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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
It’s been a fantastic year! I’ve had the opportunity to cruise around Bali searching for batiks, crossed the equator, traveled to Amsterdam, the UK, Scotland, Norway and Iceland, crossed the Arctic Circle and traveled to many wonderful quilt guilds.
Thank you to the lovely quilters at the guilds below, for inviting me to visit them. I had a fantastic time with all of you.
- Friendship Knot Quilter’s Guild of Sarasota, Florida
- Marble Falls Quilt Guild of Marble Falls, Texas
- Northern Star Quilters Guild of Somers, New York
- Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
- Shawnee Quilters of Southern Illinois of Carbondale, Illinois
- Threads of Friendship Quilt Guild of Farmington, Missouri
- Lakeshore Quilt Guild of Henderson, Tennessee
- Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County of Santa Rosa, California
- Santa Rosa Quilt Guild of Santa Rosa, California
I also had the opportunity to meet and teach quilters at
- Quilter’s Destination in Arlington Heights, Illinois
- AQS QuiltWeek in Chattanooga, Tennessee
- International Quilt Festival in Houston,Texas
- Fall Quilt Market in Houston, Texas
- Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah
We had such a good time in class, thank you for joining me!
In addition, I’ve had quilts in Keepsake Catalog and created several new fabric collections for Riverwoods Collections: Java Jewels IV, Quilt Trails – Landscape and Serendipity Colorwheel.
It’s been a very busy, yet fantastic year and I’m lovin’ minute of it!
I’m looking forward to 2017 and wish all of you a very Happy New Year!
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.
Our first classes were held once we were on the ship. We had full classes and excited students from around the world.
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.
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.
One of my favorite photos of Rick and I, at Midhope Castle (Lallybroch to Outlander fans)
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.
One of our stops was a geyser just outside Reyjkavik. I was able to capture a slo-motion video of its eruption.
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.
It was an amazing trip with memories to last a life-time.
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.
One more blog post, from our amazing Batiks and Bali trip with Quilt Seminars at Sea!
After 2 weeks of cruising around Indonesia, seeing amazing sights and buying lots of batiks, it is time to return to Singapore.
We had planned a fun evening tour with our group around Singapore, so we boarded a bus, to take us from our ship to the Marina.
Fun sights on on of the food trucks in Clark Quay
Time to board a boat, for a lovely sail around the Mariana.
The Singapore Merlion, by night
Our last stop, a fun “Tri-shaw” ride, with our group, around the city. Here we are, all lined up!
One of my favorite photos of Rick and I.
Farewell to our fantastic group! It was a blast to be with you!
Our trip is finished, time to fly home, filled with memories of all the sights we saw and all the new friends we made. It was a fantastic trip. A big thank you to all those who joined us for this wonderful journey and for Quilt Seminars at Sea and Troy Corporation/Riverwoods Collection for making it possible!
Ready for a few more photos from our quilting cruise, Batiks and Bali, with Quilt Seminars at Sea?
We had another tour planned with our group. This time, it was a stop at Komodo Island. . . . the home of Komodo dragons!
Beautiful scenery, as we sailed up to the island
Yes, that is a Komodo Dragon, a stone one. Let’s see a real one!
Our guide, ready to lead us into the jungle, to see the Komodo Dragons. The other guide has a forked stick, just in case the dragons get too interested in us. (Happily, the dragons were happy to just lay in the shade and didn’t pay us much attention.)
A few dragons, resting.
This one was a little interested in us!
After our tour, it is back to the ship and more beautiful scenery.