Monday, September 26, 2011

Our first "Party with Patrick at Sea" cruise!

With everything that's going on right now (all GOOD), I could sure use a vacation. I rarely take them; opting to combine work with travel when it's possible. We often have classes or retreats in the areas we visit and I like that. It keeps me from getting bored being in one place for too long! I'm a bit of a workaholic but that's because I love what I do and like to be very hands-on with my business.

The perfect opportunity to combine work and pleasure came up last year and I jumped on it. I've never been on a cruise and wanted to give it a try. Ten days at sea could make me a little stir crazy so the perfect part of this opportunity is that I get to work a couple of those days teaching some quilters how to make a couple of my fall designs. We're taking Party with Patrick to sea and cruising the northeast coast from New England to Canada for a fall colors tour sponsored by The Yankee Quilter quilt shop with Quilt Retreat at Sea. It sounds ideal to me because I love New England AND fall. (It's hard to find any fall color in Phoenix except for the usual sage or tan.)

This all starts tomorrow morning when we get on a plane for Philadelphia where we're meeting our good friend, Ann, to spend a day with her before she takes us to the ship in New Jersey. I can't wait because we had such a great time with Ann last year around this time touring the autumn countryside, hitting some great shops and restaurants. (Don't miss this restaurants link. It's a GREAT place Ann took us last year and we MUST go back!)

I'm going to try take time for blogging about this trip a bit. I'm not the best at keeping up with any kind of social media but I'll definitely make a good effort to get some photos and highlights of the trip posted here for those who wish they could come along or would like to next time. We make it a point to have a good time wherever we go and I know that the group of quilters we're traveling with will guarantee that. So I hope I can capture some of it for you all here.

The ship sails on Thursday and, if I'm not a seasick mess, I promise to keep you posted!



  1. Patrick, you do realize that you will get HOOKED on cruising, don't you? We went for the first time in 1996, and have gone on a cruise almost every year since them. The past few years, we've gone on 2 a year!

    Hope you have an awesome time! Drink a frozen margarita for me...