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Cactus Quilts presents 3nd Annual Quilting Cruise


Carnival's 'Magic'

Date:  April 10 - 17, 2016

Type:   Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Experience a life-time adventure that Cruising has to offer with three unique ports of call plus quilting classes.  Our Quilting classes/ Workshops are held during "at sea" days and we schedule classes outside of port time.  Our goal is to make your quilting/cruising experience a true pleasure and memorable.  The quilting classes will challenge the quilter by adding some new tools/ techniques to their quilting tool box,  while achieving success. We will live, laugh, learn, and go home with lots of memories of our Cruising.      
If you are interested our Quilting Cruise, call today our Cruise Consultants, Al & Pat Magee (713-729-3040) to sign-up. See Cruise Price list below or Click here to view the Cruise Price list only.

Cruise Schedule

Day                Port ***                 

Apr 10            Galveston, Texas       Depart
Apr 11            Day at Sea
Apr 12            Key West, Florida
Apr 13            Freeport, Bahamas
Apr 14            Nassau, Bahamas
Apr 15            Day at Sea
Apr 16    
         Day at Sea     

Apr 17            Galveston, Texas     Arrive   


*** Cruising Schedule is subject to change.

Cruise Instructors and their Projects

Peggy Baldwin-Clayton

An award winning quilter, Peggy became an avid quilter in 2002 after winning the book Quilted Memories Celebrations of Life by Mary Lou Weidman.  Once Peggy began making quilts that tell stories her ideas just kept coming!  Developing her own unique style, Peggy uses whimsy and bright colors to create folk art quilts that celebrate small moments in life, such as the day her mother went shopping wearing two different shoes, or as a souvenir for a Christmas market river tour, or celebrating her mom’s 90th birthday.  In 2011 Peggy and Mary Lou had a collaborative exhibit and Peggy’s first quilt, a whimsical self-portrait, is published in Mary Lou’s Book Out of the Box with Easy Blocks.  Peggy’s quilts have toured the USA and abroad as part of a traveling exhibit called the “Cow Parade”. 

Class Project: Start with a Story – Cruisin’ with Cactus!

In this class you will learn Peggy’s process to make a story quilt and gain confidence as you make a whimsical and colorful story quilt cruise souvenir.   The project features a cruise ship and palm trees and bits and pieces of Caribbean memories.  This wall hanging will be fused and machine appliquéd.

Karen Overton 

Karen’s skill and expertise with a longarm have been recognized by many professionals within the quilting industry, resulting in her work being included in the following publications: Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986 – 2011 by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan & Nancy O’Bryant Puentes; Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts, by RaNae Merrill; and most recently in Deb Tucker’s new book Hunter’s Star Hidden Treasures.  Karen began teaching in the mid 90’s. She enjoys sharing her vast knowledge in a fun and relaxing manner. She loves teaching both the true beginner as well as challenging the seasoned quilter. She teaches in area quilt shops, churches and her home studio through her business Quilts ‘N Kaboodle located between Houston and Galveston. Karen published her first pattern Illuminated Journey for the 2015 Cactus Quilts Quilting Cruise and has designed her second pattern Double Occupancy for the 2016 Cactus Quilts Quilting Cruise.

Class Project: Double Occupancy

In this class be prepared to learn a new technique while have fun doing it!  Double Occupancy Pattern was designed to use the Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star ™ ruler.  With the use of the specialty ruler and Karen’s techniques, all levels of quilters will grasp this complicated looking block.  As the pattern name implies two quilting roommates can pool together the fabric sets to each make a unique lap size quilt. The pattern also includes a “baker’s dozen” of layout possibilities for inspiration using the traditional Hunter’s Star block.

Jerona I. Williams

Jerona learned how to sew at the age of five and started quilting in 1998.  Her first two quilts were entered in the Houston International Quilt Festival in 1999 where they both received “Honorable Mention”. Since that time, she has made numerous quilts (some have been judged and ribboned), taught at shops, guilds and The Houston Art Museum.  Founded the Blue Triangle Quilt Guild in 2000, served as a lesion for a quilt exhibit at Rice University, and put on a one woman quilt show with over 100 quilts made by her. You could say, Jerona’s passion is teaching and quilting.

Class Project: Walk About

In this class, you will learn how to highlight your favorite large prints or batiks to make a simple pieced lap quilt. Also the pattern allows you future options to make another lap, twin, queen or king size quilt. This project is fast and straight forward, great for beginners and very quick gifts.