This was the view as we left the Galveston pier last Sunday, Nov 2nd for a week long quilting and cruising extravaganda aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas!
There was no way to know ahead of time just what would happen during our time at sea – 96 quilters and 6 instructors plus the wonderful bobbin boys and crew from Citrus Sew & Vac who provided us with brand spanking new Janome Horizon machines ----
We were excited!
Excited to meet NEW friends, to try new things, to see new places!
Many were excited to be on holiday with quilting friends they had met on other excursions and hadn’t seen for a year or more because they live far far away from each other.
Some brought friends, some brought sisters, some brought mothers, and some even brought husbands along to carry all the luggage!
First Sunset at Sea!
The sun was just setting after we had our first meeting in the classrooms, everyone discovering which of 4 groups they would be split up into….we found our places, we planned our attack for the next day – we were raring to go!
As the sun set into a dark blue sea, we made our way to our first meal on the ship…holy moly what a dining room!
It is said that the average cruiser puts on 1.5 lbs per day on a ship…..I was walking every chance I got to prevent that from happening, but you know…it’s hard..when while on that walk you pass by the always open ice cream machine!
These are faces from my first class! I already miss these ladies!
And there were 94 others too!
Happily making blocks, even with the ship a rockin’!
HI Michele and Irene! Miss you girls!
Sew Much Fun!
Our second day at sea was the most rough…poor ladies…there were many empty machines as Dramamine put those prone to sea sickness in a drug induced foggy coma….
But the rest of us kept playing with rotary cutters and other sharp instruments!
True Friends!! Hi girls!
As much as we love the quilts, it is more about the PEOPLE!
These two sisters didn’t kill each other after a week at sea!
And this was only class one!
Oodles of fun!
And don’t forget the mascots!
There will be more photos to come. This is just day one home for me after nearly 3 weeks on the road so things are a bit hectic at home if you can imagine…..I’m going to spread these out while trying to tackle the 400 emails and all the snail mail and stuff that has piled up.
Oh yeah…Quilt Cam….Wednesday night at 9pm EST. I should be back to normal by then!
And…if you are interested in knowing WHEN the next cruise will be….think next October 4-11, 2015! I have a special cruise in the works, with me as the ONLY instructor so instead of many days of many projects…it’s just me and one project all the way! Stay tuned for more info, this is just starting to percolate beneath the surface as we are in the midst of brainstorming!
And….I did get up to THIS today…any guesses what this is??
It’s a good Monday Night to spend at home!