March 18, 2012
Have you ever been to a quilt retreat? How about a quilt retreat on a cruise? I’ve just returned from the Mexican Riviera with the Quilt Camp at Sea group. What a great time we had. Our group was small which gave the students more individual help and the chance to really get to know each other. We arrived in San Diego on Friday and enjoyed walking around town in sunny 85 degree weather. See the picture of my good friend Jackie Wolff in front of the pirate ship docked in San Diego.
The next day we boarded the Oosterdam in the Holland America fleet and set sail for Puerto Vallarta. It took us two days to arrive. While at sea we had quilt classes. The first class I taught was “La Fiesta”, a new pattern designed especially for this cruise. It’s a 42” square table topper in bright colors with photos of the ship and ports we visited and it’s finished off with prarie points. I had my first male student in class. He did great!.
The second class I taught was “Memories of Mexico 2012”, also designed for this cruise. I was asked to do a pattern similar to the memory quilt I designed in 2006 for the Debbie Mumm cruise to Alaska. This is a smaller version with pictures that relate to Mexico. .
When we arrived in Puerto Vallarta I chose to stay onboard ship. I was happy to do open sewing with the girls who also decided to sew instead of shop. I got so much hand work done on this trip. It was great! The next port we stopped in was Cabo San Lucas. I did get off the ship in this town and enjoyed more sunshine and a little shopping. See the pictures of my friend and co-teacher Anita Mahoney and her friend Karen holding an iguana. Ole!
We had a group photo taken under the Marlin. And yes, I did pay this gold painted pirate to have my picture with him. I’m not exactly sure why I’m smiling while he pretends to slit my throat.
At the end of the cruise we had a farewell party where everyone shared their class projects. I wish I could include all the photos. The ladies did an amazing job on all their quilts.
All in all it was a great trip and I enjoyed getting to meet new quilt friends.