Panama Canal Quilt Seminar at Sea

11 Days • February 3 – 14, 2021
Join fellow quilters and award-winning instructors Gyleen X. Fitzgerald, Cindy Walter and Jeanette Walton as you experience the beauty of the Caribbean region and see one of the world's greatest engineering marvels.
2021 Panama Canal 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.

Friday, February 5, 2021 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Play Modern Gyleen X. FItzgerald

Play ModernThis is one of Gyleen's "go to" quilts when she needs one in a hurry. It's fast, it's quick, it's geometric and it's free-style piecing with control. The technique is to use the Polygon2 Tool and Butterfly Seam to create a modern tumbling block wall-hanging. From there it's your choice to add the twist to individualize the design using the Polygon and/or Polygon3 tools. You're going to love this one!

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

Tropical Landscapes – Snippet Sensations Cindy Walter

Tropical LandscapesYou too can be an artist...with fabric. Students work on their own individual, simplistic or com-plex, masterpieces. Perhaps create a memory of your Cruise? Your wall hanging, or framed art-work, created with the Snippet technique will look difficult to achieve, but it is actually easy. The color and patterns in the fabric does the work for you. A fun relaxing class.

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

Starry Sky Jeanette Walton

Starry SkyLearn to paper piece the Judy Niemeyer way and create this sensational souvenir of our visit to the Panama Canal. Choose warm sun-kissed island colors, cool blues and greens to remind you of our transit through the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, or grab scrappy fabrics from your stash to make it your own. Fat quarter friendly and a great stash buster! Jeanette will walk you through the paper piecing technique step-by-step to make this fun and easy quilt. Yes, you can do that!

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: Skill Builder (for the more experienced quilter).

Monday, February 8, 2021 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Trash to Treasure Pineapples Gyleen X. FItzgerald

PineapplesOkay isn't it time to clear the clutter in your life? What about using up all those bits and pieces stuffed in nooks, crannies and boxes? Better? Gather all your scraps squirreled away waiting for that "special" day. I mean all of it. This can be vintage, novelty, floral, geometric, folk art etc. Let's make an old fashion favorite pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist; sewn with perfection and totally random; and without paper piecing! This workshop turns trash to a treasured one of a kind pineapple quilt.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

Hand Quilting, Sashiko and More! Cindy Walter

Hand Quilting SashikoA fun day of exploring handwork that you can do anywhere, like on a cruise :-). Learn several styles of hand quilting from the traditional rocking stitch, backwards stitch to Japanese Sashiko. From tools to techniques, this class is loaded with tips. Cindy's decades of teaching these tech-niques will leave you comfortable and feeling successful. Inclusive kit includes all you need ex-cept a hoop, thread clippers and your favorite thimble.

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

Panamanian Star Jeanette Walton

Panamanian StarLearn to paper piece the Judy Niemeyer way and create this sensational souvenir of our cruise through the Panama Canal. Using a strip piecing technique, this pattern creates a quick gift, is a great stash buster, and will make you fall in love with paper piecing. Each pattern comes with enough papers to make (2) quilts! Jeanette will walk you through the paper piecing technique step-by-step to make this fast, fun and easy quilt. Yes, you can do that! 40 x 40.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: Skill Builder (for the more experienced quilter).

Friday, February 12, 2021 9:00 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Title Instructor
Modern Freewheeling Circles Gyleen X. FItzgerald

Freewheeling CirclesModern and bold stitched with speed and ease with an extra curve or two. Is that possible? This is my 2017 Iron Quilter Challenge design. Learn the raw edge technique to achieve perfect "stress-free" curves without piecing. Experiment with different layouts to produce a unique design. Game on!

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

Painted Miniature Quilt Cindy Walter

Painted QuiltThere isn't an easier way to make a miniature quilt than to paint it! So easy it is almost cheating – simply paint a pattern printed on Inkjet cotton. The results are stunning! Cindy will tell you how to paint a larger quilt in the future. You'll be hooked – a fun, relaxing class. You bring NOTHING to class, a small kit fee includes all you need.

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

Ocean Breeze Jeanette Walton

Ocean BreezeThe curves in this top are as gentle as an ocean breeze...easy peasy! The layout pictured is completed using fabrics only, but you can add paper piecing designs of your choice (called Charm Elements) for more of a challenge! All designs are from the Windy Day book from Quiltworx.com, which features six layouts ranging from a small wall quilt to quilts large enough for a twin size bed. Complete the layout shown using your favorite fabrics to make a fun quilt, perfect for just about any occasion! 64x80. You can make yours larger or smaller.

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.
Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

Saturday, February 13, 2021

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

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!