Debbie Caffrey: Block Party @ Sea

Today’s post is guest written by Debbie Caffrey, who will teach aboard Quiltmaker’s Block Party @ Sea June 7–14, 2014.

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I hope you can join us!

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Let me start by telling you that I lived in Anchorage for 22 years. I have sewn all my life. I began quilting and teaching quilting in 1983 in Alaska.

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Debbie Caffrey

In 1993 I published my first book, An Alaskan Sampler. Since then I have published fourteen books, dozens of patterns, and hundreds of mystery patterns.

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Alaska has a way of bringing out the best in its people. Alaskans are independent “can do” types of people. That is what I liked the best about living there.

So, why take a quilting cruise? Taking a trip with people who have a common interest gives you lots to talk about.

Why take an Alaska cruise? Alaska is an amazing destination: pristine waters, majestic scenery, fantastic wildlife, unique people…the list goes on and on. It truly is the Last Frontier. This cruise will be my fourth through the Inside Passage. It is definitely my #1 cruise destination.

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Why take a quilting cruise to Alaska with Quiltmaker? Quiltmaker’s staff and editors are unsurpassed. They are on top of everything, bringing you fun and quality workshops at each Block Party. They have handpicked some great instructors, and I am honored to be among them.

One thing I can bring to you is a bounty of knowledge about Alaska. I will be telling stories of what Alaska was like from 1979–2000 and about the Alaska I have visited four times since leaving—how it is the same, and how it is different.

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Berry picking in Alaska with my children

I’ll tell of berry picking, fishing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, quilting, moose encounters, one-of-a-kind places like the North Slope and more.

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Oh, and yes, I will teach you some things about quilting, too. Not only will you learn valuable skills in your classes, but your projects will be treasured souvenirs.

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I hope you will take time to experience Alaska through some of the many excursions offered. I highly suggest a whale watching trip, and I have to say that my number one recommendation would be a day of salmon or halibut fishing. Fishing in Alaska is absolutely a world class experience! If you have a choice, take a smaller boat. I love the intimacy with the crew and others on the small boats.

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Debbie tries a variety of local beers in Alaska.

Forgive me, but I have to ask.

Won’t you join the Block Party @ Sea
“Just for the Halibut”?

Eat the fish right at its source—and sign up for my mystery quilt by the same name for two unforgettable experiences.


About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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3 Responses to Debbie Caffrey: Block Party @ Sea

  1. Bonnie Readie says:

    I would love to go but would need to find a roommate is there somewhere to post a request?

  2. Wow! Where did you find that original copy of my pattern, An Alaskan Sampler? Months after the pattern was released I published it in a book that is still selling 19 years later!

  3. Karen says:

    I can’t but I sure would love to! I have been on the inside passage cruise once and loved it! I can tell by your photos that you have a lot of great memories in Alaska

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