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 Instructors

You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 14 days with two extraordinary teachers aboard Holland America Line's ms Noordam. They chosen because they are all exceptional instructors who are friendly, fun-loving and warm. Both are internationally known for the books they have published and their exceptional teaching skills.

Karen CombsColumbia, TN • www.karencombs.com

Karen CombsKaren is an internationally known quilter, teacher, author and designer who has been nominated by students for Quilt Teacher of the Year in 1995, 2000 & 2005. 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 of 6 books, among them, Optical Illusions for Quilters and Combing Through Your Scraps. Her newest book is Celtic Patchwork Illusions. Karen has been a fabric designer for almost 2 decades and is now designing for Northcott's Banyan Batiks division. She has created over 100 different collections; both batiks and quilting cottons. Many of Karen's fabric designs have become classics. Karen lives in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee with her husband, Rick and cute Shih Tzu named Benji.

Sue Nickels Ann Arbor, MI • www.sue-nickels.com

Sue NickelsSue has been quilting for 28 years, starting by hand and gradually focusing on machine work. Sue has been teaching machine techniques for the past 18 years. Sue has taught and lectured nationally for shops, guilds and major conferences, including AQS, IQA and NQA. She has also taught internationally in England, Norway and Spain. Sue's major awards include 1998 AQS Best of Show for "The Beatles Quilt" made by Sue and her sister, Pat Holly. Their quilt, "The Space Quilt" won the 2003 IQA Master of Machine Artistry Award and the 2004 AQS Machine Workmanship Award. Sue's books include Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques and her newest book Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué is co-authored with Pat and was released in February 2006. Sue's priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn machine techniques that are timesaving. Sue emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed!