You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 17 days with four 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.
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.
Paula Nadelstern's award-winning quilts have been exhibited internationally, in solo exhibits mounted at The American Folk Art Museum in NYC (April-Sept 09), The Museum of the American Quilters Society, Houston International Quilt Festival, in New York City and Japan, on television shows and online websites, and in books and magazines. Her work was included in the Twentieth Century's 100 Best American Quilts, a prestigious exhibit mounted for the millennium. Paula is the author of Paula Nadelstern's Kaleidoscope Quilts, Puzzle Quilts: Simple Blocks, Complex Fabric, Kaleidoscopes & Quilts and Snowflakes & Quilts. She was a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1995 and 2001, and from The Bronx Council on the Arts in 1996. Paula designs textile prints exclusively for Benartex, Inc. and travels extensively teaching her unique kaleidoscopic quiltmaking techniques.
Cindy is an inspiring and innovative author, teacher, lecturer, and TV personality. You'll recognize Cindy as a regular hostess for the current www.Quilterstv.com, public TV for quilters on the web and the hostess of the former PBS TV show Quilt Central. She is best known as the author of the PRIMEDIA award-winning book Snippet Sensations. She has authored 8 additional books, Fine Hand Quilting, Attic Windows, More Snippet Sensations, Snippet Flower Bouquet, Snippet Christmas Celebrations, Basic Applique with 1930 Patterns, Basic Guide to Dyeing & Painting Fabric, and Contemporary Quilting. Her newest (10th) book is Fabric Painting with Cindy Walter published by C&T, 2011. She regularly inspires quilters at large shows such as IQA and AQS in the USA and around the world in exciting places including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, France and Germany. Her articles and quilts have appeared in many magazines including McCall's Quilting, Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting, Patchwork magazine of Germany, Magic Patch in France, Quilting Today, and Traditional Quilts. Cindy and her husband, former Hawai'i Attorney General Michael Lilly, live in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Gyleen was born in Philadelphia, PA but grew up in Taiwan and Japan. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University and opened Colourful Stitches in 1999. Those formative years in the Far East developed her love for simplistic artistry. She began needlework at the very young age of four and has since pursued artistic expression in drawing and quilt making. Her quilts blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence to traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. Her writing life came much later; she started with technical reports, moved to technical instructions and finally got the courage to do creative organized thinking. Her written works center around Haiku poetry, Quilt project books, patterns and magazine articles and of course the crème de la crème, children's books. As an artist, she has achieved "Best of Show" recognition; as a writer and publisher, she has achieved award-winning status with Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings. Gyleen has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting finishing antique quilts and the new spirit of traditional quilting. Gyleen has an active social media presence on three Facebook group pages and in the Forum of The Quilt Show's website. For Gyleen, quilting is the passion that colors her world as her writing journey continues.