You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 10 days with four extraordinary teachers aboard Holland America Line's ms Zuiderdam. 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. Karen has been a fabric designer for almost 2 decades and is now designing for Northcott's Banyan Batiks division. She has created over 100 different collections; both batiks and quilting cottons. Many of Karen's fabric designs have become classics. Karen lives in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee with her husband, Rick and cute Shih Tzu named Benji.
Pat Delaney began sewing when she was five years old, by creating doll clothes. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, she completed a rigorous program of study in fashion design, in addition to numerous courses in color theory and drawing. Currently, Pat focuses on creating quilts and teaching these skills to other quilters. Her quilts have been displayed in regional and national shows, and she has won numerous awards and recognition for her work, including First Place (Traditional Pieced) from IQF. Pat's quilts have been shown on the Discovery Channel and published in the Boston Globe, Brockton Enterprise, and Abington Mariner. They have also appreared in Quilter's Newletter Magazine, American Patchwork & Quilting, Quiltworks, Quilter, Quilt Art Calendar, and on the cover of American Quilter's Society catalog of books and Quilting Foundation Piecing.
Laura Wasilowski is a textile artist, author, teacher, and creator of hand dyed fabrics and threads. She combines vivid fabrics and whimsical stories to make pictorial art quilts. Laura's colorful, hand-dyed fabrics inspire her, as do stories of her family, friends, and home. Her work has been featured in many exhibits throughout the United States as well as Europe and Asia. Laura is the author of two books: Fuse and Tell Journal Quilts and Fusing Fun: Fast, Fearless Art Quilts and a DVD: Laura Wasilowski Teaches You to Create Art Quilts. She has also been featured on Quilting Arts Television, The Quilt Show, Simply Quilts on HGTV and Uncommon Threads on the DIY Network as well as several PBS specials.
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.