Wow! We have such wonderful associates in the quilting world! As we prepared kits and samples for our sewing projects on the cruise, we thought about which products we regularly use and love. Check out the sweet strawberry pincushions we made (yep, we start with a half-circle of fabric….the Circle Savvy ruler is put to good use again).
We started with gorgeous batiks from Island Batik. Not only did they supply an assortment of fabrics for the pincushions, they also provided 10 batik door prizes for our end-of-cruise party.
Quilters Dream batting sent a sample of their Sweet Dreams cotton stuffing for each quilter, which was the perfect amount for the pincushion. And here are they lucky prize-winners of the battings sent as door prizes.
Oh, and see that hand-stitching on the strawberry tops? That would be Aurifil thread, our favorite! We used the 12 wt. for the hand-stitching in this project. We also used the 12 wt. in this little hand embroidery project designed by Susan just for the cruise.
You may know that we are located in the Richmond, Virginia, area, but did you know that we have teamed up with two other area designers? Karen DuMont, of Karie Patch Designs and Laura Blanchard of Plum Tree Quilts live near us, and we have put together a traveling trunk show featuring quilts from all of us, “Quilts on the Go!”. (OK, here’s an interesting fact: Laura and I both worked at the same quilt shop, though not at the same time, the same shop that Susan ended up buying, and all four of us have taught classes there. Small world?) Karen and Laura both generously provided patterns for all the quilters – you can see some of them with the Island Batik prizes.
The circles were cut using the Circle Savvy ruler, fused to the pieced quilt top, then top-stitched. Our friends at Therm-O-Web provided their lightest paper-backed fusible web for this project, Feather Lite. It is light enough to stay supple, even with large areas in the quilt. One lucky quilter won a collection of many Therm-O-Web products!
And then there is the fabric. Susan and I are licensed designers with Michael Miller Fabrics. Everyone made a thread-catcher using our Poppy Love fabrics. This one was made with our Garden Charm print in the Vibrant colorway!
We provided 2 lucky quilters with fat-quarter bundles of the line. And Michael Miller sent yummy collections of their cotton coutures and fat quarter bundles as doorprizes.
Between being pampered on the ship, all the exclusive projects designed just for this cruise, the lovely ports of call, and the generous support of our friends and associates, it was a magical week. And to top it off, we made so many new friends!
We had such a good time, that by the time we left the ship, plans were under way to cruise again next year with Michelle and Quilt Retreat at Sea! Kelly Ann will be the shop sponsor again – and this time, we’ll be leaving out of New Orleans, sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas. If you’ve ever thought about taking a quilting cruise, check it out!