How to Garden Aboard Ship

Fuse a wonderful blue dot measuring 1 1/2″ to a background fabric.

You may ask did I do anything on this wonderful Baltic cruise other than eat a lot and buy a lot of socks?

Place 8 straight stitches around the dot with Lazy Daisy stitches for leaves.

Why, yes. I did! I gave myself this assignment during the cruise: add hand embroidery to a small quilt top.

Finish the edge of the circle with an Outline Stitch.

It was so hard to concentrate! (I kept getting distracted by desserts on the Lido deck.)

Use a variation of the Sheaf Stitch to make flower petals.

But slowly my little quilt top was complete by the time we arrived back in the States. Good thing too!

Add French Knots to the flower petals using the wonderful Aquamarine colorway in Size 12.

This quilt was needed for my filming of 2 episodes of Quilting Arts TV with Pokey Bolton. Soon after my return from the cruise, Frieda Anderson and I raced off to Ohio for the shoot. (“Shoot” is a Hollywood term for making a movie. The Hollywood term for me is “the Talent”.)

Final version of a small area of the quilt made by “the Talent”.

Can you guess what the final quilt looks like? I’ll give you a hint: I don’t traditionally make this type of quilt.

How to Garden Aboard Ship

Fuse a wonderful blue dot measuring 1 1/2″ to a background fabric.

You may ask did I do anything on this wonderful Baltic cruise other than eat a lot and buy a lot of socks?

Place 8 straight stitches around the dot with Lazy Daisy stitches for leaves.

Why, yes. I did! I gave myself this assignment during the cruise: add hand embroidery to a small quilt top.

Finish the edge of the circle with an Outline Stitch.

It was so hard to concentrate! (I kept getting distracted by desserts on the Lido deck.)

Use a variation of the Sheaf Stitch to make flower petals.

But slowly my little quilt top was complete by the time we arrived back in the States. Good thing too!

Add French Knots to the flower petals using the wonderful Aquamarine colorway in Size 12.

This quilt was needed for my filming of 2 episodes of Quilting Arts TV with Pokey Bolton. Soon after my return from the cruise, Frieda Anderson and I raced off to Ohio for the shoot. (“Shoot” is a Hollywood term for making a movie. The Hollywood term for me is “the Talent”.)

Final version of a small area of the quilt made by “the Talent”.

Can you guess what the final quilt looks like? I’ll give you a hint: I don’t traditionally make this type of quilt.

Want to See Our Final Projects?

Cindy Walter and her fabric painting class.

Alas, our quilting journey around the Baltic Sea is nearing an end. As we steam toward Amsterdam (our final port of call) the quilters gather for one last day at sea.

Paula Nadelstern’s class made kaleidoscope balls from her fabric, beads, and sequins.

Sea days are always class days and an opportunity to concentrate on quilting rather than touring new ports. It is also a chance to talk with new friends, play with fabric, and visit the Lido deck for more ice cream.
Not that I would do that!

Some of my students and their projects from the Fowl Play, Tiny Homes, and Stitch After Fusing classes.

Late in the day we gather to learn about the next quilt seminar at sea and to share our newly made projects. Aren’t they wonderful!

Lake Michigan by Laura Wasilowski

Next June you’ll find me on another cruise ship with another friendly crew of quilters. (Hope they like ice cream.) We’re going to Alaska! Please join us!

Want to See Our Final Projects?

Cindy Walter and her fabric painting class.

Alas, our quilting journey around the Baltic Sea is nearing an end. As we steam toward Amsterdam (our final port of call) the quilters gather for one last day at sea.

Paula Nadelstern’s class made kaleidoscope balls from her fabric, beads, and sequins.

Sea days are always class days and an opportunity to concentrate on quilting rather than touring new ports. It is also a chance to talk with new friends, play with fabric, and visit the Lido deck for more ice cream.
Not that I would do that!

Some of my students and their projects from the Fowl Play, Tiny Homes, and Stitch After Fusing classes.

Late in the day we gather to learn about the next quilt seminar at sea and to share our newly made projects. Aren’t they wonderful!

Lake Michigan by Laura Wasilowski

Next June you’ll find me on another cruise ship with another friendly crew of quilters. (Hope they like ice cream.) We’re going to Alaska! Please join us!

A Quick Tour of Copenhagen

This is not the little mermaid.

Now that I have your attention, I’d like to introduce you to the lovely city of Copenhagen.

St. Alban’s Angelican Church on the way to town.

We were fortunate that our cruise ship docked really close to the city center. A short stroll up the beach led us directly the wonderful sites of Copenhagen. This beautiful capital city of Denmark has a rich history and amazing views around every corner.

The hats are nice, but look at that tile work!

We quickly found the Amalienborg Palace, the winter home of the Danish royal family. Apparently they were out shopping. 

And indeed the shopping did look like fun. However, I had spent all my rubles, kroners, and euros on socks at previous venues

So I had to go back to the docks. A maritime culture sure has a lot of boats. The canals and harbor were full of sailing ships, tour ships, commercial vessels, and of course tourist boats. It was very colorful and full of life.

Here is the little little mermaid looking forlorn.

I admit we saw very little of Copenhagen. So much of our time was spent gazing at beautiful motifs on buildings, watching the pretty people on the street (it was Fashion Week), and enjoying the harbor views that we covered little ground. But the city is wonderful. Just that little taste made we want to return for more.

A Quick Tour of Copenhagen

This is not the little mermaid.

Now that I have your attention, I’d like to introduce you to the lovely city of Copenhagen.

St. Alban’s Angelican Church on the way to town.

We were fortunate that our cruise ship docked really close to the city center. A short stroll up the beach led us directly the wonderful sites of Copenhagen. This beautiful capital city of Denmark has a rich history and amazing views around every corner.

The hats are nice, but look at that tile work!

We quickly found the Amalienborg Palace, the winter home of the Danish royal family. Apparently they were out shopping. 

And indeed the shopping did look like fun. However, I had spent all my rubles, kroners, and euros on socks at previous venues

So I had to go back to the docks. A maritime culture sure has a lot of boats. The canals and harbor were full of sailing ships, tour ships, commercial vessels, and of course tourist boats. It was very colorful and full of life.

Here is the little little mermaid looking forlorn.

I admit we saw very little of Copenhagen. So much of our time was spent gazing at beautiful motifs on buildings, watching the pretty people on the street (it was Fashion Week), and enjoying the harbor views that we covered little ground. But the city is wonderful. Just that little taste made we want to return for more.