Cruising and quilting: a heavenly combinaison

(le français suit)

Good day my quilting friends,
I hope that you are doing all very well and that you are taking advantage of the cold weather to quilt.  Last week, I took a break from winter and went down south to a marvelous quilting cruise.  Sew much fun!!  Yes it does exist: a cruise where you can quilt.  Let me tell you more about it.

On January 24, 39 quilters embarked on the Explorer of the Sea to participate in a quilting cruise.  All I had to bring was a cutting mat, small rulers and my basic sewing/quilting tools.  All the fabric for 2 projects were provided as well as a sewing machine (the new M7 by Janome) for each participant.
We had the priviledge of having Sherri Hisey from Border Creek Station as our instructor for the week.  We worked on 2 projects: Stars to Set Sail By
And a stunning mystery quilt:
In preparation for that cruise, I gave a workshop to some of the participants of the cruise so that we would have a beautiful project bag to carry our tools in style.  Please notice the fabric: Mrs. Bobbins Quilters Cruise.  How appropriate! LOL
The camaraderie  and working on new patterns made it sew much fun. 
The only drawback was that we were torn between quilting and enjoying the sun. What a beautiful problem. But no worries! We were able to reach the right balance and enjoyed both! And it goes without saying that we enjoyed every port of call: Larabee Haiti, and the ABC ( Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao).

My husband came along and he had a blast.  Look at him scuba diving in Curaçao.  There was something for everyone on this cruise.  
So all good things must come to an end and I am now looking forward to several quilting activities such as giving worshops at the Kanata Quilt Guild, Quilters Barn and Gifts, les Ateliers Quilt et Coton and at my home studio.  Here are some upcoming activities you may be interested at my studio:

Sunday February 23: Appliqué with Appliquick

Wednesday March 18: Collage. I made the bunny but you can choose the pattern that you like.
Friday March 27: Introduction to English Paper Piecing (half-day workshop)
If you want to register to one of these workshops, please reply to this email to reserve your spot.  I would love to show you how to make these projects!


Bonjour à tous!

J`espère que vous profitez du temps froid pour vous garder bien au chaud auprès de votre machine à coudre.  Quoi de mieux que de coudre quand il fait froid à l'extérieur.!

J'ai pris une courte pause de l'hiver pour vivre l'expérience d'une combinaison de deux passions: le quilting et la croisière.  Un groupe de 39 quilteuses (la plupart canadiennes) ont embarqué sur le Explorer of the Seas avec la renommée Sherri Hisey de Border Creek Station pour une croisière sans pareil de quilting. Nous n'avions que nos outils de couture à apporter. Le tissu pour les projets ainsique la machine à coudre et les fers à repasser étaient fournis.

Nous avons été comblées par les apprentissages ( 2 projets ont été présentés), la connaissance de nouvelles amies qui ont la même passion, la panoplie d'activités offerte sur le bateau et bien sûr la découverte de 4 belles îles des Caraibes: Larabee Haiti, Aruba, Bonaire et Curaçao. Les choix étaient parfois difficiles mais quel beau problème!!

Maintenant c'est le retour au bercail et je suis enchantée des activités à venir: Des ateliers au Guild de Kanata, aux magasins Quilters Barn and Gifts, les Ateliers Quilt et Coton et à mon atelier. Veuillez consulter mon site web pour le calendrier d'activités.  Si un atelier vous intéresse, inscrivez-vous sans tarder en répondant à ce courriel.
Marie-Claire Charette
La Quilting Coach

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