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North to Alaska Quilting Cruise

August 10 - 17, 2018

Join Stitchin' Heaven and friends on a 7-night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise! Cruise and learn from quilting experts: Anita Grossman Solomon, Susan Knapp, and Deb Tucker.

Dear Friends,

Alaska, the Last Frontier. EVERYONE wants to go to Alaska. It never disappoints. It never gets old. There is always a wonder and mystery of the beautiful landscape, the surprise of the wildlife, and the intrigue of the history of Alaska. Viewed by most since the 19th century, over a hundred years later little has changed and it remains just as mysterious and inviting as ever.  Alaska is larger than Texas, California, and Montana combined so what we see on our cruise is just a tiny part of this magic kingdom. But what we will see will certainly be worth it as it is ever changing and always satisfying. Join us on this amazing cruise.

- Deb Luttrell
Owner, Stitchin' Heaven

If you have never been on a quilting cruise you have missed a real treat!  Since 2010 Stitchin' Heaven Travel has offered quilt-related cruises and motor coach tours to literally hundreds of satisfied guests. See reviews from our happy travelers here.

 

How can all this get any better? Here's how!

  • Stitchin‘ Heaven Travel communication updates
  • A Welcome Aboard Party
  • A Stitchin’ Heaven Travel souvenir tote bag
  • T-Shirt for each quilter specific to our cruise
  • A gift for each quilter
  • Optional pre-cut Sail ‘n Sew fabric kits
  • Every quilting guest can take all the classes offered
  • Classes are taken on days "at sea" so no port time is missed
  • Classroom is open 24/7 for plenty of free time sewing!
  • Free spool of Aurifil thread
  • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
  • Plenty of classroom support
  • Oliso Pro Smart Irons™
  • Emailed Contact List

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a Bernina 3 Series sewing machine!

That's right!  Each quilter will be provided a state-of-the-art 330 Bernina machine equipped with the extended table, a quarter inch foot, and an open toe foot.  There's no need to bring your sewing machine all the way from home. Visit the Bernina website to see the amazing features of this great machine!

Consider bringing a friend, your spouse or your family – non-quilters are always welcome to join us and will have many activities to pursue while you are in class.

We look forward to our next adventure together with you!

Instructors 


Anita Grossman Solomon

Anita Grossman Solomon

Anita constructs artful bed quilts from classic blocks. What you can’t see by looking at them are the innovative methods she uses to easily cut and piece them. Anita lives in midtown Manhattan. Previously an art curator, she took up quiltmaking in 1990 becoming a full-time quilt teacher.  What’s Anita’s favorite part of teaching? “Waiting for each student to have their “Eureka!” moment of understanding the trick behind the magic.”

You may have watched her on HGTV’s “Simply Quilts”, “The Quilt Show”, or “Quilt Out Loud". She’s written three books for C&T Publishing. Upon first seeing Anita’s work, her editor said “I know what you do, you make it simpler.”  A week later Anita registered the domain www.MakeItSimpler.com Her quilts have been displayed everywhere from the ceiling of the International Quilt Festival in Houston to an enormous screen high above Times Square in New York City. Recently, Robert Kaufman Fabrics debuted her colorful KONA® fabric palette.

An international teacher, she is also an instructor on Craftsy.com where she blogs The Fiber of My Being.

 

Susan Knapp

Susan Knapp

Susan has been a quilter since 1983. It all began because she was a new stay-at-home mom who needed a creative outlet--and she really enjoys geometry! Now she is a highly sought after quilt teacher for local quilt shops and organizations, specializing in teaching newcomers. Susan stresses the illusive 1/4” seam as the very basis of good quilt making, which brings a high degree of success to her students. She learned the world of fabric by honest hard work at the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in the University Extension Program. Susan is married to a farmer, and they have two children and now a grand baby!

In 1995, The Quilt Branch started as a consuming hobby and a side job for Susan and her now-retired partner Mary Jane Mattingly. Mary Jane had informally trained as a textile art student and seamstress for many years. Then, she decided to take a quilting class from none other than me. Being one of those successful students, we decided to join forces and share our love of quilting with all of you. 

 

Deb Tucker

Deb Tucker

Deb has been an avid quilt maker since 1981 and describes herself as a "Machine Piecing Efficiency Expert".  She has developed numerous streamlined construction techniques and tools to ensure high quality success with all levels of quilters.  Her patented tools - Rapid Fire Hunter's Star, Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star and fundamental line of rulers (Tucker Trimmer, Wing Clipper, Square/Squared, V-Block Trimmer, Corner Beam Trimmer, and others) are sold nationally and internationally.  As a designer, Deb has many patterns, books, online video tutorials and additional products to guide quilters with their machine piecing processes.  In 2008 not only did she launch her company, Studio 180 Design, she was also nominated for "Teacher of the Year" by Professional Quilter Magazine.  Her business now has 5 full time employees and 60+ Certified Instructors (trained individuals who are available to teach and lecture all across this country and abroad). When not traveling, Deb, her husband Jeff,  and their crew of "cat helpers" now live in beautiful, central North Carolina. 

