California Quilt Cruise Infomation

Join Christina on the Holland America’s  newer ship, Koningsdam March 20-27, 2022 along with other quilters and fiber artists for a “Quilt Seminar at Sea” West Coast Cruise!

San Diego Zoo's Star Red Panda Textile Art by Christina Fairley Erickson

One of San Diego Zoo’s Stars- Red Panda by Christina Fairley Erickson

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Explore the California Coast with like-minded textile enthusiasts!

On this convenient roundtrip San Diego cruise, you will visit the charming town of Avalon, America’s shining city by the sea (San Francisco), Santa Barbara’s prime oceanfront location, and Ensenada, nicknamed the Pearl of the Pacific and Baja California’s third largest city.

Holland America also has two exclusive tours just for our group (both include a light lunch):

  • San Francisco Exclusive Tour
    Depart the pier for downtown San Francisco. Head down to the main commercial boulevard, Market Street, for time at Britex Fabrics, a landmark store with six decades of history selling fabrics of all varieties. Cross the Bay Area’s other famous bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, en route to the famous college town of Berkeley. The first stop is the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, a haven for the textile community that was established as an extension of the Lacis Store. After the museum, stop at a local sandwich shop for a tasty lunch. You’ll also visit Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics, another Bay Area institution with 100 years in the fabric industry, and New Pieces Quilt Shop, a haven of sewing specialists who are passionate quilt makers. Depart the “east bay” side of the water, before returning to San Francisco and the pier.


Day Date Port Arrive Depart
Sunday 3/20 San Diego, CA 4:00 pm
Monday 3/21 Avalon, CA 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Tuesday 3/22 Santa Barbara, CA 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wednesday 3/23 San Francisco, CA  Half day of quilt classes 1:00 pm Overnight
Thursday 3/24 San Francisco, CA 11:00 pm
Friday 3/25 At Sea  Full day of quilt classes
Saturday 3/26 Ensenada, Mexico  Half day of quilt classes 6:00 pm 11:00 pm
Sunday 3/27 San Diego, CA 7:00 am
San Francisco's Golden Gate- original art quilt by Christina Fairley Erickson

Bring home this fantastic art quilt as a reminder of you visit to San Francisco!

  • Santa Barbara Exclusive Tour
    Enjoy a series of quilt shop visits along the central California coast. Start the day with a short drive south along the beautiful coastline to the small seaside town of Carpinteria, to Roxanne’s, A Wish and A Dream. Roxanne’s is a quilting, knitting and needlework shop where the décor is just as interesting as their offerings. Then you’re off to Ventura and Superbuzzy, a boutique featuring numerous options for craft supplies including a specialization in Japanese fabrics. Superbuzzy has been featured in many craft magazines over the years since their founding in 2006. Head back up the coast to downtown Santa Barbara for lunch in the area known as the red tile district for the prevalent colonial Spanish architecture, with time for an included lunch. The last visit will be to Raoul Textiles, a workshop, design firm and showroom featuring an intriguing array of textiles and design pieces. Head back to the pier after a fun day.

Here are the classes Christina is teaching:

San Diego Zoo’s Red Panda

Using Caran d’Ache Neocolor Fabric Crayons and InkTense pencils, Christina will teach you an easy method to getting your Red Panda design on your fabric. This can be a block for an animal quilt or its own smaller wall quilt to remember your time in San Diego. You do not need to know how to draw to be successful in this class – you’ll learn a simple technique to get a fabulous result that you can use in your quilting in the future. You’ll receive instructions on how to add hand-stitching to enhance the animal and bring it to life!

Learn to make shibori silk scarves with Christina!

Samples of Shibori dyed silk scarves- bring your own home from the cruise!

San Francisco’s Golden Gate

Combining the iconic Golden Gate with San Francisco’s skyline, this original design by Christina will make a small art quilt – a fabulous memory of your cruise! Using an easy no-sew technique, you’ll transfer the pattern and build up your skyline and bridge. After lunch, you’ll practice a couching technique which you’ll use to add the Golden Gate’s cables.

Shibori Silk Scarf

Learn to create a pattern and then use a simple dyeing technique to turn a silk scarf into a work of art you can wear home! Shibori is the Japanese art of using resists, such as stitches, thread-wrapping, and folding, to create patterning when dyeing. You’ll get to experiment with different shibori techniques on sample pieces of silk, prior to deciding the type of patterning you want on your finished scarf.

We have two other fantastic teachers on this cruise!  Chardel Blaine will be teaching “California Poppies”, “Seeing Seastars” and “Here Fishy, Fishy”.  Ana Buzzalino will be teaching “Modern Art- Paintstiks on Fabric”, “Rocky Coast: Rocks, Stones & Pebbles, Oh My!” and “California Dreaming (TAP) Transfer Artist Paper”.

See information on the classes here!