Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays from Canadian Quilt Talk

Happy Holidays everyone!

From all of us at Canadian Quilt Talk, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season surrounded by love, laughter and family. (OK, it's just me in my studio running the whole show, dreaming one day that I'll have a staff full of wonderful people, but I can send enough love around to wish you all the best! )

If you are thinking of taking advantage of the 50th Anniversary sale on now for Star Princess Cruise Lines to book your space on the ALOHA QUILT CRUISE 2015, here's a quick list of the holiday booking hours:

Dec. 24th open 9am to 4pm
Dec. 27th open 10am to 5pm
Dec. 29th open 9am to 5pm
Dec. 30th open 9am to 5pm
Dec. 31st open 9am to 4pm
Jan. 2nd open 9am to 5pm

Contact Miriam or Frances anytime during these hours for more info on the quilt cruise. (These hours are Pacific time)

Business Travel Consultants
1632 McKenzie Ave | 
Unit 103 |Victoria BC V8N 0A3
Phone: 1.250.360.2058 |Toll Free 1.866.420.4410

Until next time, DREAM BIG and WORK HARD in the studio with Canadian Quilt Talk! 

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Princess is having a HUGE Anniversary sale on right now just in time to sign up for the Aloha Quilt Cruise. Sept. 19 - Oct. 4, 2014

Here is what you will be getting from Princess Cruise lines.

* Reduced deposit $110.00 per person (usually $500 per person).
*$100 On Board Credit per person to spend on the ship.
*Free Specialty Dining for two. This is for the restaurants other than
the main dining room.

Plus the Staterooms are on Sale!!
Here is the updated pricing:
Inside Stateroom $2168.40 per person CAD taxes and port fees
included. Savings of $272.80 plus the above promotions.
Ocean view Stateroom $2828.40 per person CAD taxes and port
fees included. Savings of $217.80 plus the above promotions
Balcony Stateroom $3158.40 per person CAD taxes and port fees
included. Savings of $162.80 plus the above promotions.
***All prices based on double occupancy***

Don’t forget the classes that Brandy Lynn and Cathy will be
offering while on your home away from home.

2015 Aloha Quilt Cruise Itinerary:

September 19 - Board Ship between 1-3 ship sails at 4pm
Welcome Aboard Meeting with Brandy and Cathy

September 20 At Sea - Quilting Activities :
Quilter Introductions
Trunk Show with Brandy Lynn
Mystery Hand Project
Opening Concert with Cathy Miller

September 21 At Sea - Quilting Class
Holiday Table Topper.
This class is sponsored by Northcott Fabrics. Kit is included

September 22 At Sea - Quilting Class
State of the Art Hexie *

September 23 At Sea - Quilting Class
Pineapple Messenger Bag *

September 24 at sea - Quilting Class
Hawaiian Mock Mola *

September 25 Hilo
September 26 Maui
September 27 Honolulu (Hawaiian Quilting Class*)
September 28 Kauai

September 29 At Sea - Quilting Class
Inklingo Star Mug Rugs *

September 30 at Sea - Quilt Class
Fractured Mola Day 1 *

October 1 At Sea - Quilt Class
Fractured Mola Day 2 *

October 2 at sea - Quilt Class
Fiber Art Frenzy *

October 3 at Sea - Quilting Activities
Farewell concert, Show and Tell, Group Photo and Grand prize Quilt Giveaway
October 4 Home in Vancouver

* These classes will have kit fee so all you need to bring is a basic sewing kit and some cutting tools. The class in Hawaii is TBA and will have a separate excursion price. There will be an option to sew your own projects in any on board workshops.

Our wonderful sponsors include JANOME CANADA, NORTHCOTT SILKS INC, AURIFIL  and more to come...

I hope you'll join us!

Booking Contact details:
Miriam Cloutier | Business Travel Consultant
1632 McKenzie Ave | Unit 103 | Victoria BC V8N 0A3
Phone: 1.250.360.2058 |Toll Free 1.866.420.4410
Email: miriam.cloutier@flightcentre.ca

Monday, December 15, 2014

Announcing - Aloha Quilt Cruise 2015

It's no secret - YOU ARE INVITED...


 The Aloha Quilt Cruise 2015

I am so excited to let you all know that I’ve been invited to host my very first Quilt Cruise! When the Flight Centre in Vancouver called me up and asked if I would be the feature guest for a quilt cruise I was so honoured. They asked where I might like to go and I almost fell off my chair as I uttered “somewhere hot please!” I’ll be talking about this for the next 9 months leading up to the big event but here’s the quick scoop for today. 

  • We have booked space on board the Star Princess Cruise Ship for the 2015 Aloha Quilt Cruise. 
  • It will be a 15 day cruise to and from Vancouver starting on Sept. 19th 2015. 
  • 5 days at sea, 4 days at Hawaiian ports of call and 5 days at sea back home. 
  • 8 full days of workshops available plus contests, prizes and more...
During that very first phone call I immediately asked if I could invite another talented quilt teacher with a musical twist. So Cathy Miller the Singing Quilter is my special guest. 

This will be an event you don't want to miss! If you want to secure your spot now, or book this for someone special this Christmas you can contact the Flight Centre by calling Miriam at 1-866-420-4410, or email Miriam Cloutier and ask about the Aloha Quilt Cruise. 

I hope you’ll join us!

There will be hexagons, molas, paper piecing, inklingo, fibre art and more! The sponsors who have "jumped on board" already are

  • Janome Canada 
  • Northcott Silks Inc. 
  • Aurifil and more...

Now if you are thinking wow, a 15 day cruise might cost a lot, you have 8 months to save up. And I personally guarantee we will pack in the value. Just consider how you’ve been treating yourself over the past few years. Are you always taking care of everyone else? Do you deserve a holiday? 

The Aloha Quilt Cruise is just the creative escape you need to let your stress melt away. I’d be so thrilled if you’d join me and Cathy Miller for the cruise of a lifetime this fall. And remember, lots of husbands come along on quilt cruises. There will plenty of time to spend together outside of the workshops plus 4 wonderful days on the Hawaiian Islands. So grab your husband or call a friend and book your cruise today. We’ll keep you updated on cruise news, the sponsors and more in every CQT podcast leading up to the departure date. 

Stay tuned to the CQT podcast at Brandy Lynn Designs and sign up for my newsletter on the right hand side of this blog so you don't miss a thing. Over the next few weeks I'll be posting teacher bios, workshop descriptions, featured sponsors, the ports of call, what 
you can expect from a quilting cruise and much more! 

NEXT UP - My holiday CQT Podcast airing Dec. 25th! There will be more cruise news, great holiday prizes, my favourite quiltful stocking stuffers and more... 

AND Cathy Miller will be announcing an Aloha Quilt Cruise blog for up to date developments as we go. And don't forget, I'll be posting dozens of photos of the SNOWFLAKES holiday postcard exchange on Pinterest on Dec. 25th. Check it out - you just might be inspired to participate in the next fabric postcard exchange with Canadian Quilt Talk. 

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Episode 065 Canadian Quilt Talk - Modern Quilter Cheryl Arkison

Join Brandy Lynn this week as she interviews modern quilter Cheryl Arkison. Learn her story, the ideas behind her quilting style and the announcement of her new book coming soon in 2015!

Check out this episode!