Guys & Glaciers Teachers and Workshops


With so many quilt cruise company's doing Alaska cruises, we've worked very hard to make our Alaska quilt cruise like no other.  Planned for fun at sea, in port and in the classroom, our teachers have not only been selected for their expertise, but for their outgoing and sharing personalities.  You'll have to agree that we have assembled an incredible teaching staff for the World of Quilts Travel 2018 Alaskan adventure!!  There will be three 6 hour workshop on our 2018 Alaska cruise, each offering a wide variety of techniques and project choices.  You may take  a class each time they are offered.  So that everyone has an equal opportunity to register, class choice sheets will be sent out about 3 months prior to the cruise.  If you have a  question about a class or project, please contact the teacher at the email address provided with their bio. 

See you in Alaska!!  



Since earning her degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell  University in 1977, Allie has been quilting non-stop.  She made bed quilts, Broderie Perse, stainded glass quilts and landscape quilts for 23 years and these approaches still inform her creativity. For the next  15 years, the sumptuous and liberating genre of crazy quilting was her focus. She is further fascinated by the confluence of vintage/traditional quilting and crazy quilting.  Her latest focus is her current return journey into stained glass quilts. Her work has appeared in many national magazines, the most recent being on the covers of Modern Quilts Unlimited, Summer, 2015 and Crazy Quilt Quarterly, Spring 2017.  Her work has appeared in many books and she has written three books of her own.  Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting, Quilting..Just a Little Bit Crazy and Allie Aller's Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined, all for C&T Publishing. She is an instructor for Craftsy. Allie has taught at many guilds and conferences as well as on QNN TV and has appeared on the Quilt Show.

You may reach Allison at


STAINED GLASS LEAVES - has homework before cruise

Allie has given stained glass quilting new life and possibilities in her work, and she can't wait to share what she has learned with you!  Adapting the Leaf Vine bed quilt project from her new book into a lovely table runner, students will lay out the "glass" fabrics onto the background fabric of their choice in class. They will then fuse on the leading, so it is resdy to sew down after returning home.  Many leaf design possibilities will be shown and discussed, so that each student's runner will be unique.  Several diagrams will be provided in class to get you started.

Supply List:



Background fabric and Interfacing

Your background fabric should be at least 20" X 20" for a square project, 14" X 36" for a longer table runner. Please prepare your background fabric by fusing a layer of interfacing--any kind, just so it is lightweight--to the back of it before coming to class.


"Glass" fabrics

  A good variety of large-ish scraps in the leaf fabrics of your choice--they could be    

  greens, autumn colored, day-glow, or even wool, whatever you love.


"Leading" fabric and fusible web

  One fat quarter of your leading fabric of choice.  I recommend Kona black cotton if you    wish  for a traditional black leaded look; but any medium to dark colored solid cotton will work. 

Please prepare your leading fabric with fusible web on the back before coming to class.  I use MistyFuse, but any lightweight fusible web will do.


-A cutting mat and rotary cutter are essential: please put in a new blade before you leave home!

-18" ruler

-Very sharp small scissors.  I strongly recommend the Karen Kay Buckley green handled scissors; I won't use anything else, personally.  Their serrated sharp tips make trimming the leading a joy.

-Fabric scissors for cutting out the leaves

-Paper scissors for cutting out templates (to use if desired)

-Disappearing fabric marker for marking background fabric and leaf shapes. A light colored marker is necessary if you are using a dark background fabric



-small craft iron if you have one.  I recommend the Clover Wedge Iron for this kind of work if you are thinking of purchasing a small iron.

-small ironing surface.  I use a folded piece of wool; it works great and is easy to pack.

-Book: Allie Aller's Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined: Fresh Techniques and Design, is an essential resource and I encourage you to read through it before you arrive in class.  Come prepared, and therefore empower yourself to be very productive during our time together.


