Alaska Quilt Seminar at Sea

7 Days • August 21 – 28, 2021
Cruise to The Great Land and perfect your quilting techniques with the help of instructors Gyleen X. Fitzgerald, Linda M. Poole, Gail Garber and Jeanette Walton.
2021 Alaska Quilt Cruise

Quilting Classes

Please read the class descriptions below. You will be assured of being placed in two and a half days of 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, August 22, 2021 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Monday, August 23, 2021 (Continued) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Going in Circles Gyleen X. FItzgerald

Going in CirclesJoin Gyleen in this fun and relaxing class. It's very 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 (30" x 30") uses 16 fabrics from 4 color groups. 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! So fun to be able to show off all you've accomplished at Sew and Tell!

Sewing machines will be provided for day 1 of this class.
Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

Little Helpers - Painted Applique Linda M. Poole

Little HelpersLearn from Linda, an experienced painter and quilt instructor, how to make your painted applique quilt a one of a kind masterpiece. Learn to color, blend, shade, outline and paint these whimsical little birds perched on a pincushion and a spool of thread. Linda's technique eliminates stitching many pieces together.

Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

Essence of the Northwest Gail Garber

Essence of the NorthwestAlaska, the last frontier and home to so many species of wildlife! And what could be more iconic than an Eagle? Create a unique twist on tradition with flowing shapes, and, of course birds! Using a flexible curve, learn to draw flying geese and other shapes to create your own background for the provided fanciful bird of prey design. All shapes will be fused and can later be decoratively stitched. You’ll bring home a great momento of your Alaska cruise!

Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

Harbor Waterwheel Jeanette Walton

Harbor WaterwheelLearn to paper piece the Judy Niemeyer way! Waterwheel allows you to learn a new technique or to try out a fast project, so you can create the perfect souvenir of our Alaskan trip. Jeanette will show you techniques and organization tips which can be used on all your quilting projects.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: Skill builder (for the more experienced quilter).

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Teacher Panel: No need to sign up in advance.

Friday, August 27, 2021 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Sunny Side Up Gyleen X. FItzgerald

Sunny Side UpA field of sunflowers just makes you happy. Recreate your favorite sunflowers or imagine electric new varieties. Sunny Side Up cleverly uses two sizes of kite polygon cut from 3" and 5½" strips. You will learn how to construct a perfect "Crisscross" and "Butterfly Seam" for effortless stitching. It's so easy...you'll fall in love.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

Monarch Butterfly Linda M. Poole

Monarch ButterflyExplore wholecloth painting with Linda! You will learn to paint, blend, and shade with Derwent® Inktense pencils and pigments, then add doodle designs to your butterfly to make it your one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Learning from Linda, an experienced painter and quilt instructor, will make this a class to remember and give you the confidence to use this technique again and again. She promises that "anyone can do this!"

Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

Something Fishy Gail Garber

Something FishyLittle Fishies in Bright Colors – what could be better! It seems especially appropriate as we cruise marveling at the finned creatures that call the inland passage home. Learn to make Perfect Circles and other shapes to enhance your design. Project will be fused or hand appliqued and can be decoratively stitched later. Join Gail for this fun and relaxing class as we quilt our way through Alaska!

Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

Alaskan Starbaby Jeanette Walton

StarbabyLearn to paper piece the Judy Niemeyer way and create this sensational souvenir of our visit to Alaska. This pattern creates a quick gift, is a great stash buster, and will make you fall in love with paper piecing. Each pattern comes with enough papers to make (2) samples! Jeanette will walk you through the paper piecing technique step-by-step to make this fast, fun and easy quilt. Contact Jeanette for options to make it bigger. Yes, you can do that!

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: Skill builder (for the more experienced quilter).

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!