You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 11 days with four extraordinary teachers aboard Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam. This fantastic group was chosen because they are all exceptional instructors who are friendly, fun-loving and warm. All are internationally known for the books they have published and their exceptional teaching skills.
Kimberly Einmo is an author, designer, international quilting instructor and quilt judge. She has written four books published by the American Quilter's Society including Quilt A Travel Souvenir, Jelly Roll Quilts & More, Jelly Roll Quilt Magic and Precuts Bonanza, which were all best sellers. Her fifth book, Modern Quilts & More is soon to be released in early 2014!
Kimberly is host to two immensely popular online quilting courses, Magical Jelly Roll Quilts and Chain of Stars Mystery Quilt featured on Craftsy.com, and she has also appeared on television and radio programs such as America Quilts Creatively and Pat Sloan's American Quilting and Patchwork Radio Show. She has written many articles and designed original patterns which have appeared in publications including American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, McCall's Quilting and Quick Quilts Magazines, Best Modern Quilts, American Quilter Magazine, Quilters' Home Magazine, Japanese Patchwork Tsushin Magazine, Down Under Quilts and Irish Quilting Magazine.
Kimberly has also developed a signature line of innovative tools including the EZ Flying Geese Ruler, EZ Jelly Roll Ruler, EZ Hearts Cut Tool, and the EZ Pineapple Ruler, all manufactured and distributed by EZ Quilting and the Simplicity Creative Group. She has traveled the United States and the world extensively to lecture and teach and she represented the United States at the 2nd, 4th, and 6th Annual Prague Patchwork Meetings in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Kimberly has taught on many quilting cruises with Quilt Seminars at Sea, and she will return to the high seas in 2014 and 2015 for cruises to Alaska, New England/Canada and Mexico.
Kimberly is a member of the prestigious group of Bernina Sewing Ambassadors of America, and has also represented Pfaff Sewing Machines as one of their Pfaff Sewing Stars. Most of all, Kimberly loves to meet quilters from around the world and share the joy and passion of patchwork with everyone!
Ana Buzzalino grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where sewing was part of her life at an early age. She took dressmaking classes and art classes while in school. In early 1983, Ana moved to Calgary. A couple of years later, while walking down the street, she saw a "blanket" on a window and went into the store to enquire about purchasing it. She was told that it wasn't for sale, but that she could learn how to make her own. She signed up for a beginner's quilting class that same day, and she never looked back. The rest, as they say, is history. Ana has been teaching quilting since 1986 and has taken numerous workshops with renowned quilt and fiber artists throughout the years to improve her skills. She has also attended several classes at the Alberta College of Arts and Design. Ana has been a teacher on a variety of quilting techniques for the past 30 years. Ana's present focus is on Art Quilting, incorporating different elements of surface design, such as fabric painting, mono-printing, screen printing and hand-dyeing. Ana is a frequent contributor to Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilting Arts TV. Her work has also appeared in the American Quilter's Society Magazine, in A Needle Pulling Thread, and in Modern Patchwork, as well as in 101 Patchwork Projects and Quilts and Quilt Scene. Ana has also worked on 2 workshop DVDs with Interweave/F&W. Ana's quilts have won several awards at local and national shows, and have been juried into major International shows.
Cindy is an inspiring and innovative author, teacher, lecturer, and TV personality. You'll recognize Cindy as a regular hostess for the current www.Quilterstv.com, public TV for quilters on the web and the hostess of the former PBS TV show Quilt Central. She is best known as the author of the PRIMEDIA award-winning book Snippet Sensations. She has authored 8 additional books, Fine Hand Quilting, Attic Windows, More Snippet Sensations, Snippet Flower Bouquet, Snippet Christmas Celebrations, Basic Applique with 1930 Patterns, Basic Guide to Dyeing & Painting Fabric, and Contemporary Quilting. Her newest (10th) book is Fabric Painting with Cindy Walter published by C&T, 2011. She regularly inspires quilters at large shows such as IQA and AQS in the USA and around the world in exciting places including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, France and Germany. Her articles and quilts have appeared in many magazines including McCall's Quilting, Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting, Patchwork magazine of Germany, Magic Patch in France, Quilting Today, and Traditional Quilts. Cindy and her husband, former Hawai`i Attorney General Michael Lilly, live in Honolulu, Hawai`i.
Quilting is in Jeanette's DNA. Both her grandmother and mother were hand quilters. Jeanette still has a nine-patch quilt made by her grandmother that was given to her as the oldest grandchild. She cut pieces for her mother using scissors, which we all know was not fun. Fast forward to 2003 when she took a class and discovered the rotary cutter. In 2006, she discovered paper piecing. Jeanette loves the sharp points and precision of paper piecing and is CDO (OCD with the letters in the proper order, as they should be) about pieces lining up, so paper piecing had immediate appeal. After retiring from a career in Human Resources in 2013, Jeanette began teaching Judy Niemeyer's patterns at a local quilt shop. Her passion is showing beginning students how easy Judy's patterns are to read, how organized the patterns are, and how simple to finish if the steps are followed. Her biggest reward is the satisfaction of seeing amazing works of art from beginning students who said, "I could never do that." Jeanette's second passion is travel. She has combined her love of quilting with her love of travel, and attends quilt festivals, shows and retreats around the country and around the world. Jeanette holds officer positions in several guilds. Her goal in life is to reduce the abundance of UFO's multiplying in her studio.