The Fabric Maverick says... All vacations are not Disney or golfing trips!
I can tell you people who have a passion for sewing are not the stereotypical little old lady who has nothing else to do with her time. Most of us have full time demanding jobs. I know a CFO whose secret passion is memory quilts. When she is not balancing the books, she is creating a photo quilt. All of us secretly pray for the time to indulge our passions full time. What is more natural than wanting to plan our vacations around those hobbies? Some smart person in the travel industry recognized that there was a need for this type of vacation. Now there is a burgeoning industry to make your dream trip become a reality. Get ready to pack your bag, dust off your passport and let me show you where to go!
A company called Traveling Together has several tours planned. Traveling Together covers the gamut of needleworks. If you knit, quilt, cross-stitch, etc., they have a trip for you. Here are a few:
- Travel to Hungary (Sept.24-Oct.4, 2008) There are long lists of activities including wine tasting.
- Travel to England (Oct.8 -Oct. 16, 2008) This trip is targeted towards knitters,embroiderers and cross-stitchers.
- Travel to Hawaii (Feb.12-Feb.22, 2009) This trip features touring with Kaffe Fassett and Brian Mabry.
Both McCall's Quilting and Fons and Porter "For the Love of Quilting" sponsor trips abroad. Fons and Porter schedule a trip every year to Provence. I am ready if they need someone to provide a review on traveling to France. No one has asked yet, but I am a patient woman. McCall's Quilting has two trips scheduled. One trip is to New Zealand. The second trip is to China. This is scheduled for Nov. 10-Nov.23. 2008.
If a cruise is more your style, check out the great cruises at Quilt Cruises.com. There are cruises to Alaska, Scandinavia and Russia, even the Panama Canal and Costa Rica. All of these cruises have expert quilting teachers and lecturers from Alex Anderson to Jane Sassman.
If you want something closer to home, plan a retreat. There is one scheduled in Montana with Sandy Bonsib and Harriet Hargrave. There is even a retreat for you and your husband at the Oasis Resort. You can attend classes while he fishes in the Deschutes River in Oregon.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are trips to anywhere that you want to go. Excuse me, I just saw a trip to Italy I want to check out! Ciao!
The Fabric Maverick