Canada, New England and Bermuda Quilt Seminar at Sea

10 Days • October 15 – 25, 2019
Quilt and cruise (all-inclusive) in luxury to the East Coast, Halifax, Canada and fabulous St. George, Bermuda aboard Regent's Seven Seas Navigator.
2019 Canada, New England and Bermuda 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, October 20, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
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. You'll 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.

Big Stitch on Small Quilts Gyleen X. Fitzgerald

Dragonfly GardenIn this workshop students will learn three different "fast" hand-quilting stitches to use alone or as an added design element to machine quilting. Gain knowledge on which needle to use, thread choices and how to select and use the right stencil. By the end of class, students will have developed a personal "hand" stitch.

Skill level: All levels.

Monday, October 21, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Simple Quilts, Complex Fabric Paula Nadelstern

Simple QuiltsI've distilled twenty years of complex quiltmaking into simple theories that explain my idiosyncratic patchwork sensibility and define my way of thinking about fabric. This class presents unique design strategies and piece policies while exploring the idea that simple quilt patterns can be transformed into visual spectacles by using charismatic prints. The format includes a power point presentation, group discussion, quilts and illustrations demonstrating unique and essential design elements including the role of symmetry. Hands-on exercises integrating design and technique will include making templates, detangling angles, strip piecing and seemingly seamless connections.

Skill level: All levels.

Color Me Beautiful – Modern Polygon Sampler Gyleen X. Fitzgerald

Lone PineDiamonds, pyramids, hexagons, half-hexagons, kites and houses are playmates in this polygon sampler. Let loose your design talent using the 12 polygon shapes and colored pencils. No math, learn to use of 3 Polygon Tools to create modern hexagon blocks. Come play with polygons, it's so easy you’ll fall in love.

Skill level: All levels.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Sixty-Thirty Paula Nadelstern

Sixty-ThirtyExplore the possibilities offered by complex textiles while demystifying the nature of symmetry. Learn to draft perfect angles and create a unique kaleidoscope block. Gain understanding about how to identify and join dissimilar angles, a skill that empowers you to sew any patch or oddly fractured seam to any other. This technique allows you to piece together any randomly divided block or untraditional layout.

Skill level: All levels.

Cut Flowers Gyleen X. Fitzgerald

Under the SeaImagine a stroll thru the garden, enjoying the smell of sweet flowers and feeling the warmth of the setting sun. "Cut Flowers" captures that memory. For the sample, I used an unidentified wool blend fabric for the background. It shrunk as expected but didn’t quite felt, however, the texture changed from smooth to nubby. After completing the appliqué, I backed the background with light weight fusible interfacing. So there you have it, anything is possible. Try it; a positive surprise may be in store. This wall hanging also looks grand made from 100% cotton fabric in a more traditional appliqué style. The possibilities are endless.

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!