Jinny Beyer - "I’ve recently returned from a fabulous trip to Indonesia. It was spectacular. Craftours certainly knows how to run a tour. We stayed in a first class resort and took day trips from there. We did lots of sight seeing, sewing and eating the delicious Indonesian food! This is the third trip that I have taken with them. In all of them the accommodations were first class, the organization exceptional and on each trip the local guides that were arranged have been awesome....so much planning, knowledge and information has gone into these trips and I recommend them highly."
Bonnie Hunter - I’ve been honored and blessed to have been traveling with Sew Many Places over the past several years as a teacher, lecturer and as a tour escort. The attention to detail and organization of every aspect of the tours from travel logistics, to lodging, activities and highlights are unsurpassed. Be it a cruise, a land tour or other excursion, be prepared for phenomenal itineraries, first class accommodations, knowledgeable and engaging tour guides, and even fabulous and fun bus drivers (land tour) who will give you the trip of a life time. This is the stuff that travel dreams are made of. These are memories that will last a life time. The folks I have met while traveling with Craftours have become friends for life. There are Sew Many Places to see! There are Sew Many Places to discover!
Kaye England - "I consider myself very lucky to have traveled with Craftours. I have seen China, Italy, Bali, Africa, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and sailed the seas all the while looking at things through a "Quilters Eye". All of the trips have exceeded my expectations with great attention to the details. I have met wonderful people, seen wonderful sites and made a lifetime of memories on our quilting tours. Craftours has a tremendous focus on hotels, food and tour guides which makes the trip memorable for all. I recommend a trip with Craftours as a delightful way to see the world."
Judge Jack Smith - "Just wanted to thank you for another great "adventure of a lifetime"! That phrase can be overused, but in the case of our recent trip to China it fits perfectly. Our first "trip of a lifetime" with you was to Kenya several years ago. West Africa is not the most stable region on our planet, but we knew you could trust your leadership and we signed on board. Kenya was memorable for two main reason: First was your absolute command of the many crucial details, and second was your choice of in-country guides once we got there. We made lasting friendships on the Kenya trip and saw indescribable beauty, wildlife and culture.
It was the Africa trip that compelled Nancy and me to join you on the China trip. Once again, trust in you was key. We were not disappointed in China. Our in-country guide, Charlie, was really a modern-day Confucius. He understands his country, his culture, and his clients - us! China is avast, ancient, and bewildering country. It is so unlike our culture in so many ways. But, through Charlie and other guides, we were able to see an almost bewildering range of scenes and people. WhenI think that we went from the ancientGreat Wall all the way to the futuristicShanghai bullet train, I realize we had spanned some 3000 years in time in just two weeks! And your foresight, planning and hands-on leadership made it possible and enjoyable.
Thank you, Craftours, for your vision, energy, and, yes, courage in providing such a memorable time.God bless you!"
Jackie Kersh, Lakewood, CA - "This was my first trip to Europe and was a great way to go. Everything was planned and arranged so that all I had to do was show up! Our daily excursions were to places that were interesting and fun. I liked that we were given a lot of free time to shop and explore on our own as well as the guided tours."
Carole Green, Kuttawa, KY- "I loved all of the locations that we visited. The small communities gave the real feel of Tuscany. The local guides were excellent - very personable, knowledgeable and humorous. The winery experiences were wonderful (even for a non-wine drinker!)."
Beverly Brown, Bloomington, IN- "Tuscany tour was everything I hoped for in seeing this beautiful area of Italy!"
Paula Von Winckelmann, Paso Robles, CA - "Great Itinerary with just the right pace to enjoy the sights and have some free time."
Pam Gray, Mukwonago, WI - "It was evident that much planning had taken place to give us a progression of experiences that really helped me appreciate the culture, art and natural beauty of the people and island of Bali. Our guide, Mawa, is exceptional! I loved this experience!"
Marion Fetter, Humboldt, Saskatchewan - "For me this was a trip of a life time, one that I will never forget. Craftours made it so easy for us to sit back and enjoy. Accommodations were top notch, food great, and Mawa our guide knew so much. Thank you to Jinny for teaching me a new quilting skill, I have been practicing and showing a couple of my quilter friends what I have learned. Thank again for a most memorable experience."
Charlotte Carr, Seattle, WA - "It was an excellent tour with 32 people on board. I prefer smaller tours, but this one was wonderful."
Janet Hamilton, Davis, California - "I’m not a quilter. Why take the journey? Three dear quilter friends wanted to make a foursome for the trip. I had been to Bali many years ago and had some idea what to expect. But this was really special. I learned so much about the art of batiking and also about the culture. These were experiences I would not have had going there on my own or with a general tour group. So Glad I did it."
Barbara Pierce , Brisbane, AU - "The trip was well organized, our needs were taken care of promptly. Our tour director is excellent, our tour guide was wonderful. I give the trip five stars. I had never been on a quilting trip before so didn’t know what to expect, what I found was a great trip, the tours were top notch."
Bronwyn Morris, Queensland, AU - "My Bali expedition was fabulous, sightseeing, down time, shopping. I would do it again in a heartbeat"
Joan Barto, Michgan, USA - "I have travelled with Sew Many Places for the past 12 years, taking at least one tour or cruise per year. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to see the world, enjoy the company of quilters from all over the world and know that I don't have to worry about anything.
I am a widow and never mind traveling on any of their tours. I have been on two trips, one in Africa and one in India and they were truly amazing.
I recommend Craftours to anyone who is a quilter and wants to travel and have a first class experience."
Wayne & Jenny Harwood, California, USA - "My wife and I have travelled Sew Many Places to Tuscany with a quilting group from Los Angeles a few years ago. I have to say, by far, this was the best vacation we have taken in the 32 years we have been married. The hotel we stayed in was exceptional, the tour guides were knowledgeable and polite, and everything that was planned and the things we did exceeded our expectations. This testimonial is written with the intent to persuade husbands to travel with their wives on these trips. Even though there is a quilting element to the tour, I never felt it was anything that got in the way of my happiness as a person who does not quilt.
We are looking forward to traveling to China next year. We have no doubt it will be another great adventure."
Paula Morrison - "The Tuscany tour was amazing! Italy has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I am so happy that Craftours made this trip of a lifetime exceed my wildest dreams! The magnificent itinerary, lodging, food, transportation and tour guides were beyond spectacular! Our group became one big family because we shared such amazing memories that will last a lifetime! Thank you all for such a grand time!"
Cecilia Ashcraft, Malvern, AR- "I had the time of my life! Tuscany was everything I imagined it would be. Sew Many Places did a great job of making sure I saw all the necessities while giving me time to explore on my own as well. The accommodations were wonderful and the details were all taken care of.
Anita Houston, Midland, TX - "It was the best ’creative’ vacation I’ve ever taken!!! Hands down! The places we visited, the people who tagged along, the Art I oogled at, and the art I made with Tim Holtz were all top notch!"
Kathryn Harpold-Dunn, Benicia, CA - "It was a wonderful adventure packed full of special destinations, sites and activities. I tell my friends that is was like an antipasti platter: lots of little tastes that wet your appetite for more."
Joy Kennedy, Orange, CA- "This was a trip of a lifetime! Thank you Craftours for allowing us to experience such an amazing journey!"
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA- "I enjoyed the trip so much I am planing to take another trip with this company."
Jayne Willbur, Battle Creek, MI - "Exciting and awesome! What an adventure and one I thought would never happen for me. Everyone in the group were courteous to each other. We experienced some NEW things while on this trip and the sites and scenery -- wow! I can honestly say the food served us was exceptional, even though I learned to eat with chopsticks (fun) I can honestly say by the end of each meal I felt satisfied. We took in a lot of information in the two-week period and I felt there couldn’t have been better drivers, tour guides, and timeliness of each adventure done any better than what was done for us."
Judith Kirk, Unley, S. Australia- "China was great with so many new experiences in such a short time. And such a joy to meet Ali!"
Lisa Bialock, Sun City West, AZ - "Craftours and their team do not just take you on a journey, they experience it with you."
Ute Jarasitis, Tacoma, WI- "When I travel with Craftours, I know we’ll go first class and everything will be taken care of with a smile."
Mary Ellen Francis, Weybridge, VT- "This was my first trip with Sew Many Places. The only word that I would use to describe the experience was fantastic. All the tours, accommodations and food was first class. The trip was obviously well orchestrated, and ran smoothly. All the guides were knowledgeable and friendly, willing to answer any question and fulfill any request. I would not hesitate to go on another trip."
Barb Glasier, Kentwood, MI- "This said Ultimate China Trip and it was--every little detail and lots more than I expected. Loved every minute and felt I saw so much and learned so much about China. Enjoyed trying all the different foods of China. Really loved all the different arts and crafts we saw being done."
Debbie Rey, Richland, MI - "The Ultimate China Expedition was my second tour with Craftours, and it was absolutely stellar from start to finish. One of my favorite reasons for going with this company is that the trip is so much more than just sight-seeing. China (and my prior trip, Ireland) were both a terrific blend of history, culture, shopping, restaurant/food experiences and other unique experiences where I leave a country truly feeling that I have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience and made some new friends as well. The handling of all of the details a group tour entails were impeccably executed. If you want to see the world, I can think of no better company than this one."
Bev Burington, Prineville, OR - "Really enjoyed the trip. Would like to go back and spend some more time in certain cities."
Gina Ellingen, Naperville, IL - "It was a tour with magic in almost every single day, a fantastic trip!"
Peggie Murray Tampa, FL - "I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was just the right size for the type of tour. It allowed for everyone to feel like they had personal attention when needed. The individual tour guides were awesome. I learned a great deal about Tuscany while relaxing and enjoying my vacation."
Bev Palko, Okotoks, Alberta - "The trip was wonderful. It was very well organized. I would not have been able to see all of these places on my own."
Dr Jo Barnes, Hamilton, New Zealand - "This was my very first organized tour and I was a little apprehensive about spending 15 days with people I did not know with a tour company I had found by accident on the internet. BUT my friend Bev and I had an amazing time we had fun, we saw lots of new and exciting places, we visited some quilting stores and met some really nice people. The hotel accommodation was excellent, the bus was comfortable and the meals were varied and of good quality. Ricky Tims was an amusing tour guide who entertained us throughout the trip with videos, stories and competitions on the bus to pass the time away on some of the long hauls and interesting information about the places when we got to them. I would recommend Sew Many Places tours every time and I am looking forward to the South American Expedition in 2015."
Monika Huelsebusch, Germany - "A great trip with SEW MANY PLACES! The staff were very helpful to arrange my cruise to Norway. The cruise liner and the staff of Royal Caribbean were absolutly amazing! Well organized sewing classes with brand new sewing machines onboard and very interesting teachers. I had a really wonderful time and met so many lovely people with the same interests like I have.
Thanks a million to everyone, who helped making this cruise to the journey of my life time!!!"
Michelle Yantzonika, Willamette ESD - "I just wanted to comment on my trip with Sew Many Places. I went to Tuscany in October 2012 and I had such a fabulous time!
Tuscany has always been a place I dreamed of going someday. With Sew Many Places, that dream became a reality! All of the cities and sights that we visited were truly amazing! The architecture, and the colors and textures of the landscapes was breathtaking! The people in Tuscany were all so helpful and kind even when I messed up what little Italian I had learned for the trip. J This was truly a trip that I wished had never ended, but I hope to return again to Tuscany in the near future, and continue my adventure.
Thank you, Sew Many Places, for making this dream come true for me."
Gabriela Forca, Molina de Segura, Murcia - "I had the privilege of travelling with sew many places to Kenya, it was a trip of a life time, so well organised, The game drives were spectacular, the accommodation superb, and the meals delicious. I met some wonderful people, everyone was kind and open. I left Europe stress out and returned a new person, relaxed and on a high from seeing the big five."
Donna Mccartney-Smith, Salem, OR- "Traveling with Sew Many Places is inspiration wrapped up in a vacation."
Barbara Stanbro, Hillsboro, OR- "I attended the International Quilt Festival of Ireland in 2012, and I had a fabulous time. The hotels were lovely, the destinations interesting, and our tour guide/bus driver couldn’t have been more charming or knowledgeable. It was a wonderful trip and I have many good memories."
Debbie McClelland, Groveland, Massachusetts - "I traveled with Kaye England and Sew Many Places to China seven years ago. This was a dream of mine and I was not disappointed. This was the trip of a lifetime and we experienced the ultimate in travel. Sew Many Places made sure we have first class accommodations and that we not only saw the sights but experienced the culture. Our guides were topnotch and enriched our experience."
Donna Mccartney-Smith, Salem, Oregon - "I traveled to Tuscany this past October with Beth on the McCall’s Tuscany trip. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. His attention to detail made the trip run smoothly, but his personality made it fun.
I smile every time I think of my week in Tuscany. Today, I was shopping for a bottle of wine, came across one that we had tried on a vineyard tour and started grinning ear to ear.
I’m saving up for another trip, hopefully this year. As my friend and I said after our trip in October..."We work to travel!"
Deb Smith, Wheaton, IL - "Traveling with Sew Many Places is inspiration wrapped up in a vacation."
Janet Leigh North, Seminole, OK- " Since I will be attending the Lakeshore Quilting Retreat in Chicago when the deadline for reviews arrives, I would like to comment on my PRE-retreat experience. The ladies at Sew Many Places have been absolutely WONDERFUL! They have thoroughly answered all my questions, responded to every email &/or phone call, and have been very pleasant and professional the whole way!! I am SO looking forward to flying to Chicago tomorrow and attending the Lakeshore Quilting Retreat!!"
Cathy Hinrichs, Spearfish, SD - "What an inspirational trip I took to the International Quilt Festival in Toyko with Luana Rubin. Seeing the work of the Japanese quilt arts was a particular thrill. The tours seeing how Obis are made, Indigo dying, riding the bullet train to Nara, the Kimono Museum were highlights of the journey. Even now I pull out the treasures I brought home and remember this trip. Would go again in a heart beat!"
Laurie Mitchell, Terrace BC - "Had a great trip, will definitely consider future travel with you."
Sue Lathrop , - "Seeing gorgeous batiks in Bali was truly a highlight for me!!!"
