I’m home for a few weeks in-between my teaching trips.

You might wonder what I do when I’m home. . . do I get to piece, quilt and create all day? I would love that, but there is so much to do as a traveling teacher when I’m home.  Working on my webpage, social media updates, working on new quilt designs for patterns, classes or booklets, guild contracts, upcoming class prep (printing handouts, preparing kits), thing like that.

I do sew as much as I can, but more often than not, I’m at my computer.

When I’m home, I do try to take time to enjoy our lovely town in middle Tennessee.

This is taken, looking at our courthouse square.  The sun was starting to set and the clouds were amazing.

I love being able to  visit our local farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. . .

Hope you enjoyed a little peek at my time “at home”. . . .now back to my upcoming class prep.  . . .



I had the opportunity to visit the Quaking Aspen Quilt Guild in beautiful Boulder, Colorado in June.  Another amazing quilt guild in a lovely location.

This was the view from our classroom! Just beautiful!

It was a treat to be at their guild meeting. . . they had made comfort quilts for a children’s camp.  Each child attending the camp got their own quilt and matching pillow case.  The lecture location was filled with quilts for the camp and we all got a little teary-eyed, seeing all the quilts and knowing the joy they would bring to each child.

Thank you to Beth (past program chair) for inviting me to teach and lecture for her guild and thank you to Dayna (current program chair) for making my visit so pleasant.  It was a pleasure to be with all of you!

In June, I had a wonderful visit with the Quilters Anonymous Quilt Guild in Shoreline, Washington.

It was a special treat to visit such a beautiful area.  I had an opportunity to walk around near-by Edmonds, Washington,  flowers were everywhere! If you click on my Instagram photo, you can see more photos from my visit.

If you are visiting the area, I highly recommend taking the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston.  It was a lovely trip and round trip was about $8, if you are a walk-on passenger.

The day was clear and the sun was out, I even go a look at Mt Baker and Mt Rainier.  Made the ferry ride even more special

The members of the guild were so much fun and so friendly. . . I felt as if I walked into a room full of friends (which actually what I did!)

Dianna, Patsy, Lorraine and Barbara (joint program chairs) made my visit so special and I had such a wonderful time with the guild.  Thank you to all, I hope to return in the future to your beautiful area.

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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.

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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.


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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. 


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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