The Girlfriends at Sea had a blast!

12 Sep

Fellow Quilters,
   I have been meaning to write this post for weeks!  Where has the time gone?!?  Summer is officially over – Kid #1 is starting a new program at university, and Kid #2 is now in his last year at high school.  Last weekend, we brough in the raft at the family cottage, signalling an end to swimming for the year.  The mornings are getting cooler, which is great for my morning power walk.  They’re also getting darker, as the days get shorter.  Well, hopefully Mother Nature will grace us with lots of sunny weather so that we can enjoy her glorious display of gold, red and yellow as the leaves turn.

Jody Houghton and Patti in Glacier Bay

   In my last post, I shared some photos of the 2 quilt projects that I was going to be teaching on the Alaskan Quilt Camp at Sea cruise.  Now I can share some photos from the cruise.  I took 5 pictures – yes, only 5. 

I seemed to forget my camera every time we went ashore.  I think I was caught up in the

Jody in front of Margerie Glacier

excitement of visiting the quilt shops at each stop.  No matter – fellow Quilt Camper Kate, apparently a photographer extraordinaire, has shared her wonderful photos.
     We had amazing weather – only the 3rd week of good weather this cruising season according to the cruiseship staff.  When we pulled into Glacier Bay, it was foggy and overcast, but the skies soon cleared and we were blessed with sunshine while viewing the glaciers.  I was so glad, because the scenery is spectacular, and I wanted our first-time Quilt

My Girlfriends At Sea vest

Campers to experience the incredible beauty of the glaceirs.  In my first photo, cabin-mate (and Northcott designer) Jody Houghton is sporting a jacket made with her Girlfriends at Sea collection.  I am wearing a vest made from her original Girlfriends fabric. I also made a vest with the Girlfriends at Sea fabrics – isn’t it fun?  Girlfriends at Sea is shipping to stores this month, so in celebration, I am giving away a packet of Girlfriends at Sea fabrics.  For your chance to win, simply post a comment on my blog about a trip that you and a quilting buddy went on, or would like to go on.  Please post by midnight Thursday September 15.
     Our first stop was in Juneau, home

Whale tails in Juneau

of Jan Nardone’s Changing Tides quilt shop.  Jan brought Alaskan artist Barbara Lavalle in for us – Barbara is a blast!  In Jan’s shop I purchased some children’s books illustrated by Barbara, and Barbara autographed them – one-of-a-kind!  I also added to my collection of fish and Alaskan-batik fabrics.
     Then we stopped in Sitka, home of Abby’s Reflections quilt shop.  You guessed it – more additions to my stash.

Three sibling coastal brown cubs in Sitka

  We also visited the studio of fellow teacher Lisa Moore and stopped at Fortress of the Bears, an “early retirement home” for nuisance bears, along the route.  Kate took some amazing pictures – here’s one of them showing 3 sibling Coastal Brown Bear cubs.  I have acquired a taste for Native art, and Lisa Moore has many terrific quilt patterns featuring the art of Aboriginals.  I picked up Lisa’s totem wall-hanging pattern to make for my new ski chalet.
     Next stop was Ketchikan, where Betty and the staff at Silver Thimble were most helpful in assisting me with my search for appropriate Alaskan batiks for the totem quilt, along with fish fabric.  Jody and I also took in the famous lumberjack show.  Even though I was on the American side of the audience, I still cheered for the Canadian team.
     Our final stop was beautiful Victoria, where Brenda Stengal put on quite a spread for us, including demostrations by local pattern designer Ursula Reigel of Designs to Share With You (Ursula is one of my favourite designers), serenades by Cathy Miller a.k.a The Singing Quilter, and trays of Nanaimo bars.  Nanaimo bars are like brownies, only better.  We burned all of the calories consumed by walking back to the ship after our visit.  As promised to my fellow Quilt Campers, here is my mom’s recipe for Nanaimo Bars (we call them Butter Dominos):

Mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 egg, 2 cups Graham cracker crumbs, 1 cup shredded coconut and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.  Press into a 9″ square cake pan.
Mix 1/4 cup softened butter, 2 tbsp. vanilla instant pudding mix or Burd’s Custard, 3 tbsp. milk and 2 cups icing sugar.  Spread over crumb mixture and chill.
Melt 3 oz. (3 squares) semi-sweet chocolate with 1 tbsp. butter.  Spread on chilled mixture.  Chill and cut into bars.

