Block Party with Quiltmaker Classes

1/14: Quiltmaker's Block Party @ Sea is sold out but you may email Deb at textiletours@aol.com to add your name to the waiting list.

Classes

Quiltmaker magazine has always been a great place to learn new techniques, get incredible project ideas, be inspired by expert designers, connect with fellow quilters, and so much more! Now at Block Party @ Sea with Quiltmaker, you'll go beyond the pages of your favorite magazine to explore new techniques and create fabulous projects!

Quilters will enjoy 15 hours of class time, scheduled so you can still enjoy our ports of call, the spectacular Alaskan scenery and all the amenities of cruising.

Sewing machines will be provided where needed.

 

Sunday AM
6/8/14
Sunday PM
6/8/14
Monday
6/9/14
Tuesday
6/10/14
Friday AM
6/13/14
Self-Mitered Log Cabin, Pt. 1
piecing
Anita Grossman
Solomon
Self-Mitered Log Cabin, Pt. 2
piecing
Anita Grossman
Solomon
The No Waste
Windmill

piecing
Anita Grossman
Solomon
Smashing Square on Point
piecing
Anita Grossman
Solomon
Let’s Get Xcentric
piecing
Anita Grossman
Solomon
Just for the Halibut Mystery, Pt. 1
piecing
Debbie Caffrey
Just for the Halibut Mystery, Pt. 2
piecing
Debbie Caffrey
Trees Table Runner
piecing
Debbie Caffrey
Power Cutting
demo/lecture
Debbie Caffrey
Diamond in the Rough Table Runner
piecing
Debbie Caffrey
Wilderness Skinnie
fusible appliqué
Margie Ullery
Candle Mat
wool appliqué
Margie Ullery
Alaskan Sampler,
Pt. 1

piecing
Margie Ullery
Alaskan Sampler, Pt. 2
fusible appliqué
Margie Ullery
Christmas Stockings: All in a Row
fusible appliqué
Margie Ullery
Alaska in Bloom
hand embroidery
Carolyn Beam
“Otter Delight” Pincushion
hand project
Diane Harris
Design Adventure/Fabric with Flair
design
Carolyn Beam & Diane Harris
Hexactly!
hand piecing
Carolyn Beam
Photo-Inspired Landscapes
hand project
Diane Harris

Updated 8/19/13.

Class descriptions are listed below by day for your convenience.

All registered quilters will sign up for classes in February, 2014. You'll have an equal chance with everyone else attending for your first choice in classes.

Sunday, June 8


Self Mitered Log CabinSelf-Mitered Log Cabin: Easy Knock-Out Quilts - 2 Part Class
Piecing • Anita Grossman Solomon

MUST ALSO REGISTER FOR SELF-MITERED LOG CABIN, PART 2 on Sunday afternoon

Anita's unique Self-Mitered Log Cabin blocks use a streamlined foundation piecing technique where 1.5" strips of fabric intersect to form a precise miter. The blocks are simple to sew and the quilt construction is straightforward. The quilts that result are knock-outs! Learn to 'read' and select fabric, and see and experience fabric in new ways. Explore color and design as they relate to this project, all while perfecting the easy mechanics of making Self-Mitered Log Cabin blocks. Leave with a strong start on your own knock-out quilt.

Supply list: Anita's book Rotary Cutting Revolution (C&T Publishing) is highly recommended although not required. Visit Anita's website for a complete supply list for Self-Mitered Log Cabin. Note that any foundations or cutting patterns required will be supplied on board.

 

 

 


Mystery ClassJust for the Halibut - a mystery quilt - 2 Part Class
Piecing • Debbie Caffrey

MUST ALSO REGISTER FOR JUST FOR THE HALIBUT, PART 2 on Sunday afternoon

Debbie Caffrey has designed and written more than 250 mystery quilt patterns. Come join the fun while making a wall/lap size quilt. This class is two sessions (6 hours total).

You will precut all the pieces prior to class. This will maximize your piecing time with Debbie and you'll be delighted as you see the mystery design unfold before your eyes.

A complete supply list and precutting instructions will be posted on Debbie's website no later than April 1, 2014.

 

 

 


Wilderness SkinnieWilderness Skinnie
Fusible applique • Margie Ullery

Need a fast and easy fusible web applique project? You got it! We will learn the basics of fusible web applique. This small wall hanging (14" x 28") is just the right size for any wall in your home or cabin. These quilts are also perfect to give as a gift. The quilt features a Kodiak bear on his trek through the Alaskan wilderness.

This class requires the purchase of a kit. The kit contains includes all batik fabrics, border, binding, and pattern. The backing is not included. You can buy a backing at a quilt shop that you visit while in port.

Kit fee: $30
Supplies: 2 yards of fusible webbing, small scissors, thread to match fabrics for applique, sharp pencil, pins, 4" x 14" ruler, neutral thread for piecing

 

 

 

 

 


Alaska in BloomAlaska in Bloom
Hand Embroidery • Carolyn Beam

Stitch Alaskan blossoms onto this delightful scenery. Add colorful backgrounds and highlights with crayons for a quick finish to this 8"x10" stitchery design. Perfect for framing or use to embellish a tote bag or pillow upon your return home. This class requires the purchase of a kit.

