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Eastern Caribbean Seafarer

9 Days • November 8-17, 2024

Sail with Michele Everts, Renee Fleuranges-Valdes and Pat Delaney on this tropical getaway!

Quilting Instructors

You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 9 days with 3 extraordinary teachers aboard Holland America Line’ Rotterdam. These fantastic three were chosen because they are exceptional instructors who are friendly, fun-loving and warm. They are internationally known for the books they have published and their exceptional teaching skills.

Michele Everts

Michele Everts

Instructor: Eastern Caribbean Seafarer 2024

Fort Laramie, WY • ptpquilting.com

Michele is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor from Fort Laramie, a small town in Eastern Wyoming.

Her quilting journey began when her son was born. She had an overwhelming desire to make something for him that he could treasure his entire life. After that first quilt, she was hooked and has been quilting ever since. Michele is constantly striving to continue learning and perfecting her skills.

Upon seeing her first “Judy” quilt, she was eager to learn to create such an intricate design. When she took her first Judy class, she was impressed by the organization of the process and accuracy of the finished product. Judy’s process takes what looks like an extremely complicated quilt and breaks it down into a set of easily taught techniques that give highly accurate results. Michele has now completed over 40 Judy quilts, with several more in process.

Michele has always enjoyed helping others, and teaching quilting allows her to incorporate two things she loves to do. She continually strives to connect with each student and gives them personal attention. Her goal is for each student to feel at ease and enjoy the process. She possess’ a positive, upbeat attitude and brings that energy into the classroom. Asking questions is how we learn, so she never tires of student’s questions. Helping others achieve their goals is a top priority for her. Each student comes with a different vision for their project. From choosing a pattern, color selection, piecing and assembly, she is excited to help students with each step of their journey. The greatest joy for her as a quilting instructor is to see the smile on the faces of her students when they have completed their projects and realize what they have accomplished.

Renee Fleuranges-Valdes

Renee Fleuranges-Valdes

Instructor: Eastern Caribbean Seafarer 2024

North Charleston, SC• www.QuiltedArtistrybyRenee.com

Renée Fleuranges-Valdes is a fiber artist known for the use of vibrantly colored fabrics and intricate machine quilted designs in her representational style artwork. Primarily an appliquer, Renée’s original artwork is grounded in her love of life.

She draws inspiration from her rich multicultural background and the strong females who have influenced her life over the years. Renée’s goal is to share life’s joy in her art, opening viewers eyes to all the many ways our experiences help shape who we are. As she frequently says, Renée loves helping others to color their life one quilt at a time.

Over the last 20 years, Renée’s quilts have been displayed throughout the United States in quilt shows, galleries and museums. Her work can be found in both public and private collections. She has received much recognition for her work for mastery of both technique and artistry. Besides creating, Renee Fleuranges-Valdes also teaches, lectures and writes internationally, freely sharing her creative style with others.

Renée joined the ranks of IBM after graduating from Syracuse University, where she enjoyed a long professional career in the software industry. After 38 years, she retired in 2019. Born and raised in southern New York, Renee then relocated to South Carolina to focus on her art. She is married and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

Pat Delaney

Pat Delaney

Instructor: Eastern Caribbean Seafarer 2024

Abington, MA • www.crabtreelane.com/

Pat Delaney began sewing when she was five years old by creating doll clothes. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she completed a rigorous program of study in fashion design, in addition to numerous courses in color theory and drawing.

Currently, Pat focuses on creating quilts and teaching these skills to other quilters. Her quilts have been displayed in many regional, national, and international shows, and she has won numerous awards and recognition for her work from every major quilt organization in the United States.

Pat’s quilts have been shown on the Discovery Channel and published in the Boston Globe, Country Living Magazine, and the Brockton Enterprise. They have also appeared in Quilter, Quilt, Quilters’ Newsletter, American Patchwork and Quilting, and on the covers of American Quilter Magazine, AQS Catalog of Books, and Quilting Foundation Piecing. Her quilts have appeared in six editions of the Quilt Art Calendar.