Alaska Quilt Seminar at Sea

7 Days • August 19 – 26, 2017
"The Last Frontier" is the first choice for breathtaking scenery and bountiful wildlife. Improve your quilting skills as you are inspired by the landscape, fellow quilters and six award-winning instructors.
2017 Alaska 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, August 20, 2017 8:30 am - 4:00 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Ice Crystals
Class Is Waitlisted
Karen Combs

How did you do that? This is what your friends will ask after you take this class! Create a beautiful 3-D quilt with Karen's special rotary cutting techniques, along with tips and tricks! A perfect class for a quilter with sewing experience.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: Advanced beginner and beyond.

The Accidental Artist
Class Is Waitlisted
Laura Wasilowski

When you design quilts as you go, you embrace serendipity and become an “accidental artist”. Learn 3 methods of creating fused quilt designs in an improvisational manner. Begin with a heap of pre fused fabric scraps from Laura's stash to trigger your design ideas. Select from several examples of systems for constructing your artwork and put your colorful fabric kit to good use. You'll create and learn as you go. It's fun to design on the fly!

Skill level: All levels.

Fabulous Facades – Doorways
Class Is Waitlisted
Gloria Loughman

Many artists have a fascination with doorways and entrances. The materials, shapes, colours, textures combine to create an entrance in to a building, a hidden space that we can only imagine from the outside. In this class we are going to create a fascinating doorway in a myriad of colors. We will use the techniques featured in my Fabulous facades Class with a choice of two patterns. There is an optional kit available for this class.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: All levels.

Easy Wool Applique
Class Is Waitlisted
Linda J. Hahn

Picture yourself on a cruise ship, making it's way up the beautiful inside passage of Alaska! You are lounging on a deck chair, warm blanket tucked around your legs as you watch whales and glaciers gliding by. The only thing that could make this better is having that perfect little hand project to work on! This class is it! Enjoy a relaxing day of hand stitching a simple wool applique project. Linda will discuss cutting, basting, appropriate needles, threads, beading and simple stitches to enhance your project. A wonderful way to take home a memory of your Alaska cruise!

Skill level: All levels.

Great Horned Owl with Cattails Joan Shay

Create a realistic Great Horned Owl using Joan's 3-D Appli-bond technique. The owl measure 12" high and is so detailed you can almost hear him hoot. A unique technique for the cattails is also taught. Appli-bond is and effective way to easily create the free flowing grasses. Great Horned owls are found throughout Alaska so bring him home as memory of your fabulous cruise.

Skill level: All levels.

Kissed by the Moon Linda M. Poole

Linda teaches you in her relaxed style, the techniques for working with inks, ink pencils, and ink blocks. Learn how to paint, blend and shade your sun and moon, while adding some whimsical doodling, to make it your own signature masterpiece!

Skill level: All levels.

Monday, August 21, 2017 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Thursday, August 24, 2017 (Continued) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Chip Out of Every Block
Class Is Waitlisted
Karen Combs

Is the chip going in or does it go out? A fun quilt of illusion, so simple to make and perfect for all levels of quilters! A throw that can grow to any size you wish! Let Karen show you how easy it is to create an intriguing quilt of illusion.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: All levels.

Free Stitched Embroidery Landscapes Laura Wasilowski

Densely hand stitched, these small landscape vignettes are created from your original design. They are made with cotton threads and free stitched on hand dyed silk fabric. The vignettes are rich in color and texture and marks by the maker. You'll learn about fabric and batting choices, how to transfer your design to silk, the threads and needles best for stitching, and how to devise embroidery stitch combinations unique to your design. It is a slow, thoughtful tempo of making intimate art work.

Skill level: All levels.

Light Up Your Landscape
Class Is Waitlisted
Gloria Loughman

Fusing small squares, rectangles or diamonds, participants will build up a landscape background that is dramatic and visually appealing. Once constructed, a foreground and an overlay of trees will be added. There will be a choice of two patterns for this class and an optional kit will be available.

