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I often get questions about my daily schedule or if I piece/quilt all day everyday.

Well, not exactly. . .. as the owner of a small business, everyday is different, but everyday is full.

I thought it would be interesting to everyone to see a sample day when I am home. . . just a day in the life of a traveling quilt instructor/author/pattern/fabric designer.

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Hang on, here goes:

6AM

  • Grab iPad and check email and online class before getting out of bed.  Answer questions, delete spam emails, answer a few quick emails.
  • By  7am, walk dog, feed dog, feed and pet neighbor’s cat who likes to live part-time on our front porch, water ferns, flowers, herbs on front and back porch, sweep porches, unload dishwasher, clean counters, throw in a load of clothes into washer.

BEFORE NOON

  • answer emails for schedule requests in my upcoming calendar (which leads to some tentative schedule, have to check on that before answering about possible open dates in calendar
  • Send requests for teaching packets
  • Print out, add into QuickBooks and pack orders that came in over-night, print out postage, walk to mailbox and give the dog an extra lap around the block
  • Notice neighbor’s cat (who is still on our front porch) seems hungry, feed her, a bit more petting while she purrs and coos to me.
  • Back in office, while packing orders, notice we are low on one pattern.  Contact printer, email file, request patterns printed.  Add into calendar to pick up from printer.
  • Contact landscapers (who should have been here by 8am to trim landscape, remove and replant a few bushes that didn’t make it through the winter.  Rain has delayed them, they aren’t coming until next week, correct in calendar
  • Need to meet Gail, to pick up fabric she has cut and packaged for classes.  (Before leaving house, gather up garbage and recycling, will drop off on the way to get fabric.)
  • Stop at Dump/recycling center, meet Gail and get fabric packets.  Stop at grocery story and for a much needed stop at Dunkin’ Donuts. Drive home, unpack groceries, put clothes into dryer.
  • Sort fabric packets into colors and put into our storage area.
  • While putting fabric away,, notice we are low on a few colors of fabric for the webstore.  Make note to call and order fabric.
  • Grab a quick bite of lunch, and text husband about the landscapers

AFTERNOON

  • Check email, distributor order came in.  Reply back with shipping date, pack order, back to QuickBooks, print postage.  Walk back out to mailbox, another lap for the dog.
  • My FB message notification goes off, can I donate a quilt for an my upcoming class reunion?   I can, make a note in calendar to decide which quilt to donate, when to send description and photo graph.
  • Plans have shifted, since landscapers are not coming.  I can shift some work that needs concentration to this afternoon.
  • Pull out schedule for next week, teaching at conference, look at supply list and pack patterns, handouts, fabric packets for the kits for class.  Print out handouts for one class, collate and staple.  Print out “trip check-list” note class handouts and kits have been packed.  Pull travel details and contract for this trip from file, add to growing stack for “next trip”.  Prepare invoice, add to stack.
  • While printing handouts, notice toner and I-Units for laser printer are low.  Go online and order printer supplies.
  • While checking printing supplies, double-check paper supply. We are fine, bought paper two weeks ago, no need for more at this time.
  • While checking paper supply, check store notions, make sure we have supplies for upcoming classes.  Make note of areas that are low, add to “to-do” list for ordering next week.
  • Check calendar to make sure I’m up to date on all flight and hotel reservations for upcoming trips.  Add note to calendar when next hotel reservation needs to be made.
  • Check email, question about my new fabric line, research answer and reply
  • Run upstairs to laundry room, pull shirts to finish drying so no ironing is needed, finish drying rest of clothes.  Notice the dog has slopped food on the floor, near his food dish.  Grab steam mop, do a quick clean-up
  • Notice UPS has pulled up to the house.  Totes and boxes from booth at Spring Market is being delivered.  Carry 3 totes and several large boxes downstairs, unpack quilts, re-organize booth supplies for next Market, put booth supplies into storage totes
  • Back down to office, pull notes for new pattern for the latest fabric line.  Pattern is due in a few weeks, must start rough draft.  Turn off radio, all SM notifications so no distractions.  Write first draft of pattern, using notes I made while making quilt and double checking measurements with actual quilt.  This takes several hours.  On another day, I will need to format, check spelling, double or triple check the math, add illustrations and start cover graphics. (One pattern down, two more to go)
  • Check email, request for fabric for block challenge for an upcoming trip I will be teaching at.  Check on availability and possibility. .  . it is affirmative.  Get mailing address and prepare to mail.
  • Make notes for next fabric line, ideas/concept/color, add deadline to turn in to calendar.
  • Check to-do list and deadlines.  Magazine article is due shortly.  First and second draft of article have been completed.    Give a quick read-through, make notes in red to changes needed.  Will finish next week, add deadline to calendar.
  • Check email again, questions about fabric line that has been discontinued 5 years ago, reply and give options for finding out-of-print fabric lines.