   My lone star group, consisting of Peggy, Kathy, Vicki, Gloria and Judy, made great strides with their projects, and Kathy pretty much finished hers – way to go Kathy!!
     Kathy and Yavonne in my Double Wedding Ring groupExceeded my

Fiestive Wedding

expectations, and did an amazing job with their projects.  Hats off to them!  I am teaching the Double Wedding Ring on the Mexican Riviera cruise next March 10-17th – here is a picture of my class sample.   I understand that there are a few spaces still available, so if you are interested in joining the 2012 Quilt Camp at Sea group next March, visit and talk to Pat or Kathy.  I am also teaching a Mystery quilt class, but I can’t show you the project, of course (it’s a mystery!)  It has something to do with Beach Babes, another of Jody Houghton’s fun collections, and perfect for the Mexican cruise.

Laurel Burch Xmas fabric with Stonehenge metallics - yum!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Needle and I’s on-board quilt shop run by Georgia and Debbie.  A bundle of Laurel Burch Christmas fabric, among other things, jumped off the shop table and into my hands.  Ohmygosh!  It was sooo delicious!  I discovered, much to my delight when I got home, that it co-ordinates extremely well with Northcott’s Stonehenge Celebration and Celestial fabrics (doesn’t everything co-ordinate with Stonehenge?)
     Speaking of Stonehenge Celebration,  Denise Green of Pinwheels and Posies in Dickenson, TX  sent me this photo of a quilt she made in Judy Niemeyer’s teaching workshop.  Isn’t it fabulous?  Kits are available from the shop, and their website is .
     And also speaking of Stonehenge, I am working to put the finishing touches on a Stonehenge Block-of-the-Month program to be available in shops next Spring.  Hopefully I will have final images for my next blog post.
    So, send me a comment for your chance to win, make a batch of Nanaimo bars, and we’ll see you next time!


22 Responses to “The Girlfriends at Sea had a blast!”

  1. Sherry September 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Please enter me in your contest to win the fabrics:

    My quilt trip with three other quilting pals was to Lancaster PA for the quilt show about ten years ago. Although I knew all of the girls, two had never met my other friend from Long Island. Four of us shared a room with two double beds and one bathroom. It wasn’t that crowded until we had all our purchases piled up in each corner of the room to keep them separate. We had a great night out at Red Lobster with pics of us all wearing foam ‘lobster’ hats having a drink at the bar while waiting for our table. I love looking back on those pictures.

    By the way, Nanaimo bars have always been called ‘skunks’ in our house!

  2. Cecilia September 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    Nine of my quilting friends and I went to the north Georgia mountains last October. We rented a cabin and set up our sewing machines in the dining area. We worked on projects that we had brought with us and we also went to several qut shops in the area. We had a lot of fun quilting, shopping and eating.:-) Thanks for the great giveaway.

  3. Christine September 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Patti, for the last four years I have traveled with Hamilton Tours out of Bradford, On, with a busload of quilters. We have been to Lancaster, Penn and Shishewanna, Ind, Wilmington, Vermont and Berlin, Ohio. Such fun – all those women and one man to drive the bus!

  4. "Petunia Pinner" in Elk Lake September 13, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Gorgeous photos!!! I so would love to “cruise” with you again, only thing is … I don’t due ships!! But dry land would be wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Melodie England September 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Enjoyed your blog so much! I belong to a prayer quilt group in Pasadena Texas and last spring, we travelled to Rockport Texas for our first ever retreat, at The Retreat House. It was a wonderful 3 days.

