When it is raining in Houston………

Get on a boat! And sail the high seas with a bunch of fun quilters!

A special thanks to Veronica Cox of Bear Threads Designs for coordinating of our Quilters Cruise!

I would also like to acknowledge the minute of silence held on the ship to remember the reason we have Memorial Day!  Several tributes were held through-out the ship during our week on board!  The folks in TX were always on our mind as the state experienced un-precedented flooding over the Memorial Weekend and days that followed!

Our view as we were getting ready to leave Galveston in a drizzly rain on board The Navigator of the Seas for 7 days of fun packed sewing, sight-seeing and sipping!  (Be sure to read to the end as you will not want to miss the final photo!)!

Who else sees flying geese?

Who else sees flying geese?

Our first full day at sea was a class taught by Winnie Fleming.  All of her kits were pre-cut and the students got right down to sewing!  Our machines were Janome Horizon machines and were provided by Scott from Citrus Sewing Center of Ocala, FL.

The blocks and setting for the quilt Winnie chose for her class!  Made with Hoffman Bali Pops, pre-cut by Winnie to the perfect size for piecing the blocks!

The blocks and setting for the quilt Winnie chose for her class! Made with Hoffman Bali Pops, pre-cut by Winnie to the perfect size for piecing the blocks!

Another pretty one!

Another pretty one!

This photo is straight - the quilt on the design wall?  Not so straight!  Were the seas that rough?

This photo is straight – the quilt on the design wall? Not so straight! Were the seas that rough?

Kat photo bombing!

Kat photo bombing!

One of 7 Linda's hard at work!

One of 7 Linda’s hard at work!

Sara's quilt is going to be fabulous!

Sara’s quilt is going to be fabulous!

The evening class was taught by Susie Seed, she is an educator for Sulky!  She had a fun project called split personality and students were able to try all kinds of threads and stitches while constructing their projects.

Susie Seed - Sulky Educator!  And a fun lady!

Susie Seed – Sulky Educator! And a fun lady!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

My day to teach did not arrive until day 5 of the cruise, after 3 port days, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan.  I was worried my students would be worn-out by this point as they had had a busy several days so far.  But, my fears were quickly set aside, they were all excited and ready to jump in and learn something new!  Only 1 photo from my class because I was having too much fun sharing my passion for paper-piecing!

The quilt I taught on the cruise.  Landscape Table Runner - The only photo I took during the class!

The quilt I taught on the cruise. Landscape Table Runner – The only photo I took during the class!

There is so much to do on the ship!

When we weren’t sewing or sleeping, we were sight-seeing or enjoying ship performances. I did not take photos at most of the performances, we saw an ice-skating show, a tribute broadway, karaoke, comedians and lounge acts.     My favorite was when the staff performed on the promenade with a tribute to the 70’s including The Village People!  If I had not been laughing so hard I might have been able to snap some photos!

On the promenade getting ready for the circus parade

On the promenade getting ready for the circus parade

One of the interior cabins, someone was peeking out to watch the parade.  Hubby and I had a cabin on deck 2 (by the ice-skating rink)

One of the interior cabins, someone was peeking out to watch the parade. Hubby and I had a cabin on deck 2 (by the ice-skating rink)

Some of the circus parade performers

Some of the circus parade performers

The camera setting was just a tad off!

The camera setting was just a tad off!

Highlights from our excursion to Cozumel….

Our first port was Cozumel, I had been here a very long time ago, probably over 30 years ago.  The island has really grown up.  It has a community college, a Sam's store and lots of restaurants and shopping.

Our first port was Cozumel, I had been here a very long time ago, probably over 30 years ago. The island has really grown up. It has a community college, a Sam’s store and lots of restaurants and shopping.

We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.

We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.

We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.

We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.

All of the stones for the ruins were "mined" from underground tunnels!  There are miles and miles of tunnels under the island where the stones used to be!

All of the stones for the ruins were “mined” from underground tunnels! There are miles and miles of tunnels under the island where the stones used to be!

The scenic overview!  This side of the island is still in it's natural form except for a couple of roadside tourist shops.  No resorts etc.

The scenic overview! This side of the island is still in its natural form except for a couple of roadside tourist shops. No resorts etc.

My handsome man!

My handsome man!

We are back on board the ship - watching other passengers que up to board.

We are back on board the ship – watching other passengers que up to board.

2 smaller carnival ships were also in port.

2 smaller carnival ships were also in port.

Our group after the 2nd formal dinner.  A big thank you to my husband for being our photographer!

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

 

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

We skipped early dinner one evening which meant I got to see a sunset!

I may not have dipped my toes in the ocean or the pool BUT I did see ONE sunset!

I may not have dipped my toes in the ocean or the pool BUT I did see ONE sunset!

Sipping with our 3 favorite bartenders!  Thanks Alice, Elle and Juana for keeping us entertained and “hydrated!”  Our favorite place on the ship was the R Bar winding down with friends!

Alice!  Classic beauty and charm!  And a GREAT bartender!

Alice! Classic beauty and charm! And a GREAT bartender!

Elle preparing cocktails!

Elle preparing cocktails!

Shaken!

Shaken!

Double-Time!

Double-Time!

Juana - the boss!  After giving the girls several dark chocolate bars we were in big trouble because they stayed up til the wee morning hours!

Juana – the boss! After giving the girls several dark chocolate bars we were in big trouble because they stayed up til the wee morning hours!

A whole lot of shaking going on!

A whole lot of shaking going on!

They know when to stir it and when to shake it!

They know when to stir it and when to shake it!

The essence of Juana!

The essence of Juana!

Winnie, Linda and Me posing in the big framed chair - time for a little unwind!

Winnie, Linda and Me posing in the big framed chair – time for a little unwind!

Kat joins the party!

Kat joins the party!

Then we added Kathy!

Then we added Kathy!

And the party just keeps growing!

And the party just keeps growing!

Hubster was feeling left out!

Hubster was feeling left out!

What a fun time we had!

Now who is ready for the next cruise?

When?  May 28, 2016

Where?  ALASKA!!!!

 

 

About hollydeequilts

I am a wife, mom, grandma and quilter. I also enjoy gardening and dabble in genealogy. And I love Pinterest!
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4 Responses to When it is raining in Houston………

  1. This sounds like such FUN!!! I’m going to have to check this out for our next vacation. Love all the pics 😀

  2. carolyn burrell says:

    Had a great time. I finished my table runner..hooray..I chose to embroider down the middle of it rather than appliqué because when I got home and opened my email there were some new designs from Embroidery Library of Sea Life….how appropriate for a memory table runner!! I cannot figure out how to send you a picture…

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