilting skills. There are a variety of classes from which to choose, taught by two of the most renowned instructors in the world of quilting: Karen Combs and Kathy McNeil.

 

 

Luxury cruising at its finest

We’ll sail out of Papeete, Tahiti on the wonderful m/s Paul Gauguin! You’ll discover the joy of sailing on an intimate and ultra-luxurious vessel while enjoying fine dining and the amenities of a 5 star resort. While onboard, this all inclusive cruise experience includes gratuities, beverages including select wines, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water and hot beverages. Your refrigerator is replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water. You will have access to the onboard water sports marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and Zodiacs for dive excursions. You will visit Paul Gauguin’s private beach on Bora Bora and the private islet of Motu Mahana.

 

A uniquely beautiful experience

Natural beauty is on display everywhere you look on this two-week journey through the Marquesas, Tuamotus, and the Society Islands. This itinerary offers plenty of time to explore at your own pace, from the pristine beaches and exceptional diving of the Tuamotu Archipelago to the Marquesas Islands of Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, and Nuku Hiva, all of which are as rich in culture as they are in rugged, natural beauty.

This cruise is the perfect opportunity to share something very special with your spouse, your family or a friend– non-quilters are always welcome to join us and will have many activities to pursue while you are in class.

We hope that you will join us on this sensational cruise!

 

For more details,click here or call Amy or Kim at 866-573-6351.

 

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We had such a great time on our last Batiks of Bali Quilt Exploration cruise that we are going back in 2018!

Kim, Amy and I have been working on this cruise and we are very excited to share it with you.  We have some wonderful experiences planned for you. . . . and be sure to bring an empty suitcase!  When you return home, it will be filled with amazing batiks.

If you are curious about our cruise in 2016, click here for photos. 

Details about our 2018 cruise are below or you can click here for complete details.

Space is limited, so I hope you can join us!

 

Batiks of Bali Quilt Exploration Cruise

14 Days • February 14 – 28, 2018
Experience Bali’s rich cultural heritage, scenic beauty and exotic wildlife with fellow quilt enthusiasts and award-winning instructor, Karen Combs.

Dear quilters and friends,

2018 brings a unique opportunity to experience the fabric haven of Indonesia! This exclusive cruise and tour will sail on Holland America’s ms Volendam and be led by instructor, author and fabric maker, Karen Combs.

 

Indonesia Quilt Cruise

Discover the rich traditions of Bali

This 14-day cruise of a lifetime begins and ends in Singapore. Visit the Indonesian ports of Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Probolinggo, Lombok, Komodo Island and overnight on board ship in magical Bali. Tour along the way in ports that 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 and visit the center of Balinese hand-woven fabric.

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! To know the exact schedule and route of the cruise, view the detailed itinerary.

 

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For more information, you can click here or contact Amy or Kim at 866-573-6351

 

 

 

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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!

 

We’ve just returned from a fantastic quilt cruise with Voyage of the Vikings with  Quilt Seminars at Sea.

During sea days, I taught my Celtic Illusions technique, a Transparency class and a special class: Quilts of Illusion, focused on creating perspective in quilts.

We sailed from Amsterdam, our group joining us there and had port stops in Newcastle in England, South Queensferry (Edinburgh) and Invergordon (Inverness) in Scotland.  3 stops in Iceland and 2 stops in Norway rounded out our trip.

During our time at sea, we had quilt classes, get-togethers, quilt games, sewing time and fun being together.

Some photos from our time in Amsterdam.  While there, we visited museums and enjoyed walking along the canals.

Collage #1 Viking Cruise

Our first classes were held once we were on the ship.  We had full classes and excited students from around the world.

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Our first stop was Newcastle-on-Tyne in England. Some of us took a shore excursions to York.

Loved our visit there! Some fantastic sight-seeing and a yummy fish and chips lunch.

York, quilt cruise

Stops in South Queensferry and Invergordon were our next stop. Rick and I scheduled a tour with a Steve, our Scottish guide.  Outlander fans will recognize some of these locations.

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One of my favorite photos of Rick and I, at  Midhope Castle (Lallybroch to Outlander fans)

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Onward toward Iceland, quilting classes while we sailed.  Iceland is an amazing place.  Many of us took shore excursions while we were at port.  A few photos from this amazing place.

Iceland Quilt Cruise

One of our stops was a geyser just outside Reyjkavik.  I was able to capture a slo-motion video of its eruption.

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After three stops in Iceland, we were ready for more quilt classes and quilting fun!

Next stop, Norway,  more beautiful sights, yummy snacks and wonderful quilting inspiration.

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It was an amazing trip with memories to last a life-time.

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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