Alaska Cruisetour (Cruise Only) Quilt Seminar at Sea

7 Nights • August 19 – 26, 2018
The land portion of this trip is waitlisted, but spots are still available for the cruise! Spend 7 nights aboard Holland America Line's ms Noordam as you quilt through breathtaking scenery and to popular ports in Alaska.
2018 Alaska Cruisetour Quilt Cruise

Quilting Classes

Please read the class descriptions below. You will be assured of being placed in two 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.

Monday, August 20, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Color and Quilts of Illusion Karen Combs

Quilts IllusionLet Karen show you secrets to creating different Quilts of Illusions. We will start by learning the secrets to creating the look of transparency in your quilts. Transparency is the use of color to make your quilts look like one color is laying over another. It's very simple once you know how. Next, we will create intriguing 3-D cubes by drawing in perspective, as well as in isometric perspective and use color to enhance the illusion. (You say you can't draw? No problem, if you can draw a wiggly straight line, you can draw in perspective!) Karen will also demo using color in quilts to create "sparkle", fabric selection and piecing, so you can create your own quilts of illusion at home!

Skill level: All levels.

Otter Friends Kathy McNeil

Otter FriendsLet Kathy get you started on the exciting and never ending possibilities of pictorial quilting while creating some of the most lovable creatures on earth! Kathy will demonstrate Machine, Raw Edge, and Hand Appliqué. Use your choice of techniques to create these quilted friends while learning the steps of layered appliqué. Add depth and dimension by simple tricks of fabric selection. Play with fabric paints to create highlights and shadows. The otters will be made off block as a unit which can be placed on the background of your choice. Alaskan sea otters win the hearts of all who see them!

Skill level: All levels.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Round Robin Sampler: No need to sign up in advance.

Saturday, August 25, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Batiking, Shirbori and Dyeing, Oh My! Karen Combs

DyeingLet Karen show you a truly magical way to "batik", dye and shirbori 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. Karen will show you how to create the colorful magic. Not only will you have a blast, you will leave class with several original silk scarves (and other items!) to keep for yourself or give as a gift. Karen always has some surprises for members of this class, it is a fun class for all level of quilters!

Skill level: All levels.

Puffin Personalities Kathy McNeil

Puffin PersonalitiesEmbrace the possibilities of "Unit Appliqué" by making Alaskan Puffins. Quilt these little characters into your native Alaskan wildlife memories. Each puffin has its own personality. Learn the steps to traditional layered appliqué with this easy pattern. Have fun with fused technique or the new, easy, turned edge appliqué method with Apliquick. Watch the following video for a preview of Apliquick:

Larger pieces can be turned and those tiny eyebrows can be fused by combining techniques. Add embellishments to commemorate each of our stops along the cruise. These Puffins have never met a vest, block or landscape quilt top that they wouldn’t want to be placed on.

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!