Barbara Canfora, Cranston, RI- "I traveled with Sew Many Places to the Christmas Markets inGermanythis pastDecember, 2013. We all had a wonderful time. The trip was well planned withmany points of interest and historical sites. There was also enough leisure time to do what you wanted to d including sightseeing and shopping in the Christmas Markets. Our bus driver and travel guide were great. They were very knowledgeable and spent plenty oftime with us. I will be traveling with them again. It would be a wonderful experience if you could join them on one of the trips. I’m sure you will enjoyyour as much as I enjoyed mine."
Nancy and Ken Burkhalter, Chelsea, MI- "My hubby and I had an absolutely wonderful trip sponsored by Sew Many Places to tour Ireland and the 1st International Quilt Festival in Galway in 2012. Ricky Tims was our quilt leader; it was a small group, and we really loved that tour. We are still in touch with many of the others who were on our tour. Very well organized! Great places to see, great places to stay, great quilt festival - wonderful time. It was our 50th wedding anniversary trip - so we went on to Paris after to have our final celebration!"
Merrie Jo Schroeder, Port Angeles, Washington, - "I’ve been able to cross off Tuscany and Kenya from my travel bucket list thanks to Sew Many Places. The trip to Tuscany was wonderful -- a terrific hotel, great day trips, outstanding service and the expertise of a guide who knows Italy inside and out! I hope to return one day. The trip to Kenya was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Again, the accommodations were 1st class, the game drives amazing and Steve, our local guide, was absolutely the best. The attention to detail and extensive travel experience make their tours one of a kind."
Sandy , - "I took an Alaskan cruise, merging two of my favorite things: Alaska and Quilting. The projects were mostly geared to Alaska which made them special to me. We also were able to shop in some great quilt stores in addition to the "shop" aboard ship. Looking at the projects and fabrics I brought home with me brings back wonderful memories of my cruise."
Carolyn and Dan Rhoads, Saratoga, CA - "My husband Dan and I took the trip to Africa in January of 2011. It really was a trip of a lifetime. Everything on the trip was fantastic. I never ever thought I’d do a trip like this, but we are sure glad we did. We saw every wild animal imaginable and close up. We stayed at beautiful places. I especially liked the tent cabin. We ate wonderful food and were really well taken care of. I’ll never forget the trip and hope to go on another one soon."
Betty Gilmore, - "I took 2 trips with Sew Many Places. I was impressed with how professional everything was run. Both trips went so well that I wouldn’t hesitate to book again. I would recommend them to all of my friends. They are the best! "
Charlotte Carr, Seattle, WA- "I went with Sew Many Places to Bali and had both a wonderful time seeing a gorgeous country, but wonderful quilting experiences as well. I highly recommend Sew Many Places."
Rosalind Barrett, Patchogue, NY- "I went to Alaska last year with Sew Many Places and it was amazing! Not only did I get to enjoy the scenic vistas of that great state but I was able to fill the off hours sewing with Bonnie Hunter. Sew Many Places made this a trip of a life time by including those two items from my bucket list"
Judy Heffer, Clarksburg, Ontario- "I went on the first Craftsy quilting cruise last spring. It was my first cruise ever. I learned a lot, had lots of fun, and met other wonderful people with a passion for quilting too. The whole experience was absolutely first rate. I would highly recommend Sew Many Places because they do a wonderful job of organizing their trips, if the cruise was any example."
Margo, - "I thoroughly enjoyed my first quilting cruise. I could not believe how fast a room full of strangers bonded and quickly became friends. I am dreaming of the day when I can go on another quilting cruise!"
Barb Schaad, Mansfield, OH- "I went on two cruises and enjoyed them very much. We took a January cruise to Caribbean and a September cruise up the east coast. We met many great quilters and had great food and marvelous sites ."
Sharon McKinney, Ventura, CA - "The August 2013 Alaskan Cruise/Make a Quilt with Eleanor Burns was really a fun experience for me, a novice quilter. Our sewing room was equipped with all new sewing machines and although space was tight, we all managed to sew to our heart’s content on day 1. The Sew Many Places staff went out of their way to provide extra time in the room which had not been planned previously and when resolved those few problems which were bound to occur with speed and always with a smile on their faces."
Suzette Beck, Tijeras, NM- "The tour to Germany and Austria and the Christmas markets is an absolutely wonderful and beautiful trip. The tour gave us such a great view of Germany and Austria by going to beautiful castles, seeing Salzburg, the site of some of the Sound of Music filming. and of course plenty of shopping at the Christmas markets. Our accommodations in Germany were first rate in a small village which gave travelers a very homey feel and a personal touch. All of the tour guides were first rate and were experts in their geographic area. I've done nothing but rave about how great the tour since I returned from Germany."
Frieda Zuerner, Cypress, TX- "I traveled with Bonnie on the Christmas Market tour to Germany. I really enjoyed this trip. It surpassed my expectations by a long ways. I felt that the tour parts and the on your own time was nicely split. I think that we received great value for our money. It was great to have Bonnie along and loved her class on English paper piecing. I loved that the tour was flexible and allowed us to add a couple of side trips."
Amy Flenniken, Virginia - "I took an Alaska cruise through Sew Many Places last summer. I had many questions as a first-timer to Alaska, cruising, and taking a quilting class. The SMP staff were most helpful. On board the ship, Beth from SMP scouted out all the quilt shops for us, Bonnie Hunter was an attentive and splendid instructor, and we had brand new Janome machines to sew with. It was a great vacation all around."
Kathy Wukela, Mansfield, Ohio - "I had the pleasure of taking a cruise to Alaska with Sew Many Places in the fall of 2009 . I had a total hip replacement in June and although I moved a little slower than most of the travelers the accommodations were outstanding and our hostess so caring. I was able to take an excursion and sent a picture of myself standing on a glacier to my surgeon! Not only did I make many new friends I was able to go home with a new quilt top."
Helen Marie Marshall, Fort Washington, PA - "My husband and I traveled with Sew Many Places to the Caribbean. The quilting teachers were Bonnie Hunter and Pat Sloan. Workshops were great, sewing machines provided were more than adequate. The company of other quilters is always enjoyable, the atmosphere aboard ship was relaxing and the land excursions were fun! Our dining companions were and servers made every dinner a delightful experience."
Patti Moffitt, Chula Vista, CA - "My trip to Germany, Austria and Bavaria with Sew Many Places was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more!Each day was filled with lots of fun without feeling like you were running non-stop. I look forward to going on another trip with Sew Many Places!"
Lisa Blevins, Alamogordo, NM- "My cruise was everything and more than I expected. The classes while at sea were well organized and I felt pampered by the individual attention of the staff. The entire experience was hassle free from beginning to end. Made me want to rebook immediately"
Joyce Valley, Pelican Rapids, MN - "My friend Jolene and I have taken a couple of trips with Sew Many Places...and it was always fun. They knows the best places to go, the classiest places to stay, and the best quilters to rub elbows with! We hope to do another trip again, and Tuscany would be THE place to choose!"
Denise Corley, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - "I went to Germany, Switzerland and Austria with Sew Many Places a few years ago which was a dream of a lifetime. I can still remember how I felt looking at the Alps in Lucerne and thinking to myself how incredibly fortunate I was to be on this trip, with a wonderful group of women, a great tour leader and to be seeing one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen. I was a bit concerned to be traveling alone, but with Sew Many Places, I met some great friends and felt totally safe and well cared for. I will undoubtedly travel again with Sew Many Places. Thanks for a wonderful experience."
Ann Sands, - "I was lucky enough to travel to The Caribbean on a quilting cruise. There isn’t anything better then being able to visit other countries and ports while being able to have my #1 hobby along for the sail. I’m not big on sunning on the deck, but sewing with a view of the ocean... Sign me up! SMP was a great asset and made every minute of my experience enjoyable. I’d travel with SMP yearly if it were in my budget."
Sandy Charboneu , Melrose, IA- "I took the quilting cruise Feb. 2013. Had a wonderful time. Met many new friends and still get together with some. The quilting classes were very informative, fun and no stress involved. The teachers were a delight and very interesting. The ship was fun and the food was wonderful. Would love to do all again. My husband came, not as quilter, and he had a good time also!"
Lois Wolfe, Little Suamico, WI- "I have traveled with Sew Many Places to China, New York, Ireland and France. I feel very blessed to have the wonderful memories of these trips with lots of laughs and wonderful friends that were made. The TravelAgency is very thoughtful when planning your dining, lodging, and sight seeing, its like they are planning it for themselves. All I can say is THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES."
Rosemary Taylor, Madison, MS- "My time traveling with Sew Many Places can only be described as FUN. They are organized and they go out of their way to see that everyone is taken care of with whatever need they have. Great group of good people and would go anywhere with them."
Jan Potter, Scottsdale, CA- "Based on the experience I have had on two of Sew Many Places adventures, I would recommend any of their trips to everyone - whether or not they are a quilter. My first trip was South America and it was amazing. The accommodations were wonderful and the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon filled every day with new and exciting experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. Of course, traveling with a group of people with similar interests made the trip even more memorable. I had visited Africa many years ago but decided to take the Kenya tour with Sew Many Places. A day with the Quilt Guild of Kenya and a hot air balloon ride (in a balloon that held 18 people) over the game parks ending with a champagne breakfast with the animals all around us are just a sample of the diversity of the activities of this adventure. Comparing photos of all the animals we saw each day with the other travelers in the evening was so much fun. Traveling with Ricky Tims on both of these trips added to the fun. And hearing Alex Anderson describe watching the baboon break into her room through the window was hilarious. Accommodations on this adventure were equally memorable.They ranged from the luxury of the Mt. Kenya Safari Club to a tent with a hot water bottle to warm your bed on a chilly night.It was an exhilarating experience I will never forget."
Jill Hubbard, Grand Rapids, MI - "I took the McCalls Quilt At Sea Cruise last January and it was FABULOUS! I signed up by myself never having traveled alone. I also took advantage of the "before cruise" tour of New Orleans and was very grateful to Beth Hayes as she was most gracious touring New Orleans and every day on the ship. I would recommend Sew Many Places tours to anyone. After I get my two girls graduated from high school this year and next, I will definitely be on the move again. Tuscany, Ireland, Africa, I want to see them all!
Thanks for all the wonderful memories,"
Mary Eagle, Cambridge, ID , - "I loved my trip to Bali with Sew Many Places. I would never have even imagined taking such an adventure on my own. Everything was so well planned that all I had to do was figure out what pack. It was almost as if even the weather had been arranged just for us!"
Susie Meier, Park City, UT- "Loved the Craftsy cruise and all the fun times are such great memories during this very cold winter. Organization on the cruise and the classes were just highlights! Sew (so) many great friends that I would have loved to have had more time to get to know everyone like a social on the first night of the cruise or even the night before in New Orleans. It would have been so much fun to have everyone in the same hotel or at least have had assistance with hotel and flight arrangements so we could enjoy the friendships even more.Teachers were fabulous and classes so enjoyable.Ok the best part- all the Craftsy folks who were just so friendly and helpful and willing to do whatever to make the cruise just the best. Cannot wait for the next adventure with Sew Many Places."
Eunice Sutter, Reston, VA - "A trip to Bali has always been at the top of my bucket list., and now another trip to Bali with Sew Many Places is again at the top of my bucket list. Before the trip, the staff made it easy for each traveler. It was a "no hassle" trip! Everything was taken care of. Once we arrived in Bali the trip was one I will never forget. The hotel was top notch, and hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our local tour guide was the BEST! AS we traveled from place to place, Mawa kept us entertained with information about Bali and its customs and traditions. The tours were more than I ever expected we met and had an opportunity to meet and talk with the artisans who were eager to explain their craft to us. The trips to the Batik factories and the opportunity to design our own batik was fun, eye opening, and a very humbling experience. Further, I can't say enough good things about the people in Bali. Everywhere we went, whether it was the very nice restaurants or in the market place, the people met us with a smile and went out of their way to accommodate our individual needs and desires. Oh, Yes the BATIKS were wonderful! I wanted to buy them all! I can't wait to go again with Sew Many Places."
Gayle Shapiro, Philadelphia, PA- "My recent Sew Many Places trip to Germany & Austria was wonderful; definitely exceeded expectations. A great and accommodating guide who made sure all of our needs were satisfied.
But perhaps the biggest surprise was how much I enjoyed the interaction with all of the other travelers in our group. Getting to know so many people from different places and walks of life was one of the best aspects of the trip!
Sure would love to go to Tuscany..."
Rhonda Denney, Canon City, CO - "I have been a couple of Sew Many Places tours. The first was a 15 day trip to South America (the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon River basin and Machu Picchu) with Ricky Tims, Quiltmaker and Musician, as a featured guest in 2009. The trip was a treat from beginning to end. I felt pampered the entire time. I thought that the entire staff did an outstanding job coordinating things.The theme of the trip encouraged quilters (and their significant others) to go so that we all had a common link. I felt that the size of the tour group was very good; small enough that we all got to know each other during the trip. In fact, I am still in contact with friends I made during that trip. That was a trip of a life-time!
And, because that trip went so well, I was inspired to go on another trip in 2011 with Sew Many Places. The next time was a 12-day Safari expedition to East Africa. Both Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson came as featured guests on that trip. The trip was a mixture of wonderful safari treks in many beautiful safari parks throughout the region to ensure that we got the chance to see a plethora of local wildlife. There were side trips to villages, local fiber groups and artisans. The trip was very well planned. The places we stayed were top-notch providing many comforts to be appreciated. I did think that the group was too large and there were times when thegroup size caused problems with coordination and timing of agenda items. I guess I prefer a smaller group so I can get to know everyone; or at least have the opportunity to do so. This trip was fun too because there were a contingent of people who had been on the earlier South American trip so we had a small reunion!
Nice job on everything! I highly recommend Sew Many Places if you want adventure without concerns about being taken care of. I always keep my eyes open for other potential trips!"
Jill Lombard, Carlsbad, CA-" I was on the Ireland tour in Summer of 2013 with Bonnie Hunter. I can’t say enough about the wonderful experience I had. Examples include havingSewMany Places arrange a room mate for me (a dear lady from Canada), arranging my air reservations and seating me next to "new" friends, being met at the airport by the most charming coach drivers, arranging truly "first class" accommodations in every town, offering wonderful sightseeing opportunities and historical information.
As with any major undertaking such as planning and executing a trip of this magnitude "hiccups" do happen. I was so impressed with the staff of Sew Many Places. When problems arose there was always one and often more to the "rescue" to make things right.
