Block Party @ Sea: Cruising to Alaska in 2014

I’ve had the fun of visiting Alaska twice before—and I’m so excited to return for Quiltmaker’s Block Party @ Sea, June 7-14, 2014!

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Here’s why I can’t wait to cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage again:

  • I love the majestic mountains at the ocean’s edge.
  • I love the range of wilderness and wildlife.
  • I love the rhythm of the boat on the ocean.
  • I love seeing glacier blue in person.
  • I love exploring what each port of call has to offer.
  • I love the unexpected surprise of seeing a black bear cross the trail in front of me.
  • I love the changing colors of the water from hour to hour and day to day.
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Sparkling water during a break in the clouds

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Mendenhall glacier

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Glacier detail

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I know he’s fuzzy, but he wouldn’t pose–too busy fishing for salmon in the nearby creek

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Shops along Creek Street in Ketchikan

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Waterfalls are plentiful running into the ocean


One of my favorite experiences on QM’s 2008 Alaska cruise was a whale watching excursion from Juneau. We came across a pod of orca that were traveling through the ocean and followed them for a long time.

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In addition to all that an Alaskan cruise has to offer, we’ve got fantastic teachers coming with an inspiring lineup of classes for our days at sea.

  • Debbie Caffrey brings much depth of experience to her classes—from power cutting (yes, you can teach a quilter new cutting techniques!) to a mystery class.
  • Anita Grossman Solomon has clever and innovative patterns that will amaze you.
  • Margie Ullery will share her creative energy with classes designed around our Alaskan adventure.
  • Plus QM editors Carolyn Beam and Diane Harris are cooking up creative and fun classes from hexagons to needle felting.

Check out all our classes.

If you’ve never cruised before, one of the great things is that you visit mulitple locations, but only unpack your suitcase once rather than traveling from one hotel to the next. I’d wake up each morning and wonder what fun that day’s port of call would reveal.

I can’t wait to return to Alaska—and I hope you’ll join me!

You’ll find everything you need to know about our cruise at quiltmaker.com/blockparty including a downloadable brochure.

Think about who you’d like to have join you at Quiltmaker’s Block Party @ Sea: quilty friends, family (they’ll be able to explore the ship while you’re in class and you can explore the ports of call together) or come on your own and make new quilty friends.

Tell me in a comment below why YOU want to cruise to Alaska with Quiltmaker!

 

About June Dudley

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine. I have enjoyed quilting for many years. And I love to collect fabric, thread, books and all things quilty. I especially like batiks, bright colors, florals, dots, stripes and anything purple or teal.
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