June 6 – 13, 2020
JOIN US FOR A WHALE OF A TIME!
Alaska is always sure to please as you watch for wildlife such as whales, seals, dolphins and eagles. Then just add the quilting days at sea and the quilt shops in every port and this becomes the perfect summer vacation.
About the Educator:
Reed discovered that he has a creative side. He was an attorney for 35 years, which was a very stressful occupation. In 2000, he visited the quilt exhibit at the Florida State Fair and said to himself “I bet I can do that.” He started quilting as a means of stress relief and to express his creativity. He is primarily self-taught, but has taken several courses from professional quilters. He was hooked. He loves picking out the fabrics, cutting out all the shapes and watching the quilt top come together as he sews away.
With Electric Quilt software, he discovered the art of designing quilts and found a new love. After a soul-searching trip to Israel, he took a leap of faith and retired early. He pursued quilt designing full time, and Blue Bear Quilts was born. Blue Bear is a blue, furry bear, Reed made in a quilt shop class, and he won a blue ribbon at the Florida State Fair.
Reed wants to encourage novice quilters, and inspire the younger generation, to seek quilting as a hobby, so his designs are primarily for the beginner to intermediate quilter. They are colorful and easy to piece together, offering a modern twist on classic patterns. Many of his quilt patterns are designed to be used with an Accuquilt cutter because “better cuts make better quilts.”
He is a certified Quilt-in-a-Day instructor, and his favorite part of teaching is helping quilters gain confidence in their abilities and seeing the joy when someone learns a new skill or technique. Many of his students say they enjoy his calm demeanor and patience. He has nationally taught many quilting and Electric Quilt classes.
Reed won the Accuquilt Block Design Contest as the Fan Favorite in 2016, the Grand Champion in 2017, with his block called “Purple Rose“, and as the runner-up in 2018.
He has designed Row by Row patterns; quilt patterns for new Accuquilt dies; quilt patterns for new fabric lines with QT Fabrics and has designed patterns featured in Love of Quilting and McCalls Quilting magazines.
About the Project:
Before the ink was dry on the contract, Reed was already busily designing a great quilt for this cruise, and here it is. It uses 3 techniques, Paper pieced mariners compass, Accuquilt pieced flowers and appliquéd snow flakes in the border. It is called Northern Star Garden. The fabrics and colorways may vary from this picture.
Please visit Reed’s website and explore his other projects to see what else he has to offer.
- 6 June 2020: Depart Seattle, Washington at 4pm
- 7 June 2020: Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
- 8 June 2020: Juneau, Alaska from 1pm to 10pm
- 9 June 2020: Quilting and Scenic Cruising through Glacier Bay
- Icy Strait Point from 6pm to 10pm
- 10 June 2020: Sitka, Alaska from 8am to 5pm
- 11 June 2020: Ketchikan, Alaska from 7am to 1pm
- 12 June 2020: Victoria, BC from 6pm to 11:30pm
- 13 June 2020: Arrive Seattle, Washington at 7am
About the Ship:
We will be sailing onboard the beautiful Holland America ms Eurodam. Holland America Line’s first Signature-class ship, Eurodam has recently received many exciting updates. Guests on this graceful ship can enjoy the full Music Walk™ experience, including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Explore onboard at a cooking class or hands-on workshop with America’s Test Kitchen, BBC Earth Experiences and a Digital Workshop Powered by Windows®. Dine in your choice of specialty restaurants.
Features of this ship include:
- Main Stage
- BBC Earth productions
- Game Shows
- Screening Room – Movies with popcorn
- America’s Test Kitchen
- BB Kings Club
- Digital Workshops
- Fitness Center
- Music Walk
- Several bars and lounges to choose from
- 2 pools, 5 whirlpools
- Sports Court
- Retreat – Adult only sun-deck (fee-based)
- Onboard accommodations
- Port fees and taxes
- Quilting Workshops
- Complete quilt top kit
- Nightly Stitch and Sail
- Welcome Aboard Reception
- Mug Rug Exchange
- Group Dining
- Farewell Reception
- Machines provided by:
Pricing: ALL PRICING IS IN USD.
Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy. Other categories and occupancy are available upon request. Pricing is subject to change until booked and deposited in full.
Interior: Interior staterooms feature two lower beds that convert to a queen-sized bed and private bathroom with shower. All staterooms include bathrobes, Elemis bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit, flat-panel TV and DVD player, personal safe, telephone, and hair dryer.
Stateroom Size: 151 – 233 sq ft *
Quilter: $2295 Non-Quilter: $1945
Oceanview: Oceanview staterooms feature a picture window, two lower beds that convert to a queen-sized bed, and private bathroom with tub/shower combination. All staterooms include bathrobes, Elemis bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit, flat-panel TV and DVD player, personal safe, telephone, and hair dryer.
Stateroom Size: 174 – 180 sq ft *
Quilter: $2650 Non-Quilter: $2300
Verandah: Verandah staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with a door that opens to a private balcony, two lower beds that convert to a queen-sized bed, sitting area, and private bathroom with tub/shower combination. All staterooms include bathrobes, Elemis bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit, flat-panel TV and DVD player, personal safe, telephone, and hair dryer.
Stateroom Size: 212 – 359 sq ft *
Quilter: $3150 Non-Quilter: $2800
Payment Schedule: Monthly Payment Plans are Available Upon Request
(Pricing and availability are subject to change at any time unless booked and deposited)
$700 per person deposit due at time of booking
Final balance due on or before 1 March 2020
**Trip/Travel Insurance through Travel Guard will be quoted by email following the original deposit.
***Cancellation Fees Apply beginning 15 June 2019 (see Terms and Conditions when registering for details)