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This year, I have chosen a fun new long-term project: Cruise Quilts. I will be creating quilts based on inspiration photos taken on a recent cruise.  These quilts will be the cornerstone of a new Trunk Show which I hope to finish in 2018.   Presently, I have two trunk shows available: From Kits to Custom and 21st Century Quilting.

Our Cruise

It really wouldn’t be fair to just jump into the quilt elements without first sharing how much fun my daughter and I had on her very first cruise.  To say it was magical, would be an understatement.

We took off on December 2, 2017 from Galveston Texas on the Carnival Valor for a 5 day cruise.  Our stops:  Cozumel and Progreso.

Shopping, relaxing, or enjoying the ship’s amenities, this was a vacation that will provide wonderful memories for years to come.

Cozumel Excursion – Sharks and Rays!

Off the ship, we enjoyed shopping and a really exceptional excursion.  Yes, I swam with nurse sharks and rays.  Akin to cats, the rays swam among us and even rubbed against our legs to get our attention.  Such amazing and beautiful creatures was a fantastic experience.

You can bet there will be a quilt with a Ray and Shark on it before I am done!

Quilt Inspirations

The images that follow are a sample of the inspirations gathered for this project.

The first quilt I have started began with an education.  Look closely at the inspiration image – I did not.

If you pay attention, you will see that the colored “blocks” are not all the same size.  I was so excited about the fun quilting element and colors that I didn’t catch this the first time.  Instead, I designed this quilt with same-sized blocks and sashing.

After looking closer at the image, I saw that the blocks were all different sizes, this means that sashing will not work.  The new image is below.

Oh yea, the math was intense, but I am confident that the end result is going to be so much fun.

With the new year looming ahead, I am so excited about the list of projects I have to work on.

What projects will you be working on in 2018?


And don’t forget to check out other completed quilts at my Quilt Gallery.


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