South America and Antarctica Quilt Seminar at Sea

20 Days • January 30 – February 19, 2021
Visit amazing South American cities and cherish unforgettable Antarctica experiences with other quilt enthusiasts and instructors Kathy McNeil and Sue Nickels.
2021 South America and Antarctica 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.

Please note: There are no sewing machines provided or required for this cruise!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 (Continued) 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
"Arpilleras" Folk Art Wool Applique and Embroidery Sue Nickels

Arpilleras Folk Art Wool Applique and EmbroideryThis project is inspired by the brightly colored patchwork pictures called "Arpilleras" made by groups of women in Chile. Choose from a selection of the designs that Sue has created exclusively for this trip! This project will incorporate hand stitching and hand embroidery using wool, flannel and cotton fabrics. This is an easy and stress free project for all skill levels! Your small patchwork picture will be a wonderful reminder of our trip to South America. Project size 18" x 18" (photo is an example of an Arpilleras – project will vary from this and be your unique version).

Skill level: All levels.

Penguin Love Workshop Kathy McNeil

Penguin LoveDay One: Let this wise mother penguin teach you how easy appliqué can be. Kathy will share the benefits of unit appliqué. The Penguins will be made as a free standing unit prior to being placed on the background. Learn to turn your edges with the new Apliquick system. Edges are turned over Apliquick interfacing, (which remains in the piece), creating additional loft, and dimension. Precision with small shapes like those beaks has a swift learning curve with this system. Love for this Apliquick method has been sweeping the appliqué world.

Day two: We will create the Antarctic scene for our mother and chick. We will be fusing today. The chilly, dramatic sky has approximately 70 pre-cut and fused squares for you to audition and place on your own unique sky. Enhance the visual impact of this Antarctic scene, by adding colored reflections to the water with professional paint crayons. Kathy will demonstrate these in class and they are available from the instructors web site. Instruction for piecing your background sky fabric and the water fabric will be given with the kit.

Skill level: All levels.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Teacher Demos: No need to sign up in advance.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Luisa the Llama Sue Nickels

Luisa the LlamaCreate this small Llama quilt as a remembrance of this once in lifetime trip to South America. Start with the basic Llama to learn Sue's Stitched Raw Edge Machine Applique technique. Next, add blankets, baskets, flowers and other embellishments to personalize your Llama. Hand embroidery details will add the finishing touch to this cute project! Please note: final machine stitching will be completed once home from the cruise. Project size: approx. 20" x 18" (photo is an example of a Llama similar to the project)

Skill level: All levels.

Razzle Dazzle Your Borders Kathy McNeil

Razzle Dazzle BordersLet's take it up a notch. The quilt is done. Do your borders enhance the "Visual Impact" of your quilts? Kathy's interactive presentation will dazzle you with photos, design tips, and samples to help you choose the best styles and sizes of borders to razzle dazzle your own finish line. We will cover a lot of ideas in the morning. The afternoon session will introduce you to the joys of using different art mediums to enhance your border projects. Kathy will demonstrate, metallic Tsukineko inks, Ink tense pencils, transparent water color paint crayons for over dying and shading, shadow trapunto, adding text to your borders, and foiling. Practice painted appliquéd on your pre-printed parrot blocks. We will discuss how best to use each of these wonderful options on your next quilting project!

Skill level: All levels.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
"Hermosas Flores" (Beautiful Flowers) Sue Nickels

Beautiful FlowersEnjoy working on this beautiful floral block. The design is inspired by South American Folk Art embroidery. Use this block on its own, or add more blocks to create a small quilt. Students will do the preparation for this block in class and complete the stitching when home from the cruise. Learn the details of Sue's Stitched Raw Edge Applique technique. Hand embroidery features will add the finishing touch and students will learn these details on small stitched sample provided in the kit. Block size 15" x 15" (photo is an example of South American Folk Art Embroidery – project will vary from this)

Skill level: All levels.

Chilean Fire Bush Kathy McNeil

Chilean Fire BushStep into the world of pictorial quilting while having fun creating your unique landscape quilt. This wallhanging captures the beauty of the Patagonian peaks and vivid flora from this amazing region. The Chilean Fire Bush grows in the temperate forests of Chile and Argentina. It's vivid red flowers bloom in spring, and are pollinated by hummingbirds. In this workshop, Kathy will share some secrets that help bring landscapes alive. Learn how to choose fabrics that create depth and dimension in your composition. Play with Ink tense pencils to create details and shading.

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.