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Well, this is just as exciting as it can be, in 2018, Kathy McNeil and I will be teaching on a cruise around the islands of Tahiti with Quilt Seminars at Sea!
More details are below or you can click here for complete details.
I hope you are able to join us on this fantastic cruise!
Tahiti and Marquesas Quilt Seminar at Sea
Dear quilters and friends,
2018 brings us back to a much loved destination for two weeks in magical Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands! You’ll be part of a warm group of fun-loving people who share a common interest in quilting. You’ll have the pleasure of making new quilting friends and enjoying “sewcial” activities such as a “Welcome Aboard” party, a Challenge Block contest and a Show & Tell at the “farewell” party. You will also have the opportunity to perfect your quilting skills. There are a variety of classes from which to choose, taught by two of the most renowned instructors in the world of quilting: Karen Combs and Kathy McNeil.
Luxury cruising at its finest
We’ll sail out of Papeete, Tahiti on the wonderful m/s Paul Gauguin! You’ll discover the joy of sailing on an intimate and ultra-luxurious vessel while enjoying fine dining and the amenities of a 5 star resort. While onboard, this all inclusive cruise experience includes gratuities, beverages including select wines, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water and hot beverages. Your refrigerator is replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water. You will have access to the onboard water sports marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and Zodiacs for dive excursions. You will visit Paul Gauguin’s private beach on Bora Bora and the private islet of Motu Mahana.
A uniquely beautiful experience
Natural beauty is on display everywhere you look on this two-week journey through the Marquesas, Tuamotus, and the Society Islands. This itinerary offers plenty of time to explore at your own pace, from the pristine beaches and exceptional diving of the Tuamotu Archipelago to the Marquesas Islands of Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, and Nuku Hiva, all of which are as rich in culture as they are in rugged, natural beauty.
This cruise is the perfect opportunity to share something very special with your spouse, your family or a friend– non-quilters are always welcome to join us and will have many activities to pursue while you are in class.
We hope that you will join us on this sensational cruise!
For more details,click here or call Amy or Kim at 866-573-6351.
We had such a great time on our last Batiks of Bali Quilt Exploration cruise that we are going back in 2018!
Kim, Amy and I have been working on this cruise and we are very excited to share it with you. We have some wonderful experiences planned for you. . . . and be sure to bring an empty suitcase! When you return home, it will be filled with amazing batiks.
If you are curious about our cruise in 2016, click here for photos.
Details about our 2018 cruise are below or you can click here for complete details.
Space is limited, so I hope you can join us!
Batiks of Bali Quilt Exploration Cruise
Dear quilters and friends,
2018 brings a unique opportunity to experience the fabric haven of Indonesia! This exclusive cruise and tour will sail on Holland America’s ms Volendam and be led by instructor, author and fabric maker, Karen Combs.
Discover the rich traditions of Bali
This 14-day cruise of a lifetime begins and ends in Singapore. Visit the Indonesian ports of Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Probolinggo, Lombok, Komodo Island and overnight on board ship in magical Bali. Tour along the way in ports that will show you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Indonesian fabric industry.
We will visit the biggest textile market in South East Asia, Tanah Abang Market, on Jakarta. While on Java, we will not only visit traditional markets, but observe the process of making batiks. Once you’ve observed, step in and learn from a batik expert as they guide you through designing and creating your own hand-made batik to bring home! While in Bali and visit the center of Balinese hand-woven fabric.
Round out the cruise with a tour to Komodo Island where you can visit the amazing Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat. With lectures, shopping time and surprises along the way, this will be an unforgettable trip of a lifetime! To know the exact schedule and route of the cruise, view the detailed itinerary.
For more information, you can click here or contact Amy or Kim at 866-573-6351
Here’s a little peek at our classes, open sewing time, show and tell, ports of call and going through the Canal from our latest cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea.
We had a fantastic time with a wonderful group! Can’t wait to be with them again.
Enjoy the little video.
In many of my classes or lectures, people are always interested in exactly what happens on a quilting cruise. I’ve listed some of the questions I’ve been asked with answers below.
Q: When are quilting classes held?
Classes are held during sea days. This is when we are traveling at sea. These days are usually “lazy” days with people enjoying different activities around the ship, reading or simply taking it easy. We use these days to do our favorite thing, quilting! Classes are scheduled when we are “at sea”, with a nice break during lunch time.
Get-togethers, parties with other quilters, lectures are also scheduled when we are “at sea” or after we’ve left a port.
Q: Will you have free time?
Absolutely! We have lots of free time when we are at a port, in the evenings or even on sea days. Some people sign up for just one class and relax the other days. Other people take all the classes they can. This will be totally up to you.