Essential Crazy Quilt Embroidery Stitches

In this class we will create a sampler of the seven most fundamental stitches found in crazy quilting: stem stitch, herringbone, buttonhole, feather, cretan, chain, and chevron.

We will learn variations on each stitch, and see how helpful they can be in all kinds of quilt projects.  Allie will bring many examples to class that show these stitches at work!

Supply List

  • 10"x18" interfaced white muslin or other white fabric.  Use fusible lightweight interfacing for this.
  • At least 7 colors of 6 strand cotton floss
  • Embroidery needles in an assortment of sizes
  • small scissors
  • fabric marking pen with disappearing ink
  • small ruler
  • option: small embroidery hoop.  








This in-depth workshop draws on Allie' extensive experience as a crazy quilter. She will lead you through the creation of many gorgeous three dimensional floral embellishments to frame a printed image--or a treasured textile or fabric--of your choice. She will also cover embroidery basics such as couching, stem stitch, ribbon stitch, lazy daisy, and leaf stitch.  You'll do beadwork and add some writing to your creations, as well as learn to add color to lace and premade flowers before attaching them to your work. Allie will present some different finishing techniques for you to complete your beautiful and very personal wall hanging at home.


Supply list for Students to bring:


-small photo of your choice transferred onto fabric. Should be around 4" to 6" square. Or in lieu of a photo, a small vintage embroidery or commercially printed motif—whatever you wish to showcase or “frame”, as the focal point of your project. Do not remove the paper from the back of the printed fabric.

-Lace, trim, or ribbon to go around the perimeter of your transferred photo (see photo of class samples above)

-(1) 16” X 16” base fabric for your appliqué and embellishments. This should not be a busy print.

-(1) 16” X 16" piece fusible knit interfacing, optional, but highly recommended. Purchase at JoAnn’s or any chain fabric store.  Buy the cheapest brand available!

-Embellishment supplies: Embroidery Threads, beads, beading thread, silk ribbon, wire ribbon, cording, lace, etc.

-basic sewing supplies, including marking pen or pencil, straight pins, variously sized embroidery needles for different weights of threads and beads, sewing thread, scissors, Ott light and extension cord if you need it.


A copy of Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing and Embellishment Techniqes for Joyful Stitching, C & T Publishing, 2011. This is a great reference to use during class, to go along with Allie's hand-outs.


Please Note!

Allie will bring a smorgasbord of embellishment items for you to purchase in class at a very reasonable cost. She will also bring lace motifs, pre-made flowers, and craft inks and brushes for students to use, as her gift to you!  




2017 Houston International Quilt Festival Award winning quilter, Patt Blair, was originally an oil painter, watercolorist, now art quilter/fabric painter. The cycle is complete. “I’m a happy girl”’ she says! In art quilting, almost anything goes. Patt has been teaching since 2004 when she won the Sulky Challenge Grand Prize for her ink and thread painted piece “ First Call”. Nov. 2012, IQA Houston awarded Patt’s piece My Gentle Giant “Ben” with the Pfaff Machine Artistry Award.  Patt provides custom art and bed quilts… see . Patt was honored to judge the 2015 International Quilt Festival in Houston.   Patt’s art quilts are more like contemporary tapestries than quilts, largely affected by her extensive use of thread which she refers to as “linear paint.”  Patt has studied with numerous national/international level artists including the renowned watercolorist Robert E Wood.  She has gone on to teach, be published, and compete/win nationally and internationally.

You may reach Patt at



Filling Station at Sea

This class is by request of many quilters with tops ready to be quilted but also feeling a need for free motion confidence and skill building… Come Join! You’ll learn.    Attend this class and you’ll leave with confidence and quilting motif samples to use in your work at home.  We’ll look at and free motion quilt 3 ‘types of motifs: ones that stabilize, harmonize, and even ‘MOVE’ your eyes on your quilt tops. You’ll create a sampler piece of stitched motifs of each type and that sampler can serve as your own quick reference library OR you can approach it as a standalone machine quilted art piece.  You’ll grow through FREEDOM to fill and learn in the doing!!.   

