Last night we had a special gathering at Scottie Dog Quilts. Liz and I each baked a pretty incredible cake....hers was a 10" two layer cake with a creme filling, chocolate fudge frosting and toasted nuts on top, mine was a triple lemon bundt cake. We filled out our dessert table with some cookies, frosted brownies and a platter of fresh pineapple & strawberries. (I have to paint the picture with words because we forgot to take pictures!)
Our guests began to arrive just before 7 pm. Right on time. Who were our special guests? Those invited last night were our soon-to-be shipmates on the First Scottie Dog Quilting Cruise. We filled the classroom to standing room only....those who live out of state, of course, couldn't make it, but it warmed our hearts to see the room full of eager faces (by the end of the evening I think the husbands who are going were pretty eager too).
Oh, we talked about excursions...many seem to be adventurous and will be taking the Zip Line above the rain forest in Juneau (not I!) or the train ride in Skagway or whale watching or having High Tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. We chatted about formal wear (what is and isn't acceptable---no shorts in the dining room!) and breakfast in bed and quilting projects aboard the ship. Liz and I gave them a taste of the specials the quilt shops will be providing for our visits (one shop is having books signing and trunk shows of Alaskan designers just for us!).
We are already working with our awesome travel agent, MJ Bryant, on our next quilting cruise in 2011. We haven't nailed it all down just yet, but it will be to someplace warm. If you would like to be contacted about this cruise when we have it all put together let us know. You can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And now Liz and I change courses and tomorrow morning we set up for The Heart of The Redwoods Quilt Show in Eureka, CA. If you are anywhere nearby come see us July 18 & 19.
I've got to go now....I'm still binding two quilts for our booth!