Q: What happens when we are at a port?
Classes are not held when we are at a port. You can spend this time as you wish, wandering the port on your own, take in the sights, or schedule a shore excursions through the ship. Again, how you spend your time when we are at port is totally up to you.
Sometimes we will schedule a special excursion for the quilters (and their friends and family) can attend. Sometimes it is a “shop-hop”, or a visit to a quilt show.
Several years ago, when we traveled to the Mediterranean, we all visited a quilt shop in Istanbul, visited The Grand Bazaar and had a special meal at the spice market. A very special treat was meeting with members of the Istanbul quilt guild as we visited the quilt shop. That was a very special treat!
Q: What if I want to bring a friend or family member?
We often have people bring friends, spouses or family members. When you are in class, there are plenty of things for them to do on the ship. You can meet them for lunch, if you wish. One of my husband’s favorite activity was a ship tour he attended when I was in class.
Q: What classes will be offered? Do I need to bring my sewing machine? What about supplies for my class?
You can pick your class from the list of classes offered each day. Most of the cruises have 3 or 4 teachers, so you will have a variety of classes to pick from.
If the class needs a sewing machine, it will be supplied.
Many of the classes will have a kit, so you don’t need to bring a suitcase full of supplies. You will be given a small supply list, once you sign up for the class, so you will know just what to bring.
Q: Why do you love cruising so much?
I fell in love with cruising from my very first cruise. I love unpacking just once, yet, I get to travel to many different ports.
I love that I don’t have to cook and I will always have a choice for my meals. I can go to dinner in the main dining room, I can order room service (anytime I wish), I can go to many of the smaller restaurants or even have a casual meal on the Lido deck.
I love the quilting classes, our get-togethers with other quilters in the evenings. I enjoy spending time in the library in a comfy chair watching the ocean go by. Of course, with some handwork or a good book! I really love the coffee bar in the library, so I can get my favorite latte whenever I wish.
I love that I have an option for the cabin I want to purchase. I can save money for more fabric purchases by booking an inside cabin or a cabin with a ocean view. Or I can splurge and book a cabin with a balcony. I’ve done both and I’ve enjoyed all the cabins I’ve had.
One of my favorite ocean view room was on an Alaska cruise. I could lay in bed and watch the water go by. We sailed on the Inside Passage and the water was as smooth as glass. One afternoon, I looked out the window and saw a Killer Whale pod swim right by us. What a treat!
I love all the different places we’ve traveled to and I look forward to many more!
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.
Rick and I are cruising the Western Caribbean and the Panama Canal for the next few days. We are sailing with Quilt Seminars at Sea and many excited quilters!
Photos when we return home!
I’m finishing up the details and packing for the quilting cruise. I’m very excited and can’t wait until tomorrow morning. . . although setting the alarm for 2:45am is a bit terrifying!
Over 100 excited quilters will be joining us. I can’t wait to get started.
I love the ocean and I love the Caribbean. The colors of the water are like none I’ve seen.
I’ve always wondered why the colors are such a beautiful blue/green. From the research I’ve done, I’ve discovered several reasons.
#1: The color and depth of the sea floor. The Caribbean is very shallow compared to the Atlantic ocean, and it has very white or light-colored sand, which reflects the sunlight back up better. The combination makes the water a distinct blue color.
#2: There is less iron in the Caribbean waters. Algae grows with iron in the water. Also, the colder water creates more iron to release into the ocean.
#3: The answer is scientific: Light absorption colors the water. Sunlight, composed of electro-magnetic radiation ranging in color from red to blue, is scattered by particles suspended in the water. The shorter blue wavelengths scatter more effectively and are absorbed less rapidly than the longer red and orange wavelengths. Seawater appears blue for about 100 feet under the surface, then becomes black with the absence of light. In essence, sunlight performs a tango on the water to account for the brightly colored Caribbean Sea. (By contrast, the Red Sea is red because it contains algae that release reddish-brown pigments; the Yellow Sea is yellow because rivers fill it with mud; and the Black Sea is black because it is essentially landlocked, resulting in little oxygen except near the surface and a bottom filled with hydrogen sulfide.)
Whatever the reason, the blue of the Caribbean is hard to describe. The blue is an almost mystically lucid blue, the blue of watercolors.
I’m often asked, where do I get my inspiration? It is all around me! The color of the caribbean has inspired several of my fabric collections:
I’m often asked, where do I get my inspiration? It is all around me! The color of the Caribbean has inspired several of my fabric collections:
It has even influenced some of my quilts!
Celtic Vision by Karen Combs, from book, Celtic Pieced Illusions by Karen Combs.