I love it when I can combine a bunch of favorite things in one event, don’t you? Next March (2014), I’m teaming up with Quilt Retreats at Sea and Artistic Artifacts for an eight-night quilting cruise where I can enjoy:
- Travel to warm places while it’s cold at home
- Spending time with my hubby
- Spending time with quilting buddies (quilters I know now and quilters I will meet)
- Sharing my favorite original quilt pattern with other quilters
- Giving out prizes and surprises
- Food, food, and more food
- Ocean view
Sounds good, right? I’d love it if you’d join us! We’ll leave Baltimore on Friday, March 28, 2014 on Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. Our ship was refurbished in 2012 and is just beautiful! Click here to read all about the ship. Our stops include Port Canaveral, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Coco Cay, Bahamas; and Key West, Florida. We can have beach time, shopping time, sightseeing time, and just lazy time. We’ll return to Baltimore on Saturday, April 5.
On three of our days, we’ll be at sea, having fun piecing a quilt. I’ll be teaching the techniques you’ll need to successfully complete our quick and easy project. This is my favorite pattern, Friendship Chain. Back before the Dawn of Time (when I was in elementary school), we used to make these zigzag bracelets out of paper chewing gum wrappers. This quilt reminds me of those bracelets, hence the name. I can almost smell the Juicy Fruit gum!
Quilt Cruisers will get to choose from two colorways: Purple Rain and Tangerine Sunrise. Our sewing machines are being provided for us along with an expert to troubleshoot as needed and keep us rolling in full bobbins! But the best part about our quick and easy project is that I will cut the kit for you. When you sit down to work, you will not have to cut strips or subcut blocks — it’ll all be ready for you to get started!
If you are a fast worker (and you know who you are!), you might want to bring a small UFO or two. While the ship has lots of distractions for your free time, you may finish your quilt top and want something to work on during the optional Stitch-and-Sail sewing times.
Toward the end of our cruise, I’ll have a surprise project for you to work on. We’re going to have lots and lots of fun!
So, what’s included on the cruise? The Friendship Quilting Cruise Package includes:
- Eight nights aboard the Grandeur of the Seas
- All port fees and taxes
- Prepaid onboard gratuities
- Trip/travel insurance
- Two group cocktail parties
- All onboard meals
- Onboard entertainment
- Quilting classes and instruction
- Project kits and materials
- Open Stitch-and-Sail sewing times
- Group events, prizes, giveaways!