Friday, September 24, 2010

Hearts and Hands Quilts is Named

2010 Small Business of the Year

Last night at the Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce Meeting- Nina Keck owner of Hearts and Hands Quilts was honored. She received her award in April but this was a mixer that honored all the winners.
We, her staff and friends, are so proud of her integrity and huge wonderful spirit.  It is a pleasure to work with Nina.
Quilt Retreat at Sea was privileged to have Nina as the very first Shop Sponsor. She enjoyed the experience so much that she has chosen to sponsor our July 1-8, 2011 Alaskan cruise which will feature applique artist David Taylor and southwest designer J. Michelle Watts.

Congratulations again Nina.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Win a tote bag like this

OK everyone... make a reservation to cruise on one of our upcoming Quilt Retreats at Sea by Oct. 1, 2010 and you could be the recipient of a tote bag- like this one.   It is a perfect tote for a trip, can hold lots of 'whatevers'...  Contact us through and you may WIN!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's Tuesday and we are excited

Good morning to all you wonderful Quilt Retreat at Sea followers.  We are just as excited as we can be.  Our new website is almost finished and we can't wait. The web designer, Craig, has done a fabulous job and he has worked hard to be sure that all our images are clear and information is concise. The newest addition is our new logo. 
Don't you JUST LOVE IT? 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

This quilt was the product of 29 quilters that were on the Quilt Retreat at Sea Inaugural sailing to the Caribbean 2010.  We all had the same pattern and made the sandals with our favorite colors. Each quilter also embellished the sandal to provide diminsion and character.  The sandals were then sized up and squared to make the wall hanging. 

Let's go look at the whales and icebergs together

This past summer we took a group of 34 to Alaska, 28 folks in the group were quilters, but some just wanted to be with us and loved to cruise.  It is always a great time on a cruise ship, but imagine the 'crazy' fun of doing quilting projects while on board. 
Well believe it or not there are lots of quilters who have/had never been on a cruise ship and don't know how wonderful it is to be pampered, wined and dined in a floating 5 star hotel for 7-14 days.  Well there are always requests for us to take another group to Alaska and that is exactly what we have planned for next July, 2011.  Our featured artists are: David Taylor and J. Michelle Watts
David Taylor- Quilt Artist See his gallery at

J. Michelle Watts Quilt Designer-
Each of the artists have unique and very different interests and talents.  You will be learning from both.  
Our store sponsor for the Caribbean 2011 Nina Keck-  had such a wonderful time that she decided to sponsor the Alaska cruise. She has planned an awesome Grand Prize drawing for one lucky quilter, plus numerous give-a-ways to all the quilters.
Contact Michelle or Jacquelyn at or for more information.  

Friday, September 3, 2010

Cruise to New England/Canada just got better

Man oh Man are we excited...and with good reason. ONE lucky quilter will be able to win our Grand Prize. A Viking - Sapphire sewing machine valued at $1700. This is being donated by our Shop Sponsors Barb and Cheryl at The Yankee Quilter- Oxford, Conn. Here is the link to their website:

Check out their website and learn more about the fabulous shop. Thanks to Patrick Lose at for introducing us to this sister team. Still time to register. Remember- 'WE ARE SEW CRUISIN'

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Party with Patrick

Michelle and I spent some time yesterday with Patrick Lose, and his business partner Gary. We have decided to 'Party with Patrick' in January 2011 on the Caribbean Sea.... Contact us my email-  to get your registration form and more information. Here is the link to Patrick Lose website- .  We want to fill the ship with quilters, family members and friends.  What could be better after a busy holiday season?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome to our new blog.  We will use this blog to share our day to day experiences as we grow our Quilt Retreat at Sea business.  We will share pictures and stories of our past Quilt Retreat at Sea cruises, as well as Quilt Artists we meet along the way.  We will also share any quilting related information we find, such as events and introduce you to quilt shops we discover during our travels.

Please subscribe to follow our blog and feel free to post any comments you may have.  We hope to hear from you all soon.