You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 7 days with two extraordinary teachers aboard Holland America Line's ms Noordam. These fantastic individuals were chosen because they are exceptional instructors who are friendly, fun-loving and warm.
Karen is an internationally known quilter, teacher, author and designer who has been nominated by students for Quilt Teacher of the Year in 1995, 2000 & 2005. Teaching since 1989, she is in high demand as a teacher who encourages her students, makes learning fun and makes the complex easy to understand! Karen is fascinated with optical illusions and quilts; this is the subject of many of her workshops. She is the author of 6 books, among them, Optical Illusions for Quilters and Combing Through Your Scraps. Her newest book is Celtic Patchwork Illusions. She began designing fabrics in 2001 and is now designing fabrics for Troy Corporation's Riverwoods Collection. She is known for her innovative fabric designs. Her fabric lines can be seen at http://www.troy-corp.com. Karen lives in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee with her husband, Rick and cute Shih Tzu named Benji.
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.