LATE AFTERNOON/EVENING

  • Think about dinner, text husband about his ETA,   dash to kitchen fix salad and prepare meat for grill.    We eat, clean up kitchen, chat for a few minutes and back to work.
  • Check online class, answer questions, check email, answer what needs to be done, check calendar/deadlines.  Text daughter, meeting her tomorrow, plan meeting and plan work before I meet her.
  • Write first draft of next online newsletter,  write draft of next blog post.
  • Brisk walk with dog and husband, walk around yard and discuss landscaping.
  • Make notes of a new quilt design that popped in my head while walking the dog.
  • One more check of email/class/Social Media, starting to get tired. . . winding down. . . . and off to bed

This is a pretty good example of a sample day when I’m home, between teaching trips.  Helps to be organized and helps to multi-task.  Some days, I actually make it into my sewing studio!

International Quilt Market is held every spring and fall.   Fall Quilt Market is always held in Houston, usually around the middle to the end of October.  Spring Quilt Market is usually held in May and it moves around the country.

This year’s Spring Quilt Market will be held in Minneapolis and it is just around the corner!

It is always exciting to attend Quilt Market, see all the new items being released, seeing old friends, making new ones.

For those of us with booths, it is extra exciting.  The booth needs to be planned, curtains and table coverings made.  Quilts designed and made to showcase new fabric lines and patterns available.  Props and goodies prepared for the booth.  Handouts written and printed.  Patterns designed, illustrated, and printed.  Lots to do, usually in a short time.

The count down has begun! My booth has been packed and shipped.  I will see everything again,  next week during set-up.  I’m working on the last few quilts and will hand carry them with me.  I can’t wait to share them with you.

I will have new fabric collections to share!  I will post photos on my Facebook page while I’m at Market Once I get home, I will share photos here.  If you are going to Market, please stop by my booth #2046 and say hello.

Looking forward to seeing some of you at Market and sharing photos with everyone very soon!

Southern Caribbean and the Panama Canal

November 9-20, 2015

 

Beat the winter blues and take a short break from everyday life. Visit some of the most beautiful ports in the Caribbean

In 2015, I’m returning to the fabulous Caribbean with Quilt Seminars at Sea!  We’ll sail on Holland America Line’s beautiful ms Zuiderdam, round trip out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

We will visit some beautiful ports in the Caribbean, Central and South America; Curacao, Aruba, Cartagena, Colon, Holland America’s award-winning private island, Half Moon Cay.  In addition, you will also be privileged to see one of the world’s greatest engineering marvels with a partial transit of the Panama Canal! It’s an amazing accomplishment and sure to take your breath away. What a great way to take a break from everyday life while enjoying 5-star service and the company of fellow quilters.

There’s something wonderful awaiting you in every port of call, whether it be the diverse wildlife, amazing views or exotic cultures! . Onboard you can take a wide variety of quilt classes taught by myself as well as Gyleen X. Fitzgerald, Kimberly Einmo and Kathy McNeil!

