Saturday, May 10, 2014

Quilt Camp at Sea - The Panama Canal

Can I really have spent 9 months away from this blog? Yes, indeed I have. Just to's where I have been. The past 15 months have been some of the most challenging moments ever, but also so wonderful.
So here goes the excuses:
1. Both my hubby and I had major surgeries with long rehabs (need I say more?)
2. We welcomed 2 new grandchildren into our lives....amazing
3. I taught on and prepared for 3 cruises - Alaska, New England and Panama  Whew -- it was so fun, but very time consuming.
4. I designed a line of fabric.... over and over and over
5. I got a whopping case of the shingles! YUCK...get the shot!
6. Tried to spend more time with my now 8 grandkids and families
So there was just no time or energy to write, but I am going to turn over a new leaf--I promise.
(at least it sounds good!)

Cruising to the Panama Canal
Quilt Camp at Sea set sail from Fort Lauderdale in early April. We had been planning this cruise for a very long time and with nearly 100 in our group it was an organizational feat.

First stop half Moon Cay, a private island owned by Holland America. The waters are crystal clear, warm and even more beautiful than the picture shows.  We swam, sunned, and played all day in these gorgeous waters. Can I just say...perfection?

One can't talk about cruising without talking about the food. The two just go hand in hand. I must say, I enjoyed it all a bit too much. Especially these delicious King Crab personal favorite! YUM!

I taught 2 classes on the cruise. One, a Mystery and the other a wall hanging, "Mama said Sew". It's always a blast teaching these wonderful groups of quilters. I love them all so much and each of them fills my life with joy. Thank you all for enabling me to live my life's dream of teaching what I love. You are the very best.
Who wouldn't love these great women??      So much fun!

It is amazing how the "String Me Along" mystery quilt could have so many block layouts - I think there were over 20 that I drew out, but I am sure there are even more to be discovered.
My good friend Sue all the way from Australia!

                                Don't these quilts just want to make you do the happy dance?
At last it was time for the Panama Canal experience. Linnie and I got up at o-dark-thirty.  Actually 5:30 a.m. to take it all in, and it was worth the wait.

And the Ports of Call weren't so bad either. one of my favorites was Curacao. It was a Dutch inspired city that was rich in history and color---And the views priceless.

We took a Rain forest Jungle tram in Panama City. It was so amazing. We had our own personal guide on our tram of 5. Pretty spiffy. Beautiful scenery. Like our matching scarves? Inside were beads that were soaked in water and they kept us from overheating...yes, it was hot and humid....ugh!
Thanks Julie!

And of course what would if be if I didn't do a zip line in Costa Rica? My friend Lora looked great in her gear and then by the end we experienced a torrential downpour in the forest. And I do mean the rain exploded. We were all soaked...soaked...yes, very wet. But the lines were super fast and we loved it.


Want to go with us on a Quilt Camp at Sea adventure? We have a few spots still open for Alaska in 2105 and Australia will be opening up for booking soon --for March 2016. Come and go "down under" with us. Contact:  Pat Tobin at You won't want to miss out on all the fun!

                                                                  Happy traveling!     























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