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I’ve been working on this for quite some time and can finally share the news about my new booklet, Lone Star Illusions!

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The Lone Star quilt is something quilters aspire to make.  However, many  don’t want to tackle diamonds.

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I’ve created a way to make a Lone Star design with the simple shapes of squares, rectangles and triangles. When they are sewn together, they look just like a Lone Star made with diamonds. . . . it’s a wonderful illusion and so fun to create!

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Lone Star Illusions contains patterns for 3 beautiful Lone Star designs and each Lone Star design has two sizes.

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I’m so excited to share this book with you and can’t wait to see your own Lone Star Illusion quilts!

For more information and to order, visit here.

(Shop owners wholesale information is located here.)

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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. 

I’ve recently designed a new 3-D quilt using EPP ( or English Paper Piecing), called  Modern Attic Windows.

 

WHAT IS EPP OR ENGLISH PAPER PIECING?

English paper piecing is a classic technique that continues to thrill modern day quilters. It is a beloved quilting technique that can be used in so many different kinds of projects.

English paper piecing (commonly called EPP) is the technique of wrapping fabric around a paper piece to stabilize and form a specific shape. 

The fabric is basted around pre-cut paper shapes and then sewn together by hand, usually with a whipstitch or a ladder stitch. After the pieces are all sewn together, the foundation papers and basting stitches are removed. This is a fun and simple way to create complex blocks

 

 

I really enjoy this slow stitching process, it’s my go-to hand work when I travel. Thought you’d enjoy seeing the step by step process. Let’s get started picking fabric. Need a light, a dark and some colorful fabrics .

 

Cutting out the pieces, paper pieces are the ready, loving the look of this quilt already!

 

Pieces are basted, getting ready to stitch!

 

Stitching away, this is so much fun!

 

Blocks are coming together, can’t believe how fast they are to make.

 

Putting the blocks into rows. . .

 

Here it is, all finished!!!  My new EPP pattern – Modern Attic Windows! I adored creating this pattern and making this quilt, it was so much fun!

Pattern, papers and optional cutting templates available at Paper Pieces: https://www.paperpieces.com/modern-attic-windows .

Can’t wait to see what you do with yours. To share your creations, be sure to use the #modernatticwindows

Recently I heard from Rebecca Knauer, from the Cabarrus Quilter’s Guild in Concord, North Carolina.

Last year, they had asked permission to use my Celtic Pieced Illusions book and technique as the basis of their guild’s mystery challenge.  (Would you believe all these Celtic Pieced Illusions quilts are created with just to blocks?!?  To see more about the book, click on the link above.)

I was honored (and more than a little bit thrilled!) they wanted to use my technique and quickly gave my permission.

The guild has been working on their Mystery/Challenge quilts all year and they were displayed this weekend at the guild’s quilt show.

Rebecca wrote me about the show and to share their quilts.  They look fantastic!  I couldn’t wait to share them with you.

Here’s a sneak peek. . . you can see more on my Karen Combs Studio Facebook page. 

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Celtic Pieced Illusions

If you love Celtic designs, but would rather piece than applique your Celtic designs, then this is the book for you! With only two simple blocks, unlimited Celtic designs are possible.

In the book, I share piecing tips, show design possibilities and show how to use color to add the illusion of transparency to the quilts. The book  also contains design information to help you create your own, unique Celtic Pieced Illusions quilt, fabric selection tips, complete sewing information and full color diagrams for 14 quilts.  If you would like to peak inside the book, click here.

This book will not be reprinted and I have purchased the remaining stock of this book. If you have thought about getting this book, this is the time. When the remaining stock is gone, the book will be out-of-print.

Don’t forget, this makes a perfect gift! If you have a friend who loves Celtic designs, they will love this book.. Don’t miss out, order your book today, while supplies last!  You can order the book on our webpage at our online store.

 

Video: Celtic Pieced Illusions

Want to see a little more from the book?  Let me show you some illusion tricks and piecing tips.Click here to view the online video clip. 

 

 

I’ve had so much fun creating some new optical illusion quilt patterns.  You can see them below or for more information, you can visit my webpage, located here. 

ICE CRYSTALS

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Ice Crystals is an amazing optical illusion and beautiful design!   I love how it looks in my sewing studio!  Perfect for the intermediate quilter, someone who has taken my Patchwork Illusions class or is comfortable with piecing diamonds.  

 

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PICK UP STICKS

A beautiful quilt of illusion, so simple to make, once you know how. You can select your 3 favorite colors in light, medium and dark values to create this stunning quilt!

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Patterns available on our webstore, located here. 

For years, well, ever since EQ came out, I’ve used it and loved it!

What is EQ?  It is a software called Electric Quilt, EQ for short.  It is from The Electric Quilt Company and is an amazing software that allows you to design virtual quilts. I’ve used it to create many of my patterns and when writing my books, such as Celtic Pieced Illusions.

The software allowed me to quickly create different layouts, try different blocks, rotate blocks, add different colors and fabrics.  All at the click of a mouse button!

I’m so honored to be featured in a series of upcoming ads by The Electric Quilt Company.

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Soon, these ads will be in the following magazines:

  • American Patchwork & Quilting October issue (available 8/4/15) 
  • McCalls Quilting Sept/Oct issue (available 7/15/15)
  • Modern Quilts Summer issue (available 8/1/15)
  • Quiltmaker Sept/Oct issue (available 7/22/15) 

Thanks to The Electric Quilt Company for some amazing software and thank you for the beautiful ads!

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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