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Panama Canal Cruise

February 5 – 15, 2023
Visit beautiful Caribbean, Central and South American ports and see one of the worlds greatest engineering marvels, with instructors Chardel Blaine, Cindy Walter and Jeanette Walton.

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.

Monday, February 6, 2023

9:00am to 3:30pm, Lunch Break from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Pineapple Parade

Instructor Chardel Blaine
Don’t pass up a chance to taste REALLY fresh pineapples on this trip. Now, back to quilting! Make a pineapple quilt to help you savor the memories. High-contrast fabrics really make the design pop.

Based on a log cabin block, it’s fun to see the design take shape with each added round. The Creative Grids Pineapple Ruler supports accuracy and speeds up the trimming. A few blocks make a fabulous table runner or small wall hanging.

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

An Engineering Marvel

Instructor Jeanette Walton
Learn to paper piece the Judy Niemeyer way! The Panama Canal locks have often been referred to as an engineering marvel. It might be a stretch to say the same can be said of this pattern, but you will love paper piecing this unique design!

The curves of the flower are easy and gentle, and the whole thing can be completed in the same amount of time as going through the locks!

Skill Level: Skill Builder for the Experienced Quilter
Sewing machines provided for this class

Hand Quilting & Sashiko

Instructor Cindy Walter
Class starts by learning the traditional technique of the rocking quilting stitch. After learning variations such as quilting backwards you will move on to different types of hand quilting called Sashiko.

Learn this famed Japanese decorative hand stitch while working on a sample that you can turn into a purse or pillow. We’ll also talk about Sashiko’s interesting and touching history in the Edo period. Class is loaded with tips on tools and techniques. A hands on ap-proach will assure your success. With a hands on approach you will leave the day comfortable with the technique that works best for you.

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

9:00am to 3:30pm, Lunch Break from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Mola Memories

Instructor Chardel Blaine
Try your hand at reverse appliqué with an easy pattern filled with Panama memories. We will start with a basic two-layer technique for newbies to the traditional Panamanian folk art, with an option for experienced stitchers to add a third layer.
Hand appliqué beginners can feel comfortable learning needleturn appliqué skills with a forgiving folk art pattern, while experienced stitchers can enjoy practicing the meditative art of appliqué. Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience). Sewing machines provided for this class.

Cabin at the Beach

Instructor Jeanette Walton
Learn to paper piece the Judy Niemeyer way! Fast, fun, and easy, this is a great beginner pat-tern to learn the basics of foundation paper piecing. The units are designed using a technique where the curved sections of the pieced blocks are cut away after the paper piecing of the log cabin block is completed.

The cut-a-way sections are then replaced with the circling flying geese units. Don’t worry – the curves are easy peasy!

Skill Level: Skill Builder for the Experienced Quilter
Sewing machines will be provided for this class

Caribbean Attic Windows

Instructor Cindy Walter
This is a great basic quilting class for the beginner while learning the variations of this memory quilt. The project is stripped pieced and teaches how to make a perfect miter; first time, every time.
Students leave with their quilt top partially completed. This class is packed with infor-mation. (Optional accompanying publications: Attic Windows, by Cindy Walter and Diana Leo-ne) Skill level: Fun for all (perfect for all levels of experience) Sewing Machines will be provided for this class

Friday, February 10, 2023

9:00am to 3:30pm, Lunch Break from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Tropical Breeze Curves

Instructor Chardel Blaine
Relax! Piecing curves is fun and freeing when you go improv! We will start with layers of squares that we will freely slice and shift to create winding, wandering patterns.

No two blocks will be alike, but they will all work together to make a quilt to warm you on a breezy evening while you enjoy an umbrella drink.

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

Waterwheel

Instructor Jeanette Walton
Learn to paper piece the Judy Niemeyer way while we cruise through the amazing Panama Ca-nal and make new friends! This pattern is perfect for the paper piecing beginner or anyone who wants to learn a new technique.

Waterwheel will be a perfect souvenir of our time at sea and friends we’ll always remember.

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

Abstract or Mini Painted Quilt

Instructor Cindy Walter
There isn’t an easier way to create a quilt top than to paint it! So easy it is almost cheating – simply paint a pattern printed on Inkjet cotton, or draw your own abstract pattern. Teacher will demonstrate both.

Kit will include fabric for either style. You’ll be hooked, a fun, relaxing class and a perfect project for a cruise.

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

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!