Alaska Quilt Seminar at Sea

7 Days • May 19 – 26, 2018
Cruise to Alaska in 2018! See extraordinary sights, meet new friends and perfect your quilting techniques with the help of instructors Gyleen X. Fitzgerald, Sue Nickels, Ana Buzzalino and Paula Nadelstern.
2018 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, May 20, 2018 8:30 am - 4:00 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
It Takes Seven Sisters
Class Is Waitlisted
Gyleen X. Fitzgerald

It Takes Seven SistersOne, two, three stars I see at night. Alaska, the perfect venue to see all stars in seven sisters. Nothing is more stunning than twenty brilliant stars made from diamonds. "Seven Sisters" block is what makes this quilt sparkle. The power in the sparkle is created by using 20 great fabrics from a narrow color palette. Assembly is not as hard as you think. In this workshop you will learn the Butterfly Seam for perfect set-in piecing. Come ready to relax and chat; this beauty takes time to complete.

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

Alaska Inspirations Sue Nickels

Alaska InspirationsSue has created an original "Alaska" inspired floral appliqué pattern. The design is in
keeping with Sue's award-winning quilts and is inspired by folk art appliqué of the 1800's. Sue will Incorporate cotton, wool and hand embroidery in this new pattern. Students will begin the preparation for this unique block. In demo format- Sue will show the details of the machine appliqué and hand embroidery techniques used on her quilts. Machine appliqué technique is featured in her book "Stitched Raw Edge Applique". Go home with your block ready for stitching. Sue will provide the full sized pattern for the block. Please note- Photo for this class is similar to the one student's will receive in class, cruise project will have "Alaska" focus. *There is a required kit.

Please note: This is a non-sewing machine class.
Skill level: All levels.

Moments Ana Buzzalino

MomentsThis is a design class – Students will work on their own original designs. The workshop is based on the techniques used to make my art piece "Moments" which appeared in Quilting Arts Magazine February/March 2008. Each student will work on their own piece to be finished at approximately 17" x 24". The focus of the morning will be on designing the piece based on a favorite object of inspiration (a photo, a leaf, shell, feather, piece of wood, cup, etc.). During the afternoon, and once the design has been finalized, the piecing technique will be demonstrated. Working with their master pattern, students will start preparing the pieces and sewing them together. If time allows, quilting and embellishing techniques will be discussed.

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

Trip Around the World – Revisited Paula Nadelstern

Trip Around the WorldThis design class takes a traditional quilt pattern and giftwraps its simple shapes with intricate fabric. Along with many other design strategies, explore the possibilities offered by charismatic textiles and the magic of symmetry. Learn to make different types of templates leading to unique and enhanced design options and varied effects including seamless connections. The take away is how quilts made of simple shapes can be transformed into visual spectacles that read as complex, thoughtful acts of creativity.

Skill level: All levels.

Monday, May 21, 2018 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Thursday, May 24, 2018 (Continued) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
So Square Gyleen X. Fitzgerald

So SquareGraphic and modern with cleanliness. Squares and rectangles do the work for a visually stunning quilt. The bones of this design are great for solids, semi-solids, and batiks. I'll do the math to put your center…on point! Consider using the colors of Alaska for the perfect memory of your journey.

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

Stars Across the Alaska Sky – Machine Piecing and Applique Techniques
Class Is Waitlisted
Sue Nickels

Stars Across the Alaska SkyIn this workshop learn machine piecing and machine appliqué to make a wonderful contemporary quilt project. Start with a quick method for machine piecing a trip around the world background (the Alaska sky). This piecing technique can be useful for many other projects in the future. Next learn a raw edge machine appliqué technique for the stars that travel across the Alaska sky. This easy appliqué technique is featured in Sue's book "Stitched "Raw Edge Appliqué" co-authored with her sister, Pat Holly. Learn two great machine techniques and have a wonderful keepsake of your Alaska Cruise.
*There is a required kit.

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

Introduction to Fabric Painting Ana Buzzalino

Intro to Fabric PaintingIn this fun class, Ana will expand your quilting horizons! This class is ideal for those interested in trying new techniques. Using fabric paints, students will paint the design. Instruction will cover blending, shading and detail work. There will be a discussion on different types of paints. Fabric painting will open the door to giving your quilts a beautiful new dimension!

Skill level: All levels.

Opulent Ornaments Paula Nadelstern

Opulent OrnamentsGet in touch with your inner embellisher. Decorate your way to a beautiful object brimming with sparkle and ready to display using a simple, non-sewing technique. Students will learn to rely on the repetitive flow of shapes and colors to create this easy-to-make but visually complex object.

Skill level: All levels.

Friday, May 25, 2018 8:30 am - 4:00 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Flower Power: Big Stitch on Small Quilts Gyleen X. Fitzgerald

Flower PowerIn this medley you'll learn three different "fast" hand quilting stitches plus which needle to use, thread choices and how to select and use the right stencil. At the end of the day, you would have developed your personal "hand" stitch.

Skill level: All levels.

Whale Party – Feathers for Free Motion Machine Quilting Sue Nickels

Whale PartyLearn to free motion quilt beautiful feather designs on the home sewing machine. Sue has used the feather design successfully on many of her quilts. The feather is the ideal design for free motion quilting and is easier than you think. First, practice the techniques used to achieve beautiful, consistent and smooth stitches. Next, work on your "Whale Party" Feather project. Sue will provide a kit with your own marked top, batting, backing and thread for this unique project. Sue's book "Feathers and Fillers: Design and Machine Quilting Techniques" features this great project.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level:
All levels (students should have tried free motion quilting).

Monoprinting Without a Press Ana Buzzalino

Monoprinting Without a PressDiscover a whole new world of artistic possibilities when you combine paint and fabric and monoprints which combine the spontaneity of printed paints and fabric, creating a surface that is unlike any other. It is the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques. No two prints are alike. Students will learn to layer colors, patterns and textures on the printing plate to build images directly onto the fabric using water-based paints on the plate. Utilizing various techniques such as masking, multiple drop printing, color mixing, etc. and playing with textures and random materials, students will create several pieces that can serve as underpaintings for future work or stand alone as a body of work. Beware! It is fun...and very addictive.

Skill level: All levels.

Sixty-Thirty
Class Is Waitlisted
Paula Nadelstern

Sixty-ThirtyExplore the possibilities offered by complex textiles while demystifying the nature of sym-metry. Students will learn to draft perfect angles and sew dissimilar angles together. This product and process class is extremely satisfying and engaging, culminating in the creation of a unique and fabulous kaleidoscope block. Often effects more wonderful than you imagine occur, making you both the one who makes the magic and the one who is surprised.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level:
Intermediate to Advanced.

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!