Quilting on a Cruise

A couple of weeks ago I posted that I was teaching on a quilt cruise and we were waiting for the fog to lift.

I need to get back to that post so you can see what it is like to take a “Quilting Cruise”.

We did have to wait for the fog to lift that day but we were off and catching up very soon.

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My room mate for the cruise was my good friend Mary. She is a delight to be with and made my trip a pleasure. (Now she may not feel the same way because I did snore on this trip.) Here we are going through the line to board.

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Once we boarded we went to our room to check it out and on to the dining room for a quick bite to eat. Then we went to bed so we would be fresh for the next day of fun. By the way when we got back to our room each night there was always a little towel animal waiting for us. Isn’t this little crab cute?

The cruise ships all have conference rooms just like hotels so that is where the classes are held. The sewing machines are provided by the shop and there are usually precut kits for all the classes, It is great, all you have to do is sew! The cruises I have taught on usually have three teachers and we have a great time. You can learn something different every day.

To my great surprize one of my students on the first day was a student from some of the first classes I taught in Graham. She has moved to another area so it was great to see her. Another student was also a student on the very first cruise I taught on. Her husband comes along with her to enjoy the time at sea.

By the way we only have classes on the days we are at sea traveling to the next port.

 I was teaching with Cynthia England and Tricia Cribbs so the classes were all very different.

Breakfast and lunch are very casual and can be in one of several different areas…some buffet – some sit down and order. Dinner can be at a buffet or a specialty restaurant but Mary and I chose to eat in the main dining room every night. We were seated with fellow quilting cruisers so we could all get to know each other.

Our first port of call was Freeport, Bahamas. There were fun possibilities for excursions from swimming with dolphins to beach parties and glass bottom boat rides.

Mary and I took advantage of the free wifi in the village….along with the ship employees.

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We were on to Nassau, Bahamas for the next day where Mary and I decided to stay on board and visit the spa for some pampering. Nothing beats a great facial and massage! We did get off to see a little bit of the village.

Our last port was Key West, Florida, one of my favorite places. We took a hop on hop off Conch Train ride. We wanted to see all of the island that we could. The lady in the center is one of the students Pat.

One of our stops was the southern most point of the United States. It is 90 miles to Cuba. We chose not go to Cuba. 🙂

We also saw the beginning of Highway 1.

We hopped off to visit Earnest Hemingway’s home. It is across the street from this light house.

Such fun to see the rooms and furniture. There is a bed that has a headboard made from a wooden gate. It was beautiful! And it still has the hinges on it.

The house is home to cats that are direct decendants of Hemingway’s cats. Actually there are 45 cats at the present.  There are cats on couches and beds and outside and inside. What a life they have!!!

Half of them have six toes like the original cat.

We had a wonderful dinner on board ship that night and everyone talked about their adventures for the day.

We had a little party and some great prizes were won by all! My friend Mary won a great quilt to remember the cruise.

Here she is with the quilt and quilt-maker Jackie.

We had one more day of classes before arriving back in Galveston and back to reality!

Here are some of the Labyrinth quilt tops made in my class.

I hope some of you might join me on my next teaching cruise with Stitchin Heaven Travel.

We are going on a fall foliage cruise to New England & Canada in September 2014.

I will be teaching with Debbie Caffrey and Deb Gabel.

Check it out here.

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I am a quilt designer, fabric designer, author, lecturer and international traveling teacher. I love sewing, quilt making, jewelry making, fabric dyeing, cooking and traveling to teach. I especially like meeting new people ..... Seeing old friends.
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