Friday, August 26, 2011

New England -Nova Scotia here we come

Hi, Good Morning and Aloha,

WE are packing our bags and gearing up for the Party w/ Patrick on the beautiful Explorer of the Seas - a Royal Caribbean ship. We set sail next month Sept 29th. 

Patrick has some fabulous plans for us to sew, learn and develop new techniques and it is sure to be a P-A-R-T-Y! 
You can look in your favorite magazine stand or quilt shop for his latest magazine issue of 'Quilting Celebrations'.  I really enjoy his patterns and always learn a new way of doing some things I thought were hard.
Here is a copy of the front page of the magazine-

Another group to look up in your spare time on the internet is The Yankee Quilter in Connecticut   Barbara and Cheryl are the owners of this great shop and our shop sponsors for this cruise. They have lots of surprises in store for all of you quilters and have also generously dontated a sewing machine as the Grand Prize.  I can't wait to see who wins it.

If you didn't book a cabin on this cruise, then please check out our website at for more cruises that offer other fabulous artists and destinations. Michelle and I escort each cruise, and hope to help our quilters and non-quilters all feel relaxed and pampered.

We are 'Sew Cruisin'- Jacquelyn and Michelle

Friday, August 5, 2011

Amazing Alaska


4th of July we show our American Spirit

As I cruise to Alaska every year, one might think- enough is enough.  Not so in Alaska, the scenery is so amazingly beautiful, and the ports we go to never get boring.  I seem to always learn or see something I missed in earlier visits.

This year we had a bit of a rough start to our cruise, with the sea being a bit rough, it certainly didn't dampen the spirits of our quilters though.  Everyone got up, dressed and out to exercise in the nice cool air before class started.

Quilt artist J. Michelle Watts started our trip off with her wonderful new design.  She wanted the quilters to learn to stitch applique designs that had points and curves. Her method gives the appearance that the edges are turned and not left raw. Each student was busily engaged and most of them completed the block before the cruise ended.

Also joining us was David Taylor who taught his method of hand applique.  I was thrilled to learn that with his method I don't have to struggle or stitch the inside curves and how to avoid points as well. 

Post Card Exchange

These wonderful artists shared several of their award winning quilts with us during the trunk show. It was amazing to see the beautiful work and the intricate stitching. We had many folks who are curious about us when we are onboard and we love to invite them to join us for the trunk show.