Northern Isles Quilt Seminar at Sea

14 Days • May 17 – 31, 2019
Join quilt instructors Sue Nickels, Kathy McNeil and Frieda Anderson and fellow quilt enthusiasts as you cruise to storybook castles, sweeping landscapes and the welcoming shores of Scotland, Ireland, France and more.
2019 Northern Isles 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.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Scotland Cottages Wool Applique Sue Nickels

Scotland Cottages Wool AppliqueWool is used to create a folksy appliquéd quilt project. Sue's original design is inspired by the quaint cottages of Scotland. Use fusible and a hand blanket stitch to create this small quilt project. Embellishment will be added for an even more personalized touch. Sue will also show an alternate machine blanket stitch option that can be used once you are home with your sewing machine. A kit will be provided for students to make this a fun and stress free workshop.

Skill level: All levels.

Octopus Garden Party Kathy McNeil

Octopus Garden PartyStep into the world of pictorial quilting while having fun creating your unique under the sea quilt. You will need to bring a pre made background ready to add your octopus too. Save time and concentrate on having fun together with Kathy's kits all made for you. Just cut your pre fused shapes and finger press the fused fabric pieces to your background. Add novelty fussy cut images to personalize your quilt. The complete pattern is 21 x 24.

Skill level: All levels.

Dragon Fly Garden Frieda Anderson

Dragon Fly GardenFrieda shares a new and easy way to make this enchanting garden quilt. Color-infused and comprised of fanciful shapes and a multitude of curves and motion, the piece is created using collage techniques and raw edge fusing to achieve its beautiful effect. This is the quilt you want hanging on your wall to cheer you through the seasons, all year long.

Skill level: All levels.

Saturday, May 25, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Celtic Applique – Irish Love Knot Sue Nickels

Celtic AppliqueCreate this classic design using bias strips and hand appliqué. Begin with Sue's easy method of creating bias vines. Attach these vines to the background and learn to hand appliqué your "Irish Love Knot." Make one block that can be made into a small wall quilt, pillow or tote and have a great memory of our visit to Ireland. Sue will also show an alternate straight stitch machine option that can be used once you are home with your sewing machine. Sue will have other Celtic designs for future projects.

Skill level: All levels.

Celtic Castles and Bay Kathy McNeil

Castles and BaysYou can't come home without a castle! Bring this landscape keepsake of our cruise home. All 46 pieces in this scene have been traced and fused to 21 different fabrics. Because the prep work is done for you, expect to get this top done on our cruise. Kathy will share the secrets of creating depth and perspective through simple tricks of fabric selection. Learn to use paint crayons to add highlights and shadows. Once you learn Kathy's tips it is easy to make your landscapes look like paintings. We will finish with a discussion on decorative quilting that will en-hance the look of stone walls, beaches, water, sky, bushes, etc. Consider your family tartan or memorabilia in the border.

Skill level: All levels.

Hummingbird Wall Quilt Frieda Anderson

HummingbirdThis quilt was inspired by the hummingbirds that visit my yard every year and buzz around all the flowers I plant to attract them into my garden. I plant Morning Glories by my mail box to twirl around the post and box and the Hummingbirds love to visit these trumpeting flowers throughout the morning. Using soft pastel colors for the background and vibrant green/aqua silk for the hummingbird this quilt will charm any viewer with its fun and whimsical nature.

Skill level: Confident beginner to advanced.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Le Petit Paniers De Fleurs Quilt Block Sue Nickels

Le Petit Paniers De Fleurs Quilt Block(Small Flower Basket Quilt block) Sue's popular quilt "Le Panier de Fleurs" (The Flower Basket) was inspired by a French 17th century cutwork embroidery in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In this workshop students will work on a smaller, simplified version of the center block. Preparation of the block will be done during your cruise class. Sue will show in video format the machine blanket stitch instructions for completing your block once you are home with your sewing machine. Enjoy learning Sue's great fusible appliqué technique and create a wonderful memory block from our Northern Isles cruise!

Skill level: All levels.

Celtic Owl Kathy McNeil

Celtic OwlLet this wise Celtic owl teach you how easy appliqué can be. Learn to turn your edges with the new Apliquick system. Turn your edges over Apliquick interfacing which remains in your piece, creating additional dimension. Precision with small shapes has a swift learning curve with this system. Apliquick method is sweeping the appliqué world. Enhance the visual impact of your owl by adding details with embroidery stitches. She will be created as an independent unit and can be added to the border of Kathy's "Castles and Bays" landscape scene or added to a block. In Celtic symbolism, owls can see things others can't and warn you of danger!

Skill level: All levels.

Winter Dreaming – Cat Portrait Frieda Anderson

Cat PortraitInspired by Frieda's cat Socks, this project provides the perfect setting for the use of detailed cutting, fusing and color combinations to create drama and whimsy together in a single piece. Discover the newest techniques and tools for creating this raw edge beauty as you complete this fun and whimsical cat portrait wall hanging.

Skill level: Advanced beginner and beyond.

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!