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The past few months have been very busy, with lots of exciting adventures!

One of the perks of my job is traveling to different locations and teaching my quilting techniques.

In May, I had the opportunity to travel with Quilt Seminars at Sea (quilt seminars at sea ) to Tahiti!  We had a wonderful group and a fabulous time!

I wanted to share our adventure and some of the photos with you.

After flying all night from LA, we arrived at 5am in Papeete, Tahiti. A bit (okay, a lot, I didn’t sleep much on the plane) sleepy, a bit jet lagged, we got off the plane in the early dawn. The sun wasn’t quite up yet. Got through customs and into a van to our hotel for the next few days.

As we walked into the lobby, this beautiful scene was in front of us!


The hotel (Intercontinental Resort Tahiti) has an open air lobby, with a view of Mo’orea, the island in the distance. The sun was just coming up and the scene took our breath away! We knew we had come to a truly beautiful place.

We spent a few days, enjoying the hotel, walking around the grounds, snorkeling in the lagoon and relaxing. Some of our group also came a few days early, to enjoy the hotel and the quilt show in Tahiti.







Soon, it was time to board the Paul Gauguin, our ship for the next week. We would be traveling around several of the islands, holding the quilting classes during the week.

Once on board, we settled into our rooms and before dinner, had a welcome aboard party with our group.

The scenery while sailing around the islands was breath-taking.  At every turn, there was a beautiful scene.



Besides classes together, we also had several other get-togethers. One evening, we had an autograph party, with my fellow teachers Cindy Walter and Karen Kay Buckley, held on the top deck. So much fun to chat with everyone and autograph books.







One of our stops was Bora Bora, even though it rained one morning, we still had a lovely afternoon. We went exploring on the island and snapped this photo while waiting on the tender to take us back to the ship.




One of our favorite stops was the island of Mo’orea. We stayed there overnight, so had time to explore the island, or do some of the shore excursions. (Rick and I went on a Catamaran Sail and Snorkel one morning and it was fantastic. No photos, didn’t want to take my phone and risk dropping it overboard, while sailing.)





We had the opportunity to hold three class, while on the ship. I taught my Transparency class, here are some photos from class.


Nice quilt block, Sue!


I also taught my Quilts of Illusion class and Silk Dyeing class.

On our last evening, we had Show and Tell with everyone. Here are a few of the beautiful silk scarves made during the Silk Dyeing class.




We departed the ship the next morning, ready for a full day of touring, before our evening flight back to the U.S. It was an excellent tour, around the island of Tahiti. Before going to the airport, we had a lovely dinner with everyone. . . one last selfie of Rick and I, at dinner.







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