Quilting Classes

Please read the class descriptions below. You will be assured of being placed in three full day 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.

Please note: There are no sewing machines provided or required for this cruise!

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

California Poppies
Instructor Chardel Blaine

With just two easy hand embroidery stitches (back stitch and French knot), you can take the essence of California’s poppy fields home with you.

In addition to the printed pattern, each student will receive a water-soluble transfer of the pattern so we can start stitching right away – without tedious tracing.

We will focus on one blossom in class that includes both stitches so you will be prepared to finish the project at your own pace. You can stitch with the suggested DMC floss color numbers or create your own color palette. The choice is yours! The sample project is finished as hoop art, framed in a 9-inch embroidery hoop. But you have options as this embroidery would make a cheery throw pillow or the center of a botanical quilt.

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

San Diego Zoo's Red Panda
Instructor Christina Fairley Erickson

Using Gelato fabric pastels and InkTense pencils, Christina will teach you an easy method to getting your Red Panda design on your fabric. This can be a block for an animal quilt or its own smaller wall quilt to remember your time in San Diego.

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.

You’ll receive instructions on how to add hand-stitching to enhance the animal and bring it to life!

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

Modern Art: Paintstiks on Fabric
Instructor Ana Buzzalino

In this 3-hour class, you will explore ways in which to use Paintstiks to embellish fabric and create personal prints. You can paint, stencil, and rub with them. Paintstiks are easy to use as they are creamy and thick.

You will spend some time making rubbing plates to use during the class. Different ideas to use the Paintstiks will be shown. Beware: it’s addictive!

A kit containing supplies needed to make rubbing plates will be provided. The kit will also include Paintstiks, fabric, and different textures. Cost of the kit: $70.00

 

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

Friday, March 25, 2022

9:00 am – 3:30 pm; Lunch Break from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Seeing Seastars
Instructor Chardel Blaine

Make a memory of California tidepools with English Paper Pieced Seastars. Diamonds form the colorful stars (there are more varieties and colors of Seastars than you might imagine!) with hexagons filling out the seascape.

Pre-cut paper pieces ensure accuracy, glue basting makes for fast prep and we’ll tackle those tricky inside corners as we slow down with meditative hand stitch. The original pattern, designed for this cruise, make a 28″ X 32″ wall quilt.

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

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
Instructor Christina Fairley Erickson
Combining the iconic Golden Gate with San Francisco’s skyline, this original design by Christina will make a small art quilt – a fabulous memory of your cruise! Using an easy no-sew technique, you’ll transfer the pattern and build up your skyline and bridge. After lunch, you’ll practice a couching technique which you’ll use to add the Golden Gate’s cables..
Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

Rocky Coast: Rocks, Pebbles & Stones, Oh My!
Instructor Ana Buzzalino

Ever since I was a small child, I’ve loved rocks, pebbles and stones. My dad would say that it was difficult to go for a walk with me because I would stop every two steps to look at something on the ground. Even now, I cannot resist going by a rock without wondering if I should keep it.

It was natural to me to find a way to incorporate these shapes into my work. Join me in this 3-hour live-stream online workshop to make rocks, pebbles and stones and learn two different techniques to incorporate them into your art pieces. The workshop is all done by hand; no sewing machine required.

The kit for this class includes everything you need for the class: my hand-dyed fabrics for background and rocks, batting samples, template plastic, hoop, threads and nee-dle. Choice of background fabrics. A basic supply list will be provided.

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

Saturday, March 26

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Here Fishy, Fishy!
Instructor Chardel Blaine
See how much fun you can have with wool appliqué while stitching an easy project with an under-the-California-sea theme.

Swimming in and out of kelp forests and rocky reefs from Baja to Monterey, the brightly colored Garibaldi is California’s state marine fish, and it steals the spotlight in an original pattern created for this cruise.

It’s the perfect size for a wall hanging, a throw pillow or tote bag. Felted wool is luscious to stitch through, and it doesn’t fray, so you can appliqué any shape without turning under any edges. Keep it simple or embellish with beads and embroidery.

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

Shibori Silk Scarf
Instructor Christina Fairley Erickson
Learn to create a pattern and then use a simple dyeing technique to turn a silk scarf into a work of art you can wear home! Shibori is the Japanese art of using resists, such as stitches, thread-wrapping, and folding, to create patterning when dyeing. You’ll get to experiment with different shibori techniques on sample pieces of silk, prior to deciding the type of patterning you want on your finished scarf.
Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience).

California Dreamin': TAP (Transfer Artist Paper)
Instructor Ana Buzzalino

I’d like to share with you a technique I use often in my work: image transfer. I have tried different techniques to transfer images onto fabric, but Transfer Artist Paper or TAP is by far the most successful.

TAP is the brainchild of Artist Lesley Riley and is produced by C&T Publishing; I am delight-ed to be able to teach this very popular workshop as C&T has just released the New Formulation after a few years of the paper being unavailable.

In this 1/2 day class, we’ll explore different ways to use TAP to achieve different results. We will be working on a fat quarter of fabric so by the end of the class you’ll have a small piece you’ll be able to quilt or make into a pillow.

 

The kit has everything you need for class: 2 sheets of TAP printed with images for your use plus a blank one for you to try at home, a fat quarter of PFD fabric, different fabrics to try the product on and instructions. A basic supply list will be provided.

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! No machines are provided or required for this cruise.