I have recommended Sew Many Places to all my guild friends and would love the opportunity to take more (and more) trips!"
Donna Conklin, Murrells Inlet, SC - "My trip to Bali was the most wonderful trip of a lifetime!! We stayed in the best hotel, had the best people taking care of all our needs on our excursions. We had the best guides, and learned more than we could absorb on each days outing. It was great to talk to quilting people from other places, and form new friendships. Craftours is superb in knowing what is best for all of us on our tours, and making any changes to accommodate.
I would truly love to do another trip with Craftours and yes Tuscany and Ireland would be exciting."
Caroline Massey Ewing,- "I when with a wonderful older friend on a sew many places cruise to the Caribbean islands several years ago. We had a wonderful time and learned so much. I think of the trip every time that I quilt. I even bought a sewing machine and am learning How to use it. I am a hand quilter so I have much to learn about using the machine. The teachers were wonderful, patient, kind and very friendly.. We met people from all over the world and have remained friends since we met.
I am looking forward to not being so busy and can take every tour offered. I give this company an A+ and 4 stars."
Beth Beardsley, Boulder, CO - "I traveled with Sew Many Places to Bali in 2007 and it was the trip of a lifetime! Bonnie Hunter and Kaye England were our guest teachers and they were wonderful. We had really interesting day trips that were a batik education and just plain Bali education. I meet so many wonderful quilters in one place. Our accommodations were first class. I cannot say enough about the laughter and friends that I made. If you have the chance to go, take my advice and GO!"
Alesia Steinberger, Severna Park MD - "I contacted Sew Many Places for your anticipated 2014 cruise Galveston/Caribbean. My comments are from a slightly different perspective. I recently came from a Quilters Cruise to New England/Nova Scotia, September 2013. I am better qualified now to understand and appreciate the major differences in scheduling, supplies needed, & instructors. From everything I’ve heard and read since, Sew Many Places has ’their act together’! I was disappointed in that on my recent cruise, there was no sewing machine vendor associated; therefore, I was responsible for carrying/hauling machine; it was doable, however, lugging irons/sharp objects through TSA Port Security left a lot to be desired, uncertainty, delays, confusion & more. There was little organizational scheduling for sewing at sea and room access to machines was limited. I have six people thus far lined up for the 2014 Galveston cruise; attending Houston beforehand is just an added bonus! And now, Sew Many Places has taunted yet another wonderful travel experience to England with Bonnie Hunter before the cruise! I drooled over Bonnie’s reports from her Christmas travels in Bavaria. I’m headed for retirement this summer and I look forward to your future offerings. I have always been willing; after July retirement, I’ll be able."
Colette Click, Arab, AL -"Last year’s McCall’s School at Sea was my first cruise, the instructors and classes were wonderful. All we had to do on this cruise was enjoy ourselves and we did that everyday. I enjoyed it so much I’m going to the Bahamas with them in Feb. 2014.
I can highly recommend Sew Many Places, I know I’ll use them again."
Suzanne Novoselac, Coulterville, IL -"My daughter and I went on the trip to Ireland in 2008, and we had a completely wonderful time! My daughter does not sew or quilt, but she does do other forms of needlework, and she enjoyed herself very much. I’m a knitter and crocheter, and I enjoyed the trips to the woolen mill at Blarney and the weaving at Acoa (sp) near Dublin. Our tour host was excellent, we loved our bus driver, and both of us want to buy a place at the Dingle Peninsula! All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten experience, and we are both just dying to go to Ireland again!"
Linda McKenzie, Washington, DC - "I’ve traveled with Sew Many Places twice - a November 2011 quilter’s cruise to the Caribbean with teachers Bonnie Hunter and Pat Sloan, and an Alaskan cruise with Bonnie Hunter in August 2013. The attention to detail (before and during) by the Sew Many Places staff made both cruises wonderful experiences. I look forward to my next cruise in this November!"
Linda Groth Olsen, Cokato, MN- "I was on the Sew Many Places Tour to India in 2010 with Jinny Beyer. I had a fabulous time. Every detail very organized and researched out... from the first class accommodations, the wonderful sites we visited...the great food...our very good tour guides... I would highly recommend traveling with Sew Many Places and I hope to be able to do so again someday..."
Bonnie Bloom, Duncansville, PA - "I was on one of your trips to Ireland with my sister. I was amazed at the care that was taken to make our trip flawless. Everything was seen to and everyone was so friendly it was a memory I will treasure forever."
Beverly Nagy, Casa Grande, AZ-"I have had a great experience with Sew Many Places. Thank you."
Sheri Renaud, North Las Vegas, NV - "I had an occasion to take a quilting tour through Mc’Calls and Sew Many Places to Bejing, China in 2005, I believe. I have to say, I had no idea what to expect on the trip, but going with fellow quilters was reassuring. It turned out to be an exceptional experience. From the arrival in China to our final departure, things could not have been better. SewManyPlaces had thought of everything, including a place to purchase extra luggage for all our goodies when we were ready to come home. The hotel was five-star with excellent cuisine. The tours and tour guides were exceptional. All of the tours were well thought out to allow us to experience as much of China as possible without feeling overwhelmed. It was something I will never forget and am so glad for the opportunity to experience it with a quality tour company such as SewManyPlaces.
Next chance I get, I will definitely tour with Sew Many Places again, especially if it involves quilting."
Marge Geary, Williston Park, NY -"LOVED the Route 66 trip. Would like to see some knitting, yarn tours. There are yarn shops all over and commercial dyers, spinners and manufactures that could be included. Many small ones in New England and all over.
The route 66 trip was very well planned and when things did not go according to plan, the plans were changed easily. I also like that it included the history of the places."
Judy Snook, Phoenixville, PA - "The African Safari trip with Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims, and a whole bunch of friendly people was stupendous! Our accommodations were very nice, even the tented ones. Our meals that we all enjoyed together were delicious. But most of all the safari trips took us out to see animals up close and personal! When I saw the giraffe that we could feed, I thought "wow, he’s big! We are in for a Big, Wonderful Time" - and we did!."
Rosemary Hopkins, St. Louis, MO - "I took a trip to China with Sew Many Places. It was amazing, even the cruise on the Yangtze where our accommodations were less than sterling. I would love to go to Ireland with you."
Jim and Lauren Teubner, Sublimity, OR-"We went on an Alaska/Denali cruise/tour with Ricky Tims Quilt lecture in September 2006. Our 40th Anniversary occurred on Sept 10 as we arrived at the Princess Denali Resort and we saw the Mountain. Mt McKinley was visible in the afternoon as we arrived and we have photos taken from 3:30pm to 9:30pm. Wow what a treat. The whole cruise through the inner passage and the train tour through Denali was so beautiful in September. We will never forget sitting at the same table for dinner with Ricky and Justin."
Mr. & Mrs. Jon Schroder, Sweet Home, OR - "My husband and I truly had a trip of a lifetime visiting Ireland. We also received souvenirs that to this day remind me of the fun we had and the nice people we met including a few notables! Since our trip, every Christmas I hang ornaments on our tree that were swapped with fellow travelers... wool boots from Russia, a star from France and an Angel from New Zealand to name a few. The venues, traveling (great bus driver!), food, accommodations, all of it couldn’t be better. After arriving home my husband and I agreed that we could not have planned it better than Sew Many Places."
Jan Bechle, Albany,Oregon-"In April of 2010, I traveled to Ireland with Sew Many Places. I was with three friends, two of us were celebrating our retirement. The night we flew to Ireland was the same night the volcano blew in Iceland stopping all air traffic in Europe and across the Atlantic for a week. Sew Many Places planned ahead, making arrangements for us to stay on in Dublin if we needed to at a very reasonable rate. The flying ban was lifted the day we were to leave and we were delighted to be able to leave on time.
The entire trip was very well organized. We had a delightful bus driver, interesting tours and the time to do some wandering on our own. The four of us had a wonderful time and made new friends. I wouldn’t hesitate to travel with them again."
Sandy Rosenthal, Erie, PA - "Almost 3 years ago, my friend Monica and I had the opportunity to take a quilting cruise through Sew Many Places. The instructors were more or less last minute replacements. They could not have been more fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes and interaction with the instructors. We were on the Carnival Liberty-a gorgeous ship with great food and entertainment. This was not my first cruise and will not be my last. I would highly recommend a "learning cruise" to anyone considering it."
Linda Spence, Summerfield, FL - "About 14 members of my Beach Bums quilting club in Jacksonville, Florida, took a Caribbean cruise with Sew Many places. Thanks to Sew Many Places staff, we all had a fabulous time, learned some new quilting techniques, and made new friends. I am now a personal friend of designer/instructor Joan Shay, and have been honored to become a machine quilter for her latest book. The Beach Bums are hoping to do another cruise soon and traveling to some faraway place to learn more about fabrics and quilting!"
Avis LaFayette, Tampa, Fl- "I just took my third trip with Sew Many Places in December 2013 to the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria. As usual, the trip lived up to my high expectations that I have come to expect from Sew Many Places. We were able to add on some unexpected additions which added to the fun and excitement of the trip. I am looking forward to my next trip to England with Sew Many Places."
Toni Baker, N LittleRock, AR - "The Bali trip surpass my expectations, with lots to do although getting sick on that trip, I developed some friendships of very special quilters that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever meet. I cherish those quilters and sharing friendship with them."
Trena Stephens, Missouri City, TX-"What a great trip to the IQFOI in June of 2012! Our coach driver/tour guide was fun & entertaining. The accommodations were luxurious & comfortable. The food was fabulous.
The countryside was picturesque & breath taking. The quilts were beautiful & inspirational. Thanks for a wonderful time."
Ute Jarasitis, Tacoma, WA - "Traveling with Sew Many Places is always a sure thing. You can be sure to get the best of everything, you can be sure you’ll have fun and you can be sure you want to travel with him over and over again."
Judy Endeman, El Cajon, San Diego County, CA-"My niece, Beth Glass, and good friend, Marilynn Hersey, took a Sew Many Places Cruise on the Royal Caribbean ‘s Freedom of the Seas on Sept. 11-18, 20ll. The Conference Center on that ship is a great space for quilting and the SMPlaces staff efficiently planned to maximize sewing time and minimize distractions. Eleanor Burns, our Quilt “Master,” kept us all laughing as we each created a Sea Quilt. The ship’s menus were delicious in each of the dining venues we visited.
The island destinations offered us the excitement of zip-line adventures, fascinating historical sights, and beautiful beaches. Evening Broadway shows and parades down the ships Main Street kept us entertained, while not quilting or ashore. Thanks for such a special trip!"
Rosemary Lacovara, Valrico, Fl -"My first cruise was to the Caribbean with five of my quilting friends. The cruise and the teachers were excellent. Meeting and spending time with the teachers and new friends was ever more wonderful. We all had a wonderful time making memories that will last a lifetime. Looking forward to more cruises with Sew Many Places.
Karen Cooper, Coralville, Iowa- "I have traveled on two of your trips, one to Ireland (This was before you had the quilt show over there) and the other to China. I had to find a partner to go on that one. That was the most fabulous trip I have ever taken. We were with a great group of people and everyone was very friendly and helpful to each other. Charlie was a fabulous guide. It was a very fast paced trip and the trip down the Yangse was the number one best loved feature. I have done quite a bit of traveling but I think your trips are the absolute best as far as organization goes. I hope to travel with you again."
Barbara VanBurger, Horseheads, NY-"Traveling everywhere is the best part of life... Not only seeing interesting, historic, inspiring places but meeting with fellow tourists and the people living in the area give the creative input to learn or look at the world and design in a new way . It is wonderful to be along with others of the same interests I enjoy that so very much. Tuscany would be a wonderful addition to my travels and also the collection of fabrics in new places . Exploring fabric shops in a different part of the world whether here or abroad is always a joy."
Mary Osborne, Shingle Springs, CA -"I went to China with Sew Many Places. The trip was very well planned except for the fact we were there during the week of national holiday. Everything was very crowded but it was fun to see the people learning about their own culture. My only complaint was that we had no time on our own but I did get to see all the big things I had wanted.
If I take another tour I will check with Sew Many Places first!"
Kathy Irvine, Kanata, Ontario Canada- " I have only gone on one cruise with you and what an adventure it was. I was very impressed with the cruise line and accommodation. The classes were great for the most part also. It was nice to have so much to do, but by the end of the week I just wanted to rest and sit for a while, so I guess we could have done with less. The one thing I think would have been good would be excursions that would have included more fabric oriented adventures, maybe a mill or local craft people, an open air market, something like that. Except for the rough weather and not being able to get off at cayman islands, the cruise I had was thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you for the opportunity to comment."
Evelyn Zachor, Bothell, WA- "My husband and I joined the Tuscany tour to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was a trip we had been planning for some time. I saw this tour in McCalls magazine. It was the perfect answer to how we would see so many places in one trip. This trip truly gave us the flavor of Italy with the freedom to enjoy sightseeing without the fuss of doing the logistics work. It left us with a lifetime of memories and look forward to building more. Another tough decision. :) where to go next... Sew Many Places!"
Patricia Liles, Crestline, CA- " Love the staff at Sew Many Places. Always helpful."
Karen and Mike Holt, Grand Junction, CO- "My husband and I went on a Sew Many Places Tour to Ireland for the International Quilt Festival in 2012 and LOVED it. We both has so much fun. The hotels we stayed in were marvelous, our bus driver and tour guide took such good care of us, Ireland is amazing and beautiful and fun and the people are wonderful. There were plenty of events for my husband to sign up and do while I was at the quilt show so he was happy and having fun too. The quilt show was great fun and I took a wonderful class there from a native Irish woman, using all Irish wools. We had the time of our lives and would love to go again - SOON! Thank you Sew Many Places!"
Cheril Musial, Americus, GA-" My sister and I went on The Craftsy Quilt Cruise last March to the Caribbean put on by Craftsy and Sew Many Places. What a fantastic adventure. We were able to meet so many marvelous people from all walks of life who shared our love of all that is sewing. The instructors were top notch to the extreme, the classes were very informative and we brought home so many neat projects. Great job to all!!!!!"
Nancy Howard, Chesapeake, VA- "In 2010 we went on an Alaska tour with Charlotte Angotti. The trip was fantastic. We had a lot of fun. The quilting was fun. Sew Many Places was a great host and everything was taken care of. Will take another trip with them any time."