Supply List:    

A cotton fabric quilt sandwich (top,batting, backing, pinned or spray glued)  appx 24”x 24””  or any width/length you’d like  to quilt in this class. (Suggest you have a light valued plain or mottled fabric on which  it will be easy to  add markings.  You might like having  more than one sandwich on which to practice ( see f) below. .

  • Frixion making pen by Pilot (found at Staples or most quilt shops)

  • A quarter/inch marked see through ruler .. for marking motifs as needed ( Omnigrid makes one)  

  •  I suggest 3 different colored or value of spools of thread… appx 40 wt. and bobbin thread.   (1 color will be used for each type of motif)  If you prefer one color for all… consider 3 different values of the same color.  It all will work… don’t get too tied up in the ‘planning.’ Just bring at least one top thread.  

  •  Basic quilting supplies… thread snips or scissors, quilting gloves or whatever product you like  for holding/moving your quilt as you stitch,  you might bring a ripper.

  • IDEAL:… a few appx. 14 x 14  pinned quilt sandwiches if you wish to practice quilt  a few motifs before you leap into the real thing.

$5 Quilting Art booklet of textures and fillers…payable in class( cash or check) .



Media Mixer

Can you believe this  little quilt top  is created using fabric, napkin and kleenex tissues, stamps ,stencils, marking pens and pencils. Yours will be you own whimsical version of something you  chose to adhere to fabric. And all will be beautiful.  I will bring several types of napkins, tissues,  and stamps for you to play with but I encourage you bring something you love too.  You’ll chose items, lay them around on  your fabric piece til you are ‘happy’, then adhere them to your fabric with my instruction.

Student Supply List

  • A smooth surface white trash bags -like kitchen size 13 gal. to protect work table

  • A few paper towels for clean up, hand wipe

  • Small amount of painters or masking tape

  • Plastic throwaway plate  (any size) 

  • A black Pigma Pen (I like the smaller point ones but bring what you might already

  • own)

  • Small Paper scissors

  • Stencil brush ( Patt will have a few)  a small throwaway magazine or flyer to be used as a glue application surface.

  • a plastic bag like the size of a 2 gallon Ziploc… ‘will be used to transport your piece

  • home.

OPTIONAL List :  Things you already own

  • A printed paper napkin or 2 you might love, a couple interesting stamps you already own, stamp pad, even interesting tissue paper , newspaper images.  I’ll be bringing a bunch

  • Any stencil you want to play with

  • If you have one with you, a couple shareable classroom hair dryers might be

  • helpful.

  • 1 or 2 Shiva paint sticks you already own (the metallic and neutral tones work

  • well for this) .

  • A few choice Prismacolor pencils you already own. I’ll bring some.

  • Appx.  ¼  yard freezer paper to use as a stencil and/or palette.

  • A tea bag,  cut open and emptied… i.e. just the tea bag tissue

  • A rubber surfaced Brayer to roll ‘down’ things affixed to fabric

  • (Patt will have at least one)


Patt will provide the following materials:

Materials Fee payable to Patt in class by check or cash: $18.00 includes

Prepared fabric piece

Matte Medium

Choice of a bundle of assorted tissues, napkins  Japanese or handmade papers

A collection of Misc. media supplies for use in class.

1” brush per student





The Pride of a Lion

Here’s your chance to paint on fabric using ink and markers.  You’ll be proud of your result. You can create this bright fun prideful lion in a 6 hr. hour class following Patt’s classroom instructions. You’ll place her line drawing beneath high quality white PFD fabric, and use fabric markers, ink, and applicators to create this colorful lion!!!!   You’ll then know how to create something similar for your favorite pet back home. You will enjoy cruisin’ through this class.! 