Skill level: All levels.

Juicy Lucy
Class Is Waitlisted
Linda J. Hahn

One block – twelve ways? You betcha! Learn Linda's technique for rocking quilt blocks! This class covers some basic quilter's math, and how adding a color, rotating a patch or dividing a patch creates a whole new block! There's even more fun when you choose two blocks and combine them – you get some surprise secondary and terciary patterns happening! This block is so much fun to work with!

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level:
All levels.

Basket of Forget-Me-Nots Joan Shay

Forget-Me-Nots are the state flower of Alaska. What a great way to memorialize your cruise. The flowers are made using Joan's Appli-bond technique. The center white accents are created with simple painted lines. The basket is actually woven which gives it a rounded, realistic appearance. This is a technique filled class taught in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Skill level: All levels.

Color Me Beautiful Linda M. Poole

Learn to color, blend, shade, outline, and paint a whimsical watercolor painted butterfly. Linda's technique eliminates stitching many pieces together. Instead, you create one piece to easily appliqué with Linda's easy peasy glue stick technique. Linda teaches you to make designer bias tape for your oval. It's a great, doable and project to learn how to paint on fabric!

Skill level: All levels.

Friday, August 25, 2017 8:30 am - 4:00 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Magical Silk Scarves
Class Is Waitlisted
Karen Combs

A truly magical way to "Batik" silk! When the magic ingredient is added, it is exciting to watch the colors run and blend, creating unexpected and beautiful explosions of color. You say you can't draw? No worries! No drawing skill is needed. Let Karen show you how to create the colorful magic! Not only will you have a blast, you will leave class with several original silk scarves to keep for yourself or give as gifts. A fun class for all levels of quilters!

Skill level: All levels.

Tiny Homes and Gardens
Class Is Waitlisted
Laura Wasilowski

Create a little house quilt and receive a degree in Architecture from the Chicago School of Fusing at the same time! In this workshop we explore the many techniques of making a fused art quilt like free cutting, layering, collage building, improvisational design, and more! All you will need to bring is your sense of play and your neighborhood design will evolve before your very eyes!

Skill level: All levels.

Linear Landscapes
Class Is Waitlisted
Gloria Loughman

This original design for this class is based on the beautiful coastline of BC. This area of stunning natural beauty features many scenic coves, trees and waterways and we are going to create one of these in fabric. This class is based on the techniques featured in my Linear Landscape class where some of the landscape segments feature two layers so that the contours become a highlight and provide extra movement and perspective. There is an optional kit available which contains hand painted and hand dyed fabrics.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level:
All levels.

New York Beauty
Class Is Waitlisted
Linda J. Hahn

Discover how easy it is to make a New York block using Linda's ONE PIN technique. Yes, just ONE PIN – and the blocks come out perfect on your first attempt! The kit for this class includes foundation paper that can be left in the quilt (no more ripping out paper – or stitches!), reusable paper piecing stencil, custom acrylic templates and a color handout. You can choose to make your quilt with or without the fused applique. Linda will also discuss quilting designs and some alternative ways to use your templates and stencils.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level:
All levels.

Water Lilies Joan Shay

I was surprised to see that Alaska has many varieties of Water Lilies. Create your own piece of art with fabric. The water lilies are easy to make, but look realistic enough to be in the pond. All lilies need stamens so you will be instructed how to make these in a unique way. You will also learn how to make and sew a perfect oval setting. Monet could not do much better!

Skill level: All levels.

Hoot Linda M. Poole

Working with Ink pencils, Inks & More! Learn to paint, blend and add whimsical details to your whole cloth painted quilt top. Learning from Linda, an experienced painter and quilt instructor, on how to make your adorable painted owl quilt a one of a kind masterpiece. It's a great, doable and small enough project to learn how to paint on fabric! You'll find painting this owl is a Hoot!

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!