Alaskan Explorer Quilt Seminar at Sea

7 Days • May 23 – 30, 2021
Cruise to Alaska in 2021! See extraordinary sights, meet new friends and perfect your quilting techniques with the help of instructors Chardel Blaine and Christina Fairley Erickson.
2021 Alaskan Explorer Quilt Cruise

Dear quilters and friends,

One of our favorite destinations is Alaska, and we’re looking forward to returning again in May of 2021! Join us for this special seven day sailing roundtrip from Seattle aboard Holland America Line's wonderful Vista Class ship, the ms Oosterdam.

Quilting and "sewcializing"

You'll be part of a warm group of fun-loving people who share a common interest in quilting. You'll have the pleasure of making new friends, one quilter at a time! "Sewcial" activities include a "Welcome Aboard" party, a Challenge Block contest and a Show & Tell at the "farewell" party. You will also have the opportunity to perfect your quilting skills. There are a wide variety of classes from which to choose, taught by two of the best instructors from the Pacific Northwest: Chardel Blaine and Christina Fairley Erickson. For this Alaskan Adventure, no machines are required!

For all of you that have sailed with us before – welcome back! For those of you that are new to the fabulous experience of quilting at sea, we look forward to getting to know you and creating lasting memories.

Experience Alaska

With so much bountiful wildlife and breathtaking scenery, no wonder "The Last Frontier" is the first choice on most cruise lover's wish lists. There's something wonderful awaiting you in every port of call:

  • Juneau – In Alaska's capital, taste salmon baked over an alderwood fire, pan for gold, flight-see the Juneau Ice Field, and visit the Mendenhall glacier.
  • Sitka – Step back to the days of Russian Alaska as you watch lively performances of the New Archangel Dancers and view holy paintings of the Czarists' days. Plenty of wildlife adventures await!
  • Ketchikan – Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world's largest collection of totem poles or kayak the colorful waterfront. Visit Creek Street and see Alaska as the early pioneers did.
  • Victoria, B.C. – Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

You can play tourist, choosing your pleasure, whether it be walking, touring, flight-seeing or shopping. All the ports we visit are directly in town, and there is a lot to see within walking distance, including quilt shops in every port.

Consider bringing a friend, your spouse or your family – non-quilters are always welcome to join us and will have many activities to pursue while you are in class. We hope you can join us!

Sincerely,
Chardel Blaine and Christina Fairley Erickson

Amy Ross
Group Coordinator
Quilt Seminars at Sea