When you sign up .for class, Patt will create a kit for you.  Kit will include 6 inks (lime green, lemon yellow, tangerine orange, mid value purple, cherry pink, and cerulean blue) 6 applicators, Hoffman ’s white PFD, 1 black Fabrico marker, Patt’s line drawing, and class instructions.    

Your $45.00 kit fee will upon request ship to you within the U.S or will otherwise  be delivered to you in class on ship. Please be prepared to pay by check or cash.   In an effort to keep your costs down, Patt will provide in class use of  a couple of her inks for the lion eyes.

Supply List: Please bring

a) A smooth surface white trash bag (eg 13 gal kitchen size- to protect table                         surface

b)small amount of painters tape,

c)ultra fine tip sharpie marker,  

d)a few paper towels in case of a rare spill.

e) appx a fat eight of white scrap fabric  to practice on f) a  fine tip black micron pigma pen you already own.  g) A quart sized  Ziploc bag to take supplies home.



Barbara is an award winning quilt maker, designer, author and teacher who loves to share her techniques with others. Barbara started creating quilts in her teens and  has over 35 years of experience in quilting and teaching.   In addition to having several published quilt patterns, she's published 5 books with C&T Publishing. Barbara currently teaches nationally and internationally giving workshops, lectures and trunk shows.


Barbara loves to design and piece from her home in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  She comes from a close-knit Mennonite family of quilters. Every year the women in her family gather for a sewing retreat where they quilt, sew and follow other creative pursuits.  Her family members and their quilts were featured in the Virginia Quilt Museum's exhibition, Five Generations of Mennonite Quilts.


You may reach Barbara at









Just a Square

Barbara will be teaching the class from her new quilt book, Magic Add-A-Strip Quilts, which came out last fall. This stunning quilt project is sure to both challenge and inspire. Miraculously change a quilt pattern with a strip of inserted fabric. Start with a simple square, then slice and insert a 1" strip of contrasting fabric to create a new design! Quilters of all skill levels can piece this complex-looking pattern that is easy to sew. The techniques learned in piecing this quilt are sure to open many more options of quilt patterns in your quilting world.


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Magic Add-A-Strip Triangles

Give a simple quilt triangle block a touch of magic—the add-a-strip way! Slice a triangle block, then piece in a 1˝ strip of contrasting fabric to create a quick block design. There are 4 different quilts to choose from using this one triangle base layout. This triangle block is easy to sew, but can transform using countless intricate designs when you experiment with color and value. Stunning triangle-star quilts are perfect for adventurous beginners looking to try something new or intermediate quilters who’d like to put their skills to use in a creative way. This class features how to work with a triangle block layout and an “easy way” method for template cutting.


Additional Variations from Barbara's Book by C&T, Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars.






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Under the Sea


This project features dramatic pinwheels and diamonds.  Diamonds run through the quilt, connecting the stars with diamond chains.  Only two triangle blocks are used in the piecing, but by changing the colors in the two triangle units, you get star designs and pinwheels when the triangle blocks are sewn together.  While it looks difficult, the simple piecing techniques used in these two blocks is perfect for adventurous beginners looking for something new or intermediate quilters who’d like to put their skills to use in a creative way.


Full Quilt




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Sujata Shah, a graphic designer and textile artist, is originally from Mumbai, India. The mother of three grown children lives with her husband in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. 

In 2003, She found an instant connection between the abstract utilitarian quilts of Gee's bend and Godharis from India. Her instinctive ability to work with colors and textures combined with education in graphic design has helped her develop a unique style as a designer.

She draws her inspirations from imperfections and irregularities of free-spirited folk art and crafts from around the world. As a calligraphy major, she believes that each handmade craft has a stamp of the maker. In 2014 she wrote the book, Cultural Fusion Quilts - A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions. In which she introduced free-form blocks, an abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks to reflect her theory.

She has won awards for her quilts in local and national quilt shows and designed quilt patterns under the name of Rangoli Designs. Her teaching experiences include workshops inspired by the quilts of Gee's Bend, needle-turn applique based on her original designs and color and design. In the past she taught in Seattle area and Philadelphia. Her quilts have been shown at AQS in Lancaster and Paducah and the Pacific Northwest Quilt-Fest.

She teaches nationally at guilds, quilt shows and retreats. 
Talking about the process of finishing quilts, she says, ''I find hand stitching therapeutic and nourishing to the soul. Through my quilts I remain connected to my past, my culture and heritage. More I hand stitch, stories of my daily life get stitched into my quilts. I rarely have a plan before the start of a quilt. Designing a quilt is an evolving process. I believe as the quilt evolves, I simply become the instrument in the making of that quilt.'


You may reach Sujata at





Inspired by the cross-weave pattern of a basket, this quilt has gentle movement that resembles the clothes swaying on a clothesline. In this class you will learn to cut curves in layers.  You will also learn to piece curves without using pins or marking. You will explore many arrangements with these blocks. Rail Fence quilt is so much fun; you would want to make more than just one.

Yardage Requirements


  • 15 to 20 light to medium Fat quarters

  • 15 to 20 medium to dark fat quarters


  • Medium size Cutting mat

  • Rotary mat (optional)

  • 6”x 12” and 6” x 24” ruler

  • Rotary cutter with fresh blade

  • Please bring general sewing supplies.

Cutting Instructions (please cut prior to class)

From each fat quarter cut two strips 5 ½” x 22”






Freeform blocks are abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks. How would you like to make triangle blocks without templates and marking, with as few measurements as possible? See what happens when you embrace the imperfections and irregularities of human hands. Triangles cut with organic cutting and piecing technique mimic the appearance of block prints of India.  Each triangle is different than the next, yet there is overall harmony and balance to the quilt. You will learn to trust your instinct and eyeballing skills and explore many possibilities for the final layout.

Yardage Requirements

¼ yard each of 18 light fabrics

¼ yard each of 18 dark fabrics



Medium size Cutting mat

6”x 12” and 6” x 24” rulers

Rotary cutter with fresh blade

Sewing Supplies


Cutting Instructions (Please cut prior to class)

Triangle Strips

From each light fabric, cut 1 strip 6” x WOF

From each dark fabric, cut 1 strip 6” x WOF

Cut each strip in half lengthwise to yield 2 strips 6” x approximately 20


Toran Quilt

Use up your scrappy strings in a perfectly imperfect blocks. In spite of all cotton materials and perfectly squared up blocks, gently curved piecing and organic quilting create an illusion of string banners - Toran, in a soft, cool breeze.

Yardage Requirements

String blocks

2 1/2 -3 yards total of varying width strips 1” to 2” wide x WOF bright colored solids and prints


2/3 yards each of 8 medium to dark green, khaki , and brown solids


Medium size Cutting mat

Rotary mat (optional)

6”x 12” and 9” square ruler

Rotary cutter with fresh blade

Sewing Supplies

Cutting Instructions (Please cut prior to class)

Green, Khaki, Solids:

Cut 1 strip 10”xWOF

Crosscut to make 18-22 squares 10”x10” for the blocks

Cut 5-7 varying width strips 1”-2” wide X WOF

Crosscut into 10” sections for the borders

Bright Colored solids and Prints

Cut all strips into 10” sections





Oregon has been Bonnie’s home since she was born and where she continues to live.  She enjoys the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and being close to both the ocean and the mountains.  The colors of the lush green Willamette Valley and her love of nature are reflected in Bonnie’s designs.


Bonnie has been sewing and creating since she was a child.  She is one of three girls and when she and her sisters (Ann and Kathy) were young they would spend many hours in the crafting area that their mother had set up for them creating doll clothes, Christmas ornaments, and whatever else their imaginations could come up with.  She credits her mother, Marjorie McCanse, with helping to foster the creative spirit she now embraces.


