Karen Combs

Karen is an internationally known quilter, teacher, author and designer who has been nominated 3 times by students for Quilt Teacher of the Year.  Teaching since 1989, she is in high demand as a teacher who encourages her students, makes learning fun and makes the complex easy to understand!

Karen is fascinated with optical illusions and quilts; this is the subject of many of her workshops.  She is the author scores of magazine articles, quilt patterns and has written 9 quilting books, among them, Optical Illusions for QuiltersCombing Through Your Scraps and Celtic Patchwork Illusions.    She has designed over 100 fabric collections, both quilting cotton and batiks and is known for her innovative designs.  She currently designs for Banyan Batiks, a division of Northcott.

Karen has appeared on many quilting TV programs and has a Craftsy class, New Directions in Tumbling blocks.   

She has worked with Quilt Seminars at Sea for over a decade, teaching her quilting techniques and traveling the world. 

Karen lives in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee with her husband, Rick and cute Shih Tzu named  Benji.


Quilts of Illusion

February 18, 7:00 PM

Zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting. Guest sign ups will be available in late January.

Explore the world of optical illusions with Karen as she shows you some of the wonderful quilts that she has created and shares tricks and tips how to make them.  This virtual lecture is a beautiful and inspiring trunk show. There will be time for questions after the lecture.


Jewel Box

February 19, 9:30AM-12:30PM

Location: Online

This is a beautiful quilt with the illusion of depth. Don’t let it scare you, the piecing is easy, created from just triangles! Believe it or not, this stunning quilt is created with just one block, done in different colors. Quilt is 48” x 48”.  Different layouts will be discussed in class.



Patchwork Illusions

February 20, 9:30AM-4:00PM

Location: Online

Visual depth has fascinated artists for centuries, Karen has developed a quick and easy rotary technique that allows you to make quilts with a 3-D look.  In the class, you will learn how to create quilts shown in the Quilter’s Gallery.

Frankly, this is Karen’s favorite class because it is so easy to create truly amazing quilts of illusion.  Let Karen share her secrets, so you may become a master of illusion!

Workshop Policies

To sign-up for workshops please use the link above, stop by the Programs Table at any guild meeting, or contact our Programs Chair at programs@nsqg.club. Policies are subject to change without notice.