Hawai`i Quilt Seminar at Sea

17 Days • February 3 – 20, 2019
Embrace uninterrupted sewing time, expert instruction and "sewcial" time as you cruise across the beautiful Pacific Ocean to America's Paradise.
2019 Hawaii 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.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Make and Take Demo: Get familiar with our fabulous Janome machines with this fun and easy project! No need to sign up in advance.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Learning Epp-Tumbling Blocks Karen Combs

Epp-Tumbling BlocksIt's old, but its brand new! Hexies and English Paper Piecing are all the rage! Why, because this technique is easy, fast, accurate and best of all, portable, perfect for sitting, stitching and watching the water sail by during our cruise. Join Karen, as she shows you this popular technique while creating an amazing 3-D quilt. Frankly, Karen avoided this kind of piecing for years...until she tried it. Now she's hooked and it is her "go-to" take along pro-ject. Don't worry if you've never tried it before, we will start at the beginning and learn all the tricks and tips need. CAUTION: You may become addicted!

Skill level: All levels.

Sixty-Thirty
Class Is Waitlisted
Paula Nadelstern

Sixty ThirtyTRUST ME: This class is not about math and it is not only for people who enjoy being fastidious. It is both a product and process class that is extremely satisfying and simple, concluding in the creation of a unique and fabulous kaleidoscope block. Although the block looks complex, it is made from only 2 different fab-rics. In this class, you will learn about symmetrical fabrics and explore the possibilities offered by complex textiles. You will learn a very simple, intuitive, no-MATH technique to draft pretty perfect angles. 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: Advanced beginner.

Snippets Sensations
Class Is Waitlisted
Cindy Walter

Snippet SensationsLearn Cindy's fast, raw edge fusible Snippet Sensations© technique while working on your own individual design. Pictorial quilts seem difficult, but not with this fun, pattern-free technique. This class is full of de-sign tips. Snippets is a great way to use your fabric scraps. You might even consider creating a memorabilia scene from the cruise!

Skill level: All levels.

Over and Under Rainbows
Class Is Waitlisted
Gyleen X. Fitzgerald

Over and Under RainbowsModern with a twist! "KNOT" as hard as you think! It's visually dynamic with fast easy piecing. Don't let cutting "Tie" you up. All you need is one 2.5" strip set and 3.5 yards of background. This workshop project is a 70" x 70" lap quilt, however doing less makes a wonderful table or bed runner. Project looks modern with solid or semi-solid or batik fabric. Select a background fabric that doesn't compete with your strips. If you have a collection of self-made 2½ strips you go for scrappy. I used my light 2½ strips for a scrappy background. Don't over think it. Come to have fun!

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

Tropical Plumes Sue Nickels

Tropical PlumesConstruct a tropical inspired block using a quick fusible machine appliqué technique. Sue designed this block exclusively for island cruises to incorporate the techniques used in her award winning quilts. Students will do the preparation for this unique block in class. In demo format, Sue will show the stitching techniques to complete this block. Students can stitch their block either during open sewing or once home. This block will be a wonderful memoir of this fabulous Hawaii Cruise!

Skill level: All levels.

Tula Nova Jess Finn

Tula NovaTula Pink designed a Millefiori-Style quilt with English Paper Piecing and Fussy Cutting in mind! This exploding rosette is perfect for novice and expert quilters because you can make it as simple or complicated as you want using your favorite feature fabrics. Start your own version and learn the basics of EPP and Fussy Cutting!

Skill level: All levels.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Pick Up Sticks Karen Combs

Pick Up SticksA beautiful quilt of illusion, you won't believe how simple it is to make. You can create your Pick Up Sticks quilt in your 3 favorite colors or just 1 color, either way, it will be beautiful! Believe it or not, there are NO set-in seams in this quilt! Just a great pattern that works as a throw that can grow to a bed size, if you wish. Even a table runner to bed topper works! Let Karen show you how easy it is to create an intriguing quilt of illusion.

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

Wonderlust Ornaments Paula Nadelstern

Wonderlust 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. This project is fabulously fun and the result is magical!

Skill level: All levels.

Painted Quilt
Class Is Waitlisted
Cindy Walter

Painted QuiltSo easy it will seem like you're cheating. Use Paints and Inks to create a small masterpiece! You will learn a "direct" painting technique, about types of paints and inks and when to use paints instead of dyes. Class is full of tips from Cindy's latest book (Fabric Painting with Cindy Walter) with even a touch of color the-ory. Choose an abstract theme or a Traditional Hawaiian style. This class is easy, relaxing, and fun even for the non-creative soul.

Skill level: All levels.

Trash to Treasure Pineapples
Class Is Waitlisted
Gyleen X. Fitzgerald

Trash to Treasure PineapplesIs it time to clear the clutter in your life? Would you like to use up those bits and pieces of fabric stuffedin all the nooks and crannies of your sewing room? Gyleen will show you how! In this class, you will make an old fashioned favorite Pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist! Sewn with perfection and totally random, with no paper piecing. You will turn trash into a treasured, one of a kind, Pineapple quilt!

