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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.

Collage #1 Viking Cruise

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

Celtic quilt cruise.jpg

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.

York, quilt cruise

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.

Iceland Quilt Cruise

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.

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


Beautiful skyline!

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.

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Our next tour with our group on our Batiks and Bali quilt cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea was Bali!

We had a another very special tour planned with our group.  A visit to a Ikat fabric mill!  It was simply fantastic!


Yarn being spun



Design for fabric being set-up



Fabric design is finished



Some of the finished fabric, being used in a slip cover and in clothing




Piles of Ikat fabric!  (At a fabric market. . . which one do I choose?)


more photos from the fabric  market




After all that shopping, its time for a lovely lunch!


Our lunch was at a beautiful resort



Beautiful buffet, ready for our group!



Such a lovely place for lunch with our group!


After two days in Bali, a perfect way to relax. . . a beautiful sunset.


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Our next port on our Batiks and Bali quilt cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea was Semerang.

We were greeted at the port by dancers.




Boarded our tour bus and had a very special morning!  We spent the morning at a batik mill, learning how the cloth is woven, designed, wax drawn on by hand, or stamped and then dyed.


fabric being woven on loom


designs being drawn by hand


batiks being stamped


fabric, ready to be dyed



bowl of cantings (tool used to put wax on the cloth by hand)




display of fabric, ready for us to purchase




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We’ve just returned from a fantastic quilt cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea to Bali!

Our group traveled to Singapore, where we boarded Holland America’s Vista catagory ship, the Volendam. We spent 14 days, sailing around Indonesia, searching for (and buying!) batiks!

We decided to arrive in Singapore a day early and enjoyed walking around Chinatown as well as the Marina.


Sights around Chinatown



Merlion of Singapore, Marina Bay area



Beautiful art as we walked around the city


Beautiful skyline and harbor



After walking around for awhile, it was time to board our ship and sail into our adventure.

After a day of sailing, we arrived at the port of Jakarta.


After leaving the ship, we boarded our tour bus and our first stop was the largest fabric market in Asia! (Floors and floors and floors of fabric!) We “parked” ourselves in the cotton/batik floor.


What do I pick first?


A few members of our group, buying some fabrics


After lots of fabric buying and a lovely lunch, we had one more stop of our tour, a beautiful department store.  We headed to the 3rd floor, which was filled with fabric, clothing and other items. . .  all batiks


Fabric and clothing for sale.  (Love the lamp shades!)


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Ever wonder what happens when you are on a quilting cruise?  

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.

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