Kit fee: $10
Supplies: small embroidery scissors, thimble and hoop (optional) everything else is provided

 


Wool Candle MatCandle Mat
Wool applique • Margie Ullery

Learn to work with wool! We will explore a several techniques to applique wool. You will also learn a few basic stitches so you can be confident in your creations. Forget-me-nots, in blues, pink and purples, adorn this wool candle mat. The kit includes, pattern, thread, wool. This class requires the purchase of a kit.

Kit fee: $22
Supplies: sharp scissors, pencil, pen, pins, small ruler

 

 

 

 


Otter Delight"Otter Delight" Pincushion
Hand Project • Diane Harris

Watch this playful otter swim away with your pins . . . well, maybe this otter can't really swim, but you'll enjoy hand-stitching this keepsake pincushion with a QM exclusive kit from Just Another Button Company. Use wool, embroidery and wool roving (all supplied) to form this sea-loving pincushion, adorned with Just Pins. This class requires the purchase of a kit.

Kit fee: $35
Supplies: scissors, thimble, crewel needle

 

 

Monday, June 9


No Waste WindmillThe No-Waste Windmill: Ease, Economy & Exuberance
Piecing • Anita Grossman Solomon

You may have seen a Windmill quilt before, but it wouldn't have been made with Anita's streamlined steps! Four identical patches are cut with only two rotary strokes; there is no measuring and no wasted fabric. The 6" tessellating blocks are assembled from those patches. There are no corners or points to match when sewing the blocks together. The construction is easier than an ordinary four-patch and the block angles contribute to the dynamic layout. Since it's possible to cut and sew a perfect block in 2-3 minutes, there will be ample time to focus on the arrangement and composition of the quilt top. Make your quilt any size you wish.

Supply list: Anita's book Rotary Cutting Revolution (C&T Publishing) is highly recommended although not required. Visit Anita's website for a complete supply list for No-Waste Windmill. Note that any foundations or cutting patterns required will be supplied on board.

 

 

 


Trees Table RunnerTrees Table Runner
Piecing • Debbie Caffrey

Debbie designed this tree block for her book Open a Can of Worms while still living in Alaska. See a photo of the quilt from the book on her website at http://www.debbiescreativemoments.com/can-of-worms/trees.html.

The class project is a four block table runner made from a smaller scale block. The finished size of the runner is 17-5/8" x 49-1/2". The table runner is shown in this illustration. The actual project will look much better in fabric, of course.

This class requires the purchase of a kit. The kit contains completely precut pieces of lovely batiks, the border, and the binding. The backing is not included. You can buy a backing at a quilt shop that you visit while in port.

Kit fee: $35
Supplies: neutral thread for piecing, seam ripper, pins, small scissors to trim dog ears

 

 


Alaskan SamplerAlaskan Sampler - 2 Part Class
Fusible applique • Margie Ullery

MUST ALSO REGISTER FOR ALASKAN SAMPLER, PART 2 on Tuesday, June 10

Take a tour around this Alaskan Sampler quilt. On the left we see a lovely cruise ship surrounded by mountains and the colorful Alaskan landscape. Next is the state flag featuring the Big Dipper. As we pass through Juneau watch for the beautiful killer whales. Glacier Bay is our next destination, so don't forget to wear a jacket. On the right we see the Russian nesting dolls, very popular in Sitka. In the center are the famous totem poles that we'll find in Ketchikan. Be careful-you may run into a moose or see the red king salmon in the creeks if you go for a walk through the gardens. The colorful hanging flower baskets in Victoria, British Columbia indicate that summer has begun. This 48" x 52" quilt has all the images mentioned above as a reminder of our wonderful time in Alaska.

In Part 1, we'll learn the fusible applique technique. We'll trace and cut all our images.

In Part 2 we'll fuse the images to background blocks and begin to machine stitch around them. Speedy workers may be able to assemble the quilt top.

This class requires the purchase of a kit. The kit contains the pattern, all fabrics, borders, and binding. The backing is not included. If you wish, you can find backing at a quilt shop while in port.

Kit fee: $120
Supplies: 7 yards of fusible webbing, harp scissors, a couple of sharp pencils, a pen, rotary cutter, mat, 8 1/2" x 24" ruler, neutral thread for piecing, thread to match fabrics for applique

 

 


Design Adventure/Fabric with FlairDesign Adventure/Fabric Flair
Design • Carolyn Beam & Diane Harris

Two QM editors team up to bring you the best of both their skills after a combined 63 years of quilting! Start off with a Carolyn Beam design adventure: see how blocks combine, rotate and flip for dynamic results. Learn to recognize which blocks will add interest, movement and pizzazz. Alter blocks to improve them! Then come to the Happy Fabric Playground with Diane Harris and have some more fun! Use the fabric kit we provide to learn about value, scale, texture, color and more. Create a myriad of compositions and record them with photos. Experience the principles at work during a trunk show of quilts and examples. Leave inspired and confident in making better, more beautiful quilts for the family and friends you love! This class requires the purchase of a kit.

