McCall’s Quilting University: Cruise 2014 Highlights

logo for web 300px McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsWhat an adventure it was! McCall’s Quilting University hosted School at Sea in the Caribbean earlier this month, and I am thrilled to share some of the highlights as I recollect the fun we had.

We set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida for our glorious winter break, with Royal Caribbean’s mega-liner Freedom of the Seas serving as our luxurious campus.CCA 01 Royal Caribbean pic 450px McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsFestivities began the first evening with distribution of quilting goodies and a sneak-peek fabric pack for the Mystery Sampler Quilt At Sea, an introduction to the McCall’s staff, Sew Many Places’ Jim West and team, and Citrus Sew & Vac’s Scott Lapham and crew. The students were divided into the Dolphin, Starfish, Seahorse and Marlin teams, and were anxious to get started as they cheered from the audience with their pompoms and freshly-donned beads!

block contest McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 Highlights

Just one of the many adorable challenge blocks!

Before the cruise, classmates were sent colorful Timeless Treasures fish fabric for a fun block challenge. The McCall’s staff was delighted to see so many creative blocks as they strung them all up as inspiring classroom decorations. Students enjoyed the quilt block show throughout the cruise, ultimately voting for their favorite on the final day of the cruise.Timeless fish 450px McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsWhile cruising at sea from island to island (CocoCay, Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten), classmates learned fun techniques as they made their Tropical Fish block for the Mystery Sampler quilt.

Tropical Fish Block class McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsStudents challenged themselves as they learned a curved piecing technique with the Sail Away block.Sail Away Block class McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsPeaceful hand appliqué and embroidery techniques were taught to eager learners in the McCall’s Posy Block, Under the Sea Block, and optional Bluework Label classes.

Hand class McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsAnd most of the Marlins, Starfish, Dolphins and Seahorses walked out of the Mermaid Fashionista class having completed a glamorous wrist pincushion.

Mermaid Fasionista McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsThose with a penchant for traditional techniques took my optional Hand Quilting class; I hope they picked up a few tips for perfecting their stitches.

Hand Quilting class McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsBetween cruising day classes, island excursions, and continual on-board entertainment options (such as the Ice Show – my personal favorite!), classmates took advantage of evening demo opportunities. They watched and learned about machine quilting, English Paper Piecing, easy elongated triangle piecing with the TriRecs Ruler set, an improvisational Plus Block, and a jazzy flanged binding technique.

We would like to extend special thanks to the following for their assistance in making this cruise such a wonderful event:

Sew Many Places - Jim West and the team from SMP

Janome – Scott Lapham and the crew from Citrus Sew & Vac

Timeless Treasures - Block challenge fabric donation

AccuQuilt – Circle die donation

Keepsake Quilting – Cutting hundreds of yards of fabric for class kits

Stay tuned…we’ll be announcing plans for our 2015 McCall’s Quilting University School at Sea Cruise soon!

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9 Responses to McCall’s Quilting University: Cruise 2014 Highlights

  1. sue Bass says:

    OMG!This looks like a touch of heaven?I would love to get up have beakfast and go quilt?That would be wonderful.maybe inbetween get some sun. I would love to go!

  2. Patricia Willis says:

    Very interested in next cruise

  3. Kathleen Battaglia says:

    Sent the info for 2015!

  4. Linda Turner says:

    Hate that I couldn’t go this year, but maybe next. Would be so exciting not only to cruise, but to meet new quilters and vendors.
    Sounds so wonderful.

  5. Elaine Gates says:

    Would love to have been along. Please send the info for 2015. Thanks

  6. karen hough says:

    This was my first cruise !!!! Loved it and signed up for the 2015 February one. Learned lots of new things. Newbie quilter. Lots of help from the staff and other quilters. Try it !!!

  7. Lyn Robinson says:

    Please contact me when you have information on the 2015 cruise, I would love to participate.

    Thank you,

  8. Mary Muniz says:

    Please let me know when the next cruise will be.

  9. Valerie says:

    Hi Lyn, Please keep an eye on our home page at – we’ll post information there as soon as it’s available. Thanks!

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