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.

Don't despair, you are not required to take any certain number of classes, you may take as many or as few as you like each time they are offered. Please understand however, that all class requests are sent out at the same time, we cannot hold classes for anyone prior to that date.

See you in San Diego!

Deb Roberts



LINDA J HAHN - USA (Florida)  

Linda is known for her easy teaching style and high energy she brings to her classes. She takes complex looking projects and breaks them down into very simple and do-able steps.

Linda is a multiple award winning author - having five books with the American Quilter's Society (four of those winning awards) and a sixth coming in the early spring of 2019 with Landauer Publications.  She just recently signed on with Northcott Silk fabrics to design several collections of batiks.  Linda is an EQ Artist and also a Bernina Artisan.

Linda's work has been seen in many of your favorite quilting magazines including American Quilter, Love of Quilting, Traditional Quilter and others.  She was named the 2009 National Quilting Association Certified Teacher of the Year and the 2009 State Quilt Guild of New Jersey All Star Quilter.  She served for several years as President of the Quilt Professionals Network.

When she is not quilting, she loves to cruise and read CIA/Black Ops thrillers.  Linda is a licensed Zumba instructor and also holds several Zumba specialty licenses.  

She lives in Palm Bay Florida having recentlly moved there from New Jersey.








Bali Jewels

You can make this colorful wall quilt using just two packages of Hoffman Bali Poppies!

This is a great way to learn to play with color!!  It's fun and quick to make!  Linda shares some awesome power cutting, pressing and sewing tips!

We will have a plethora of Bali Poppies onboard for you to choose from.

Material and Supply List to follow.


Feeling Crabby?

Does sewing curves and points get you "crabby"?  This is the class for you!  Linda has an award winning technique for creating perfect New York Beauty blocks using just ONE pin! and the blocks come out perfect the first time.  She will also show you how you can make an optional miniature quilt from the scraps and cutaways from this project.  The New York Beauty block is very versatile - you'll discover many ways to use it!

Materials and Supply List to follow.


Buffalo Bubblegum

This is an all time student favorite!   Once you learn Linda's ONE PIN method for creating perfect New York Beauty blocks, you will be addicted!   Once you learn it, you can make up to six blocks (start to finish) an hour.  The foundation paper used stays IN the quilt, so there is no more ripping out paper at the end.  

This project does NOT have any set in seams.  It is all squares and rectangles. 


Supply and Materials List to follow




Junkaroo Jems

Here's a happy and fun looking wall quilt!  Partially foundation pieced using foundation that stays in the quilt (no more ripping out!).  Linda will show you how to quickly chain piece the multi-colored borders.  This quilt goes together quite quickly. 



Brooklyn Blues  

Here's a more traditional New York Beauty quilt.  Students will learn Linda's unique ONE PIN technique for creating New York Beauty blocks - and they come out perfect the first time!  Linda will also show you how you can create a miniature quilt using the scraps and cutaways of the project quilt.  

We can add some hibiscus appliqué to make a true remembrance of your Hawaii adventure.

Materials and Supply List to follow.



Happy Hour

A beautiful small very do-able quilt that is partially foundation pieced.  The foundation that we will use stays in the quilt - no more ripping!!  You will learn about different foundation papers that are available on the market - and their pros and cons.

You will combine this block with a strip pieced block and then a foundation pieced border.

You'll go home quite Happy!!

Material and Supply List to follow.




She Can Dance

This big block quilt will go together quite quickly - and you will learn how to piece the border as you piece the block!  This uses pre-cuts and background yardage!  You will learn how to easily make this larger or smaller to suit your taste!  We will also cover some variations that you can play with.  


Witching Hour

You'll get started on this beautiful twin size quilt that is seriously easy to make using Triangles on a Roll (TOAR)!  You'll learn how to use the TOAR to make perfect half square triangles without the need for marking or sliver trimming with the ruler.  You will also learn how to quickly chain piece the border flying geese

Materials and Supply Lists to follow.






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 -

  • We will have a nice supply of Bali Batik or Me & You Pops, (available for purchase  onboard).

  •  Rottary Cutter







METRO TILES (machine class)

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

Each of 5 kits in the series features precision-cut and pre-fused 100% cotton fabrics and patterns to make 10 different blocks. We will be working on 1 kit of 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 prefer to complete the entire quilt after the class, please let us know make arrangements for you to get the kits onboard.

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
  • Thimble
  • 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



Crystal Kaleidoscope (2 day class - machine)

This Crystal kaleidoscope star project that finishes as a 90" square quilt (queen size). The kit features fabrics that have been precision-cut with a laser-guided machine. All the cutting work is done, leaving the fun part for you — no templates, no paper, no math, no Y seams, no cut-off points and no guesswork! A quilter with basic techniques will be able to master this stunning project.

You may choose from the Sapphire (top) or Blooms (bottom) colorway.

Kit fee to follow.



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 colorful 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

  • 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 Dollar Store is ok)

  • 6 pieces of same or various colors 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 centers 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 complete 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

  • Ipad 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

  • Batik or Solids Charm Pack

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 appliqué 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 appliqués, 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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