You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 11 days with three extraordinary teachers aboard Holland America Line's ms 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.
Gyleen was born in Philadelphia, PA but grew up in Taiwan and Japan. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University and opened Colourful Stitches in 1999. Those formative years in the Far East developed her love for simplistic artistry.
Gyleen began needlework at the very young age of four and has since pursued artistic expression in drawing and quilt making. Her quilts blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence to traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and techniques to simplify visually complex quilts.
Her writing life came much later; she started with technical reports, moved to technical instructions and finally got the courage to do creative organized thinking. Her written works center around Haiku poetry, Quilt project books, patterns and magazine articles and of course the crème de la crème, children's books. As an artist, she has achieved "Best of Show" recognition; as a writer and publisher, she has achieved award-winning status with Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings. Gyleen has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting finishing antique quilts and the new spirit of traditional quilting. Gyleen has an active social media presence on three Facebook group pages and in the Forum of The Quilt Show's website. For Gyleen, quilting is the passion that colors her world as her writing journey continues.
Cindy is an inspiring and innovative author, teacher, lecturer, and TV personality. You'll recognize Cindy as a regular hostess for the current www.Quilterstv.com, public TV for quilters on the web and the hostess of the former PBS TV show Quilt Central. She is best known as the author of the PRIMEDIA award-winning book Snippet Sensations. She has authored 8 additional books, Fine Hand Quilting, Attic Windows, More Snippet Sensations, Snippet Flower Bouquet, Snippet Christmas Celebrations, Basic Applique with 1930 Patterns, Basic Guide to Dyeing & Painting Fabric, and Contemporary Quilting. Her newest (10th) book is Fabric Painting with Cindy Walter published by C&T, 2011. She regularly inspires quilters at large shows such as IQA and AQS in the USA and around the world in exciting places including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, France and Germany. Her articles and quilts have appeared in many magazines including McCall's Quilting, Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting, Patchwork magazine of Germany, Magic Patch in France, Quilting Today, and Traditional Quilts. Cindy and her husband, former Hawai`i Attorney General Michael Lilly, live in Honolulu, Hawai`i.
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.