 

Projects


Jewel

Anita Grossman Solomon

Jewel

The Jewel is a traditional block which we’ll sew in a simple way. It’s tailor made for cruising with its streamlined process.We’ll begin with a pair of pre-cut fabric rectangles and a paper sewing guide. Immediately we’ll sew through a few printed lines, cut through other lines, and before you can say ahoy a pair of rectangles become a block. By the way, this is not foundation piecing. You’ll create 8” blocks without any measuring and marvel at the steps you've skipped! The vibrant Kaffe Fassett fabrics against a ‘glacial’ white background look simply amazing. The kit is inspired by Anita’s stash version pictured here. A choice of layout options will personalize your quilt. Click here to see the layout options.

Finished Size: 64" x 64"

Click here to see a larger image of Jewel,


Irish Mist

Susan Knapp

Irish Mist

The Irish Mist quilt design was inspired by an ancient marble floor in an old Irish Catholic Church outside of Killarney, Ireland. Our Six Halves Make a Whole series of books and patterns provided the beginning of the thought process. After trying almost 80 versions, Irish Mist comes to you as one of our best sellers! We have made it as a throw, queen size, tree skirt and even a miniature! Hope you enjoy your own version of Irish Mist.

Finished Size: 68" x 80"

Click here to see a larger image of Irish Mist.


New Years Star

Deb Tucker

New Years Star

Choose 3 fabrics, add several great tools, mix with good techniques and presto you'll have this great looking quilt in a snap!  You'll be using Studio 180 Design tools to build your units which allow for slight oversizing and then trimming to give spectacular end results for everyone, every time!  Join us for a fun filled class loaded with great techniques, tons of hints and tips, and a beautiful quilt in the end.

Finished Size: 66" x 82"

Click here to see a larger image of New Years Star.


Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack

Our incredible Sail 'n Sew fabric pack includes all of the fabrics and patterns for your projects and they are pre-cut so all you need to do is sit down and sew! The price of the Sail ‘n Sew fabric pack is $440.00 and it includes all three of the projects for this cruise. If you would like to buy individual kits, please call for pricing. If you would like a Sail ‘n Sew pack, just let us know when you make your Reservation and we'll have a kit waiting for you on the ship. Order early as supplies are limited.

Want to cut your fabric yourself? We do have an option where we will send you all the fabrics and the patterns for all three of the projects. The price for this is $380.00 and we will mail it to you at least 60 days before the cruise. You can then cut your fabric and bring it and your patterns with you.

If you choose to bring your own fabric, please bring it precut and ready as we do not allow time for cutting during class. You will find the cutting instructions in each pattern that can be ordered here: Jewel - Jewel Foundation Papers (Coming Soon), Irish Mist (Six Halves Make A Whole Lot More Book), New Year's Star Pattern - Tucker Trimmer - VBlock (Coming Soon).

A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. 


Itinerary

 Day 1 Seattle, Washington

We begin our seven-night Alaskan Cruise out of Seattle, Washington. Seattle is often characterized by its laid-back attitude and rainy climate, but this thriving metropolis also offers one-of-a-kind architecture, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and a unique urban sophistication. A trip to Seattle isn't complete without visiting Pike Place Market. Here, you can browse the stalls of local merchants and artists, take in a street performance, or watch fishmongers play catch with the catch of the day.

 Day 2 Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

 Day 3 Juneau, Alaska

We will make our first stop in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast, and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a favorite of visitors, is nearby.

Alaska's Inside Passage

Shaped by the staggering force of massive glaciers millions of years ago, Alaska's Inside Passage boasts wildlife-filled fjords and lush island scenery — habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and whales. Its mountains are carpeted with majestic forests. The highlight of any cruise through the Inside Passage has to be Hubbard Glacier. It is one of the most active glaciers in the area and a great place to experience the majesty of a glacier up close. Sheets of ice separate themselves from the ice field in a process known as "galloping." When the ice finally crashes into the sea, you can hear a loud cracking sound, similar to a starter pistol. This process is known as "calving," and the sound echoes for miles.

