Archive for March, 2012

What Happens on a Quilting Cruise Stays on the Quilting Cruise….Not!- Part 1

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

I have just returned from an absolutely fabulous cruise aboard the amazing Royal Caribbean Alure Ship. There I was, with lots of old quilting friends and new quilting friends for a fabulous 7 days aboard the largest ship in the world. Here Debby Luttrell and I are having just met up in the Promenade getting ready to go ashore in Nassau. There are 5,000 passengers on this ship. Where are they?

It was a beautiful day in port. The sun was shinning and the little shops were open and ready for business.

My friend Rhonda found the perfect colorful little frock. Doesn’t she look happy!

You really don’t appreciate just how big this ship is until you get off in port. Man, you could put one of the other ships inside this ship. Everyone walking back to the ship after a beautiful day.

Back aboard ship we all went about the task of making new friends.

Once the ship sailed out of port, the fun continued in the Casino….doesn’t everyone look happy?

Now it was time to head off to our private dining room with the rest of the group to have diner.

Something new on this trip was the option to table hop each night so we could have dinner with different quilters.

After dinner, time to play with friends…so many options and so little time…shows, plays, music and the list went on and on. Here a group of us met up on the Boardwalk. Over 5,000 passengers and we kept running into our friends.

Oooooh, I am not done….move on to read Part 2!

What Happens on a Quilting Cruise Stays on the Quilting Cruise….Not!- Part 2

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

After the ship left Nassau, it was time to start our first day of three classes. Here a happy student is showing off her first fish from the row I designed for the cruise.

It was fun having students from the Carol Doak Yahoo Group aboard. Here is Cathy hiding in the bushes in Central Park.

Gail Garber taught the top row of the quilt and Eileen Sullivan taught the bottom row of the quilt.

This is a picture of the project for the cruise. Debby made it really easy by kitting the project and supplying Bernina Sewing Machines. Two cruisers actually won this quilt and the one Debby had made.

Time for dinner again and the special dessert that Debby really likes ….umm…is she really eating three of them??

Don’t they say “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”? Well, I introduced Debby and Rhonda to my favorite jewelry store in St Thomas, Imperial Jewelers and we got into just a bit of trouble…..

Speaking of trouble, next port is St Maarten. Gail, Rhonda and I signed up for the America’s Cup races. it was a beautiful day and we learned to sail.

The captain said he could not have won the first leg of the race without the help he got from Gail, Rhonda and I.

Gail is smiling because we haven’t fallen overboard yet.

It was time to head back to the ship and play with our friends in our group. We could always find them when they wore our special Stitchin Heaven Travel T-Shirt. Here Debby and Clay (her son in charge of travel) are hanging out on a gorgeous car in the Promenade.

Two more days of fun classes. The students stayed in each of three rooms and the teachers moved to the next room each day. I see fish swimming there.

Besides all the amazing shows going on each evening, there are also special events that occur. This was 70’s night on the Promenade and the “Village People” showed up to sing YMCA!…Heh, I know that song.

Good bye wonderful ship and sail happy until we meet again,


Cruise Hawaii in September 2013 is my next cruise. If you want to read all about it, click here.  This cruise is limited to 40 quilters and you can sign on and pay a bit at a time. If you have any specific questions about it, just ask Debby or Clay.