Saturday, April 28, 2012

Quilting Cruise 2013

Preparations are well on the way for our 2nd Australian Quilting Cruise January 2013.

Thirty four wonderful ladies attended our Quilting Cruise earlier this year.  We put forward some different iteneries for our next one. This time they voted for a longer cruise of 14 days. The cruise goes to Noumea, Fiji and three ports in New Zealand.

As there are eight days at sea and plenty of sewing time. Amanda Daly, a NSW Quilting Guild teacher, is coming with us and is doing two of the workshops.  Amanda is a contemporary quilter who loves raw edge appliqué and a little three dimensional quilting and enjoys traditional quilt making as well. See her profile below.

Amanda's profile
I'm a Patchwork Quilter / Textile Artist / Teacher and I've been passionately working with fabric for more than 20 years.
I would describe my work as contemporary, though I also cling to some of the more traditional techniques and increasingly I'd have to describe some of my creative pursuits as a bit arty. I enjoy it all.
I teach classes and workshops in and around Sydney as well as in far flung places in country NSW and interstate. I really enjoy meeting other quilters and sharing my passion for quilting..
I spend as much time as possible in my studio, blissfully detached from the rest of the world dabbling in this and that. I work towards deadlines for shows, challenges and exhibitions, create original quilts and write patterns both for sale and publication. I also find time to create quilts purely for my own enjoyment because that's what I feel driven to do. I feel the need to spend some time being creative every day, there is just never ever enough time.
To find out more about me and to view some of my quilts, visit

I have arranged visits to Quilting Shops in New Zealand.  One of the shops has also offered to do a demonstation for us. Two of my workshops will be of a more traditional nature.  One will provide a choice of technique for the main block.  These techniques were suggested by the ladies on the last cruise.  I shall be posting photos of one of  these workshops very soon.

The bookings are being done by Crafting Cruises, an American Company coordinated by Lorelle Hardt and her husband.  Lorelle is an Australian and her parents live in Melbourne.  Next year apart from this cruise she is running the Fourth Australian Scrapbooking Cruise in conjunction with the quilting cruise. The ship has two large conference rooms that we have booked (no need to pack up each day) and the Quilting and Scrapbooking will be run separately. We have ladies who have scrapbooking friends and they are sharing a cabin.

The cruise is leaving from Sydney on the Royal Caribbean ship ‘Voyager of the Seas’ on the 13th January.  A link to more information and costings is below.

We have a limited number of sewing machines for hire for ladies that are travelling long distance and who are unable to bring their own machine. However most ladies on the last cruise did bring their own machine and we did not have any problems with them.

 If you require any more information please do not hesitate to contact. Email or phone 02 69474216.

Until next time