 Day 4 Skagway, Alaska

Our next stop is beautiful Skagway, Alaska where you can enjoy experiencing one of Alaska's most breathtaking valleys while horseback-riding through historic Dyea. Or, you could cruise to a remote beach at Glacier Point, then get aboard a 31-foot canoe and explore spectacular icebergs. Or how about experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design and blow your own glass art in the Last Frontier - complete with real gold in your finished piece. You could also enjoy the unforgettable journey aboard the "Scenic Railway of the World" and travel 20 miles from tidewater to the summit of the White Pass - a 2,865 foot elevation. Ride in vintage rail cars as you retrace the original route to the White Pass summit. This fully narrated tour features panoramas of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites.

 Day 5 Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

We will then visit breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska. Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings. You will have ample time to admire the landscape and perhaps catch sight of a few native animals as you cruise through this Fjord. Since we cruise the Fjord just after sunset, there is plenty of time for class in the conference center.

 Day 6 Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

 Day 7 Victoria, British Columbia

Next up is Victoria, British Columbia. Located on the southern tip on the island of Vancouver in British Columbia, the city of Victoria is probably best known for its mild climate and active outdoor lifestyle. (In fact, the city has been named the "fittest city" in Canada more than once.) As the capital of British Columbia, the city is very tourist-friendly. Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens or the lush and exotic Butterfly Gardens and see how Victoria earned the nickname "The City of Gardens." Among the many attractions are world-famous gardens, its 150 years of British history, gourmet dining and fantastic shopping.

 Day 8 Seattle, Washington

Finally, our journey comes to an end back in Seattle, Washington where it all began.

To get a more in-depth look at all our ports check out the Port Explorer Guide.


The Ship

Explorer of the Seas

Is it adventure you seek, or a restful retreat from life on land? Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas® is home to an array of innovations that give you whatever type of vacation you desire. Climb a rock wall that overlooks the sea, or find your adventure on the basketball court, ice-skating rink or mini-golf course. If it's zen you seek, achieve it poolside or at the relaxing Vitality Spa. Liven up your nights on the Royal Promenade, with parades, dancing, and duty-free shopping deals. And bring along some friends with spacious public areas, enhanced staterooms, and a spectacular three-story dining room, this ship has room for your whole crew. The ship also has new innovative features at sea such as the FlowRider surf simulator, 3-D movie theater, all new staterooms including new virtual balconies, and new dining experiences.


Here is a video about Explorer of the Seas and all the amazing things it has to offer.


Learn more about this amazing ship here!


Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

Room Type

Price

Interior Stateroom

$1,399.00*

Oceanview Stateroom

$1,799.00*

Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom

$2,099.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $329.50 are not included.

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

There is a $350 per person deposit due at registration which will secure your price and availability.


This fee includes your cruise fare PLUS all fees to the teachers, a Bernina sewing machine for the entire cruise, all associated class activities, and classroom support. Fabric kits are not included. You may purchase our precut Sail n Sew kit (supplies are limited) or you are welcome to bring your own precut fabric.

Group travel allows us to provide special touches that are not available on an individual reservation. And unfortunately, discounts from Royal Caribbean are not allowed through our group program. In order to take full benefit from everything Stitchin Heaven offers on our cruises, you must register through Stitchin Heaven Travel. If you have questions or need assistance in changing your individual reservation to a group reservation through Stitchin' Heaven Travel, please let us know.


Travel Information

Cabins

With so much to do onboard, chances are really good that you will just use your cabin for changing and sleeping, but it's nice to know that if you want to spend more time there, you will indeed be comfortable. All standard staterooms are attractively decorated in soft tones with fine light woods and two pieces of artwork on the walls. Each stateroom has two beds that convert to queen-size, a private bath, phone, interactive flat-screen TV, mini-bar, hair dryers and air conditioning/heat controls. Bathrooms are on the small side, but functional, and showers have those wonderful, half-round sliding doors as opposed to clingy curtains. Soap and shampoo are also provided.

Travel to and from Destination

You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Seattle, WA.

Dress

During the day, dress is casual. Evenings are either casual, smart casual or formal. On casual nights, suggested attire is sports shirts and slacks for men and sundresses or pants for women. On smart casual evenings, men should don jackets and tie, with women wearing dresses or pantsuits. On the one or two formal nights per cruise, men can choose from tuxedos or suits and ties, while woman usually wear cocktail dresses.

Gratuities

Gratuities are a part of your cruise expense and total $12.95 per day. This fee covers everyone who serves you while you are onboard including all onboard staff, dining staff, and your cabin steward.  Because of our group status, Stitchin' Heaven Travel pays these gratuities for our entire group prior to sailing.  Therefore, you will be charged for them at the time of final payment. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included, but is available for your protection from Royal Caribbean in the form of their Travel Protection Program. It is $109 per person and both cabinmates must purchase it separately. In the event insurance is used please be aware that it covers the cost of the cruise only. Sewing package fees are not refunded.
**Insurance fee will be added to your reservation total

 

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