Kit fee: $10
Supplies: imagination, courage to step outside the box, digital camera helpful (on smartphone is fine)

 

 

Tuesday, June 10


Square on PointSmashing Square on Point: Cut It, Sew It, Love It
Piecing • Anita Grossman Solomon

Constructing this basic block is effortless-a fabric lover's pleasure. One line-drawing pattern is used in three different steps to cut, sew and true up blocks. You do not need to measure anything. The streamlined piecing is Zen-like, allowing workshop participants the luxury of time for color and design. The blocks can be finished into any size quilt you wish. Beginners are welcome. All participants need experience with a sewing machine and rotary cutting. You'll love this relaxed class on an easy, fun technique with great results.

Supply list: Anita's book Rotary Cutting Revolution (C&T Publishing) is highly recommended although not required. Visit Anita's website for a complete supply list for Smashing Square on Point. Note that any foundations or cutting patterns required will be supplied on board.

 

 


Power CuttingPower Cutting
Demo/Lecture • Debbie Caffrey

Learn how to fine tune your rotary cutting skills with this lecture/demo/question and answer class. You may not realize just how much more there is to know about efficient, accurate, and, if we dare go so far as to say, enjoyable rotary cutting. Okay, at least agree that rotary cutting can be more efficient and accurate. Learn from the teacher who has written books on rotary cutting and still has more to tell.

The class will have three 45-minute lecture demo sessions with a 15-minute break between each session. During the break, quilters may use the teacher's tools and samples to try any technique that they want to do "hands on."

Supplies: pencil or pen, paper, camera

 

 

 


HexactlyHexactly!
Hand piecing • Carolyn Beam

Learn English Paper Piecing with this handy take along project of hexagons. Mix and match versatile shapes to start your hexagon sampler in class. You'll leave with all the patterns and inspiration to finish the sampler. Or this could be the beginning of a much larger heirloom quilt if you keep making more. Bet you can't make just one! This class requires the purchase of a kit.

Kit fee: $15
Suppies: scissors for paper and fabric, needle, neutral thread, thimble, mechanical pencil (optional), fabric glue stick

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 13


XcentricLet's Get Xcentric
Piecing • Anita Grossman Solomon

This class is quick and unusual-part technique, part design-and always interesting! Use stripes to make the captivating Xcentric blocks, then combine the blocks to make amazingly unique quilts. Use one stripe or many-your choice. Make the quilt any size you wish-your choice. Learn about stripes and how to analyze them. See what different kinds of stripes do in Xcentric blocks. Experiment with block combinations. Learn to let the fabric do the work. Get inspired by getting Xcentric!

Supply list: Anita's book Rotary Cutting Revolution (C&T Publishing) is highly recommended although not required. Visit Anita's website for a complete supply list for Let's Get Xcentric.

 

 


Diamond in the Rough Table RunnerDiamond in the Rough Table Runner
Piecing • Debbie Caffrey

Alaska is truly a diamond in the rough. So, what better pattern is there for Debbie to teach aboard our cruise? Click here to take a look at the original quilt on her Diamond in the Rough.

The class project is a three block table runner made from a slightly smaller scale block and fewer fabrics. The finished size of the runner is 19 3/4" x 45 1/4". The table runner is shown in this black and white illustration. The actual project will look much better in fabric, of course. What fabrics? It is going to be a mystery until you get to class!

This class requires the purchase of a kit. The kit contains completely precut pieces of lovely batiks, the border, and the binding. The backing is not included. You can buy a backing at a quilt shop that you visit while in port.

Kit fee: $35
Supplies: neutral thread for piecing, seam ripper, pins, small scissors to trim dog ears

 


Christmas StockingsChristmas Stockings: All in a Row
Fusible applique • Margie Ullery

Christmas is coming so get out your stockings and get them hung up. These colorful stockings are hung in a row using fusible web applique. Come join us and learn this fast and easy applique technique for a 14" x 32" table runner.

This class requires the purchase of a kit. The kit includes: pattern and all fabrics to make the top. Backing not included.

Kit fee: $24
Supplies: 1.5 yards of fusible webbing, small scissors, thread to match fabrics for applique, sharp pencil, pins, 4" x 14" ruler, neutral thread for piecing

 

 


Felted LandscapePhoto-Inspired Landscapes
Hand Project • Diane Harris

Use a photo you've taken on this trip to create a luscious Alaskan landscape (or use photos we'll provide). Learn the easy art of needle felting as you create a 5" x 7" keepsake from your Alaskan adventure. Colorful pieces of wool roving will create a landscape or scene of your choice. Embellish with beads or embroidery if you like. The piece you make can be framed, made into a pillow, used in a quilt, or added to a tote bag. Everyone will make a unique piece of art-this is so easy and so much fun, you can't go wrong. Complete kit provides everything you'll need for the basic project. This class requires the purchase of a kit.

Kit fee: $10
Supplies: Landscape photo for inspiration (can be a photo you take while traveling through Alaska or a postcard you purchase). If you don't have one, we'll have several to choose from.

 

 

 

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