Sewing machines will be provided for your use, and you will also have the chance to purchase a new machine at a great price. Seize the opportunity to perfect your quilting skills and “sewcialize” with other people who share your love of quilting. You may arrive as strangers but you will leave with many new friends!

This trip will sell out fast, so book early! There are a list of quilters interested in booking this trip even before it was organized.   Bring a friend, your spouse or your family – non-quilters are always welcome to join us!  They have many activities to pursue while you are in class!

Nothing better cruisin’ and quiltin’!  For more details, visit Quilt Seminar at Sea’s website or call Amy at 1-866-573-6351.

I’m so excited about this cruise!  As you may remember, I’ve been working with Quilt Seminars at Sea for the past few years and we have gone on some faboulous cruises and fantastic places.

Kim, Amy and I have been working on this cruise for some time 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.

The flyer and details about the cruise are below.

(You can also click here to see complete details.)

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

Batiks of Bali (Indonesia)Quilt Seminar at Sea

14 Days • January 5 – 19, 2016
Experience Bali’s rich cultural heritage, scenic beauty and exotic wildlife with fellow quilt enthusiasts and award-winning instructor, Karen Combs.
Indonesia Quilt Cruise

Dear quilters and friends,

2016 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.

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.

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

Cruise and learn with Karen Combs

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.

Troy Corp

Karen 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.

Best wishes,
Karen Combs
Teacher, Author, Instructor

Amy Ross and Kim Hedges
Group Coordinators
Quilt Seminars at Sea

1-866-573-6351

Schedule of Events

On this unique and exciting itinerary you will automatically be included in all of our fabulous tours and lectures. There is no need to sign up for them along the way! This is not your typical Quilt Seminar at Sea, but instead an exclusive and inclusive look into the fabric industry of Indonesia. Bring a hand-work item from home if you would like to work on a project, but there will be no classes along the way.

You will be included in lectures, special tours on and off the ship, “sewcial” opportunities, special meals, and parties!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016Singapore

Event Name
Welcome & Orientation

Wednesday, January 6, 2016At Sea

Event Name
Learn from Karen: Creative Fabric – Batik Production!

Thursday, January 7, 2016Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Indonesia

Event Name
Included Exclusive Tour: Tanah Abang Market

Friday, January 8, 2016Semarang, Java, Indonesia

Event Name
A Batik Course on Semarang

Saturday, January 9, 2016At Sea

Exclusive on board events for our group, including a private kitchen tour and a backstage tour!

Sunday, January 10, 2016Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia

Enjoy the sights of Probolinggo on your own!

Monday, January 11, 2016Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia, OVERNIGHT

Event Name
Included Tour: Exclusive Tour of Bali Batiks Full Day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia

Enjoy the beautiful island of Bali on your own!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia

Enjoy the sights of Lembar on your own!

Thursday, January 14, 2016Komodo Island, Indonesia

Event Name
Included tour: Komodo Island Trek

Friday, January 15, 2016At Sea

Event Name
Learn from Karen: Creative fabric – Creating cottons for the Quilter!

Saturday, January 16, 2016Surabaya, Indonesia

Enjoy the sights of Surabaya on your own!

Sunday, January 17, 2016At Sea

Autograph & show and tell party!

Monday, January 18, 2016Singapore

Event Name
Included Exclusive Tour: Singapore Lights

Tuesday, January 19, 2016Singapore

Disembark.

Itinerary map

For more details, click here.

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!

http://www.quiltcruises.com/cruises/Bali16/

 

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 COMBS
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.

 

The past few months have been very busy, with lots of exciting adventures!

One of the perks of my job is traveling to different locations and teaching my quilting techniques.

In May, I had the opportunity to travel with Quilt Seminars at Sea (quilt seminars at sea ) to Tahiti!  We had a wonderful group and a fabulous time!

I wanted to share our adventure and some of the photos with you.

