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I’ve just returned from another fantastic quilting cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea, this time to Alaska, along The Inside Passage.

It is really hard to put into words or show with a photo the beauty of Alaska, but here are a few photos from our trip.



This has to be one of my favorite shots. . . after a morning of thick fog, we were treated to bright blue skies while we cruised along Glacier Bay.


For more information about our upcoming quilting cruises with Quilt Seminars at Sea, please visit: or my website at



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We have a additional way for you to order my patterns and templates – The Quilt Exchange!

They can be shipped worldwide or the patterns can be downloaded instantly!

Currently, there are over 30 patterns available, more will be added in the next few weeks.

Here’s a direct link to see the current patterns available:…/…/karen-combs/

Recently I had the nicest email from Dennis Foster.  he is an amazing kite maker and quilter.

He took my New Directions in Tumbling Blocks class on Craftsy. He used the information he learned in class to make this beautiful kite.

I was blown away by this kite and am so happy he shared it with me.

You can see more of Dennis’s kites (and quilts) on a visit he made to the Amherst Quilter’s Guild.


It as been so much fun, following Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sew-along!

Here’s a link to the very first post, in case you need any of the patterns:


I’m honored to have my block, Serendipity, block #656 as part of the sew-along. I love my  block in the 6″ size!

I decided to create it in some bright summer colors.  First, pull some Serendipity fabric, to audition my color choices. I love this fabric, it shades from light to medium to dark, all on one piece of fabric.  No more searching for the perfect light or dark, it’s all right here!

I know I’m going to use the golden color, but am not sure if I will add purple with it or the blue.



Hmmm, choices!

Here’s the purple with the gold.


and the blue with the gold. . . . I still can’t decide!


Well, the only thing to do is to press the fabric, cut out both colors and decide from there.




I’ve decided to use the blue and gold, just like a summer sky! I also decided to move the shading around, love this option!

Now to sew together.

First, I like to piece all the triangle units together.  I press the seams open and trim off the “ears” to make the piecing a piece of cake.





Piecing together, loving the colors!



Getting the corners sewing together.



All the “units” are together.  Now to sew into rows.



Almost there!



I need to press my block and then I’m all done and I love it!

Thanks Quiltmaker!




I’m so excited to see the newest issue of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine!

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Earlier this year, I posted what I did in a day and mentioned writing a magazine article.  Well, here it is!

The article is called “Using Gradated Fabrics” and is the Quilter’s Workshop section of the magazine.

The article features my Serendipity fabric line as well as several of my quilts using this line.


This is my Diamonds in the Sky runner.  So fun to do and quick to make.  Gradated fabrics make it so easy to find the perfect value.

In the article, I also discuss different ways to use gradated fabrics, pattern suggestions and different types of gradated fabrics.

The layout looks so pretty, love how they were able to include all the graphics into the article.

Very soon, my Craftsy class will launch!

I’ve got to tell you, I LOVE Craftsy classes!  Each class is equipped with helpful features like video notes and 30 second repeats.  You can share projects from the class for feedback and tips or browse for inspiration.


Okay, here’s another hint.  . .


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If you haven’t registered for the free class giveaway, you can click here.  Just a few more days to enter for the free class!  (Please share the giveaway link or this blog post with your quilting friends!)

Hmmm, what could it be?

Stay tuned for one more hint and a few more surprises,  just before my new class launches.


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A Very Merry Christmas to all!

May your day be filled with family and friends, love, joy and peace!

Merry Christmas


Karen Combs is a internationally known quilt teacher, author and fabric designer. Visit her web site at

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