Karen Combs 


Free Admission to all QU members!

NOVA Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Quilts of Illusion

Explore the world of optical illusions with Karen as she shows you some of the wonderful quilts that she has created.  A beautiful and inspiring trunk show.

A native of Michigan, Karen Combs began quilting in 1973 while still in high school. Karen is intrigued with quilts of illusions and has been designing quilts with a 3-D look for several years. Her quilts are known for taking a traditional pattern and giving it her own unique “twist.”

Karen is the author 9 different books, some of the titles include Optical Illusions for Quilters(AQS),  Combing Through Your Scraps (AQS), Floral Illusions (AQS) , 3 Quilters Celebrate the 4 Seasons (AQS) & 3-D Fun with Pandora’s Box, co-authored with Sharlene Jorgenson of Quilting from the Heartland and Celtic Pieced Illusions (AQS).

She has been a fabric designer for almost two decades and has created over 100 different collections; both batiks and quilting cottons.  Many of Karen’s fabric designs have become classics.

Nominated for Teacher of the year in 1995, 2000 and in 2005, by Professional Quilter Journal, Karen travels internationally to teach her techniques and methods.  In 2012, Karen was honored to be asked to judge the IQA Quilt show.

Workshop: Patchwork Illusions


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 9 am to 3 pm

  • Location: Sully Government Center, MacDonald Community Room, Chantilly, VA
  • Workshop fee:  $40 plus $16 kit fee (payable to instructor)
  • To Register: Look for information to come from your chapter

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 Gallery 3.

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!


More examples from this class can be seen by clicking here.

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