You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 18 days with four extraordinary teachers aboard Holland America Line's Zuiderdam. This fantastic group was chosen because they are all exceptional instructors who are friendly, fun-loving and warm. All are internationally known for the books they have published and their exceptional teaching skills.
Quilting is in Jeanette's DNA. Both her grandmother and mother were hand quilters. Jeanette still has a nine-patch quilt made by her grandmother that was given to her as the oldest grandchild. She cut pieces for her mother using scissors, which we all know was not fun. Fast forward to 2003 when she took a class and discovered the rotary cutter. In 2006, she discovered paper piecing. Jeanette loves the sharp points and precision of paper piecing and is CDO (OCD with the letters in the proper order, as they should be) about pieces lining up, so paper piecing had immediate appeal. After retiring from a career in Human Resources in 2013, Jeanette began teaching Judy Niemeyer's patterns at a local quilt shop. Her passion is showing beginning students how easy Judy's patterns are to read, how organized the patterns are, and how simple to finish if the steps are followed. Her biggest reward is the satisfaction of seeing amazing works of art from beginning students who said, "I could never do that." Jeanette's second passion is travel. She has combined her love of quilting with her love of travel, and attends quilt festivals, shows and retreats around the country and around the world. Jeanette holds officer positions in several guilds. Her goal in life is to reduce the abundance of UFO's multiplying in her studio.
Kathy is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué, quilt design, domestic machine quilting and English Paper Piecing techniques. She started sewing and embroidering as a young girl, laying the foundation for the life-altering discovery of quilting two decades later. Over the past twenty-five years, quilting has grown from a hobby into a full-time creative career.
Kathy lectures and teaches all over Canada at guilds, shops, and quilt shows. Kathy has been a guest-artist in residence at The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy, a quilting cruise instructor with Quilt Seminars at Sea, a guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, and a frequent faculty member at Quilt Canada. Kathy is also a Canadian Quilters' Association Certified Quilt Judge.
Kathy's quilt designs have received recognition in Canada as well as internationally. Her quilt Instruments of Praise earned the 2011 Bernina Machine Workmanship Award from the American Quilter's Society and now resides in the U.S. National Quilt Museum as part of its permanent collection. She was honored to receive the 2011 Founders Award from the International Quilt Association and the 2013 Best of Show from the Canadian Quilters Association for her quilt Flourish on the Vine.
Her most recent quilt For Such a Time as This has received multiple awards, including the AQS Best of Show at 2018 Fall Paducah QuiltWeek and the CQA/ACC Best of Show at Quilt Canada 2019. The quilt has inspired a block-of-the-month series of patterns and her first fabric line with Northcott.
Kathy is the author of Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts (C&T Publishing, 2007), Flourish on the Vine Pattern Pack, Instruments of Praise Pattern Pack and she has released other patterns in print and online. Her work has been published in magazines, including Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks and on the covers of Quilters Newsletter, The Canadian Quilter, and The Professional Quilter magazines.
Kathy is the owner of an ecommerce business at kathykwylie.com and is a Canadian distributor for Apliquick, Hugs'n Kisses, and Bohin products. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Kathy now divides her time between her country home in Muskoka, her city home near Toronto, and life on the road as an itinerant quilting teacher.
Pat Delaney began sewing when she was five years old by creating doll clothes. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she completed a rigorous program of study in fashion design, in addition to numerous courses in color theory and drawing. Currently, Pat focuses on creating quilts and teaching these skills to other quilters. Her quilts have been displayed in many regional, national, and international shows, and she has won numerous awards and recognition for her work from every major quilt organization in the United States.
Pat's quilts have been shown on the Discovery Channel and published in the Boston Globe, Country Living Magazine, and the Brockton Enterprise. They have also appeared in Quilter, Quilt, Quilters' Newsletter, American Patchwork and Quilting, and on the covers of American Quilter Magazine, AQS Catalog of Books, and Quilting Foundation Piecing. Her quilts have appeared in six editions of the Quilt Art Calendar.
Kathy McNeil is an internationally award winning quilt artist, author, pattern designer, teacher and judge. Kathy offers workshops, trunk shows and lectures, On line classes through American Quilters Society and quilting cruises to great destinations with Quilt Seminars at Sea.
Hand appliqueing thousands of little scraps of fabric together, she creates quilts that look like paintings. These wall hangings are inherently and symbolically full of love and comfort. Often using over a hundred different fabrics in one composition, she revels in adding small details and surprises for the viewer to find. The quilting itself adds an additional element of texture to her work. Her quilts are frequently featured in museums, magazines, calendars, and international shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections.