Guys & Glaciers Teachers and Workshops


We've an exceptional variety of teachers and 26 projects for you to choose from on our Hoffman cruise to Paradise!!  Class request forms will be sent to those who have registered for the cruise in November, 2018.  Don't delay in registering, this cruise will sell out quickly - we have had many requests for this itinerary.

See you in San Diego!

Deb Roberts




A quilter since 1986, Karen’s inspiration manifests equally of innovation and tradition.  Her quilts have won numerous awards, including first prizes in international competitions, and her designs appear frequently in exhibition.  Her Clam Session quilt received the Master of Innovative Artistry award at IQA in 2009, and her Indian Orange Peel Quilt was People’s Choice at Quilt National ’95.  Having enjoyed success in design, publication and teaching, she finds no greater satisfaction than in hand-stitching binding onto a newly quilted piece, with the possible exception of students returning to report they’re having a lot more fun quilting since taking her color class.  Karen holds degrees in Piano from Baylor and Indiana Universities, has two beautiful daughters, the perfect dog, four horrible cats, and lives on her brother’s family horse farm in Southlake, Texas.





English Paper Piecing by Machine I       

Do you love but avoid the traditional one-patch? Handwork is wonderful, but let’s explore an innovative machine technique, useful for any pattern that would be English paper pieced, without compromising the integrity of the original.  We begin with hexagons, then move quickly to a Sunburst star (like in the pictured quilt, simplified for class). You’ll enjoy having this in your bag of tricks!

Supply list:

  • 10-15 fat quarters (or equivalent) some of which  should read Solid.  

  • Also, fabric scissors, rotary cutting tools,  offset tweezers.

  • Pin-able personal ironing board (June Tailor Cushioned Quilter’s Square ’n Blocker from JoAnn is best; doubled, covered foam core also works).  

  • Pins  

$5 Supply Kit includes pattern sheets, knife, glue, poster board.



Kilauea's Glow        

This will be a perfect way to remember your Hawaii journey. Our cruise is scheduled for scenic cruising past the Kilauea volcano and what could possibly be a better memory than an adaptation of Karen's Rattlesnake quilt in the amazing and glowing hues of the Me&You Indah solids? The color range of this line goes beyond anything you've seen. The difficulty here will be picking out which colors you want in your quilt.

Supply list

  • 1 Me&You solids fat quarter pack

  •  Pin-able personal ironing board (June Tailor Cushioned Quilter’s Square ’n Blocker from JoAnn is best; doubled, covered foam core also works).

  • Also, fabric scissors, rotary cutting tools, offset tweezers (optional), straight pins.



Free-Motion Bias Stem Appliqué  6hrs    

Let's break some rules. Appliqué, but bypass the stitching and go straight to the quilting, even if you haven’t machine quilted before. Quickly prepare some bias stems, engage in some structured improvisation, and be well on your way to mastering a unique technique with great possibilities.

Supply list:

  • Rotary cutting supplies, fabric scissors, straight pins,

  • Pin-able personal ironing board (June Tailor Cushioned Quilter’s Square ’n Blocker from JoAnn is best; doubled, covered foam core also works).

$15 supply Kit includes fabrics, batting, glue.



Bloomers            6hrs       (supply fee $5) 

With just three basic shapes and three blocks, we can create the impression that there’s a lot more going on here than there really is.  You will learn a good basic machine appliqué technique and a unique way to connect everything with amazing precision.

Supply list:

  • 10-15 fat quarters (or equivalent), which include pleasing variety in color, value, and scale.

  •  Pin-able personal ironing board (June Tailor Cushioned Quilter’s Square ’n Blocker from JoAnn is best; doubled, covered foam core also works).

  • Also, pins, fabric scissors, rotary cutting tools, (pins will stand straight up during use -

$5 Kit includes template material, glue, knife, pattern graphic.




It's an Island Mystery - Supply kit $ price to follow

Everyone love's a little mystery now and then and you will be amazed at what develops when you make this beautiful quilt using some of Karen's favorite techniques, it will be a lasting memory of your tropical vacation.

Patchwork, a good mystery, wonderful color, and wild friends at sea - what could be better?

Supply list

  • Pin-able personal ironing board (June Tailor Cushioned Quilter’s Square ’n Blocker from JoAnn is best; doubled, covered foam core also works).
  • Pins, fabric scissors.
  • Also, paper scissors and piecing thread.




Wild Women Don’t get the Blues  6hr   

Patchwork, wonderful color, and wild friends at sea - what could be better? Paper-foundation piecing Karen’s original way - streamlined and efficient. Also, individualized interpretive color talk. Pattern pages provided.

Supply list

  • Hoffman Batik or Me&You fat quarter bundle. (available on board)

  • Also, fabric scissors, paper scissors,




Gentle Curves for Gentle People 

While curved piecing can be intimidating at first, with good technique and a little practice it can become positively addictive. The gentle curves here are a great introduction, and a wonderful light/dark palette opens a great discussion on how to make your fabrics speak eloquently. Pattern graphic provided.

No Kit

Supply list:

  • 10-15 Hoffman Batik fat quarters (or equivalent) in a pleasing range, including some that read dark, and some light. 

  • Pin-able personal ironing board (June Tailor Cushioned Quilter’s Square ’n Blocker from JoAnn is best; doubled, covered foam core also works).

  • Also, freezer paper (a foot or two), fabric scissors, piecing thread, medium rotary cutter & mat supplies


Free-Motion Raw-Edge Appliqué  6hrs  (kit fee $20, required) 

A leafy gala of fabric, color, free-cutting, improvisation, and free-motion stitching. Great first experience for those with new to free-motion machine quilting! Fun, fun, fun, and most everyone finishes their little quilt (a small version of the pictured quilt).

Supply list:

  • Rotary cutting tools, fabric scissors, any threads you have along.

  • Pin-able personal ironing board (June Tailor Cushioned Quilter’s Square ’n Blocker from JoAnn is best; doubled, covered foam core also works).

$20 Supply Kit includes quilt “sandwich”, fabric for appliqué, and binding, trim, chalk, glue.





Stevii has been involved with quiltmaking since 1975 and has been a juror and judge for competitions throughout the U.S.  She has been the judging coordinator for Road to California since 2002.  Stevii is a past President of the California Heritage Quilt Project, has served as President of Quilt San Diego/Visions and on the boards of several quilt guilds.  Her quilts have been published in numerous books and magazines as well as having been exhibited both nationally and internationally.


Questions about a class?  Email Stevii at



2" STRIP RACE (machine class)


Who can finish first?  A fun and fast paced project using 2" strips.  We will have a large selection of Hoffman 2" Pops (Batik and Me & You) for you to choose from to make your own version of this quilt top.  The one to complete their quilt first will win a great Hoffman prize.


Supplies -

  • Selection of 40, 2" pre-cut strips or we will have a nice supply of Bali Batik or Me & You Pops, (available for purchase in our onboard shop).

  •  Rottary Cutter







METRO TILES (machine class)

This quilt-as-you-go kit series was designed by Susan Claire Mayfield, aka The Gourmet Quilter.

Each kit in the series features precision-cut and pre-fused 100% cotton fabrics and patterns to make 10 different blocks. We will be working on 10 squares from the series in class; as they are pre-cut and fused, the this project will be quick and easy to finish up in a day as wall hanging or a a table runner. 

If you would rather complete the series, or any other blocks we will have them available in our onboard Hoffman shop.    

Supplies: Kit - Fee TBA





Kuhimo Necklace


Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese form of braiding using multiple strands or cord.   Different designs and patterns are possible by changing your colors, varying the thickness or number of strands or adding beads to the braid.


Stevii will have you making kumihimo braids in no time as you should complete this fun shell necklace project during class. 


Complete Kit - $12








Portholes at Sea

English Paper Piecing is more than Grandmother’s Flower blocks. In this class we will do an abstract design using the EPP technique for hexagons. You can do your own layout for “portholes" looking out at the sea or copy the class sample. We will learn the EPP technique and how to keep track of your layout as we sew our composition together. Watch out! EPP is addictive!

Supply List

  • Small embroidery scissors
  • Thimple
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Needle threader if needed
  • White thread
  • Phone or camera for photo
  • Paper and pencil

Kit fee $15 includes fabric and EPP papers



HAWAII ZEN (2 day class - machine)

Curves are in and easy with this fun and curvalicious quilt.  Just a few gentle curves to fuse and you'll be on your way to a fabulous finish with all straight line sewing.

Kit included pattern.

Kit fee (TBD).



Easy Gifts to Sew

We have all been in a situation where we need a usable, quick, inexpensive gift for a friend or sewing group and this class will help solve that problem. We will spend the day making several gifts including a microwave bowl, a thread catcher, a pin cushion, small zipper bag and a book cover that will utilize the decorative stitches found on the wonderful Janome machines we will be sewing on. Other sewn gift items for quilters will be shown along with where to find the instructions. If you have a small gift item you like to sew, bring it to share in class...we all need ideas!


Kit fee - $15 includes fabric and materials to make the projects.

Supply list:

  • small scissors

  • seam ripper

  • hand sewing needles

  • black thread

  • red thread

  • medium gray thread

  • paper and pencil



Zip-it Travel Bag

You have no idea how easy these boxy little zipper bags are.  They are so quick  easy to sew! You will find yourself wanting to make one for everything, shoes, cosmetics, sewing tools, you name it, you can quickly make a bag for it.

Kit Fee TBA




Gillian Travis is an award winning textile artist based in a small village in the North of England. She has a studio near my home that has been developed to accommodate creative textiles courses. She loves teaching and passing on skills, ideas and enthusiasm to students of all ages.

Gillian travels extensively for pleasure and teaching, and make regular trips to India, Most of the textiles she makes are inspired by my travels. She take lots of photographs and later use them to design and develop into quilts.

Her work is colourful and contemporary, She specializes in paint, print, felt and machine stitch, and always use natural fabrics.

Gillian has taught Textile courses since 1995, first non vocational classes, and later GCSE and Open College textiles. In 2006, she became an independent Creative Textiles Tutor. For several years she continued to teach City and Guilds 7922 Embroidery, from her studio through Link2Create.  She now uses her many years of textiles teaching experience and devises her own programs of study responding to students needs and interests.

Gillians' Creative Textiles courses offer contemporary approaches to embroidery, patchwork and quilting with an emphasis on design. They include techniques such as felting, paper making, silk painting, fabric dying printing and painting.



Hawaiian Shirts (2 day workshop)

Create this fun traditional Aloha shirt quilt using Hoffman's tropical fabrics.

Materials List

  • Fabric Kit - fee TBA

  • Batting - crib quilt size

  • Backing fabric - crib quilt size

  • A large piece of white or cream fabric (It needs to be reasonably heavy weight)

  • 1-2 m of transfer adhesive

  • Black thread







Tropical Flowers (2 day workshop)

A new twist for using your Hoffman Batiks!!

In 2009 I won a first prize at the Festival of Quilts in the UK with a large bunch of felt flowers. I have made many more bunches of different sizes since. In 2013 I made my designs smaller and had kits made up in India using hand block printed fabric. They sold well, and are now are sold out. 

In this course you will be able to make a bunch of 3D everlasting fabric flowers using colorful batik fabrics. I have based my designs for this bunch on hibiscus flowers. 

Materials List

  • Hoffman Batik fabric - available onboard

  • 10 pieces 8” x 6” in a bright color

  • 2 pieces 8” x 6” in green

  • 1 piece 8” x 12”

  • Felt (this can be the cheapest e.g. felt bought in the $ store is ok)

  • 6 pieces 8” x 6”

  • 1 piece 8” x 6”

  • Paper scissors

  • Small fabric scissors

If you have some cheap scissors that you can use to cut thin wire please bring them

I will provide the wire and the necessary items for the centres of the flowers.

Nominal charge 1-3$

You may like to custom your flowers and use buttons, if so bring a few of your favorite buttons







Quirky Birds

We will be seeing all kinds of birds on our Hawaiian adventure.  Gillian used birds she's spotted on her travels to inspire this fun bird quilt. 

The blocks are made using a “quilt as you go” method using easily made thin sashing to join the blocks.  Once our striped background is made, we will use an innovative method to appliqué the birds to complet our lively project.

Patterns for the guinea fowl and the storks will be available for students to use, or you can use your own bird pattern. 

The size of the finished quilt and the number of the blocks made will depend on the speed of working 

-      This technique can be used to make a quilt using a photograph as a starting point and add a variety of images that could be appliquéd over the top. It need not be a bird.

Requirements to make 4 blocks

  • Bondaweb or Heat n Bond lite

  • Pencil

  • Small scissors

  • Baking parchment  

  • 6mm Bias binding maker (I have a few for students to use)

  • Kit - fee tba





Interchange Appliqué   (2 day workshop)

In 2015, I made a series of quilts that started by taking a simple shape and repeating it.  I developed an innovative and economical method of interchange appliqué to make contemporary quilts. They started with a pomegranate design but developed to include jugs, pots and many other designs.

Students will learn a new method of fused appliqué and be able to make a table mat or similar. We will start by carrying out some simple paper exercises and quickly move on to fabric. I will have a small kit that students can purchase from me but can then use their own fabric. 

Materials List

  • Colored paper

  • Glue stick

  • Pencil

  • Paper scissors

  • I pad or tablet if you have one (not essential)

  • Tracing paper

  • Steam a seam light or other fusible

  • Small sharp fabric scissors

  • Batting for crib size quilt

Charm Pack of Me & You Solids or Batiks - available onboard

Kit $15 each for 4 blocks (not essential but a quick and easy way to start)

My interchange appliqué book is available for $20



Description and materials list to follow




Carrie Ann Fondi, who has been quilting since 1992, is accomplished in the unique art form of Hawaiian Quilting, which evolved in the islands in the early 1800’s. She has studied from many master Hawaiian quilters. As Hawaiian quilting became a full time passion, she created Aloha Quilt Designs in 2010 to sell her Hawaiian quilt patterns and to promote the art of Hawaiian quilting. Her designs are inspired by the beauty of nature, and from her love of the Hawaiian Islands. Carrie teaches on a regular basis; many forms of appliqué in quilt shops, guilds and shows throughout the United States. Prior and present schedule includes classes at Road to California Quilters Conference, AQS, QSC Expos, and quilting cruises.



Hawaii Row by Row Quilt (3 day class)

Whether you've never made one or you've made a dozen, you will love creating this lasting memory of our Hawaii Quilting Cruise.


Kits will include laser cut and pre-fused appliqués, fabrics and pattern. Choose to make as many rows as you like.  


Kit price - coming soon.




Traditional Hawaiian Appliqué

In the nineteenth century missionaries brought the art of patchwork to Hawaii, and the local woman made it their own with appliqué designs based on the vegetation of the Island.  In our class we will be working on a traditional Hawaiian appliqué design from Aloha Quilts.


Learn how to cut, fold and appliqué a Hawaiian Quilt the “Hawaiian Way”. Hand appliqué class. Create a 20in. pillow. Fabric kits available. Kits include fabric, thread and needles. price TBA.









Kai Reverse Applique

18in. x 40in.

Create a stunning reverse appliqué Honu (sea turtle) table runner or wall quilt with ease. Learn how reverse appliqué using needle-turn hand appliqué, channel appliqué and back basting techniques. Hand work class. Kits available. Kits include fabric, thread and needles. Price TBA








Hibiscus Lei

16in. x 40in.

Create this stunning quilt easily and quickly using Carrie's applique techniques.  The hibiscus flower symbolizes beauty in Hawaii and as the official state flower, what more fitting memory could you make from our journey?

Hand appliqué class. Kit includes laser cut appliques, fabrics, thread and needles. Price TBA



Tropical EPP

Tropical Flower Garden Quilt 52in. x 65in.


English paper piece a modern tropical flower garden. English paper piecing tricks and shortcuts will be taught. Choose your favorite Hawaiian flower to applique in the center of each block. Discover how relaxing, easy and portable EPP can be! Handwork class. One day.


Kit fee to follow




Image is one block of multiple block quilt.


Island Envy

Island Envy  - Hand Appliqué 26in. x 26in.


Bring home your favorite island memories with this applique quilt. Quick turn appliqué techniques are used in this quilt together with wash away appliqué paper and a glue stick. Learn how easy needle turn appliqué can be when you prepare the appliqué edges with appliqué template paper and glue. Needle turn appliqué becomes a breeze when the edges are already turned under. Points, valleys and circles are a snap! 


Kit fee to follow.





Class registration will begin in November, 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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