Alaskan Explorer Quilt Seminar at Sea

7 Days • May 23 – 30, 2021
Cruise to Alaska in 2021! See extraordinary sights, meet new friends and perfect your quilting techniques with the help of instructors Chardel Blaine and Christina Fairley Erickson.
2021 Alaskan Explorer 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.

Monday, May 24, 2021 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Lucy Boston's Patchwork of the Crosses Chardel Blaine

OttersLucy Boston's Patchwork of the Crosses quilt is filled with endless possibilities for fussy cutting and clever fabric placement. English Paper Piecing is an old technique made new with modern techniques. With an assortment of fabrics that have motifs that cry out to be highlighted, along with calmer coordinates that allow the eye to rest, you'll be on your way to a quilt that says, "Wow!" It's the perfect portable project. We will start on a 4-block sampler that you can finish as a wall hanging – or keep going until you have a quilt like Lucy's original 56-block beauty.

Skill level: Skill Builder (for the more experienced paper piecer).

Alaskan Wildlife Portrait Christina Fairley Erickson

OttersChoose one of your favorite Alaska animals or birds (otters, moose, wolf, grizzly bear, eagle, or auklet) to transfer to fabric and then color in yourself using Gelatos (fabric pastels) and InkTense pencils. After lunch we'll add hand-stitching to enhance the animal and bring it to life! You do not need to know how to draw to be successful in this class – you'll learn a simple technique to get a fabulous result that you can use in your quilting in the future.

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

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Legend of the Orca Chardel Blaine

OrcaMake some whale watching good luck while you embroider this Tlingit-inspired orca. You will learn how to transfer the design to fabric, then render the image in thread with an easy backstitch. The pattern to add borders for a small quilt is provided, or you can frame your stitching in an embroidery hoop – a popular way to display stitched textiles. While we stitch, we will learn the legend of how the orca came to be in the waters we visit.

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

Sitka's Rockwell Lighthouse Christina Fairley Erickson

LighthouseCreate your own lighthouse using appliquéd wool felt and hand embroidery. Starting with hand-dyed wool felt as a background, you'll stitch elements that will make this Alaskan iconic lighthouse a wonderful memory of your trip. Working in-hand, the wool felt is easily pieced and embroidered, making this a relaxing sewing circle experience.

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

Friday, May 28, 2021

Teacher Panel: No need to sign up in advance.

Saturday, May 29, 2021 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Unforgettable Forget-Me-Not Chardel Blaine

Forget-Me-NotCelebrate Alaska's state flower with an Unforgettable Forget-Me-Not quilt. If you are new to hand appliqué, this easy project is a great introduction. And experienced appliqué artists will enjoy stitching an original design created just for this cruise. Be on the lookout for the real thing when you are onshore – the little pretties bloom in the spring!

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

Mendenhall Glacier in Impressionistic Textile Collage Christina Fairley Erickson

Forget-Me-NotUsing an impressionistic technique of pointillism, you'll choose from 12 different color schemes and collage fabric pieces to create a landscape view of Mendenhall Glacier. After your collage is complete, you can add stitching to embellish, giving your piece dimensionality and texture.

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

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!