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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:


March 2017

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


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: 



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:

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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:


10-11: Batting Brigade
Florence, Alamaba

Lecture – Transparency

Workshop – Transparency

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Contact Anita Haddad     Email:




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


Contact:  Kraren Tanner    Email: 


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!



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!


The past few weeks have been something!  No word or sign of my quilts, but I have been busy remaking my beloved designs.

I want to publicly thank Candy, Cindy, Kathy, Barb and Patsy from the Beach City Quilters Guild for sending Patchwork Illusions cubes to me. I appreciate it more than you can know.

A big thank you to the gals from Massachusetts; Pat, Ann Marie, Cheryl, Zia for sharing blocks and quilts with me. Thanks gals, you got me through a rough patch, until I could get home and remake my quilts.

I’ve been working to remake my Patchwork Illusions quilts, and have remade several of them.  Some of them are still tops, need to be quilted and others have been quilted and need to be bound, but I’m getting them re-made.  Thought I would share some of them with all of you.


Patchwork Illusions Duo quilt top


Patchwork Illusions Cubed quilt top


Patchwork Illusions Trio quilt top


Patchwork Illusions Stacked quilt  (needs binding)


Patchwork Illusions Ribbon Cube quilt (needs binding)

This quilt uses my new Serendipity fabric collection. . . which I will be sharing soon with you!

As I’ve stated before, I want to thank everyone for your kind words, offers of help, words of encouragement, prayers and good wishes. I appreciate it so very much.

Recently, I had someone ask me, “What do you do, after your quilts have been stolen?”  I replied, “Well, as I see it, I have two choices, I can either fall apart or I can re-group and move forward.”  I’m not the “falling apart” kind of person, so I got to work and re-made my designs.  While these quilts won’t ever replace the ones that were stolen, I can remake them as beautifully as I can.

I’m one to always look at the positive side of things. . . as I’ve been re-making my Patchwork Illusions quilts, my mind has been dreaming up even more illusion quilts.   Who knows. . . in the future, there may even be a new book of quilt illusions!

Some of you have emailed and asked if I would still teach the Patchwork Illusions technique.  Absolutely!  In fact, I taught the technique last weekend, while in Durango with the Four Corners Quilters.

I’d love to visit your guild or show!  Currently, I have a few openings left in 2013 and am now booking 2014.  If your guild or show would like more information, please visit my online contact form at  .  I’d be happy to send you  more information.

This weekend, I had the privilege of teaching and lecture for the Friendship Star Quilters in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  What a fun, friendly and talented guild!  We had a blast in the MORE PATCHWORK ILLUSIONS class.

Friendship Star Quilters

Everyone worked on drawing patchwork blocks into a 3-D shape.

Friendship Star Quilters2

Just a few of the cubes made in class. Everyone selected their own colors and block!

Friendship Star Quilt Guild

Wow!  Their cubes look fantastic!

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

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