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A few more stops and we are back in Singapore, after an amazing 2 week “Batiks” cruise!

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Sailing into Singapore at dawn

 

A few favorite scenes from our trip, before we fly home. . .

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A big thank you to our group for joining us and to Quilt Seminars at Sea for making this amazing tour possible!

 

 

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A visit to Komodo Island, home of  Komodo Dragons!

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We took school supplies to a local school and were greeted with lots of smiles!

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Our next stops were Lombok and Bali.  Beautiful scene as we sail into Lombok

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Watching a weaving demonstration

 

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Our welcome party in Bali

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A visit to the Monkey Forest in Ubud

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Sunset and dinner on a beach in Bali

 

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A beautiful sunrise, our second day in Bali

 

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A visit to a batik mill, learning about stamped batiks

 

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And lots of shopping!

 

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Looks like a painting, but it is a lovely scene at our lunch stop

 

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Two very full and amazing days in Bali . . .we were blessed with this amazing sunset to send us on our way.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve just returned from our Bali and Batiks quilting cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea.  We had a fantastic time with our group.  Here are a few photos from our trip.

A few scenes from Singapore, before our cruise

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Year of the Dog, we were visiting just a day or so before Chinese New Year.  Decorations everywhere!

 

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Beautiful street artist!

 

First stop –  lots of fabric shopping and a lovely lunch!

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Our next stop was a try at canting and beautiful scenery

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Upcoming Quilting Cruises!

We’ve got some very exciting Quilt Cruises coming up!

 

August 19 – 26, 2017

Alaska 7 Day Quilt Cruise!  (Just a few spots left!)

 

With so much bountiful wildlife and breathtaking scenery, no wonder “The Last Frontier” is the first choice on most cruise lover’s wish lists. There’s something wonderful awaiting you in every port of call:

  • Juneau – In Alaska’s capital, taste salmon baked over an alderwood fire, pan for gold, flight-see the Juneau Ice Field, and visit the Mendenhall glacier.
  • Sitka – Step back to the days of Russian Alaska as you watch lively performances of the New Archangel Dancers and view holy paintings of the Czarists’ days. Plenty of wildlife adventures await!
  • Ketchikan – Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world’s largest collection of totem poles or kayak the colorful waterfront. Visit Creek Street and see Alaska as the early pioneers did.
  • Victoria, B.C. – Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

You can play tourist, choosing your pleasure, whether it be walking, touring, flight-seeing or shopping. All the ports we visit are directly in town, and there is a lot to see within walking distance, including quilt shops in every port.

For complete details, click here.

 

 

 

February 14 – 28, 2018

14 day Quilt Explorations Batiks and Bali cruise!  (Taking Waitlists)

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This 14-day cruise of a lifetime begins and ends in Singapore. Visit the Indonesian ports of Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Probolinggo, Lombok, Komodo Island and overnight on board ship in magical Bali. Tour along the way in ports that will show you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Indonesian fabric industry.

We will visit the biggest textile market in South East Asia, Tanah Abang Market, on Jakarta. While on Java, we will not only visit traditional markets, but observe the process of making batiks. Once you’ve observed, step in and learn from a batik expert as they guide you through designing and creating your own hand-made batik to bring home! While in Bali and visit the center of Balinese hand-woven fabric.

Round out the cruise with a tour to Komodo Island where you can visit the amazing Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat. With lectures, shopping time and surprises along the way, this will be an unforgettable trip of a lifetime! To know the exact schedule and route of the cruise, view the detailed itinerary.

For complete details, click here

 

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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