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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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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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I’m looking forward traveling to many quilt guilds and shows this year!  If you belong to any of these guilds or traveling to any of these shows, please be sure to say hello.  (Here’s my schedule for the first part of 2017. You can see my complete schedule by clicking here.)

February 2017

13: Friendship Quilters
Athens, Alabama

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Contact: Patsy Kobs      Email: pekobs@yahoo.com

 

March 2017

1-4: AQS Quilt Week – Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach, Florida

Workshops

Tumbling Blocks Fun! (3 hour class, perfect for beginners!)

Transparency (3 hour class)

Chip Out of Every Block (3 hour class)

Pick Up Sticks (3 hour class)

Ice Crystals (6 hour class)

Quilts of Illusion – Depth, Perspective and Color (3 hour class)


For class detail, click here. 

Details about AQS Quilt Week – Daytona Beach, click here. 

 

 

15-17: Island Quilters Guild
Foley, Alabama

Workshops – 

Christmas Cube

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Contact: Mary Warfield    Email: warfield@bellsouth.net 

 

 

April 2017

3-4: Hall County Quilt Guild
Flowery Branch, Georgia

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

 

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Contact: Mary Lowery       Email: marylowryga@haoo.com

Guild webpage:  http://www.hcqg.org

 

 

 

5-6: Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Cummings, Georgia

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion

 

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Workshop – Crystal Star

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Contact Frances Ziegler Warth      Email:  fzwarth@outlook.com

 

10-11: Batting Brigade
Florence, Alamaba

Lecture – Transparency

Workshop – Transparency

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Contact Anita Haddad     Email:  ah1haddad@earthlink.net

 

 

 

23-24: New Mexico Quilter’s Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Contact:  Kraren Tanner    Email:   ktanner1234@gmail.com 

 

Your area not listed?  I’d love to come visit you!    

If your quilt guild is interesting in having me visit you in 2018 or 2019,  please complete the online contact form .  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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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.

https://goo.gl/photos/PuAQ7kipgAnNrteN6

 

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.

 

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I’m looking forward to AQS Quilt Week in Chattanooga in September.  The registration opens June 14th.  . . . and the classes are sure to fill quickly!

I’m teaching some new classes – my new Pick Up Sticks patterns is one of them and I’m crazy about this new quilt.

pick up sticks slide porch (AQS)

 

My Ice Crystals quilt  is another new class.  (Love this quilt!)

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Yet another new class is perfect for beginners: Tumbling Blocks Fun!  If you have wanted to learn how to create a tumbling blocks quilt, but were afraid to try it, this is the class for you!

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Chip Out of Every Block

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and my Transparency class are two more classes I will be teaching.

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You can see more information by clicking here: AQS Quilt Week – Chattanooga

I hope you will be able to join us, it is a wonderful location, beautiful convention center and I know we will have a blast in class!

 

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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