Donna Ann Molinelli, Driggs, Idaho- "I have done two amazing tours with Sew Many Places. They were incredibly well organized and yet allowed for some "off-script" fun. Stopping at a school in Bali with a contribution is just one example. I have only applause and great memories."
June Campbell, Clermont, GA-" I have experienced 3 trips with Sew Many Places. Just beyond exceptional in both imagination, artistic inspiration and practical insight!"
Ute Jarasitis, Tacoma, WA- "Traveling with Sew Many Places is always a sure thing. You can be sure to get the best of everything, you can be sure you’ll have fun and you can be sure you want to travel with him over and over again."
Kris Jensen, Boulder, Colorado- "From the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival to the world renowned "Symphony of Light" kimono of Itchiku Kubota at the museum near iconic Mount Fuji and so much in between, Sew Many Places provided professional service with a warm personal touch and attentiveness to detail from start to finish; and yet remained gracious, and open to opportunity and serendipity that happened along the way. Words can’t do justice to an experience that went beyond bucket list caliber.
Japan at last. Touring around Tokyo on the dragon bus. The world’s largest city, the ancient and traditional and the ultra modern and futuristic, all layered together: the temples, shrines and torii gates, gingko trees, a traditional Japanese wedding procession passing by at the Meiji shrine, the Blue and White store. In Japan, shopping, like many things, is elevated to an art form.
Departing for Kyoto through the countryside on a legendary bullet train. A great group to adventure with: well-traveled, worldly and devoted to textiles and quilting. My people, not to mention the professional photographer and his wife who were along and provided a world-class remembrance of the trip through the pictures taken and made available, in addition to my own.
Magical Kiyo-mizu temple and pagoda on the hillside above Kyoto. Happening upon a national archery competition at an 800 year old Buddhist temple. The Golden Pavilion.The Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine in Nara, stood watch over by a 600 year old wisteria. The Japanese reverence for nature.
Returning to Tokyo by way of the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to see the unforgettable "Symphony of Light" kimono; Kubota’s life’s work. There are no words.
Back in Tokyo to take in the largest show of it’s kind on the planet: The Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival. Two heavenly days viewing many hundreds of marvelous quilts and their makers, shopping for textiles and kimono and designing a quilt of my own dreams.
Thanks for the memories SMP...."
Kaye Koler, Amherst, OH- "I would love to visit Ireland or Tuscany! The pictures here are always wonderful! Thank you for posting them for us to enjoy!"
Stella Bouldin, Lafaytte, OR- "My last trip with SMP was in 2007 to Egypt. I enjoyed traveling with the small group and the great guides we had."
Pat Seager, Marion, LA- " I have taken only one trip (so far) but have recommended Sew Many Places many times. My trip was to Kenya in 2011 and I saw comments on the website from fellow travelers. All were positive. I was most impressed by the quality of the accommodations, the excellent meals and the overall feeling that everything was handled professionally."
Patricia Liles, Crestline, CA- " Love the staff at Sew Many Places. Always helpful."
Valjean Sanford- "After going on the first McCalls Cruise with Sew Many Places there was no doubt I had to sign up for another. Sew Many Places staff always made sure we had "the best of everything". I can’t wait until I am able to go another trip with Sew Many Places..."
Deborah Calyo - "I enjoyed my Mexican cruise very much. My husband and I met many nice people. Sharing our quilting time was a lot of fun, enjoyable and we learned from great teachers."
Anne, Colorado- "What could have been more wonderful than a trip organized by someone else visiting all the wonderful places you have only dreamed off. Not only was everything ’spot on" it combined my love of quilting to perfection. Could not have asked for more and they had it all planned out to a "T". Sew I can’t wait for the next time I have a dream to visit a new exciting place."
Debbie Sherman - "Great trip! Very organized and enjoyable."
M Ristau- "I have taken two trips with Sew Many Places. The trips were dreams come true."
Cinzia White - "Everything was superbly organized.
The venues were quite varied and always interesting. In most cases there was more than adequate time to enjoy the venue/ planned activity.
The knowledge of the tour guide was quite extensive."
Martha Lynn - "The trip I took to China was the very best of all the trips I have taken abroad. Great hotels. Will go to South America as that is next on my bucket list."
Susan Dickau- "I had a wonderful time when I traveled with Sew Many Places. The trip was so well planned that everything went smoothly. I had so much fun, the trip is one of my favorite memories!"
Phyllis Brooks - "My "ideal travel bucket list" for quilting, art textiles, and cultural diversity includes Italy, Ireland, India, Istanbul and Bali. Perhaps your list may include some of these places also, then Sew Many Places is the travel tour company for your next art adventure!
Sew Many Places takes the worry out of the planning, travel arrangements, and making the necessary reservations, etc., so you can enjoy yourself. Whether you are a quilter or not, the tour includes things to do for everyone. As you take in the flavor of a local market, absorb the vibes of culture, build your ’fabric stash’, or simply soak up the color palette for your next creative design and stitch project you will have a fantastic time!"
Joan Howes - "It’s always a real pleasure to travel with other quilters - the nicest people in the world!"
Nancy Neal- "My travel experience with Sew Many Places has given me a feeling of security. I know arrangements have been carefully selected and will provide the best available."
Suzette Beck, Tijeras, NM- "The Christmas Markets tour is a wonderful trip. Germany and Austria are absolutely beautiful in December. Almost every place we stopped at had a Christmas market with fun crafts, food and wine. There were beautiful castles, snowy mountains and friendly people. A great tour to see Germany and Austria."
Barbara Canfora, Cranston, RI- "This trip was wonderful. Germany is a beautiful place and the trip was well planned."
Becky Galambos, Florissant, MO- "I had a blast on this trip. I have never had a better group to travel with, the accommodations were comfortable, and the itinerary was well selected."
Avis LaFayette, Valrico, FL- "I enjoyed the chance to experience another culture and especially enjoyed the spontaneous experiences of going to another small Christmas market in Chiemsee and Innsbruck. As always, the accommodations were top notch especially the hotel in Ruhpolding."
Gayle Shapiro, Brookhaven, PA- "The trip exceeded my expectations. Very positive experience, well organized and fun. Especially enjoyed getting to know the others on the tour."
Joan Gillespie, Ottawa, Canada- "The Chicago Lakeshore Quilting Retreat was a wonderful experience. The quality of the instructors was a highlight and even though I have been quilting for many years I learned a lot of new ideas and techniques from each of them."
Janet Leigh North, Seminole, OK- "I thoroughly enjoyed the retreat. The setting, The Omni Hotel, was magnificent. The classrooms were spacious and well equipped. The instructors were fun and personable. The Sew Many Places staff went above & beyond to make sure everyone had what they needed and were comfortable."
Mary Jo Hirsch, Jackson, WI- "Very organized, very was involved, instructors exceeded expectations. Looking forward to future events."
Sara Gulbrandsen, Poukeepsie, New York - "I had a wonderful time at the Lake Shore Quilting Retreat. The choice of hotel was excellent. Wonderful service and great food. The trunk shows were the highlight of the weekend. The choice of teacher specialties was varied and, because of this, everyone’s interests were satisfied."
Marlys Abbondondolo, Huron, SD- "Three comments: Fantastic facility, excellent educators, great greetings. Thanks very much."
Colleen Smith, Huron, SD- "Loved the small groups -- received lots of individual help from the teachers."
Linda J. Cole, Fond du lac, WI- "It was wonderful. I liked the 4 different kinds of classes we had. I now have an appreciation of modern quilting where before I would walk right passed it. I like how in some classes we got time to finish our project, I have 2 left to finish now."
Susan McCoy, Elmhurst, IL - "A great experience! Great hotel, excellent organization, fun classes and teachers, lots of happy quilters in one place!"
Cindy Van Cleave, Peru, IL - "It was great! Our "celebrity quilters" were wonderful teachers. I loved that we learned 4 different techniques. And they were so friendly and personable - lots of laughs and fun times!"
Judith Beahan, Poukeepsie, NY - "We had a wonderful time! The Hotel and staff were wonderful. The food was great. We enjoyed the trunk shows so much, the teachers were great. Very inspiring."
Janet Bonarski, Gaylord, MI- "I had more fun on this weekend than I’ve had at any other quilting class, retreat, or show."
Gail Myers, Elmhurst, IL - "An amazing venue with 4 of the best quilting instructors made for a great weekend. The hospitality was so welcoming and we were kept entertained every minute we wanted to be. My second Sew Many Places tour and I look forward to the next."
Lois Thibault, Garden, MI- "The Lake Shore Quilting Retreat was perfect. I loved Chicago. The artistic teachers were a real treat. I would do it again in a heartbeat!"
Joanne Brunk, Largo, FL - "I learned new skills (had never done appliqué) and I gained self confidence in trying things outside my comfort zone! What a great experience meeting with so many quilters! Such fun and in so many places on the cruise."
Sue Hite, Cary, NC - "This was my first ocean cruise. I enjoyed being on the ship in the middle of the ocean since the ocean is my favorite place to be. i enjoyed the ship, the size and the grandeur, the staff all provided a wonderful experience. But most of all,I enjoyed the friendliness and helpfulness of the McCalls staff. It is the first time i have taken a class that I didn’t feel I had to play catchup in order to keep up with the class. Thanks for a wonderful experience!"
Carolyn Hamilton, Lampasas, TX - "Teachers were excellent. Classes informative. Being with like-minded people a pleasure."
Andrea Stark, West Carrollton, OH- "The staff of Sew Many Places and McCall were wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable. Made it great."
Bernice Sanders, Ashland, NH- "I loved the cruise. Sew Many Places takes care of everything! I just show up and have a great time."
Leslie Carignan, Winnipeg, Manitoba - "It was lovely and my first but not my last cruise!"
Jan Cooley, La Mirada, CA - "The staff was all excellent. It was very enjoyable and we learned several new techniques."
Evelyn- Merrimack, NH "The cruise was delightful and as a beginning quilter, I learned a great deal. That said, I think several levels of classes should be held since a more experienced quilter might be bored and feel that they wasted their money."
Linda Crowden, Corrales, NM- "I was worried at first as I was traveling alone, but soon as I got on the ship and met the group that thought was gone. No one was a stranger we were all there to have fun and learn new sewing techniques. Would love to book more travel through this group!"
Mary Mazman, Salem, MA- "The Cruise was great and McCall’s classes were very enjoyable"
Margaret Hawes, Gunnison, CO - "We really enjoyed the cruise. This was our second one and it’s always fun being with everyone both socially and in classes. We love reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. We like it so much that we signed up for next year’s cruise."
Terry Hein, Barrington, IL- "The time spent with all the lovely ladies from McCalls was great and meeting new friends was a fun time... all the small details were taken care of , no worries on were to go and having all your kits ready to use was a treat ... cant wait to join this group again and to see what excitement they bring us..."
Gail Sperlbaum, Allentown, PA- "An excellent program. Learning various techniques and incorporate them all in one quilt was a great way to create a memorable quilt. What can be better than a vacation and quilting all at one time."
Patricia Holt, New Hartford, NY- "As this was my first theme cruise, the thought and detailed planning that was put forth to create a memorable trip was appreciated. I would travel with Sew Many Places, again."
Jan Porter, Cordova, TN- "My first quilting cruise and everything was well organized. Loved the classes and teachers. Wish we would have had more information about what to do and see on the island. Others saw and did things we didn’t know about."
Yvonne Heiberger, Dubuque, IA- "It was a great, an sewing trip, with good teachers"
Virginia Hatfield, Loudon, TN- "Wonderful use of at sea time. Great diverse teachers that made the classes more interesting. Would do it again. A great bonus is doing something for our lovely Lobby."
Sheila Frampton-Cooper, California- "This was my first trip with Sew Many Places, and I could not be more impressed with the entire staff."
Kathleen Bell, Tewksbury, MA- "A wonderful way to meet and share with fellow quilters from all parts of the country."
Mary Werner, Lincoln, NE- "One of my best vacations ever!"
Marni Fisher, Oregon, WI- "I enjoyed the opportunity to learn and hear about some wonderful quilting and art stories."
Shelley Vance, Joliet, IL- "The Soul of a Quilter Cruise was my first trip combining my two favorite things, traveling and quilting! It was a wonderful experience to be able to learn, share and experience new things. The setup for classes and free sewing times was wonderful. Loved using the new Janome machines and the Bobbin boys were a treat. Our ports of call were breathtaking. Very inspiring."
Pam Herrington, San Juan Capistrano, CA- "I want to thank you for all the work you put into your tours. I was very apprehensive to go on this tour...in fact until I actually reached the boarding gate in Houston I was wondering what in the heavens I was doing going somewhere out of the States with a bunch of people I did not know. However, as soon as I met everyone and we were boarding the plane, I knew it was not only going to be all right, but that it was going to be a marvelous adventure. I was right. I felt so comfortable that you will find me going to Peru with you in January.""
Manuela Silbach, Underdale, South Australia- "Loved Mexico - the colours, the food, the places and the fun time with the group"
Pam Herrington, San Juan Capistrano, CA- "Having never been on an organized tour, especially by myself, I was quite apprehensive until I met the group at the airport in Houston. At that moment, I knew that everything was going to be wonderful and it was. The tour was so well put together that we were never in any doubt that everything was going to be wonderful."
Suzanne Doonan,Malvern, Pennsylvania- "What a wonderful trip. Pam Holland was an extraordinary guide for our first trip to Mexico. Craftours created a community of travelers, hosted so many entertaining and enlightening experiences for us in this beautiful country."
Lisa Kennon, Margate, Florida- "The trip from start to finish was perfect! The accommodations were beautiful, the food was wonderful, and the activities were well planned and really fun!"
Leila and Jim Davis, Hot Spring, SD - "Learned a lot hope to do it again in the Future. Norway was great and beautiful"
Kim Shuttler, Warwickshire, UK - "Very enjoyable course and I learned a lot even though I was an amateur."
