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A very happy New Year to everyone! May your 2012 be filled with family, friends, happiness, health and joy!



This lovely arrangement of the traditional Scottish song (words by Robert Burns) is by Kevin Walsh.  If you are an OUTLANDER fan, you will recognize his name as the compuser for OUTLANDER: The Musical.


Western Caribbean
February 10 – 17, 2013

Beat the winter blues and take a short break from everyday life. Visit some of the most beautiful ports in the Caribbean

In 2013, I’m returning to the fabulous Caribbean with Quilt Seminars at Sea!  We’ll sail on Holland America Line’s beautiful ms Nieuw Amsterdam, round trip out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

We will visit some of the Western Caribbean’s most beautiful ports; Grand Cayman,  Mahogany Bay, Costa Maya and Holland America’s award-winning private island, Half Moon Cay! What a great way to beat the winter blues and take a short break from everyday life while enjoying 5 star service and the company of fellow quilters!

From turtles to stingrays, submarines to snorkeling, there’s something wonderful awaiting you in every port of call! Onboard ship you will have the opportunity to perfect your quilting skills with many class choices, as well as myriad opportunities for “SEWCIALIZING” with other people who all share your love of quilting!

You will have new Bernina sewing machines for your use during class!  You can even go home  with a wonderful buy on a new Bernina!  Quiltworks Northwest in Bellevue, Washington  is making this possible for us.  They will also be operating our quilt shop on board the ms Nieuw Amsterdam for your shopping convenience during the quilt seminar at sea.

This trip will sell out fast, so book early! There are a list of quilters interested in booking this trip even before it was organized.   Bring a friend, your spouse or your family – non-quilters are always welcome to join us!  They have many activities to pursue while you are in class!

Nothing better cruisin’ and quiltin’!  For more details, visit Quilt Seminar at Sea’s website or call Amy at 1-866-573-6351.

A Very Merry Christmas to all!

May your day be filled with family and friends, love, joy and peace!

Merry Christmas


What is better than quilting and cruising?  Not much!

One of my favorite destinations is Alaska, and I will be returning there with Quilt Seminars at Sea in June 2012.  This time, there will be a special opportunity to add a 4 day land package to the beginning of the trip for a truly in-depth Alaskan experience!

We will travel via the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to see the majesty of  Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley, America’s tallest peak! Truly an awe-inspiring sight! Then, we will board Holland America Line’s wonderful ship, the ms Statendam.

Wonder about classes?  The quilting classes are held during “at sea” days and every attempt is made to schedule the classes outside of port time.  There are a wide variety of classes from which to choose, I’ll be teaching several classes and will be joined by fellow quilt  teachers; Sue Nickels, Kathy McNeil and Stevii Graves!

There are many options when we are in port, you can play tourist,  choosing your pleasure, whether it be walking, touring, flight-seeing or shopping!  All the ports are right on the water, and there is a lot to see within walking distance!  Or you can just relax on the ship, our floating hotel. Oh yes, did I mention there is a quilt shop at every port?

QuiltWorks Northwest in Bellevue, WA will be bringing new Bernina sewing machines for you to use.  You can even go home with a wonderful buy on a new Bernina.

Some Cruise Highlights
  • Four fantastic quilting  teachers
  • Numerous class choices
  • A fabulous Holland America cruise tour
  • Bernina sewing machines   to use
  • “QuiltWorks Northwest   At Sea” Quilt Shop aboard
  • Autograph party with the   instructors
  • “Welcome Aboard” party
  • Show & Tell at the “farewell”   party
  • Challenge block contest
  • Shopping at quilt shops in  every port
  • Souvenir tote bag
  • Exclusive Quilt Seminars at  Sea Shore Excursion

You can bring a friend, your spouse or your family – non-quilters will get a special discounted rate and are always welcome to join us!  They will feel especially welcome and there is always plenty for them to do while we are quilting!

Here’s the exciting part, if you book between December 8-22, there is a special reduced deposit!  Sounds like a great Christmas gift!

If you have any questions, visit Quilt Seminars at Sea’s website. Tons of information is located there!  You can also call or email Amy, she will be happy to help.

Amy Ross, Group Coordinator



Hope to see you there!

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