Sunday, March 11, 2012

Join Redwood Sewing Center and Scottie Dog Quilts Alaskan Quilting Cruise 2012

I am getting so excited about our August 11-18 Alaskan Cruise. We will be going on Norwegian Cruise Lines and it is going to be so much fun. Unlike most cruises, when you cruise up the Alaskan Inside Passage you have beautiful scenery on both sides of the ship almost the entire time you are sailing! Imagine seeing whales, seal lions, bald eagles, spawning salmon runs, bears, moose and more! Our sewing room is glass on two sides so the views will be spectacular while we sew. The glaciers are magnificent—-I had no idea how awed I would be sailing right up next to a blue, so very icy blue wall of ice 20 stories high! Incredible. We will be able to quilt for three days when we are “out to sea” and so you will be available to explore all the ports and take any excursions we might find interesting.
Our ports of call will be Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC with a side trip to the Sawyer Glacier. So much to see and do! PLUS you can choose three different quilting projects while we sail. You’ll still have time to see the shows, go to the spa, swim or whatever your heart desires. In port, the local Quilt Shops will have specials for us .Bring your husband, your family or a non-quilting friend as they are welcome too.

In Ketchikan you can explore the Totem Poles in the National Park.

Take a Jitney or a Steam Train Ride in Skagway.

Get up close and personal at Sawyer Glacier!

Tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria anyone?????

It's going to be so much fun, don't miss out.

We have a block of staterooms reserved at very special prices. To reserve your room contact our wonderful travel agent: MJ Bryant at (800) 278-7875 or email:

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Today is March 4. Thirty seven years ago today I gave birth to a lovely baby girl. Sarah Louise. Sarah warmed our hearts, brought us joy and eased the pain of losing our baby boy two years earlier. Bill and I reveled in being parents and the blessing that was Sarah filled our hearts and home. She walked on the day after her first birthday when Grandma McNally was visiting. She soon welcomed her little sis, Liz just 17 months later. Sarah always looked out for her sisters. She translated Liz's gibberish, protected her and gave her piggy rides.

When Sarah was four her baby sister, Beka arrived. Those years were full and whizzed by fast and furious.

The girls grew up and our family was bound in the bonds of faith, happiness and contentment. All too soon the little girls grew up, flew the nest and established their lives and homes elsewhere. Each of them made us so very proud. Sarah moved from sales with Sears, management positions first with McDonald's, then with Macys, finally becoming a stock broker.
At 29, Sarah left us a couple of days before Christmas. We still miss her so very much. I am proud to have been her mother. Sarah taught us many things. Selflessness, generosity and love. In the Fall before she died, she planted 100 daffodil bulbs at my house so that they would bloom and remind me of her....daffodils are my favorite flower and her birth flower. Sarah, today I see the daffodils on your birthday and think of you....actually I think of you every day. Today is a bittersweet day, but I know that someday I'll see Sarah again.