You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 7 days with five extraordinary teachers aboard Holland America Line's ms Eurodam. 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.
Kathy is a quilt artist, teacher, judge and designer who is passionate about the health benefits of creativity. A registered nurse for 35 years, events from her life inspire her pictorial quilted paintings. Kathy loves traveling and teaching nationally about the creative process.
Her quilts have been featured in museums, magazines, calendars and the AQS website. Four of the country's top Quilt Museum's have exhibited her work in solo shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections. Kathy feels that Quilts have been the medium for many centuries and in many cultures for women to express their own artistic vision, to give their life color, to make political or social statements, and to preserve family stories. Her work is energized and inspired by this rich tradition. She combines the elements of painting with the tactile and emotional response we all have to fabric.
Frieda's original quilts are inspired by the everyday scenery that surrounds her and the colors of the mid-west landscape she lives in. She works with her own hand dyed cotton and silk fabrics. The dyeing process is always an adventure. The ways the dyed fabrics look influence the rhythm of her work and the way she uses color in her pieces. She loves inspiring her students to create and design new quilts. Frieda has been making quilts for over 40 years and is currently a BERNINA Ambassador working on the new BERNINA 770Q domestic home sewing machine.
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.
Kathy K. Wylie was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. After graduating from McGill University with a business degree, she moved to Toronto to begin a career in marketing with IBM Canada. Seven years later, Kathy resigned from IBM to stay home and raise her family. It was at this time that she began quilting. It was love at first sight. Quilting was a combination of so many things that Kathy enjoyed: sewing, needlework, fabric, colour, graphic design, even math! Quilting became her passion and she now teaches and judges all over Canada. Kathy has been a guest-artist in residence at The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy and a faculty member at Quilt Canada. Her focus is on teaching skills and techniques that will develop other quilters. Kathy is the author of Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts (C&T Publishing, 2007), Flourish on the Vine Pattern Pack, Instruments of Praise Pattern Pack and has released other patterns in print and online. Her work has been published in magazines, including Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks and on the April/May 2012 cover of Quilters Newsletter. Kathy is interested in a broad spectrum of quilting techniques, but her style would best be described as "contemporary traditional".
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.