Sunday, October 11, 2015

And We Say Farewell!

I’m writing this from port in Port Canaveral!

We have just docked, and my shuttle leaves the pier at 7:30am so I have some time to get this written, and send it out on my mobile hot spot, saying GOOD BYE and GOOD RIDDANCE to really expensive wifi that was slower than dial up and takes 3 hours to upload a post!

But I’m grateful for it none the less, no matter how long it took for a post to go – it allowed me to stay in touch not only with the blog, facebook and instagram, but with family and friends far away.

Technology is still amazing – even if it doesn’t work as fast as we want it to!

Yesterday’s  workshop day for our Garden Party Quilt was a simple one – we worked on the pieced setting and corner triangles, making them out of our left over units and strips and squares from the alternate blocks we had made the day before.


We started the day off with a rainbow!

It was an easy peasy sewing day, and the chatter and laughter let me know that everyone did indeed have a fabulous cruise, everything they had hoped it to be!



Some of us took a leisurely lunch at the Sabor restaurant on board as a way to celebrate our week together.  Table-side guacamole and hand made chips were enough for a meal in themselves, but the rest of the food was just scrumptious!  ((And margaritas were top notch as well!))


After lunch!  Raffle drawing time!

This is our “Machine Guy” Scott!  He came to provide all of the wonderful Janome Horizon 8900 machines for our 50 quilters –

All through the cruise the ladies can collect raffle tickets from him if they see him away from our sewing room, at some place on the ship.  You see Scott, you just go up to him and say “Give me a ticket!!” and you get one, and another and another and another ---every time you see him.  Because at the end of the cruise, we DRAW for a machine!


Our lucky winner!! 

She was so excited to have her number drawn, and we are all thrilled for her!


Quilt tops coming together!


Celebrate with your favorite beer!

((It helps you forget all of the un stitching you had to do! Ha!))


Each quilt is going to be so gorgeous!

This one is Carol’s!


This is the OTHER Carol!

((We had three Carol’s in class, one ending in E!))





The pattern for Garden Party is found in the May/June 2015 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine – it’s the cover quilt! 


Sunset through the dining room windows.

Our last dinner together aboard the Freedom of the Seas was happy and boisterous, and extremely tasty!  I’ve uploaded the rest of the class photos, and our farewell dinner photos into a slide show below.

Click the image below if you are unable to view the slide show on your mobile device, you’ll be taken to the photo album for viewing.

Quiltville Cruise, Day 7 2015

The perfect end to the perfect cruise?


Deck  library over looking the promenade!

The library was mostly empty and we brought our hand stitching for one last evening of sit & sew and talked over the things we had experienced this week.

Oh, and this is funny ---Last night before bed we had to put our suitcases outside of our cabin doors so they could be collected and taken off ship first thing this morning.  We pick them up later.

I was sound asleep when I woke with a start to remember that I had left myself a clean shirt and socks and undies and shoes – but NO PANTS!  I had NO PANTS!!!

In a hurry we opened the cabin door to find that they were NEXT DOOR collecting THEIR luggage, so I was able to quickly retrieve a pair of jeans and get my suitcase out there before pick up.  But can you imagine what would have happened if I found myself in the morning with a shirt, undies, socks, shoes – AND NO PANTS?!

Yes, it’s time to go home and get back to my own bed.

That was a close one!

Our Shuttle will take us back to the Orlando airport, where we will board our flight from Orlando to Atlanta and on to home.

I'll catch you from there, everyone!

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  1. fabulous and exciting......
    looks like all of you had a great time. not surprised.
    hope you had a chance to chill out a bit as well. you work hard honey and I know some "down time" is always important.


  2. NO PANTS?? that would have been a sight to see for sure!!!!!! I just bought a JANOME 8900 in FEB and I love her!!!! I know the ladies enjoyed their sewing time.. have a safe trip home...will be watching for you later on CAROLE (with an E) Wippysplace@gmil.com

  3. OH MY GOODNESS - I am glad that you got your pants in time - talk about a memorable experience!

    You all looked like you were having so much fun - I am happy for you. ENJOY YOUR DOWN TIME!

    sao in Midlothian, VA

  4. Oh my word, I would of freaked out with the no pants thing. That's hilarious now, but at the time I am sure you were freaking out. So funny. Glad you had such a nice trip. Looks like everyone had a great time.

  5. wonderful trip and thanks for taking me along a la video....overnite temps here in maine in the 30s....just sayin....LOL...off to marden's today!

  6. That sure would have made the trip more memorable...no pants!! I can't even imagine how many things are whirling around in your mind and how you get everything done, remembered and completed!! My hero!!!

  7. NO PANTS to go home in? That sounds like a nightmare dream you would have! So glad things worked out for you! I'm sure you're laughing about it now! Thanks for taking us along with you! Enjoyed every post!

  8. NO PANTS!?? We know you, being a tall gal, wouldn't have been able to wear your shirt as a mini-dress. Would a bath towel or curtain panel from your room been long enough to wrap around as a sarong??? Just until you were reunited with your bags, of course. So glad you were just in time to avert a Lucille Ball moment!!

  9. What a great idea to use a towel as a design floor/wall! If I am ever lucky enough to join one of your cruises, I'll have to remember to bring one of my own along so I can just roll up my quilt pieces and bring it home. Have a safe trip home!

  10. So glad you woke in time to retrieve your pants! You could have worn your Sewing Jammie pants and made a real fun statement for remembering. I

  11. But what did the winner win? The one who had all the red tickets.
    Aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

  12. But what did the winner win? The one who had all the red tickets.
    Aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

  13. Anonymous5:23 PM EDT

    She won a Janome sewing machine!!!


  14. How scary to remember you forgot your pants. So glad you was able to get a pair in time. I know how scary that must have been. Have. Save trip back and happy quilting.
    Yoka B

  15. So, Machine Guy Scott was there to fix any machine problems? Does he work for Janome? Or the cruise line? Very interesting. I hope Bonnie answers this question!

  16. That sunset picture was beautiful. Love all the pictures. That was tooo funny about your pants. Glad you were able to grab some before they picked up your suit case. That would so be me.


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