Sue Goodridge, Wiltshire, UK - "The 4 tutors Pam Holland Stuart Hillard, Judi Mendelssohn and Linzi Upton were very well prepared and the workshops seemed to go with a swing, time went fast and I admit to feeling washed out after them. They were all different but interesting. Plenty of extra sewing time, we were greatly helped with the PFAFF sewing machines by Jo and Stephen who kept machines in working order for us - we certainly kept them busy as a majority of the sewing sessions were well attended.Some of us worked one evening until nearly 11pm!! I think we were so engrossed we forgot the time. Having a good timetable helped - at least we hoped we could find the conference centre in time."
Judy Prowse, Edmonton, Canada - "This was 4 firsts for me: cruise, quilting trip, Norway & travel companion ( the latter was my only total accountability) -- all 4 were fantastic! I really enjoyed the cruise and off-ship excursions, but would have found it overwhelming without the additional purpose & opportunities provided by Sew Many Places."
Sandra Newton, Norfolk, UK - "First ever cruise,so unable to compare. I enjoyed it and learnt a lot. I’m fairly new to quilting but would like to learn more."
Ann Caris, Muskegon, MI - "A trip of a lifetime"
Kathy Palmiter, Williams, IN- "This was my first overseas travel experience... I couldn’t be happier with the whole experience...I’d book another trip with you again without question"
Terry Maleski, Muskegon, MI- "Trip of a lifetime! Well planned and carried out!"
Linwood Bradley, Indianapolis, IN- "This was an excellent trip with much ground covered and lots of interesting places enjoyed."
Marilyn Harding, Greenwood, IN- "The trip was perfectly planned. The escorts, Pam Holland and Brian Haggard were amusing and very congenial. Our driver, DB, was the icing on the cake. DB was funny and very knowledgeable. I spent a lot of the trip laughing. Isn’t fun the objective of a vacation?"
Nancy Lee Joyce, LaLuz, NM- "The tour was terrific! Especially our bus driver/tour guide BD."
Cindy Turner, Bedford, IN- "The tour was wonderful. Saw many amazing things. Pam and Brian were so much fun"
Karen Moorhead, Tarpon Springs, FL- "The tour was delightful. The accommodations, food, tour guide, selection of places to see, were all excellent!"
Nancy Joyce Dronek, Coarsegold, CA - "Fabulous trip with wonderful stops and activities!"
Donna Leichtenberg, Iroquois, SD- "Ireland was everything I expected and more!"
Sheri Pikus, Rice, MN- "We had a wonderful time and the weather cooperated!"
Karen Van Meter, Sumner, WA- "It was wonderful and Derek (our bus driver) made it the best."
Paula Jarosz, Barbeau, MI- "The trip was wonderful ..loved our Driver Derik!"
Mary Mulcahey, Lake Forest, GA- "The Ireland tour was absolutely wonderful. I would sign up again in a heartbeat."
Sarah Ruth Bridges, Moultrie, GA- "Absolutely fantastic! One of the best coach tours that I have been on. Our driver/tour guide was wonderful. I would go again."
Judi Walsh, Sault Sainte Marie, MI- "I absolutely loved Ireland and would consider taking another tour."
Mary Kent Davidson, Cochran, GA- "The trip to Ireland was even better than my expectations! We were matched with a wonderful driver/tour guide, Derrick, who added so much to what was already there. Wish it had not ended!"
Mary Lavold, Pensacola, FL- "I was very impressed that every thing ran smoothly"
Suzanne Leimer, Moultrie, GA - "Wonderful experience. I wanted to stay another week and repeat everything. I would like to return. Sew Many Places is top notch."
Bonnie Kipp, West Palm Beach, FL - "It was a fantastic trip. Very well done ! Everyone was so friendly and everything seemed to be very well planned."
Caren Duggan, Susanville, CA - "Our trip to Ireland was WONDERFUL! Enjoyed the many beautiful sights. We had excellent accommodations. Our driver, Derek Ryan, was a wealth of history and local information. I hope to go to Ireland again, as soon as possible."
Louise Caron, Valleyview, Alberta- "Fantastic! A week is a bit short, 10-14 days would be ideal!"
Shannon Reed-Michon, Sunset House, Alberta- "Very magical tour. Great overview of what Ireland had to offer."
Kathy Dunn, Red Deer County, Alberta- "This is a wonderful overview of the Republic of Ireland. All of the highlights this country has to offer have been showcased in this lovely 10 day trip!"
Bonnie Trottier, Valleyview, Alberta- "My first time ever abroad was a wonderful experience. Someone asked what my favorite part of the trip was and I must say the people. It’s all about those connections with people. The Irish and their country are truly wonderful."
Helga Brown, Lake Havasu City, AZ- "This was a wonderful tour, scenic, informative and wonderful accomodations."
Marilyn Kennedy, Englewood, FL - "It was well planned and an exceptional trip."
LINDA EVANS, Farmington Hills, MI - "The trip to Ireland was the wonderful! It was well planned and executed. I would encourage all my friends and family to take this trip."
Ami Peterson, Albuquerque, NM- "This was a wonderful way to whet your appetite about Ireland and travelling on bus tours in general."
Rebecca Gallen, Northway, AK- "I thoroughly enjoyed the planned out trip! Ireland was not my first choice of a country to visit, but I enjoyed the whole tour."
Carol Steele, Sunderland, MA- "Best group tour I’ve ever been part of"
Catherine Klein, Los Luna, NM- "The tour was everything I expected. Would do it again"
Margarett Terpening, Albuquerque, NM- "The trip was wonderful and very organized from the beginng to the end. The book that is given before the tour is great, I use it every time I show someone the pictures it helps to remind me where we were when. Having pictures of the hotels is very good also. I am one who likes organization so this was the way I like things to go."
Paula Stipek Long, Montgomery, MA - "Enjoyed the tour immensely."
Janet Nagle, Danvers, MA - "the trip was great I had a wonderful time it was everything I hoped it would be and more and the staff made the trip so much fun"
Jan Wasson, Paris, KY - "Exceptional! The countryside was breathtakingly beautiful. I do wish there had been a day of r&r. I found out just how old I really am. Thank you for a wonderful time."
Wanda Putman, North Richland Hills, TX - "I was very pleased with an extremely well planned tour."
Katherine Madewell, Bixby, OK- "I wanted to take the time to tell you how much I enjoyed the trip to England. We did really luck out on the weather and I was thrilled to see the wonderful things I experienced. My main regret is that it could not have been twice as long, but then no matter how long you are at a great vacation spot, it is never long enough to see everything you want to see. The best thing is that I no longer feel intimidated at the thought of traveling in most other countries, and that is because of having the chance to explore on my own and being able to travel the subway to get back to the hotel.
The accommodations you provided were first rate and were in great locations. The rooms were beautiful and the areas felt safe. I also believe my husband would have a great time on one of your trips. We will definitely be checking it out. Mostly I understand you and your staff spent a lot of time planning and executing such great plans for a wonderful vacation for us all and I wanted to tell you I really appreciate it. I am looking forward another trip in the future."
Missy Lawver, Liberty, NC - "Amazing. The tour was well organized and the events were local cultural treasures that I never would have seen had I tried to visit Bali on my own!"
Marin Pancake, Reno, NV - "What a fabulous trip! Excellent accommodations, native meals, clean transportation and a guide who obviously loves what he does. There was the flavor of the culture mixed well with the industry of textiles. Thanks for giving me a memorable trip to share with my mom. We will see you on another trip. Oh, where to go next? That is the question."
Lani Nagy, Willits, CA - "WOW! What a wonderful trip. Birds and elephants and Monkeys oh my! And the batiks were awesome. I learned so much about the making of batiks and I have so much respect for the people who work there. I hope I get to go again some day."
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, MI - "This was the best experience I could have had! Learning Batiking has increased my appreciation for the art! The range of activities, the people, and the food is an experience I would encourage everyone to go!"
Amy Hyman, Scottdale, AZ - "This was truly a wondrous trip. It was versifier, allowed for free down time and exploration while keeping the focus on Batiking"
Jane Ratcliff, Phoenix, AZ - "It was an amazing trip, a true adventure. I got to see places I would never have seen on my own, and learn about the culture. Of course, the buying of batiks was incredible! Very nice, friendly, helpful and as accommodating as he could possibly be. He has obviously visited the area before and was quite knowledgeable of customs and culture."
Kartar Kaur Khalsa, Phoenix, AZ - "Batiking in Bali exceeded any and all expectations! Every day was full of new experiences and surprises! Budi & Surya were amazing! My friends & I are already planning our next trip!"
Raynor Thomas, Cobram, Victoria - "Really enjoyed it"
Jackie Cissel, Hanover, PA - "I enjoyed the tour,the people that I met, all the places we ere able to visit"
Don Chudzy, Calgary, Alberta - "Excellent tour. As a male non-quilter I still found the content very interesting. Many of the daily events did not require necessary knowledge of fabrics or techniques but were historically relevant."
Avis LaFayette, Valrico, FL - "A trip to England has been one of my bucket list wishes and this trip lived up to my high expectations. As always, Sew Many Places had a wonderful schedule planned and the best places to stay. Really enjoyed the time in Bath, England."
Dianna Otte, Tarpon Springs, FL - "This was my first tour and i am very happy that i picked Sew Many Places. I loved England and I meet so really wonderful quilters. I could really just go again tomorrow and enjoy it again."
Peggy Chudzy, Calgary, Alberta - "I loved the pace of this tour. You had time to explore on your own from a wonderfully chosen and located hotel and plenty of time for organized activities. Our tour guides and driver were exceptionally accommodating and full of great information. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in England and are contemplating our next trip. What a sense of fun!"
Anne Davidson, Churchton, MD - "Great tour - enjoyed it very much"
Kathi Madewell, Bixby, OK - "This tour of England is wonderful. The hotels are first rate, beautiful, and centrally located to walk to most sight seeing locations. Each day we started with a great breakfast followed by either a planned day of activities or some free time to experience the areas on our own."
Patty Quattlebaum, Charleston, SC - "This trip was a dream come true. It was beyond all expectations."
Eleanor Balaban, Glen Echo, MD - "Well organized and specific to our needs,desires and talents. Very flexible and accommodating."
Joan Durbin - "Our trip to Ireland in 2012 was everything a dream trip should be. Excellent accommodations, great tour bus and driver, well planned. Itinerary and options for "side trips". I am anxious for another trip."
Elaine McKenzie, Ridgeway, ON - "It was an experience! Neither words nor pictures tell the story. It had to be experienced."
Adrianne Perry, Waitara, NSW - "I found the content of the tour was excellent. The places we visited, the monuments we saw and the hotels we stayed at were all wonderful."
Kerry Glen, Northland, NZ - "India was everything and more than that I had dreamed of. Exotic colours and flavours for all of the senses. The tour was a wonderful experience with quality visits on every day that were relevant to the group. Govind certainly took us to all the places where we could experience the rich Textile side of Rajastan. It was fun getting to know other like-minded souls from different countries."
Kathy Goodin, Laurel, MD - "This was a fantastic tour with Govind who had obviously researched and planned wonderful excursions and events relating the culture to our interests."
Christine Donelley, Chapel Hill, NC - "An experience of Indian history, its peoples, its crafts, and countryside"
Susan West, Giralang, ACT - "I had a wonderful trip, really enjoyed India. The group was made up of Australian, New Zealand and Americans, we all got on very well."
Paula Golden, Blacksburg, VA - "This was a trip of a lifetime! From first class accommodations, care for personal concerns, interesting tutorials, fabulous sites... I can't say enough good things about this tour."
Patti Donnelly, Chapel Hill, NC - "I wasn't sure what to expect on this trip. All I knew is that my mom and I wanted to come back to India again for a very special trip. I can't say enough about what we got from this trip from the quality and care for the affordable cost to the expertise and variety of experiences while we were there. Each day was different and planned in such a way that we had busy days buffered by days with travel to the next destination. Even our meals were carefully planned. Not only were we well fed, we had the experience of tasting meals related to the different castes in India. Some points of interest on the trip were to be expected like the Taj Mahal, but some were quite unexpected like dinner at Amber Palace! Most importantly, our guide, Govind, infused every moment with the colorful history that makes India so beautiful, colorful, and treasured. The hands on experiences with tie dye, pottery painting, or wood block printing, gave us a deeper appreciation for the craft. For me as a teacher, it also gave me an opportunity to bring the experience back for my students to try. I felt like our needs were carefully attended to as individuals and as a group. I have no question that I would take another trip with Jinny Beyer, or any of our new found friends from this adventure!"
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA - "This was my second trip with Sew Many Places. I had a wonderful time and everything went very, very smoothly. I will be signing up soon to take another trip with him."
Jackie Nelson, Greensboro, NC - "This was my 4th trip with Sew Many Places. I get to go to the places on my Bucket List with people with my same interests while feeling safe and secure every second. Each trip has been amazing! Trying to decide which one I'll go on next year!"
Kate Golden, Stillwater, OK - "It was a wonderful trip! We got to experience various aspects of Indian culture and witness the colors and vibrancy of the country."
Mary Ann Hardee, Fayetteville, NC - "This trip was more than I ever dreamed it would be. No time was wasted, though we had down time if we wanted it. Each day was packed with opportunities I could never have arranged on my own. The group was delightful. Jinny Beyer (celebrity quilter) and Govind Agarwald each contributed so much to our experiences. For me, this was a homecoming. I not only visited places I knew and loved as a child, but I was introduced to places, skills and spiritual experiences that were new to me. I have been forever blessed. I'd go again in a heartbeat!"
Les and Karen Mersiades, Brisbane, AU - "The tour to India was the best group tour we have ever experienced. The leaders, Jinny and Govind were excellent and went out of their way to ensure our journey was a memorable one. We experienced more activities than were promised and certainly spent adequate time visiting the highlights of the tour. All the accommodations were excellent, the meals delicious and the tour bus comfortable. What more could you want? We will certainly be traveling with this company again."
Leonie Hillier, Blacktown, NSW - "I loved every minute of it! Even when i was totally exhausted and overwelmed I would not have missed anything. I would love to see some other areas of India!"
Donna Stevens, Bloomington, IN - "This trip was EXTREMELY well organized, and exceeded my expectations in every single way! The instructors were not only fabulous, but also generous with the talents and time, often spending personal time with us at dinners or gatherings. I not only reaped the benefits of their wonderful instruction, but I feel like we had the chance to really get to know them as people as well as artists. There were just enough activities to enjoy meeting and sewing with new friends, and enough time to still enjoy the ship and excursions. Sew Many Places answered our every and many questions prior to the trip, and I left this vacation feeling inspired, relaxed and ready to book another trip. I will definitely finish the lovely projects I started on the cruise, and the techniques learned will become part of my quilting repertoire. It was a memorable trip, but I won't say it's was a once in a lifetime event, as I will definitely plan to book another trip with Sew Many Places! Thanks for a wonderful trip and all your efforts, large and small, to make this trip so special!"
