South America and Antarctica Quilt Seminar at Sea

20 Days • January 30 – February 19, 2021
Visit amazing South American cities and cherish unforgettable Antarctica experiences with other quilt enthusiasts and instructors Kathy McNeil and Sue Nickels.
2021 South America and Antarctica Quilt Cruise

Quilting Instructors

You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 20 days with two extraordinary teachers aboard Holland America Line's ms Westerdam. They chosen because they are all exceptional instructors who are friendly, fun-loving and warm. Both are internationally known for the books they have published and their exceptional teaching skills.

Sue Nickels Ann Arbor, MI •

Sue NickelsSue has been quilting for 28 years, starting by hand and gradually focusing on machine work. Sue has been teaching machine techniques for the past 18 years. Sue has taught and lectured nationally for shops, guilds and major conferences, including AQS, IQA and NQA. She has also taught internationally in England, Norway and Spain. Sue's major awards include 1998 AQS Best of Show for "The Beatles Quilt" made by Sue and her sister, Pat Holly. Their quilt, "The Space Quilt" won the 2003 IQA Master of Machine Artistry Award and the 2004 AQS Machine Workmanship Award. Sue's books include Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques and her newest book Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué is co-authored with Pat and was released in February 2006. Sue's priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn machine techniques that are timesaving. Sue emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed!

Kathy McNeil Marysville, WA •

Kathy McNeilKathy is a quilt artist, teacher, judge and designer who is passionate about the health benefits of creativity. A registered nurse for 35 years, events from her life inspire her pictorial quilted paintings. Kathy loves traveling and teaching nationally about the creative process.

Her quilts have been featured in museums, magazines, calendars and the AQS website. Four of the country's top Quilt Museum's have exhibited her work in solo shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections. Kathy feels that Quilts have been the medium for many centuries and in many cultures for women to express their own artistic vision, to give their life color, to make political or social statements, and to preserve family stories. Her work is energized and inspired by this rich tradition. She combines the elements of painting with the tactile and emotional response we all have to fabric.