When Bonnie’s eldest son, Marcus, was born she decided that she wanted to find a way to stay home with him and began crafting in earnest.  She sold her creations at craft fairs and through a home decorating company until her second son, Sean, entered kindergarten when she decided to go back to school and finish the college degree she had started some twenty years earlier.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies in 1999 but soon after realized how much she missed nurturing her creative side and once again went about finding a way to make a living doing what she loved.


Around that time Bonnie had been introduced to the world of working with wool and soon designed a line of Penny Rug patterns under the business name of “All Through the Night”. The name came from the fact that she spent many late hours working on her designs. Bonnie and her sister, Kathy Schmitz, who had developed a line of paper goods featuring her watercolor paintings that focused on quilting, decided to present their designs together at their first International Quilt Market in the Spring of 2002 in Kansas City.  From there, her business continued to grow and she soon signed on with the fabric company, Maywood Studio, and has designed several fabric lines.  One of her most well known being the “Woolies” line of flannels she created.  She wanted to have flannels that looked like the wools she so loved to work with and she enjoys combining the two textiles in many of her works.


Bonnie is continually inspired by many things in her life.  She has quite a collection of books featuring antique quilts and textiles and old books with fun sayings, quotes, and illustrations that seem to inspire her with new ideas every time she looks through them.  Bonnie loves the way children experience the world with such curiosity and wonder and hopes that she will always remember to view things with that same sense of innocence and imagination.

The past few years have also afforded Bonnie the opportunity to do some traveling overseas where she found new inspiration at every turn and she looks forward to doing much more traveling in the future.  In 2010, Bonnie and her sister, Kathy, spent the month of September in France on a quest for new and fresh ideas and put together a book filled with projects and inspirations focusing on their journey.  The book is titled, “French Inspirations for Artful Hands”.  She has since authored two books with Quiltmania, “Bonnie’s Garden” and “Heart of the Home”, and one book with Margingale titled “A Change of Seasons”.  

Bonnie feels blessed to be doing what she loves and to be sharing her passion with others.

You may reach Bonnie at  


Pocket Full of Posies

The "Pocket Full of Posies" purse measures 7 1/2" x 9" (not including the strap.  The $40 kit will include the pattern, wool for the purse front, back, and appliqué pieces, flannel for the purse lining, buttons,  perle cotton threads for embellishment, and fusible web.  

The students will need to bring the sewing basics, scissors, needles (I like to use embroidery needles as their eyes are a little larger and can accommodate the perle cotton), and sewing thread or embroidery floss in a variety of colors to match the appliqué pieces for sewing the appliqué pieces in place.


Key to My Heart Pillow

The "Key to My Heart" pillow measures about 12" x 13".  The $40 kit will include the pattern, wool for the front, back, and appliqué pieces, the perle cotton threads for embellishment, fusible web, and stuffing. It will NOT include the antique key they can either bring a key with them or add one later when they find one.

The students will need to bring the sewing basics, scissors, needles (I like to use embroidery needles as their eyes are a little larger and can accommodate the perle cotton), and sewing thread or embroidery floss in a variety of colors to match the appliqué pieces for sewing the appliqué pieces in place.


Joy Pillow

The "Joy" pillow measures 14" x 19".  The $40 kit will include the pattern, wool for the pillow top background and appliqué pieces, a button pack for the berries, the perle cotton threads for embellishment and fusible web.  Kit price: 

It will NOT include the backing/binding fabric (I have included it before, but half the people wanted a different color) or batting.  You may also choose to make this as a wall hanging.
The students will need to bring the sewing basics, scissors, needles (I like to use embroidery needles as their eyes are a little larger and can accommodate the perle cotton), and sewing thread or embroidery floss in a variety of colors to match the appliqué pieces for sewing the appliqué pieces in place.


Class registration will begin in April, 2018.  A selection list will be e-mailed to participants, please be certain you keep us updated if your email address changes.


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