New Zealand Explorer Quilt Seminar at Sea

14 Days • January 18 – February 1, 2020
Don't miss an unforgettable cruise Down Under! Join fellow quilters and two award-winning, renowned instructors, Karen Combs and Sue Nickels.
2019 Northern Isles Quilt Cruise

Quilting Classes

Please read the class descriptions below. You will be assured of being placed in three full day classes. Class assignments and supply lists will be mailed to you along with your notice for final payment 90 days prior to departure. Classes are open to all levels of ability, unless otherwise stated in the description.

Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Monday, January 20, 2020 (Continued) 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Modern Attic Windows Karen Combs

Modern Attic WindowsIt's old, but its brand new, English Paper Piecing (also known as EPP) is all the rage! Why? Because this technique is easy, fun, accurate and best of all, portable. It's perfect for sitting, stitching and watching the water sail by during our cruise. Join Karen,, as she shows you this popular technique while creating her newest EPP Pattern – Modern Attic Windows. Frankly, Karen avoided this kind of piecing for years...until she tried it. Now she's hooked and it is her "go-to" take-along project. Don't worry if you've never tried it before, Karen will show you all the tricks and tips.

Caution: You may become addicted! On day 1, Karen will teach you the basics, we will play with value to create our Attic Windows and fill them with our favorite fabrics. On Day 2, we will explore different "window" designs, using Karen's quick method to create 3-D Patchwork. Join Karen to create your own amazing MODERN ATTIC WINDOWS!

Skill level: All levels.

New Zealand Flower Garden Wall Quilt – Wool Appliqué Sue Nickels

Flower GardenCreate this beautiful quilt project using wool and hand stitching. Sue's original design will include flowers and birds from New Zealand. This lovely floral design uses good quality wool for the appliqué and cotton flannel for the background. Learn to stitch the edge of the appliqué with an easy blanket stitch and embellish with interesting hand embroidery. The creative scallop edge completes this project. Sue has also used a machine blanket stitch to stitch the edge of the appliqué and Sue will show this option in a power point presentation. Go home with a unique and creative project to remember your fabulous New Zealand cruise.

Please note: Photo is similar to the actual project. New Zealand Flower Garden Wall Quilt will be customized for this cruise.

Skill level: All levels.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Sampler Series: No need to sign up in advance.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Quilts of Illusion Karen Combs

Quilts of IllusionLet Karen show you secrets to creating beautiful Quilts of Illusions. In the morning, we will learn some secrets of using color and fabric selection to enhance illusions. Next, Karen will show you how to create 3-D cubes by drawing in perspective. (You say you can't draw? No problem, If you can draw a wiggly straight line, you can do this!) In the afternoon, Karen will show different design options as we play with creating 3-D cubes. She will also share all the tips for sewing your cubes once you get home. (Don't worry, they are really quite easy to sew. Karen has some fantastic tricks to make it oh-so-easy!)

Skill level: All levels.

Feathers – New Zealand Style Sue Nickels

TransparencyExplore using feathers for quilting motifs and for appliqué designs. Sue has used the traditional feather motif to create beautiful designs for her quilts and has authored a book on design and machine quilting feathers. Using Sue's concept for design and New Zealand influences, create original feather motifs for your project. This class combines quilting and appliqué to create a unique quilt! Although we will not have sewing machines onboard ship, Sue will show how to successfully machine quilt and machine appliqué in a power point presentation. Once home from the cruise- your top will be ready for stitching as a wonderful reminder of this fabulous New Zealand Cruise.

Skill level: All levels.

Friday, January 31, 2020 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Transparency Karen Combs

TransparencyLearn all the secrets to creating the look of transparency in your quilts. Transparency is the use of color to make your quilts look like one color is laying over another. It's very simple if you know how. After this class, you can amaze your friends and family with your use of color!

Skill level: All levels.

Really Cute Little Birds Sue Nickels

BirdsThis small one block wall quilt has many cute little birds inspired by the birds of New Zealand. Construct this block using a quick fusible appliqué technique. Sue designed this block exclusively for this cruise to incorporate the techniques used in her award winning quilts. Students will do the preparation for this unique block in class. In a power point presentation, Sue will show the stitching techniques to complete this block at home. This block will be a wonderful memoir of this fabulous New Zealand Cruise!

Skill level: All levels.

Class notes: Holding a quilt seminar on a cruise ship is a unique experience. Sometimes there are space and time challenges that prevent our being able to be "project oriented" and we must concentrate more on process. It is very unlikely that you will have an absolutely finished project at the end of a class. It is helpful if your expectations match these realities. But regardless of how far you are able to progress, our instructors are professionals—some of the best in the quilting world—and we know you will learn many new techniques and have a wonderful experience! No machines are provided or required for this cruise.