EPP on the Mexican Riviera Quilt Seminar at Sea

7 Days • October 3 – 10, 2020
Learn English Paper Piecing while cruising to some of the most beautiful ports in Mexico with fellow quilters and instructors Chardel Blaine and Irene Blanck.
2020 Mexican Riviera 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, October 4, 20209:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Diamonds Are A Quilter's Best Friend Chardel Blaine

DABQFLet's make coasters and ornaments suitable for a fiesta with easy English Paper Pieced diamonds! Learn to use value placement to create the pop of a 3-D illusion, glue basting for fast construction, then explore finishing options to make coasters and decorations for your own party or to give as unique hostess gifts. The precision-cut paper foundations ensure perfect points and matching seams every time! The diamond has been a standby classic quilting shape for ages – even the impressive Lone Star quilt begins with a single diamond! With English Paper Piecing, you can tackle large projects one diamond at a time.

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

Stepping Stones Irene Blanck

Stepping StonesStepping Stones is made with octagons and squares. Combine plain colored fabric with contrasting prints. Have fun fussy cutting. Then choose a contrasting square to join the squares together. Learn the fast way to glue your fabrics onto your papers. Maybe add a little fiesta flair with the vibrant colors of Mexico? You will love this fun and relaxing class and be an expert when you're done!

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

Monday, October 5, 2020

Teacher Panel: No need to sign up in advance.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Friday, October 9, 2020 (Continued) 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Technicolor Mexican Sunflower Chardel Blaine

Mexican SunflowerIf you think you spot an ordinary daisy on this voyage, take a second look! It's probably the prolific Mexican Sunflower that blooms from summer to early autumn. With easy English Paper Pieced Hexagons, you can make a table topper to match the yellows to reds of the local flora or step out with your own color palette to create a lasting memory of this colorful cruise. Don't fret over inset seams – they're easy and perfect with EPP. Learn to preserve the petal edges with a hand-stitched knife-edge binding technique.

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

Mosaics Irene Blanck

Mosaics MOSAICS was inspired by a quilt featured in Elegant Geometry – American and British Mosaic Patchwork. This quilt was probably made in the UK, 1820-1840. This is a two day class.

On the first day we will have fun playing with hexagons and diamonds. And on the second day we will concentrate on needle turn appliqué. You will learn the easy way to make hexagons (using Sewline glue – which greatly reduces the prep time – and English paper piecing methods. Cut multiple hexagons in just a few minutes! I know you will become as addicted to hexagons as I am. Learn to prepare diamonds with papers – press and then remove the papers and you have perfect diamonds which are then appliqued onto background fabric.

On day two we will concentrate on needleturn appliqué and why I love it so much. You will learn that it need not be difficult – it should be relaxing and fun – and this class will prove that to you. We will also discuss other ways to use hexagons. My class is all about having fun and a few laughs. No pressure or stress – please leave those behind you before you come to the class!! :)

Skill level: Irene says, "This class is more suitable to the intermediate to advanced quilter but beginners who would like to stretch their quilting skills are welcome!"

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!