Alaska Quilt Seminar at Sea

7 Days • August 17 – 24, 2019
Alaska will delight you with its bounty of beauty and activities. Cruise and perfect your quilting techniques with the help of instructors Kathy McNeil, Frieda Anderson, Jeanette Walton and Kathy K. Wylie.
2019 Alaska 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.

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

Class Title Instructor
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.

Dragonfly Garden Frieda Anderson

Dragonfly GardenBright summer flowers and a peaceful Dragonfly make this quilt project a favorite. Using Frieda's hand dyed fabrics makes this project easy, fun and cheerful. This pattern lets you easily recreate this whimsical wall quilt. Using hand dyed fabric and fusible web this one of a kind wall hanging comes together fast and easy. Fusing allows for endless possibilities with easy construction of shapes and details that will open the doors of creativity for you.

Skill level: All levels.

North Star
Class Is Waitlisted
Jeanette Walton

North StarLearn to paper piece the Judy Niemeyer way! Yes, it's paper pieced! We will use a Quiltworx strip set which is cut apart, rearranged and resewn into a diamond star point! Choose your background fabric and call it done! Use a strip set of fabrics chosen specifically by Judy Niemeyer or select your own. 64 x 64.

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

Cutwork Snowflake Kathy K. Wylie

Cutwork SnowflakeCutwork is a needlework technique where portions of fabric are cut out and the resulting holes are reinforced with embroidery. Learn how to create this heirloom needlework by machine in a fraction of the time. There are four project options in this class: lacy snowflake, glittery snowflake, snowflake quilt block or stained glass snowflake. Bring the beauty of winter indoors with one of these beautiful snowflakes!

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

Monday, August 19, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Quilt it Modern Kathy McNeil

Octopus GardenModern quilting designs add a delightful, often unexpected additional visual layer of interest. There are more straight lines than seen in more traditional quilting designs. The fun part is they float under traditional pieced blocks or appliqué shapes. Kathy will review tips for needles, thread and tension, etc. for quilting on your domestic machines. We will practice 5 designs used for fillers and learn to create your own thread quilted creatures too. These new ideas can be applied whether you hand, machine, or longarm quilt. Quilt your Octopus Garden wallhanging or bring a small pin basted quilt sandwich with a modern improvisational pieced wonky block.

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

Lone Pine Frieda Anderson

Lone PineGet your hands on the newest, easiest ways to make a multi-colored, fantastical tree quilt. Using collage techniques and raw edge fusing with Frieda's opulent hand-dyed cottons, you will swiftly establish your pine's character. Full of whimsy, drama and a little bit of magic, this is the wall hanging to cheer you throughout the year – happy and vibrant, standing tall on her own!

Skill level: All levels.

Alaskan Paintbox Jeanette Walton

Alaskan PaintboxThe Alaskan Paintbox (60 x 60) project is fast, uses only one foundation block, employs simple cutting techniques, and is an affordable and fun way to jump into your first paper piecing project! Those new to the process will find confidence, understanding, and success! Learn to paper piece the Judy Niemeyer way!

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

Captivating Clamshells Kathy K. Wylie

Captivating ClamshellsClamshells are created when half-circle shapes are connected and layered in an offset grid. But for- get the curved piecing – there's an easier way! Using precut iron-on interfacing, we will glue the seam allowance to prepare the shapes for stitching. Make it a relaxing handwork project to stitch on the ship or save your prepared clamshells to machine stitch at home. The precuts fit perfectly on a 2 -1/2" strip of fabric, making this a perfect "jelly roll" project*. Or sew a single line of clamshells onto a background strip to make a stunning border for your next quilt.
*Optional strip-set kits will be available for purchase.

Skill level: All levels.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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

Friday, August 23, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Spirit Owl Kathy McNeil

Spirit OwlLet this wise old 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 ready to fly onto any block. As a personal totems, Owls offer inspiration and guidance necessary to explore the magic of life.

Skill level: All levels.

Under the Sea Frieda Anderson

Under the SeaWhat lies beneath the waves? In a tropical ocean there are plenty of seaweed and sea life to in- spire our imaginations. Brightly colored fish, easy flowing sea grass and oceanic bubbles liven this water filled scene. Using fused hand dyed fabrics in soothing and calm colors makes for a fantastical project that will complement any decor. This pattern requires you to let go and be creative. Using organic shapes and free expressive cutting, you will create an improvisational collage using strip fusing elements and design elements to assemble this one of a kind wall hanging. Fusing allows for endless possibilities with easy construction of shapes and details that will open the doors of creativity for you. The use of decorative rotary cutter blades, such as the wavy and pinking blades, enhance the design process.

Skill level: All levels.

Ketchikan Waterwheel
Class Is Waitlisted
Jeanette Walton

Ketchikan WaterwheelLearn to paper piece the Judy Niemeyer way! Jeanette will show you techniques and organization tips which can be used on all your quilting projects. Waterwheel (40" x 40") allows you to try out a fast project or learn a new technique, so you can create the perfect souvenir of our Alaskan trip.

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

New Ways to Hexie-English Paper-Less Piecing by Machine Kathy K. Wylie

New Ways to HexieWhen hexagon-shaped patches are arranged in concentric rings around a center, the resulting design is known as a Grandmother's Flower Garden. This classic arrangement is traditionally done by hand using a technique known as English paper piecing. But modern times have brought along new op- tions and we will explore them in this workshop. Instead of basting hexies to paper (which needs to be removed), they can be basted to fusible interfacing (which stays inside) the Apliquick way. Instead of tracing and cutting dozens of hexies out of fusible interfacing, they can be purchased precut. Instead of whip-stitching the patches together by hand, they can be sewn together by machine using a small zigzag stitch. And instead of sewing them in concentric rings, discover some other fun arrangements!

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

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!