We’ve just returned from a fantastic quilt cruise with Voyage of the Vikings with  Quilt Seminars at Sea.

During sea days, I taught my Celtic Illusions technique, a Transparency class and a special class: Quilts of Illusion, focused on creating perspective in quilts.

We sailed from Amsterdam, our group joining us there and had port stops in Newcastle in England, South Queensferry (Edinburgh) and Invergordon (Inverness) in Scotland.  3 stops in Iceland and 2 stops in Norway rounded out our trip.

During our time at sea, we had quilt classes, get-togethers, quilt games, sewing time and fun being together.

Some photos from our time in Amsterdam.  While there, we visited museums and enjoyed walking along the canals.

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Our first classes were held once we were on the ship.  We had full classes and excited students from around the world.

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Our first stop was Newcastle-on-Tyne in England. Some of us took a shore excursions to York.

Loved our visit there! Some fantastic sight-seeing and a yummy fish and chips lunch.

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Stops in South Queensferry and Invergordon were our next stop. Rick and I scheduled a tour with a Steve, our Scottish guide.  Outlander fans will recognize some of these locations.

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One of my favorite photos of Rick and I, at  Midhope Castle (Lallybroch to Outlander fans)

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Onward toward Iceland, quilting classes while we sailed.  Iceland is an amazing place.  Many of us took shore excursions while we were at port.  A few photos from this amazing place.

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One of our stops was a geyser just outside Reyjkavik.  I was able to capture a slo-motion video of its eruption.

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After three stops in Iceland, we were ready for more quilt classes and quilting fun!

Next stop, Norway,  more beautiful sights, yummy snacks and wonderful quilting inspiration.

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It was an amazing trip with memories to last a life-time.

So excited to see Keepsake Quilting has my new “Quilt Trails -Landscapes” fabric line and quilt kit in their new catalog!

 

 

 

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I’m looking forward to AQS Quilt Week in Chattanooga in September.  The registration opens June 14th.  . . . and the classes are sure to fill quickly!

I’m teaching some new classes – my new Pick Up Sticks patterns is one of them and I’m crazy about this new quilt.

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My Ice Crystals quilt  is another new class.  (Love this quilt!)

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Yet another new class is perfect for beginners: Tumbling Blocks Fun!  If you have wanted to learn how to create a tumbling blocks quilt, but were afraid to try it, this is the class for you!

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Chip Out of Every Block

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and my Transparency class are two more classes I will be teaching.

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You can see more information by clicking here: AQS Quilt Week – Chattanooga

I hope you will be able to join us, it is a wonderful location, beautiful convention center and I know we will have a blast in class!

 

It as been so much fun, following Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sew-along!

Here’s a link to the very first post, in case you need any of the patterns:

http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2016/03/100-blocks-sampler-sew-along-block-1/

 

I’m honored to have my block, Serendipity, block #656 as part of the sew-along. I love my  block in the 6″ size!

I decided to create it in some bright summer colors.  First, pull some Serendipity fabric, to audition my color choices. I love this fabric, it shades from light to medium to dark, all on one piece of fabric.  No more searching for the perfect light or dark, it’s all right here!

I know I’m going to use the golden color, but am not sure if I will add purple with it or the blue.

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Hmmm, choices!

Here’s the purple with the gold.

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and the blue with the gold. . . . I still can’t decide!

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Well, the only thing to do is to press the fabric, cut out both colors and decide from there.

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I’ve decided to use the blue and gold, just like a summer sky! I also decided to move the shading around, love this option!

Now to sew together.

First, I like to piece all the triangle units together.  I press the seams open and trim off the “ears” to make the piecing a piece of cake.

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Piecing together, loving the colors!

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Getting the corners sewing together.

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All the “units” are together.  Now to sew into rows.

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Almost there!

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I need to press my block and then I’m all done and I love it!

Thanks Quiltmaker!

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Alaska Cruise – August 19 – 26, 2017!


In August, 2017, we will be traveling to one of my favorite destinations – Alaska!  I’ve been there 3 or 4 times already, but can’t wait to go back!

A cruise to Alaska is a perfect way to see this amazing landscape.   We will be traveling to and from Seattle on this 7 day cruise.   There’s something wonderful awaiting you in every port of call:

  • Juneau – In Alaska’s capital, taste salmon baked over an alderwood fire, pan for gold, flight-see the Juneau Ice Field, and visit the Mendenhall glacier.
  • Sitka – Step back to the days of Russian Alaska as you watch lively performances of the New Archangel Dancers and view holy paintings of the Czarists’ days. Plenty of wildlife adventures await!
  • Ketchikan – Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world’s largest collection of totem poles or kayak the colorful waterfront. Visit Creek Street and see Alaska as the early pioneers did.
  • Victoria, B.C. – Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

You can play tourist, choosing your pleasure, whether it be walking, touring, flight-seeing or shopping. All the ports we visit are directly in town, and there is a lot to see within walking distance, and the best part. . . quilt shops in every port! (Better take an empty suitcase with you!)

 

 

There are a wide variety of classes from which to choose, taught by myself, Laura Wasilowski, Gloria Loughman and Linda J. Hahn.  Sewing machines will be available for your use on board. You will even have the chance to purchase a new machine at a great price!   I’ve love to have you join us for this fantastic cruise!

 

For more information about the cruise, classes and ports of call, click here to visit Quilt Seminars at Sea

You can contact Amy at Amy@QuiltCruises.com or call 1-866-573-6351.

 

Have you ever wondered what happens on a “quilting” cruise?  Click here to visit my blog for some details.

I’ve had so much fun creating some new optical illusion quilt patterns.  You can see them below or for more information, you can visit my webpage, located here. 

ICE CRYSTALS

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Ice Crystals is an amazing optical illusion and beautiful design!   I love how it looks in my sewing studio!  Perfect for the intermediate quilter, someone who has taken my Patchwork Illusions class or is comfortable with piecing diamonds.  

 

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PICK UP STICKS

A beautiful quilt of illusion, so simple to make, once you know how. You can select your 3 favorite colors in light, medium and dark values to create this stunning quilt!

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Pick Up Sticks cover

 

Patterns available on our webstore, located here. 

 

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