After flying all night from LA, we arrived at 5am in Papeete, Tahiti. A bit (okay, a lot, I didn’t sleep much on the plane) sleepy, a bit jet lagged, we got off the plane in the early dawn. The sun wasn’t quite up yet. Got through customs and into a van to our hotel for the next few days.

As we walked into the lobby, this beautiful scene was in front of us!

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The hotel (Intercontinental Resort Tahiti) has an open air lobby, with a view of Mo’orea, the island in the distance. The sun was just coming up and the scene took our breath away! We knew we had come to a truly beautiful place.

We spent a few days, enjoying the hotel, walking around the grounds, snorkeling in the lagoon and relaxing. Some of our group also came a few days early, to enjoy the hotel and the quilt show in Tahiti.

 

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Soon, it was time to board the Paul Gauguin, our ship for the next week. We would be traveling around several of the islands, holding the quilting classes during the week.

Once on board, we settled into our rooms and before dinner, had a welcome aboard party with our group.

The scenery while sailing around the islands was breath-taking.  At every turn, there was a beautiful scene.

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Besides classes together, we also had several other get-togethers. One evening, we had an autograph party, with my fellow teachers Cindy Walter and Karen Kay Buckley, held on the top deck. So much fun to chat with everyone and autograph books.

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One of our stops was Bora Bora, even though it rained one morning, we still had a lovely afternoon. We went exploring on the island and snapped this photo while waiting on the tender to take us back to the ship.

 

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One of our favorite stops was the island of Mo’orea. We stayed there overnight, so had time to explore the island, or do some of the shore excursions. (Rick and I went on a Catamaran Sail and Snorkel one morning and it was fantastic. No photos, didn’t want to take my phone and risk dropping it overboard, while sailing.)

 

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We had the opportunity to hold three class, while on the ship. I taught my Transparency class, here are some photos from class.

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Nice quilt block, Sue!

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I also taught my Quilts of Illusion class and Silk Dyeing class.

On our last evening, we had Show and Tell with everyone. Here are a few of the beautiful silk scarves made during the Silk Dyeing class.

 

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We departed the ship the next morning, ready for a full day of touring, before our evening flight back to the U.S. It was an excellent tour, around the island of Tahiti. Before going to the airport, we had a lovely dinner with everyone. . . one last selfie of Rick and I, at dinner.

 

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It’s been a busy few months, no time to even post!

My last post was about the Western Caribbean cruise with Quilts Seminars at Sea.  We had a simply wonderful time on our cruise to the Western Caribbean!  I’m looking forward to my next quilting cruise to Tahiti!  I believe a few more spots are open, if you wish to join us. Details are here.

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So far this year, I have visited

  • Fontera Quilt guild in Harlinger, Texas
  • Quilter’s Destination (wonderful quilt shop in Arlington Heights IL)
  •  traveled with a great group of quilters to the Western Caribbean
  • Naples Quilt Guild in Naples, Florida
  • North Coast Needlers in Cleveland Ohio
  • Merrimack Quilters in New Hampshire
  • Shining Tide Quilt guild in Massachusetts (Hi ML!)
  • Charlotte Quilt Guild in Charlotte, NC
  • Spring Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mohawk Quilt Guild and North County Guild in beautiful up-state New York
  • Spring Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon
  • Mount Vernon Quilters near Mount Vernon, Virginia
  • Greater San Antonio Quilt guild in San Antonio, Texas

I had a wonderful time with each and every guild.  I’ve got to say, quilters are just the best group of people, hands down!

Next week, I will be visiting the Clamshell Quilt Guild in Connecticut and then to the Wiregrass Quilt Guild in Georgia.

So far this year, I’ve worked on several new fabric lines for Troy’s Riverwood Collection;   NUANCE & new JAVA JEWEL BATIKS

More fabric lines are in the work, to be released by Fall Market.

As you can see, it’s been a busy few months. . . and I’m lovin’ every minute of it.

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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