Sandra Geho, Marietta, GA - "This was my first quilting cruise. It won't be my last. I had a wonderful time, met wonderful people, and came back so inspired."
Harriet Omstead, Battle Ground, WA - "Great teachers and a great cruise line. A trip that every quilter should do at least once."
Connie Rafferty, Roberts, ID - "This was my first cruise, and I was truly impressed with the organization of the cruise package, including the option to attend the Houston Quilt Expo, the expert assistance in preparing for the cruise, and the experience of the cruise itself. Sew Many Places provided immediate and concise communication of all updates regarding this travel, and promptly, accurately, and professionally responded to all questions. During the cruise our classes, make-and-take sessions, lectures, and open sewing time were well organized and allowed participants the flexibility to attend other cruise activities and excursions as desired. Our fabulous instructors were very personable and made class time enjoyable as well as informative for everyone. The opportunity to use brand-new Janome Horizon sewing machines was enhanced by the assistance of certified Janome representatives. Regularly throughout the cruise we received hand delivered cordial notes, treats, and quilt-related surprises that were literally the icing on the cup-cakes. This cruise was part of a much needed vacation, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. It is one of my very best vacation memories!"
Crystal Smith, Tuckahoe, NJ - "Both the Sew Many Places staff members and staff of Royal Caribbean were friendly and helpful."
Isabel Bender, Ottawa, ON - "Great group of people - all the instructors and staff from Sew Many Places. Lots to do and lots to learn. Lots of fun."
JoAnne Freeman, Goodyear, AZ - "The cruise was a delightful surprise on many levels. The teachers were wonderful, the projects were great fun, the ladies in the quilting group were friendly and so much fun. The best surprise of all was the Navigator of the Seas. The ship was incredible the service and staff the best I have ever encountered on any vacation. Will definitely travel again, maybe next year, in fact."
Renea Bailey, Fort Washington, MD - "This is my third cruise with Sew Many Places. It was fun, fun, fun. I really enjoyed every aspect of this trip. From the talented teachers, the Bobbin Boys and Girl, the lectures, games, and gifts."
Kathleen Bell, Tewksbury, MA - "As a doctor friend of mine said "there will be places to go and people too see". This was one of those times; we went to fabulous places in the Caribbean and the people we traveled with were all like-minded quilters! This is my second time, both times on my own. Highly recommend this quilting experience. You can request a room mate, which has worked out great both times. The classes are different and all keep your attention as well as letting you come away with new methods, great tips and do-able projects. Sew Many Places really has this type of cruise down pat! They do a superb job."
Nora Hamidi, Rockford, IL - "This was a fun cruise and I enjoyed being with a group of ladies from the world over who enjoyed the same things. Our dinner table was a riot every night and we all had a great time. The teachers were interesting and I got a few tips that I had not thought of, thank you! Hope to do the cruise again sometime."
Gail Stobart, Novi, MI - "I had a wonderful time. The accommodations where first class. I enjoyed taking classes from all the instructors. I am already planning on my next cruise in October 2015."
Laurell Griffith, Elkart, TX - "This was my first cruise and I have to say it exceeded my expectations!"
Sandy Weister, Williamsport, IN - "This was my first cruise and enjoyed it very much. Everything was so organized, classes were excellent and service on the ship was beyond anything I expected."
Sandra Rocco, Kent, UK - "I really enjoyed my first cruise and my first cruise with you. So many things to do, so little time. Great educators, brand new Janome machines to use, along with Aurifil thread and Hoffman fabrics. Big thanks to all!!"
Diana Van Hise, Roanoke, VA - "The cruise was well organized and the instructors were helpful and resourceful."
Ollie Griffin Hastings on Hudson, NY - "The trip to Africa was amazing! Each venue had something different to offer. I was astounded at the number of animals we were able to see. Our room accommodations were excellent, and I thought the tent sites were unique. The food was delicious. The staff throughout the trip were friendly and courteous. The Masai Mara was mind boggling! As you can tell, I loved everything!"
David Rattigan Lesmurdie, AU - "The Africa Expedition was eagerly anticipated, so much so that I had probably created an impossibly high expectation. To visit Kenya had always been a wish of mine since first meeting Karen in 1979."
Ruth Stowe, Gillette, WY - "The African Expedition was a once in a lifetime trip. The accommodations were great! Just what one would expect on a safari in Africa. In fact the tents were nicer than any I had ever slept in before. The buffet meals offered a lot of choices in foods - some Kenyan some not."
Heidi Moles, Davenport, FL - "It was a great trip, We didn't have any problems and all the people we met were so friendly."
Michaele Cooke, Groton, CT - "I almost don't know where to begin. It was a life changing experience for me. I have always wanted to go to Africa and the experience of this trip was far beyond my wildest expectations. The safari rides were incredible. We saw every animal I have always dreamed of and closer than I could have imagined. Our driver, Gilbert, had in depth knowledge of the animals and the terrain, as well as the history of Africa - its land, its people and its animals. I learned so much. Our twice a day safari events, our side trips to various local craft centers and wildlife preserves were really interesting and something I will always remember - especially our visit to a Masai village. Our stays at each of the tented camps and hotels could not have been more luxurious or comfortable. The food was really fabulous and all their employees made us feel at home. I honestly don't know how the trip could have been better. Even our transportation to Africa was so well organized that all my anxiety vanished. I would recommend this trip to anyone. It opened my eyes to another world outside of my own little comfort zone and for that I will always be grateful."
Sharon Gordon, Bloomington, IL - "The African Expedition was such a wonderful trip. The tour was well done. I loved the smaller size of the group - we all got to know each other well traveling and eating together. The lodging was excellent, food was great, the local people were interesting and very kind to us. I've traveled with other groups, but this was by far the very best trip I've ever been on."
Elaine Y. Olvie, Chicopee, MA - "All the things we saw and places we went to were magical! Going at this time of year, their spring, we were able to see all the baby animals with their moms."
Lola Nordstrom, Battleground, WA - "The African Expedition trip was beyond anything I could of imagined. I was on a total high from start to finish. We went on numerous safari drives and saw amazing animals. It was fun to meet new people with the same interests. Couldn't of been any better than it was."
Janis Giles, Tewksbury, MA - "This was the trip of a lifetime, and I wish everyone could go. Everything was organized and first-class. I made some great new friends and had experiences I will treasure for a lifetime. Having the opportunity to go to Kenya was an incredible blessing."
Marny and Tony Howe, Kalamunda, AU - "We had a wonderful time would do it all over again."
Linda Parker, Longview, WA - "The trip to Africa was fabulous. In addition to seeing so many heavenly creatures, we were moved by the hard working factory workers. It was very special to have the bead artists, break into song and dance for us. I never dreamed I would come away with very special friends. We are already working on another visit."
Mary-Louise (Mel) Peters, Northfork, CA - "Great trip. Relaxed at the beginning to let us unwind. More vigorous the second half when we were ready. The jungle hikes were great!"
Sarah Kirtland, Williamsburg, VA - "The trip was exactly what I hoped it would be - and more. The group was relatively small, the quilting exercises perfect for my skill level (or any skill level). The weather was perfect. The food was the best I've had in a long time - consistently good. The people were interesting - and it was great to have the common interest of quilting."
Vickie Adams, Durham, CA - "Loved the coffee tour. Beautiful place and learned a lot about coffee. Wish we had experienced a rain forest, can't do it all in one week. Loved meeting Jenny and Susan."
Donna Ann Molinelli, Driggs, ID - "Great trip, all told. Jinny is THE colormaster."
Beverly Brown, Bloomington, IN - "I had a wonderful time on this my second trip to Costa Rica. It is a beautiful place to visit and very worm friendly people."
Chris and Lloyd Leeman, Farmington, ME - "Learned alot will enjoying the cruise."
Jean Briggs, Rochester, MN - "This cruise felt more relaxed, less hurried. I looked forward to it from the beginning of last year. It was nice to leave the cold behind and find the sun!"
Kathleen Bell, Tewksbury, MA - "This was my third quilting cruise. Each one has been a great learning experience and a wonderful people experience! The teachers are well versed in their craft and have a new lesson for each cruise. I have traveled alone each time and each time was paired with a super person! Highly recommend this quilting experience."
Linda Sech, Mt. Vernon, TX - "The Quilting Cruise exceeded my expectations -- Quality of Teachers; Quality of Equipment; Warmth of Leaders and the fellow attendees. It was very well organized and lots of fun."
Cindy Herb, Malden on Hudson, NY - "Great chance to share our vacation and passion (for quilting and fabric) with other wonderful ladies who shared our love and obsession for this wonderful hobby."
Kathryn Courser, Lansing, MI - "Quite possibly the best time ever had on the high seas!"
Susan Ianni, West Rutland, VT - "I had wanted to go on a trip like this for a very long time. I enjoyed learning how Kate England does Flying Geese. I do not think I will ever do them the old way again. By learning how she did them I just think that more of my quilts will have more Flying Geese in them. Dana Lynch proved to me that there are some projects you can do in just three hours. I was able with her simple instructions to make her bag in that short of time. If given the chance to go on another trip as I was just on I would go in a heart beat."
Kathy Jones, Mount Shasta, CA - "As a beginner in the quilting field, I was inspired by the awesome quality of the classes and teachers. My word for the experience is inspiring. Having fabulous sewing machines to work on made the generous projects possible. Truly inspiring."
Amy Armenta, Aurora, CO - "I had a most awesome time. The ship and water were beautiful. There was time to be creative, time to put my toes in the sand and time to relax with a glass of wine."
Susan Griffith, Rotonda West, FL - "When I signed up for the quilting cruise, I really didn't know what to expect. None of my quilting friends had been on one, and were anxious to hear about my experience. Well, short version is that I highly recommend them or any quilter, to sign up for one. I enjoyed the whole experience - the classes, the teachers were all great, meeting new quilting friends, and how well it was organized. Also, there was plenty of free time to enjoy the cruise on & off the ship. I will definitely go on another one in the future."
Theresa Nelson, Glendale, AZ - "My first time cruising and it was a success! The quilting teachers were so helpful and the other quilters so nice!"
Carol Boynton, Chesterville, ME - "The quilting cruise through the Caribbean was nothing short of wonderful. The ship, the staff, the food and entertainment was first class; however, the quilting teachers and students were even nicer! I had a wonderful time meeting new people who share my love of fabric and quilting. I learned some new techniques and got to try out a new Janome sewing machine. We all graduated with honors. Do you have graduate school at sea??"
Anne Baker, Strong, ME - "I thoroughly enjoyed going on my very first cruise!!!! I had a great time meeting people and taking part in the classes offered. It was a delight to meet the teachers and work on their special projects. I also enjoyed meeting other quilters from all over the country and Canada"
Evelyn Zachor, Bothell, WA - "This is my 3rd event experience with Sew Many Places/Craftours. Again, another enjoyable opportunity to learn from passionate instructors and participants alike. To be able to mix my love of travel with my quilting passion brings together the best of both worlds. Your expertise and attention to detail in planning this event flawlessly is appreciated. It adds so much enjoyment when all goes well."
Marge Dromgoole, Westfort, MA - "This cruise to the Caribbean was the best I've been on. I really enjoyed the instructors. They shared some of their exquisite quilts, one as good as the last. I was really very impressed. The ships staff was very good in their different positions."
Anita McClure, Tellico Plains, TN - "Was terrific... wonderful teachers and classes. A very well organized trip!!!"
Nancy Somers, Algonquin, IL - "All of the classes and events offered through Craftours and Dana, Carol, Sue, Kaye and Catherine were fun and exciting. All the teachers were so knowledgeable, caring, helpful and clear but and brought learning to us with style and humor. Also, Scott and Veronica with the Janome machines were great."
Dolores Johnson, Largo, FL - "I had a great time. This was my first quilting tour and I hope not my last. My daughter and I were the "new kids on the block" and everyone made us feel welcome and helped us if we needed it. Loved the teachers and that we were able to choose what we wanted to do. I couldn't have asked for a nicer group and had a wonderful week."
Sarah Curtis, Farmington, ME - "All together there were 6 of us from our guild chapter. We all had a grand time. The classes were great, the teachers were wonderful and were attentive. The ship was glorious, even the weather was superb."
Lynne Carpenter, Klamath Falls, OR - "Last year was FUN! This year was 10x as much fun!!! I LOVED being able to sew on Sunday evening & then having soooo much more sewing time throughout the cruise! Also, was THRILLED to have fabric available for purchase on the ship! Also, the graduation ceremony (complete with Pomp & Circumstance) was truly memorable. (Also, I got to place in the block contest! I was so thrilled!!!)"
Carolyn Allen, Ft. Meyers, FL - "This was my first Cruise and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was very impressed with the teachers and their classes. I learned a lot! Everything was very well orchestrated and kudos to you Craftours for your organization of everything. Loved the graduation party. Thanks to everyone."
Marilyn Kennedy, Engelwood, FL - "Very. Nicely planned and done"
Suzette Beck, Tijeras, NM - "The quilting cruise was a lot of fun. The instructors were some of the best in the industry. The ports of call offered some great excursions."
Besime Brierton, Burke, VA - "The tour was fantastic. everything was organized, Kathy and Amy worked well together."
Karen Naylor, Gainesville, VA - "Lovely accommodations, interesting daily tours, wonderful food, all carefully planned for maximum enjoyment with the pleasure of sharing this Tuscan experience with Bonnie Hunter."
Laura Pringle, Chandler, AZ - "Thank you so much for all your work. My mom and I will remember our trip of a lifetime!!!"
Susan Britt, Mississauga, ON - "Absolutely wonderful trip ... well organized and knowledgeable tour guides. Amy and Kathy did a good job keeping us all together and mixed well with the group. The places we saw were beautiful. Would have liked a little more time at a few spots but I now have places I will return to. Bonnie shared her quilting skills with us and we had a fun workshop. Her blog is amazing and certainly captured this trip. I had so much fun and met some wonderful ladies. Many thanks to you all."
