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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sew Fun Cruise - Freedom of the Seas

Good morning,

My quilting friends will surely enjoy this post! This Sew Fun Cruise was organized by Citrus Sew & Vac in Ocala, Florida.
I poked my head in the door of the Conference Center aboard Freedom of the Seas to see what this quilting group was doing.  Above is Marge Gray, one of the participants, who was so kind to tell me about the group cruise program.
They were all so very kind and invited me to come in, look around, take pictures, and even sit down and sew a spell.
I didn't sew, but I did enjoy talking with the ladies and seeing what they were doing.
This was a class where they were all working on the same project...
...with gorgeous results!
 The teachers, sewing machines, materials, and irons are all provided as a part of the cruise package.
 This is Kaye Wood, one of the instructors beside the gorgeous piece she was using as a teaching tool.
 The equipment is new and high tech.  Needless to say, the machines and other materials are also for sale.
 A few days later into the cruise, I brought my friend Karen, a quilter, to the Conference Room to meet the ladies and see what they were doing.
 The quilting ladies were all still hard at work...
 ...and even tech support (gentleman at the right) was there to help with the equipment.
 These machines were outside the classroom creating embroidery with computerized patterns.
 Back inside more quilts were being shown.  This turtle pattern...
 ...had three more turtles that had "escaped" to the backing.
 What a fun cruise this had to have been for these quilters!  And, my quilting friend purchased some of the materials to take home.

Thank you, Sew Fun Cruisers, for your hospitality and kindness.  It was a pleasure to meet you and see your beautiful work!




Quay Po Cooks said...

Wow those quilts are beautiful. What a great idea of sew cruise. Thanks for sharing with us your good times with the quilting ladies. If I am there I will surely end up buying one piece of those gorgeous quilt.

Nedra said...

What a GREAT idea for a cruise! (I want that job!) How did you resist joining them? I was ready to sit down next to them just by looking at your pictures.

Anonymous said...

I think it is amusing that people take a cruise to learn how to sew. Maybe it works, I don't know.

Montanagirl said...

Wow, what a fun post! I don't quilt, but I have a cousin who does, and she does beautiful work!

Jenny said...

Wow! That looks like fun!

texwisgirl said...

now that's a unique way to get folks together! i like it!

HBFG said...

Looks like those people had lots of fun, but if I would go on a cruise you would find me on deck most of the time!
The quilts are gorgeous though, maybe I'll look into it someday and make one myself.
And the sewing machines look almost like computers! I sure would have lots of fun with a new machine. Mine is a "husqvarna" and probably more then 20 years old, but still working.
Greetings from Sweden!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Wow, does that ever look like fun!

lululan said...

Jamas imaginaria que se podría ver esto en un crucero.Maravilloso. Un abrazo.

Martha said...

I would love to take a sewing cruise. Thanks for taking all the pictures and sharing them.

River Glorious said...

It *almost* makes me want to sew. *almost*



~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

What absolutely great idea, Lois. the quilts are beautiful, how fun this must have been!

Hugs for a wonderful week xoxoxo

Lois Evensen said...

Good morning,

These Sew Fun Cruise people were so very nice to welcome me and later in the week me with my friend to wander around their classroom and talk with everyone while looking at all the pretty things they were making. It just proves how very friendly creative people are. ;)

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments.

Very best,

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Oh my gosh does that ever look like fun! Kay Wood is incredible!
I would love to do a cruise like this!
xx, shell

Elaine said...

Those gals must have felt like they were in heaven!

Tanya said...

Wow! That is amazing! I sure wish I could spend my time sewing on a cruise ship! That is probably my dream vacation! Some of those quilts are gorgeous! And all that line up of machines. Makes me drool!