Happy Monday! I've been away for a little while, and though I meant to get some posts scheduled for while I was gone...it just didn't happen. But I'm home again and busy preparing for quilt market which is in 2 1/2 weeks. At that time I'll be able to share everything I've been working on since mid-March!
I was actually on a quilting cruise last week where I taught some wonderful
women as we sailed the western Caribbean. I worked with Doug Leko, Gudrun Erla, and Dana and Donna from Stitchin' Heaven as we traveled to Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico. We were able to take part in the ship activities, take shore excursions to the islands, and quilt on all of our sea days (and any other times we wanted).
The cruise was fantastic...it was sponsored by Stitchin' Heaven and was the ideal way to attend a quilt retreat. Classes take place on the sea days, but the conference center is set up and available for sewing at any time of the day or night. The amazing ladies from Stitchin' Heaven bring Bernina sewing machines for everyone to sew on, and have pre-cut kits available for each project (so you can spend more time sewing rather than cutting)!
I'll do another post later this week and share more about the quilt I taught and some of my sewing while I was there. I should also have our group photo by then and be able to share our "class picture!"
I had never been to the Caribbean before and immediately fell in love with the beautiful waters which were such lovely clear shades of turquoise...the foilage
and island views were also incredible.
I was able to have beach time in Haiti, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel and also take a couple of excursions...one in Grand Cayman and one in Cozumel, Mexico where I learned about the history of those islands and their people.
While in Cozumel we were able to see some of the Mayan ruins and learn more about the people, their culture, and their traditions.
It was truly a wonderful experience...I loved meeting people from all over the world and appreciated being able to spend time with lovely quilters from all over the US and Canada!
We sailed with Royal Caribbean on the ship Freedom of the Seas, and every need and luxury was catered to us as we sailed--the waters were calm for the most part, and we didn't have any rainy days!
I got some good photos, but of course they only partially capture the beauty of the sea and shore.
One of the most interesting parts of the trip was our visit to the Mayan Cacao Company in Cozumel where we learned all about the Mayan chocolate making process from harvesting the beans to making the final product. Of course samples and lots of tasting were involved on that tour!
I hope to be able to sail and sew many more times...if you have ever thought about taking a quilt cruise...it is an absolutely wonderful experience. Go with a group of friends or go by yourself and meet new people...I'm very grateful to have been able to have the experiences I had last week.
Okay...I have lots of quilty things to share this week and will be back soon with the Village parade...
Thanks so very much for stopping by!