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

Alphabet Feathers Sue Nickels

Alphabet FeathersExplore the techniques Sue uses to custom design feathers. Do you want to free yourself from using sten-cils and tracing feathers from books? Have you always wanted to draw your own feather designs? Sue will show you how she easily designs original feathers. It is easier than you think! Sue will walk you step by step through the process to make feathers that fit the exact size of your quilt. Sue's book "Fabulous Feathers and Fillers" explores the whole cloth feather design. Sue original concept of using your initial for the center spine will help you create your own alphabet feather design. Time will be allowed for marking your design on your fabric. In a demo format, Sue will show how she successfully machine quilts the feather de-sign. Once home from the cruise- your whole cloth top will be ready for stitching as a wonderful reminder of this fabulous Hawaiian Cruise. (Sue will also have colored pencils to share if you want to color your design!)

Skill level: All levels.

3-D EPP Jess Finn

3-D EPPJess will show you that English Paper Piecing isn't limited to quilts! Learn to make bowls, ornaments and more in this 3-D EPP Class. These projects are great for using up scraps and make the perfect gift! What a great way to pass your time at sea in this fun and informative class!

Skill level: All levels.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Saturday, February 16, 2019 (Continued) 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Quilts of Illusion Karen Combs

Quilts of IllusionLet Karen show you secrets to creating beautiful Quilts of Illusions. On the first day, we will start by learning some of the secrets of using color and fabric selection to enhance illusions. Next, we will create intriguing 3-D cubes by drawing in perspective. (You say you can't draw? No problem, if you can draw a wiggly straight line, you can draw in perspective!) Karen will show different design options for your 3-D cubes and we will cut out your drawing. On the second day of class, let's head to the sewing machines! Karen will show you all the tricks and tips for sewing your 3-D cube. (Don't worry, they are really quite easy to sew. Karen has some fantastic tricks that make it oh-so easy!)

Sewing machines will be provided on the second day of class.
Skill level:
Advanced beginner to intermediate.

Sunstars
Class Is Waitlisted
Paula Nadelstern

SunstarsI PROMISE: This class is not about Math. If you can sew a straight line on a sewing machine, you can take and enjoy this class. I don't sew very well (really). Every step will be explained. The two-day format allows for a sensible pace to integrate the information. Day 1 is a no-sewing-machine-day. You will learn all of the unique machine piecing and template techniques I use to create kaleidoscopic images while simultaneously exploring the virtues of bilaterally symmetrical fabric. You'll learn to draft perfect angles and to identify and join different angles together. This product and process class culminates in the crea-tion 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 on the second day of class.
Skill level:
Advanced beginner.

How to Quilt It Cindy Walter

How to Quilt ItLearn to quilt your tops in a variety of ways. Which style of quilting best suits your quilt top? Quilt it by machine or hand? How much time do you have, what suits your skill level? Which tools and batting will help with the differnent styles of quilting? Hands on practice during class will help you build new skills and your confidence. This class is loaded with tips! Class is geared for all skill levels, but if there is a technique in the two days you've already mastered and don't want a brush up, feel free to work on your own project, or just relax and "talk story" as they say in Hawaii.

Sewing machines will be provided on the first day of class.
Skill level:
All levels.

Going in Circles Gyleen X. Fitzgerald

Going in CirclesVery similar to the Drunkard's Path with an extra curve or two. Learn the raw edge technique to achieve perfect "stress-free" curves without piecing. Experiment with different layouts to produce a unique design. Wall hanging (25" x 25") uses 16 fabrics from 4 color groups. Gyleen's thoughts: Bring extra fabric for "oops." This design can easily be made larger by making more blocks. There are quite a few design options so don't be surprised if you make more than one! Day 2 of this workshop will be learning 3 different hand stitches to embellish your quilt top. Or bring along another small project to experiment on! It sure to be a fun and relaxing day!

Sewing machines will be provided on the first day of class.
Skill level:
All levels.

Island Flowers Wall Quilt – Wool Applique Sue Nickels

Island FlowersCreate this beautiful quilt project using wool and hand stitching. Sue's original design is transformed with wool for the appliqué and easy hand stitching techniques. This lovely floral design uses good quality wool for the appliqué and cotton flannel for the background. The creative scallop edge completes this project. Learn to stitch the edge of the appliqué with an easy blanket stitch and embellish with interesting hand embroidery. Sue has also used a machine blanket stitch to stitch the edge of the appliqué and in demo format Sue will show this option. Go home with a unique and creative project to remember your fabulous cruise of the Hawaiian Islands.

Skill level: All levels.

Patchwork of Crosses: 4 Block Sample Jess Finn

Patchwork CrossesLucy Boston's quilt, Patchwork of the Crosses, is a timeless design with simple blocks, brought to life with Fussy Cutting. Let your imagination wander as you dive into the world of Prints and Repeats. Jess will teach you how to become an Expert Fussy Cutter like Lucy Boston!

Skill level: All levels.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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

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!