You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 7 days with two extraordinary teachers aboard Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam. These fantastic instructors were chosen because they are exceptional instructors who are friendly, fun-loving and warm.
Jess, Co-Owner of Paper Pieces, has been sewing since 2011 and has fallen head over heals with English Paper Piecing since joining the Paper Pieces team. Wife and Dog-Mom to two playful pups, when she's not at work, Jess enjoys homemaking and traveling...hexies in hand! Her role at Paper Pieces as Designer/Project On Boarding Manager suits her because she loves getting to know other quilters and industry professionals. Jess loves to teach EPP to anyone who will listen!
I started quilting about 25 years ago after seeing a quilt in a magazine. I tackled my first quilt on my own and made every mistake in the book! I enjoyed machine piecing for a long time until I got the taste for needle-turn applique. I started out making quilts using patterns produced by others and eventually decided to try my hand at making my own-for myself. Eventually I found there were many quilts "inside my head" that needed to be put down on paper-and so began my love of designing applique quilts, hand pieced quilts and English Paper Piecing. I mostly teach needle-turn applique, reverse applique, the use of glue-NO pins, and preparing and making hexagons. I encourage quilters to make a complete block so that it is portable and can be completed anytime, anywhere. One of the main things I have found when teaching is that people can be very hesitant about choosing fabric. I enjoy this aspect of my designing and try to instill confidence in my students about choosing color-and particularly not stressing out with this process! I like to think of my classes as "sit-and-sew" sessions– or "mini quilt ins" where we have a fun and relaxing day, chatting to friends, as well as learning a new technique or perfecting on techniques.