I won't bother saying I can't believe it's been more than a month since I last blogged...but okay, I just said it! Time is just flyin'.....
First off...thanks for all the thoughts and prayers for my family during the Butte fire in California. Thankfully, all of my immediate family were safe and their homes were saved. My sister's in-laws lost their home unfortunately, along with at least 600 other homes across the area. Everyone is super thankful for the firefighters and all the rescue crews that worked to save homes, businesses, domestic and farm animals, etc. I love this cute pic of my little nephew...it was taken at a parade to thank all of those that came to fight the fires.
So be warned...lots of pics in the rest of this post! On October 4th, I boarded The Freedom of the Seas for 8 days of fun, sun, and quilting! This cruise featured the one and only Bonnie Hunter!
My traveling buddy was Tammy...she happens to be my cousin by marriage, but she's also become a great friend and quilting buddy.
Our ship set sail and headed for the Bahamas...only to discover the water was still unsettled from the recent hurricane. It was still too dangerous to travel by tender boats from the ship to the shore at Coco Cay, Bahamas, so we had to forego that port altogether. No worries...that gave us an extra day of relaxation up in the lounge on Deck 14. Also, in the afternoon, they opened up the sewing room and we got started on our cruise project a day early!
|It was HOT and HUMID outside on the deck, so sometimes we just needed to find a quiet, cool space inside and this spot was perfect!|
|The next scheduled stop was St. Thomas...it was sooo gorgeous there, especially from this mountain top view. All the colors of blue and green were just amazing...pictures and words don't do it justice!!|
|There is our ship as we were coming down the mountain...|
|Irene got the best picture...St. Thomas is part of the US Virgin Islands...so our phones worked!! Yay...it was a good chance to check in with family.|
|After the trip back down the mountain, it was time for a swim at this private beach...|
|The picture does not show how hot and humid it was!!|
|Another of Irene's pictures...toes in the sand!|
The next day was a stop in St. Maarten...I didn't get too many pictures, and I'll be honest, I wasn't a fan of this location. Instead of taking an excursion, we headed out on our own to a public beach and a little shopping. We were constantly hounded by locals wanting to rent us beach chairs, braid our hair, asking us to buy their wares, etc. It just got old after a while...so after a short visit to the beach, we decided to head back to the ship. Just in time too...as a storm was rolling in and the rain started just as we were in line to board.
|more selfies with our ship in the background...|
The next two days at sea, were all about the sewing! This picture was taken earlier in the week at our bonus sewing day. Bonnie is getting started talking about the first block unit we'll be making for our Garden Party quilts....
|All the machines were provided...there were 50 quilters on board!|
|Here is my table...I'm sitting between Tammy and Irene on the left. Gail is across from us (we met her on last year's cruise!), and two new friends, Denise and Kathy, also across from us!|
|Had to get a picture in front of Bonnie's Garden Party quilt....|
|I also met Andee....I've been following her blog for a couple years as she's a fellow Bonnie fan.|
|Here are the blocks I completed on the trip...Bonnie had us bring cut strips ready to go, so we were able to just get started sewing!|
|Thanks for another great cruise Bonnie! I hope to go again one day!|
|me and my blocks...pic borrowed from Bonnie's blog.|
|This is our dining table-mates...Denise and Kathy both brought their spouses. I think we all enjoyed the company and the amazing food each night!|
|Another group pic from Bonnie's blog...so much fun with these gals!|
|The whole group...so fun!|
Next time I'll share pics of the rest of our time in Florida...Tammy and I stayed a few extra days for a little more fun in the sun!
The pattern for the Garden Party quilt is found in the May/June 2015 issue of Quiltmaker...I had my original issue and then Quiltmaker gifted all of the quilting cruisers with another copy. I'd like to pass on my extra copy to someone that might like to have it....so leave a comment and I'll pick a name in a few days to one lucky reader! Good luck!