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ALASKA • MAY 21ST – 28TH, 2011



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NOTE: Each kit includes all needed fabric and notions. The notions provided by Love of Quilting will be yours to keep, and will be tailored to the quilt project you choose. They will include things like a rotary cutter; scissors; ruler(s); cutting mats, pins and a pin cushion, a Klutz Glove, and more. A $400 retail value!

Patchwork and borders are center stage as you create the queen-sized Imperial Diamonds quilt.

You’ll take a new look at working with strips and squares while applying the expert tips that make it a breeze. Build on the basics and learn how to ensure that your patchwork is accurate, using methods you’ll apply across your quilting adventures. Build confidence in your borders, step by step, with a professional’s techniques to fashion perfect bindings and lump-free seams.

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pic of Love of Quilting Cruise Project 1 color choicesYour Imperial Diamonds fabric options are enticing Timeless Treasures’ Batik Treats, 2½" x 44" strips and 10" squares in three color choices: rich Sugarplum, fresh Hard Candy, and elegant Coffee Cake. You also have the option of making a smaller throw version instead of a queen-size quilt.

Come along with experienced teacher Jean Nolte, and

  • Master using the Fons & Porter Half & Quarter Ruler to make cutting setting triangles quick and easy
  • Get the scoop on working with slightly oversized pieces to guarantee accurate patchwork
  • Learn a unique strip piecing technique for pieced borders and sashing strips
  • Practice techniques for making sure borders fit properly and lie flat
  • Toss around ideas for quilting the finished quilt top

Recreate this amazing masterpiece (c.1860) from the archives of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. The legacy of Early American quilt makers blooms in Jewels of the Garden, a reproduction of a work in Winterthur Museum’s collections.

You will be surprised at how easily the simple method of English paper piecing lets you put an intricate design together. Make the most of precious quilting time with speed piecing, foundation piecing, and appliqué.

Whether you choose to make a bed-sized beauty or smaller wall quilt version, Jewels of the Garden will be a cherished accomplishment. You can opt to work in Antique (closely replicating the original) or Modern Jewel Bright colorways

pic of Love of Quilting Cruise Project 2With Gail Kessler’s instruction and inspiration, you’ll:

  • Learn hand and machine techniques for appliqué and English paper piecing
  • Produce fast, foolproof foundation piecing
  • Discover the process of speed piecing


“Someday” Has Arrived ...

... the someday you’re going to devote to new quilting experiences, relaxed time with family and friends, and uncomplicated pleasures. Join teachers Jean Nolte and Gail Kessler on a classic cruise journey to Alaska, round trip Seattle on Holland America Line’s Westerdam May 21–28, 2011.

Gail Kessler welcomes you in the “Jewels of the Garden” project option which is beginner friendly yet challenging enough for seasoned quilters. You’ll learn hand and machine appliqué techniques, and foolproof your foundation piecing. Or you can opt instead for the “Imperial Diamonds” project, taught by Love of Quilting’s own Jean Nolte, and pick up skills that guarantee accurate patchwork and proper border fit. We keep things simple by covering all your onboard quilting notion needs!

Love of Quilting’s ports of call provide opportunities to explore the exceptional bond between the quilting tradition and the great outdoors in Alaska. Bring a nature-loving friend who would enjoy whale watching and bear spotting, salmon bakes, and eagle sanctuaries. Or bring a quilting friend, and dive in to the Inside Passage’s superb stash enhancement habitat. Let the warm hospitality of the quilting community and the rituals of cruising ease you into the important work of relaxing, learning, and stitching.

Click a Tab (above) for a port overview and available shore excursions.

SEATTLE — Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is known for its stunning waterfront. “Catch” a salmon at Pike Place Market, ride to the top of the Space Needle, sample a local microbrew in funky Fremont, or down a cup of java in the coffee capital of the world.

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JUNEAU — Monday, May 23, 2011

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the town of Juneau has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields at its back door. Juneau is the place to let your imagination run wild. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest. Visit the rustic shops in town. Or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There’s no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours. Climb aboard the Mt. Roberts Tramway for a great spot to hike and shoot a souvenir photo.

»» Juneau Shore Excursion Details »»

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HUBBARD GLACIER — Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Come face to face with a gigantic wall of ice that fills your view and extends for miles in either direction. It’s a titan on the move, advancing faster than almost any other glacier on the continent. When it reaches saltwater at Disenchantment Bay, the imposing architecture of this behemoth measures five miles in width and 40 stories in height, dwarfing even the largest ships. As you glide along this sparkling blue marvel, watch for seals basking on ice floes, listen for the loud, deep rumble and wait for the mighty crack and thunderous crash. At any moment, you could be witness to an eternal drama as nature’s hand sculpts icebergs before your wondering eyes.

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SITKA — Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The onion domes of St. Michael’s Cathedral are your first clue that Sitka was once a Russian settlement — the colonial headquarters of Count Baranof, no less. Discover the echoes of its heyday at a performance by the New Archangel Dancers. Be greeted by Tlingit native people, then stand on the spot where the United States took possession of Alaska in 1867 for $7.2 million, less than two cents per acre. The dramatic setting in the shadow of Mt. Edgecumbe is one of the lovliest in the Great Land. Take a stroll through old growth forest in Sitka National Historical Park, shop the downtown district, and poke around the Sheldon Jackson Museum for a close-up look at some of the city’s most prized arts, crafts, and Russian relics.

»» Sitka Shore Excursion Details »»

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KETCHIKAN — Thursday, May 26, 2011

Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a cheerful air. Besides the main attractions (Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village), try a flightseeing trip to breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument — a transformational adventure not to be missed. These deep water fjords left by retreating glaciers left granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into placid waters. The souvenir photos you’ll take from the pontoons of the plane are worth the trip alone.

»» Ketchikan Shore Excursion Details »»

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A touch of England awaits: afternoon tea, double-decker buses, the famed Butchart Gardens — a brilliant tapestry of color spread across 50 blooming acres.

»» Victoria Shore Excursion Details »»

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Gail Kessler
Jean Nolte


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The program fee is $1,095 and all your quilting needs — including notions and the use of a sewing machine and iron — will be met; four days of classes to create one of the kits from the two project options (see column 1); three one-hour, open-bar cocktail parties; a complimentary spa treatment; and after-class access to a sewing room. Our organized events only take place when we’re at sea, between 8:30am and 7:30pm.

The notions provided by Love of Quilting will be yours to keep, and will be tailored to the quilt project you choose. They will include things like a rotary cutter; scissors; ruler(s); cutting mats, pins and a pin cushion, a Klutz Glove, and more!


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Here was the weather for the seven days of our cruise, during the year indicated. Historical averages (from May. 21–28) are from the mid ’90s to current day.

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