Saturday, February 18, 2012

Quilt Cruise with Mary Lou and Crazy Cats made for alot of fun and creativity too!

This is an example of a "crazy Cat" from the book "out of the box with easy blocks" by me and Mel McFarland. I taught the class on the cruise ship, the Zeiderdam this week while sailing the Bahamas. It was wonderful. One woman only brought enough fabric to try it out and here is her wonderful and happy cat! Not so craZy right?
Above are close sisters Martha Stewart (YES you read that right and her sister Marsha. Marsha was a patient and kind sister who took time out to show Martha how she did the techniques...I was impressed with their love and devotion to one another. Martha told us that she was invited to THE Martha Stewart's show which invited all Martha Stewarts from the US and Canada. Pretty wonderful.
Here was the beginning of the lovely and Out of the box cats that students they finished a cat, they put it up....
Above is Terry who you often see on my blogs. Terry is a positive, fun optimist who everyone loves to have in class....she is always fun and her energy makes us all happy. Note the cat bowl with the fish in it in her wall hanging she has here....
This is Nagela and her Mother who took my cat class. They are from Brazil and they are wonderful and don't do them justice. After beginning the cat quilt,Nagela AND Nagela's Mother finished it in their cabin by hand! This was totally "out of the box" for them as they love precise stitches and perfect blocks and points ....I think this is perfectly wonderful! And most of it done with nice stitches by
We had such a NICE group of people on this cruise. To find information, go to
I am not scheduled for another cruise and hope to be invited again and hope that if I am YOU will join me for the fun. Good friends, good food, lovely locations, adventure, comfort and all around fun. AND Kim and Amy who run it are nice, positive and fun.
We went to Panama, Costa Rica, Curaceo, Bonaire, Aruba, and other places and quilted when we weren't off the ship (the Zeiderdam). Delicious food, shows at night, beautiful water, friendly people and things to see and experience each day.
If you took any of my classes on the cruise, I would LOVE to show your project here on my blog.


  1. You wrote about this so beautifully that I felt I was there. What an incredible amount of energy, color, free form piecing, and fun!!!

  2. What a fun quilt and I love what Nagela's mom did, really beautiful work.


  3. Looks like your cat ladies had a purrrfectly howling time with your patterns. They got a lot done in a short period.

    Congratulations to them all. I think Nagela's mom is hooked on your techniques!