Tess Griffin, Raleigh, NC - "This tour was not what I expected, it was so much more! We covered a lot of ground with much information about the places we visited. Friends have asked me what was my favorite place and I still can't decide!!"
Carolyn Stigler, Bryan, TX - "Great trip. Great weather. Great people. The tours around Tuscany were diverse. The bus was comfortable and our driver was safe. He also looked out for our bathroom needs. The cemetery stop was emotional and beautiful. I don't know what I liked best because it was all above expectations"
Rosemary Hoffman, Thousand Oaks, CA - "A good overview of the Tuscany area. Enjoyed the numerous small towns that we visited."
Pat Kilmain, Palmer, AK - "This was one of the best tours I've been on. The itinerary was great, I saw the Tuscany I was expecting."
Jill Lombard, Carlsbad, CA - "It was an amazing, magical week in Tuscany. I loved staying in one hotel the entire time and doing local day trips. Craftours has put together a fabulous itinerary that immerses you in the beauty that is Tuscany!"
Frieda Zuerner, Houston, TX - "Another fabulous trip with Bonnie. Tuscany was so beautiful and Craftours always manages the perfect split between group activities and having time on your own to explore."
Kathy Bonnell, Sterling, IL - "Great trip!! Well worth the money. I never would have seen or done as much left to my own devices!"
Theresa Arnold, Indianapolis, IN - "I have mostly traveled independently so was pleased with the balance of tour guided experiences with the freedom to choose once we arrived at a location. Sew Many Places did the hard part which allowed me to enjoy (without trepidation) the actual experience. Hotel was amazing! Bonnie Hunter was the "gravy" on this experience. Just a wonderful balance with an excellent tour guide!"
Elizabeth Dickey, Slippery Rock, PA - "It was a little piece of heaven here on earth"
Kathy Browning, Arcadia, FL - "I was a little skeptical of going on a group tour for the first time, but it was a perfect balance between group time and time to explore on your own. Information given on the bus rides to our daily destination was very helpful and then we had plenty of time to explore where we wanted which might have been different than the rest of the group. I appreciated the central location where we stayed so we didn't have to haul luggage around Italy. It was a beautiful city with wonderful restaurants, shop and gelato!!! Loved every minute of the trip!"
Janet Roth, Red Deer, AB - "I found it a very fun group and enjoyed every minute of our trip. It is a great way for a single lady to travel, felt very safe and well taken care of. Thanks to our guides, Kathy and Amy!"
Norma & Burton Casad, Ponca City, Oklahoma - "My husband took flak for going on a quilting trip that he actually enjoyed it. It was very well done and we would travel with them again."
Paula Barton, Caldwell, Texas - "Words don't describe the beautiful Scenery, the gracious people and the exquisit food we experience on this trip - guides, drivers were all very helpful and professional. I would recommend this trip to any one. I would love to travel with Craftours again!"
Diane Michal, Trophy Club, Texas - "I loved this trip! Amy & Kathy were great facilitators that helped to bond the group into a caring, supportive, & adventours as a whole. Thank you for a fabulous retirement trip!"
Adrienne Peake, Rosedale Station, Alberta - "Thank You for the wonderful experience. I have travelled with Sew Many Places and enjoyed both trips."
Carla McGuire, Boynton Beach, Florida - "Fantastic trip! Well organized but yet plenty of free time."
Barb Larson, Chaska, Minnesota - "I enjoyed the Tuscany Tour with Bonnie Hunter. We had just the right mix of sight seeing and also time to relax. Loved it!!"
Beth and Rich Carlson, Chico, California - "This was our first group led trip, and our first time out of the US. The trip was more than we expected. The small group size made it possible to get to know the others. We were able to spend time on our own at each location."
Helen Brandt, Vernon, British Columbia - "Each day was a new adventure, although the descrption of what we would see was interesting the actual place we visited was much better!"
Leila O'Connor, Dimboola, Victoria - "Where do I start, it was great from beginning to end, Agnes was a true delight to meet and looked after us like a mother hen, and our coach driver Con has the knowledge of an encyclopedia, and the personality to go with it, both people were a treasure to meet. The people on tour with us were like a big happy family, and I have come home wishing I could do it all again, Ireland is a beautiful country, and I learned alot about it, and the Irish way of life, well done everyone."
Billie Ferguson, Dayton, Ohio - "Our flight on Aer Lingus was wonderful, much better than any I have taken before. Con, Anges, and Ricky's enthusiasm were contagious; they kept everyone in high spirits the whole trip. The variety of places we visited kept us all entertained and their little "surprise" stops were delightful. Ricky's classes taught us so much; not only about quilting, but how to compose our photos of Ireland. We had a wonderful mixture of people on the trip and every one added something to the adventure. It was truly a magical time. for me it was time spent with my daughter sharing our love of travel and quilting; I was able to show her my favorite place, Ireland and now we are planning and saving for our next trip. Can't thank you enough for making it possible."
Sandra Geho, Marietta, Georgia - "I loved the opportunity to see and experience many beautiful places and historic sites. As a gardener, and quilter, the trips opened so many creative opportunities that will influence me the rest of my life."
Carol Dunn, Salem, Wisconsin - "This tour went way beyond my expectations. I found the tour guides to be informative, helpful and friendly. "
Bonnie Holtz, Des Plaines, Illinois - "I loved the way Charlie took care of us all the time."
Tamera Kaplan, Savage, Minnesota - "I enjoyed the entire trip. The people were fabulous Americans and Chinese. Always friendly and helpful."
Wayne Lasson, Lake Forest, Illinois - "Trip was outstanding. A perfect balance between crafts and local places to see and free time. Accommodations were excellent - at both locations [one in craft area and one in resort area. We really saw and enjoyed Bali."
Ellen Davidson, Somerville, Massachusetts - "Excellent planning and pacing. Just the right balance of planned and open time. Right balance of doing crafts, observing crafts, and doing other excursions."
Peggy Moore, Hillsboro, Oregon - "Great trip with interesting sites and classes"
Suzette Lee, Bradenton, Florida - "England and the sites were great if you made the most of your time!"
Joan R. Barnes, Orland Park, Illinois - "I'm a traveler, and I was totally impressed with this trip."
Sherly Giglio, Boyds, Maryland - "Loved the trip ! glad we had some free time to do and explore."
Stephanie Rodgers, Washington Township, New Jersey - "The trip was a lot of fun, but very exhausting. I would've preferred more classes, and less bus traveling. My least favorite place was Bath, only because I'm not much of a shopper. On vacation, I'm more into shopping like at Burton on the Water. Absolutely loved Stratford-Upon-Avon!"
Mary Harrell, Milton, Georgia - "At first I was a little nervous about going on the trip as a single, but I quickly made 24 new friends. The trip was wonderful. It was the perfect mix of crafting, sightseeing and comraderie."
Helen Fox, Blackburn, Victoria - "Excellent"
Lola Nordstrom, Battle Ground, Washington - "Great trip. Everyday was jam packed with new adventures."
Sandra Geho, Marietta, Georgia - "A wonderfully creative, and educational experience of the Thai people, their food, culture, and fabrics."
Lee Binnion, Boise, Idaho - "Traveling with Pam and Keith Holland is always great fun. They are truly joyous people. Pam can inspire us even while on a bus, but I still want to take a class which is all hands-on. Thailand is a beautiful country filled with truly friendly people. I would go back any time."
Joan Ascue, Plano, Texas - "The Thailand trip was a once in a lifetime adventure. It was a wonderful group of people, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone. Pam and Keith were, of course, the perfect guides for the trip. And then Temple lost his insulin, Oam stepped up to the plate with the hotel to be sure he was able to get it replaced. "
Sherrill Cooper, Edmond, Oklahoma - "Great locale; great leaders. Had a great time. "
Maureen Engelhardt, Grayslake, Illinois - "Meet many wonderful and great people the boat was wonderful and all employees were very helpful. I thought the quilting part was perfect I really learned a lot. The instructor was great and the craft tour personal were great the only thing I could see that could have been better is if we stayed in Some of the places over night to see more of the island."
Michelle Condon, Cheyenne, Wyoming - "The cruise was wonderful, I loved the workshops and sewing time with Bonnie, and making new friends!"
Susan Coan, Concord, North Carolina - "I had a wonderful time on my first ever cruise. The opportunity to be able to do a workshop with Bonnie Hunter was icing on the cake!"
Jody Godwin, Brenham, Texas - "Enjoyed the cruise and the fun of getting to meet a lot of other quilters, as well as, enjoying learning from Bonnie. Just one instructor and working on one project was much more enjoyable for me."
Donna McAllister, Wytheville, Virginia - "I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Kathi Cappellini, Gainesville, Virginia - "I enjoyed my Quiltville Caribbean Craise with CraftTours. The 4day workshop with Bonnie Hunter, and working on one of the quilts was a dream. We were able to make great progress and get to know each other and Bonnie."
Ginny Clay, Mansfield, Ohio - "It was fun and staff went beyond excellent to make sure that we all enjoyed it"
Joyce Grant, Forest Lake, Minnesota - "Relaxing, stress free trip of a lifetime."
Xenia B Searle, Grayslake, Illinois - "Fantastic cruise, lots of sewing time and lots of one-on-one time with the instructor. Great camaraderie among the quilters."
Alice Leishman, Port Orange, Florida - "As this was my first cruise, I thought it was phenomenal! Everything went so smoothly -and I had been a bit anxious - and I enjoyed every aspect!"
Carol, Lake Frederick, Virginia - "I love Cruising and quilting. My sister and I bonded, met new friends, started a great Bonnie Hunter quilt, learned some Bonnie quilting secrets, relaxed, and visited some great destinations."
Gail Stobart, Novi, Michigan - "This cruise was my second with Sew Many Places and second on Royal Caribbean. I look forward to cruising again with both."
Pam Smith, Martinez, California - "It was wonderful!!! The accommodations were first class and the planning was excellent. The people involved were wonderful, drivers and guides. The leaders, Pam and Keith, handled all the issues that came up and kept the tour rolling forward."
Janet BIgelow, Tacoma, Washington - "I have always wanted to go to Africa, and at last was able to go, and mark it off my bucket list. This trip was all one could wish for, great leaders, guides, knowledgeable, down to earth, and all good stuff."
Jeff Todoroff, Arcata, California - "Lodging was the best, and the game was quite cooperative. Food was excellent and abundant. The Masai Mara is a stunningly beautiful place; the balloon trip was magical."
Melvina White, Hercules, California - "I had a wonderful time. The game drives was lots of fun, looking for different animals. I enjoyed seeing the beautiful land all around us, beautiful sunsets and sunrises."
Lynne Todoroff, Brookings, South Dakota - "Working with Craftours was easy, very helpful, answered concerns, well organized. The Africa Expedition was a little late in the high season but animals plentiful. We lucked out with the weather until our last day. I would consider another Craftour and recommend the Africa Expedition"
Karen Kelley, LaPlata, Maryland - "It was wonderful! Pam and Keith made it so special, and easy. I have never taken a trip like that before and will remember it always."
Patricia Costa, Floral Park, New York - "It was the most informative tour I have ever been on. we saw and did things that we would never had the chance yo experience as an ordinary tourist."
Julie Archer, Haymarket, Virginia - "The tour of Tuscany exceeded all expectations. Every day was a new adventure. I will never forget this trip or the wonderful new friends I made."
Alma Lou Annab , Springfield Gardens, New York" - "What I liked the most about the Tuscany Craft Tour was the opportunity to experience hands on how the traditional craft were made. We were taught by experienced artisans. In addition we saw close up such techniques as stone "mosaics" or inlay. The precision achieved using the simplest of tools, and the inspiration from the stones was absolutely mind-boggling. No word can explain the amazement of the final pice. Being able to see a sculptor in his studio wth the live model and the many steps and processes before the statue becomes reality gave greater respect and insight to the work of the old masters. But it was so enjoyable to be able to DO a fresco. To do the leather cover, to squish the clay into decorative shapes was wonderful. Even seeing the unique results of the paper marbling made us realize these were things we could do at home. Most to us show you only a brief glance at historic monuments. This one took you back to the beginning and behind the scenes. Since the group was small we got to know all the individuals very well."
Madalyn Etzel, Lakewood, Ohio - "The South American Expedition was truly a life-changing trip. From beginning to end it was handled flawlessly with no missed buses, trains, tickets or people! I felt at ease knowing everything was so well handled by Mary Ellen. Every day was jam packed with amazing experiences. From the canopy walkway, to visiting the village school, to fishing, to walking Machu Picchu it was phenomenal. Every adventure was well worth it. We made a great use of our time, and I truly think everyone on our trip had a fantastic time."
Marie Novak, Edinboro, Pennsylvania - "It was the trip of a lifetime. our time in Ceiba Tops was the most life affirming and joyous time. Everything about our time there was memorable."
Susan Cruse, Milford, Ohio - "Awesome experience! The activities were well planned for interest and delights. Wonderful trip to Peru."
Karen Enright, Cincinnati, Ohio - "I had a wonderful time and fully enjoyed both the Amazon and Machu Picchu, but the hours we kept and the varying wake up times really wore me down. Also "many step and uneven pavement" did not prepare me for rock climbing at Machu Picchu, but it was still worth it."
Karen Stewart, Albuquerque, New Mexico - "The trip was very organized and busy. Mary Ellen was terrific; she kept us informed of what to expect each day and how to be prepared for each activity. This was the first time I have taken a trip with a group (not planning each activity myself). I want to take more trips like this and will want to use Craft Tours again."
Frieda Toback, Summerfield, Florida - "A fascinating tour of Peru, well organized, with excellent hotels and accommodations. Mary Ellen was efficient, helpful and very kind. Bonnie's bubbly personality made everyone happy. She was never without a smile or a sense of wonder."
Jacquelyn Nelson, Greensboro, North Carolina - "It was an amazing trip - enjoyed every second of it!"
Ann Torpey, Somerville, New Jersey - "The tour was very good and most interesting. The Salzburg market was much better than the Innsbruck one. By far the best was the Nuremberg market. It was all that it is advertised to be, even in the rain. Oberammergau was a highlight for me since I had been there to the 2010 Passion Play."
Holly Brown, Alexandria, Virginia - "The trip exceeded all my expectations. Ruhpolding was a delight. I could not have asked for a better place to stay and the people where so friendly and accommodating. The stops on the tour were very exciting. I had so much fun and already planning to go back."