  6. Kathy Thomas September 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    It was so great to meet you Patty and to get the chance to take not 1 but 2 of your classes on the Alaska Quilt Camp at Sea! I had so much fun on that trip. I ate too much but thats what we do on cruises! I enjoyed both of your classes and because of you and your patience, I was able to just about finish my Lone Star quilt top. I really wish I was able to go on the 2012 Mexico cruise and if I did, I would take your classes again. Thanks so much for the Nanaimo recipe. I cant wait to make them but better wait until I need to take something to a party or something. Otherwise, I might eat them all! Thanks again for everything. I hope we cross paths again someday.

  7. Glenda Spencer September 15, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    I was on the Alaska cruise a few years ago and hit every quilt shop along the way…the ultimate shop hop. I one of the shops I met a group on a quilt camp cruise and wanted desperatly to jump ship and join them but…..
    I agree with Christine. The Hamilton Patchwork Tour is the best – a busload of quilters & so much fun.

    And thanks Patti….now I NEED nanaimo bars.

  8. Susan Gilchrist September 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    Patti, I am just home from our Guild meeting and have to tell you how impressed I was with your presentation. I am eager to try out your hints and tips. I also hope no one else comments so I’ll have a chance to win the fabric sample.
    Sue Gilchrist

  9. Tina Clinton September 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Great meeting you tonight at our guild meeting. The cruise sounded like a blast would love to join you sometime.

  10. Payge Morris September 15, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    I was one of the photographers at your presentation to KQG this evening. Loved your many quilts and especially the great tote bag. I just finished a Tinners project, my theme was “The Vineyard”, so I know I am really going to enjoy your book.

  11. Linda mielke September 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    Enjoyed the quilts tonight at Kempenfelt Quilters Guild. ThNks for sharing your love of quilting.

  12. Janis September 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    Thanks for a great presentation tonight. The cruise looks inviting. Yes, please enter me in your fabric draw.

  13. Laura-Jeanne McMullen September 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    I attended the Kempenfelt Quilters Guild meeting in Barrie this evening where you were a guest speaker- and I must say I was inspired by your presentation. You are so passionate about quilting and it is contageous. Thank you for all of your tips and fun stories- and yes, even the corny jokes.

  14. Joan Reed September 16, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Thank you again for another inspirational trunk show last night in Barrie! You make us want to go home and sew, sew, sew. I forgot to mention that I was in Alaska this August, but not on a cruise and was awe-struck by the scenery, but even more so by the number of quilts shops…every town had one!!
    Joan Reed, Barrie, ON

  15. lee November 10, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    Wonderful post and enjoyed the pictures. Your sea vest is sweet!

  16. MarciaW November 10, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    My Mom is my quilty buddy. We both would enjoy going to the Paducah, KY, show and have it on our bucket list.

  17. Michelle B November 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    I lived in Victoria for awhile when I was a child, I still remember what I called The Totem Pole Park! I think it’s really Capitol Hill or something. I’ve always loved the Stonehedge line. My ancestors were Celtic so it really draws me, plus I live quite close to the US Stonehedge!

  18. Peggy C, November 20, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    I so enjoy your blog. It is so interesting. Imagine my surprise when I saw one of the quilt shops I use (Pinwheels and Posies) and Denise Green’s name listed and that great quilt. We have the pleasure of having so many great quilt shops here in Houston. Thanks for all you do to share your wealth of information. Please do enter me in the drawing for fabric.

  19. Melinda Harra December 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    Patti, I am looking for pattern you designed for sweet bed of roses for quest for cure 2008. Picture is on back of quick quilts January 2008.

    • Patti December 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

      Hi Melinda,
      This is one of my all-time favorite quilts! It looks so old-fashioned and well-loved. It was made with the Sweet Bed of Roses collection and is called Granny’s Scrappy Stars. The pattern was included in the Autumn 2007 issue of Designer’s Quarters magazine, now defunct. As a result, Northcott has permission to provide you with the instructions. For a copy of the pattern, please email, and request the Granny’s Scrappy Stars pattern made with the Sweet Bed or Roses collection. Enjoy! Patti

  20. Melinda Harra December 10, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Thank you very much! Happy Holidays!


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