Lois Carter, Kingsport, Tennessee - "It was a trip of a lifetime. On the whole I had a wonderful time. "
Vicki Allred, Redondo Beach, California - "This was a great tour! The Christmas markets in Germany and Austria should be on everyone's bucket list! Loved them!"
Karen Binkley, Long Beach, California - "Great Time was had by all!!"
Liz Williams, Cleburne, Texas - "The Christmas market tour through Austria and Bavaria was fantastic. The towns and villages were very welcoming and friendly."
Linda Carol V. Carter, Knoxville, Tennessee - "This was such a fun trip! Besides the Christmas Markets we visited many interesting sites. The group was a very congenial lot so that added to the pleasure."
Angie Butler, Ocean Grove, New Jersey - "I had a wonderful time on this tour! Just enough time for touring, exploring on my own and recouping after a busy day. It really couldn't have been better!"
Chris Bredwell, Tucson, Arizona - "Local tour guides were exceptional. Their knowledge of Japan (customs, local area, etc.) top notch and entertaining! Accommodations classy."
Nancy Withers, Batavia, Ohio - "Awesome Awesome Awesome"
Paula Von Winckelmann, Paso Robles, California - "This was my first trip to Japan and it was a wonderful introduction to the country and the Japanese people and their culture."
Leah Jordan, Clarksville, Tennessee - "This was a wonderful tour. I would never have gotten to this part of the world without this great tour offering."
Audrey Mantle, Lafayette, California - "The balance of planned activities and free time was good. We were traveling with a very savy group of women who came up with suggestions - fabric shopping street, Shibori museum, and fabric/craft shop across from our hotel in Kyoto. We found the Gallery of Japanese Arts and Crafts which was wonderful. The day trip to the Kimono Museum and Mt. Fuji was great with a wonderful, typical lunch included. The workshops were well organized, fun and a change of pace from touring. The hotels and included meals were excellent. Our guide in Kyoto (Sunny) was excellent and a delightful person. It was a wonderful first trip to Japan and I thoroughly enjoyed it."
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, Massachusetts - "This is my third tour with this company. It was excellent as usual. I will be signing up for another tour very soon."
Cindy Pomerico, Paso Robles, California - "This was my first trip in a group. I enjoyed it."
Marlene Barkley, El Macero, California - "I loved the Japan tour. Everything went so smoothly due to expert leaders. The hotels were the best."
Cris Pera, Portland, Oregon - "This tour needed more research before it was booked. There are many more interesting places that could be explored. Perhaps a list of places that tour members might like to explore on their own would be nice."
Ruth McKinney, DeSoto, Texas - "I really enjoyed the entire tour. The quilt show was great. But, the shrines and temples we saw were also fabulous."
Jody Kamman, Laguna Hills, California - "AMAZING! I have been fortunate to travel around the world and have had some wonderful experiences, however this was my first trip to South America. I want to thank Craftours for a unforgettable tour. "
Mary Travillian, Modesto, California - "Peru is a beautiful country to visit, and the craftsmen we met and worked with were excellent."
Sara Borr, Norristown, Pennsylvania - "A fun and informative trip. Great to meet and spend time with so many talented artist as they shared their various crafts. The hands on participation was fun and sometimes frustrating at the same time. Would do the trip again. We not only saw the cities but ventured into the countryside to get a real feel of the country and their interesting artists."
Pam Clark, Moville, Iowa - "This trip fulfilled my lifelong dream of seeing Macchu Picchu. Being included as a member of this group made the experience so much easier. Our tour guides led us every step of the way and were quick to respond to our every need. I will never forget the new friends made nor the kind and wonderful people of Peru."
Judith Zakrewski, Brooklyn, New York - "I had a great time. I especially liked the music at dinner."
Barbara Robinson, Eustis, Florida - "Loved it and learned a lot from Jami."
Karen Hough, Sanger, Texas - "This was a very different cruise, we learned about making the designs for quilted tops.Jamie Wallen was the instructor. This was a small group and it really gave plenty of time to each person. I learned a lot about finishing my quilts."
Teresa Williamson, Baton Rouge, Louisiana - "The Naperville Cocoon was just what I was looking for! Every instructor was absolutely wonderful and it really opened my eyes to some great techniques. The hotel was great, food was great, and the entire event was very well organized. This was my first time traveling with Craftours and I'm looking forward to another trip!!!"
Linda Umstead, Montague, Michigan - "Had a great time. Instructors were very helpful."
Denise Nehl, Jefferson City, Missouri - "I enjoyed the classes. The instructors were knowledgeable and patient with all levels of skill."
Linda Carpenter, College Station, Texas - "This was my first experience with Craftours; I had a fantastic time. Group B was the best! We could not have had a better group. The instructors were great and I learned a lot from each one. Honoring Rosemary on Wednesday night was a highlight that I nor many of us will ever forget."
Susan McCoy, Elmhurst, Illinois - "A great four day quilting experience."
Leslie Legros, Kenora, Ontario - "This was a wonderful opportunity I would not have had otherwise to meet the 4 Amazing Teachers and of course Kaye England and Lisa B!"
Bryan Nehl, Jefferson City, Missouri - "I initially came for one class in particular. However, I kept an open mind and I learned something in every class."
Kate Schrot, North Mankato, Minnisota - "It was great. Classes were wonderful. The group was friendly and everyone seemed to get along."
Debbie Conlee, Montgomery, Illinois - "I signed up for the event because I don't do ships (seasick!) and wanted a class with Bonnie Hunter. I hesitated to attend class with Mark Sherman and Pam Holland. I am not artistic and that is how I viewed their work. To my delight, I had the best time learning the techniques that Mark and Pam use in their work. I can transfer those skills to other projects. And Pepper Cory was so encouraging to those of us who dreaded curved piecing! Everyone was so welcoming and wanted to make sure that we had a good time. I am still smiling a week later! When is the next cocoon?"
Marilyn Nance, Chicago, Illinois - "I had a wonderful time! The classes, instructors, meals and venue were all terrific."
Christine Hampton, Oregon, Wisconsin - "The Cocoon was the most amazing experience. The best quilt retreat I've been to, by far, and my first trip with Craftours. I learned so much from all the Master Instructors. It was a great line up of workshops. I can't say enough good things about this event. Please repeat the IL Quilting Cocoon soon."
Helen Fox, Blackburn, Australia - "Fabulous, stimulating and inspiring AND I learned and became comfortable with lots of ways of doing things differently - curves, trapunto using multiple layers of different batting, thread stitching and companion ruler for flying geese! Lots of extra sewing time to work on projects and some fun entertainment as well as surprises!"
Doris Troutt, Mt. Vernon, Illinois - "I loved the versatility of the instructors. I did things I didn't believe I was capable of. Thank you instructors!"
Anne Wawrzyniak, McFarland, Wisconsin - "GREAT time. The small class size gave ample opportunity for 1:1 with the instructors. The hotel was comfortable, and large enough that one didn't feel cramped in our rooms or classrooms. The topics covered by the instructors were able to be taught in a one day class without feeling rushed."
Rosemary Dawes, Bedford, Texas - "It was an unbelievable experience. Everything, the instructors, the equipment, the personal support and the technical support, were top notch. For me, nothing compares to my being surprised with the awarding of a Quilt of Valor. It was an experience I will not forget."
Rebecca Andrews, Sahuarita, Arizona - "I enjoyed cocoon very much. The instructors were great and learned a lot."
Donna Simonton, Clinton, Maryland - "I thought this was a great idea and a lot of fun. Four different teachers with four different techniques made for a great week!"
Antoinette Susie McKelvy, Medina, Texas - "What a wonderful experience. Great teachers, wonderful accommodations, great food."
Terry Klausmeier, Lake Forest, Illinois - "The Naperville Cocoon far surpassed my expectations! The accommodations at the Chicago Marriott were lovely, and the meals served were not only healthy; they tasted great! Kaye and Lisa made sure everything ran smoothly and did it with smiles and laughter! They are quite a team! Mark, Pam, Pepper and Bonnie were the dream team -- their talent, teaching skills and patience made for an amazing retreat! I am already looking for my next adventure! "
Chris Deering, Chicago, Illinois - "I loved this cocoon. It was such a great chance to learn from wonderful instructors and make new quilting friends!"
Jaqueline Mills, Medford, New Jersey - "Alaska was everything I hoped it would be. Traveling with Crafters allowed me to share the experience with others who share my passion for quilting. As a single woman, traveling alone, this made my trip all the more enjoyable."
Linda Helders, Neshkoro, Wisconsin - "The cruise was wonderful, & I enjoyed the sewing"
Ellen MacLaughlin, Midland, Michigan - "Wonderful trip meeting all my new quilting sisters."
Barbara Giguere, Shelburne, Massachusetts - "The Alaskan Cruise with Bonnie Hunter was quilting fun from beginning to end! This was my first Craftours trip and I hope it won't be my last."
Rena Shield, Roscoe, Illinois - "Enjoyed the cruise very much"
Cindi Burgdorf, Florissant, Missouri - "I had a wonderful time. The set up for sewing was great, and Royal Caribbean is a good choice for your tours."
Debi Persson, Duluth, Minnesota - "It was an amazing cruise! And a bonus to meet Bonnie Hunter."
Marilee McQuarrie, Wallawalla, Washington - "The tour itself was wonderful. Our guide, Agnes and bus driver, Con, were fantastic people who knew the area and history. We completely enjoyed the trip."
Meg Brotnov, Bellingham, Washington - "Ireland is a beautiful land of endless history. Craftours allowed us to visit as many places as possible in a short amount of time. The hotels were excellent and dinners superb! Our guide, Agnus was lovely and kept us organized and driver, Con very informative about the area. There was so much to see and so much history to absorb that I often didn't catch it all."
Sharon E. Posey, Everett, Washington - "I had a fabulous trip to Ireland, Agnes Warren was an excellent tour guide. The bus driver Con O'Leary also was an educated bus driver who informed of the history of Ireland."
Nancy Somers, Algonquin, Illinois - "I loved the Mediterranean cruise. We went to so many beautiful places, also made new friends."
Vickii Banfield, Minchinbury, New South Wales - "The cruise was amazing, relaxing, full of fun & entertainment."
Kathy Kewin, Fairport, New York - "It was very organized. The people and employees were friendly. The food was outstanding."
Steve Fraas, Flagler Beach, Florida - "This was our first cruise in many years. The fact that it was a quilting cruise was a bonus for my wife who is a passionate and skilled quilter. It was wonderful to meet other quilters and spouses to share the cruise event. We have made new friends and look forward to a Craftours event in the future."
Donna Quimby, North Haledon, New Jersey - "It was a great trip with a great group of people!"
Pat Kennedy, Grand Rapids, Michigan - "Repeatedly in awe of the beauty of Italy."
Jackie Beard, Lansing, Michigan - "A great opportunity to see many places packed in a reasonably short period and some sewing thrown in for good measure."
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, Massachusetts - "It was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was wonderful."
Nancy Michalak, Farmington Hills, Michigan - "Machu Pichu and the Amazon were truly amazing. Better than the PBS specials."
Beverly Brown, Bloomington, Indiana - "Had a wonderful time and saw some awesome sites!"
Donna Bonine, Parsons, Kansas - "I enjoyed my cruise very much. It was my second cruise and I enjoyed being able to sew as I was cruising. I was a lot of fun meeting new people that enjoyed the same thing that I love to do."
Jo Ann Newsome, Columbus, Ohio - "The destinations were great and thoroughly enjoyed the excursions. The Oasis was a big ship that offered plenty of fun things and places as well as great food."
Kathi Martin, Puiallup, Washington - "Fabulous itinerary. Very knowledgeable guides. Lodging was special."
Sandy Bodin, Lake City, Minnesota - "Touring Kathmandu with Jinny Beyer was a dream come true!"
Vernon Martin, Puiallup, Washington - "Enjoyed the trip very much. The accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu were excellent including the food service. Tour bus operations were safe, reliable, and courteous. The local guides were also very informative and eager to please. Air transportation was excellent."
Carole Nicholas, Oakton, Virginia - "Nepal with Jinny Beyer exceeded all my expectations. Our guides, Susan and Anil were excellent and provided us with cultural, historical and political insights that we would never have gotten in a guide book. The choice of towns and craft workshops was excellent. The Hyatt Regancy was a welcome oasis amid the traffic and chaos of the Kathmandu city streets, yet close walking distance to the shopping and sightseeing area of Boudhanath. Jinny was a big hit with the participants, who enjoyed the quilting sessions with her."
Donna Hillard, Kirkland, Washington - "The tour was a good mix of sight seeing and crafts. We had chances to meet and talk to local people and get an idea of how they do business."
Sandi Goldman, Annandale, Virginia - "I didn't expect to enjoy my trip to Nepal as much as I did but it turned out to be a very special place."
Ulla-Britt Tidstrom, Chicago, Illinois - "I had a great time and enjoyed the sewing classes very much. Did not thing I would like the sewing subjects very much, but I did, and learned a few things as well."
Katheryn Alexander, Eugene, Oregon - "I had a GREAT time! Teachers were excellent, cruise was excellent. Can't wait to go again!"
Bev Valle, North Andover, Massachusetts - "I really enjoyed the projects presented, and hope to finish "Connected" presented by Carol Moellers in the near future."
Peggi Chambers, Avondale, Arizona - "Awesome cruise... enjoyed the comradary of the quilting group."
Peggy Barton, Cornelius, North Carolina - "It was a great trip and I especially enjoyed the quilting time we had on the ship."
Francis McDaniel, Carthage, Missouri - "I loved the cruise and all the people we were with. Pam Holland gave me so many neat ideas. Also after classes with Carol Moellers I see so many things in a different light for quilts. The craft Mary Ellen Francis has given me new incite also. I absolutely love my new Janome machine we bought from Scott and Ryan."
Jo Ann Dickerson, Wichita, Kansas - "Very good tour thanks to our local guide & tour escort."
Kathy Maurin, Kansas City, Missouri - "The tour itself was great. Agnes was wonderful."
Maureen McNally, Hobe Sound, Florida - "Great tour of the various Christmas Markets in Austria and Germany... Plenty of time to explore on your own. Great hotels and transportation"
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