2020 Deb Tucker 'n Friends Quilting Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Heidi Chase, Sarah Furrer, & Deb Tucker! 
April 4 - 11, 2020
Miami - St Maarten - St Thomas - CocoCay
Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

We are so excited to be able to offer you cruises on Symphony of the Seas. This is the largest cruise ship to date as of this writing and is a proud sister to the other ships in the Oasis fleet on Royal Caribbean. Not only will this ship be the newest and the biggest, there are so many options for dining and entertainment. The food in amazing. The crew is fabulous and treats you like royalty. The entertainment is superb. The poolside music, evening shows, parades, and ice shows are all so professional and top tier. There are unique venues like laser tag, new restaurants like "Hooked", and beautiful decor and art all over the ship. And if that is not enough, the 4000 square foot conference center is state of the art and available to our group 24/7 for wonderful quilting classes and after class sewing time. I hope to see you on board with us!

- 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!

  • Pre-cruise communication from Stitchin‘ Heaven Travel
  • A Welcome Aboard Gathering
  • A Stitchin’ Heaven Travel souvenir tote bag
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • All workshops, classes, and demonstrations of products
  • 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!
  • Bernina 330 sewing machines
  • Premier thread for onboard projects
  • $20 door prize for each quilter - choose what you want from the onboard store
  • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
  • Classroom support from Stitchin' Heaven Staff
  • Oliso Pro Smart Irons™
  • Post cruise guest contact list
  • Group Photo
  • Smiles, a few surprises, laughs, and a boatload of fun!

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 and a quarter inch 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

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Instructors

Heidi Chase

Heidi Chase

Heidi started sewing when she was in 4H after watching her mom make all of her special holiday church outfits growing up.  Fond memories are never far as she uses her mom’s Featherweight as her primary sewing machine.  She has a decorator’s eye and enjoys modifying patterns to give them a personal touch. This love for quilting has continued to grow and develop by becoming a Studio 180 Design Certified instructor with Deb Tucker. 

She then teamed up with two other Studio 180 Certified Instructors, Kathy Webb and Ellen Cicak, to form Running with Scissors Quilters.  This energetic trio enjoys sharing their passion in quilt classes, trunk shows, lectures and demonstrations. They are proud to have quilt patterns published as part of the Modern 180 line of Studio 180 and have several quilts in the Hunter Star books; Hidden Treasures and Royal Treasures.

You may also have seen them running the Studio 180 Design booth at some of the quilting shows including AQS in Lancaster, PA, Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA, and Vermont Quilt Festival in Essex Jct., VT.   They’ve had the pleasure of working with both Island Batik and Batik Textiles fabric lines designing quilts featured at Quilt Market Shows.

Heidi would love to share her joy of quilting and the precision of the Deb Tucker tools with you on her maiden quilting voyage. 

Sarah Furrer

Sarah Furrer

Sarah Furrer lives in North Carolina and works for Studio 180 Design. Sarah started her quilting career in Chester VT at the quilt shop Country Treasures. Having grown up in Chester and with a mother as a quilter it was the logical place to get a part time job during High School when she was 16. Sarah made her first quilt during her Junior year of High school, she wanted a quilt for the French club to raffle off, her mother told her if she wanted a quilt then she could make it herself. The rest they say is history, a new quilter was born. 

Sarah continued to work at Country Treasures all through high school and then College and finally started teaching there during her last year of college. After college while working for a Financial Advisor she continued to teach a few classes, then in 2013 she was certified as an instructor for Studio 180 Design. Teaching, Vending and lectures followed the certification. In 2015 Sarah was hired to work for Studio 180 Design. She travels with Deb to shows, where she demonstrates and explains the Tools of Studio 180 Design. She has three patterns published with Studio 180 Design in the Modern 180 line of patterns Filigree, Paper Lanterns, and Cross Fire. There isn’t a lot of time left in Sarah’s schedule to teach but when the occasion arises she enjoys it immensely. 

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

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Projects

Heidi Chase - Doubly Charmed

Heidi Chase - Doubly Charmed

A truly charming quilt that's both fun and easy. Yes easy! During class students will learn how to use two of my patented tools, the V Block Trimmer and the Square Squared tool. Each tool is designed to tackle traditionally challenging shapes and make them more doable for all. Like all my tools, the shapes will constructed slightly oversized and then trimmed to a perfect size with properly placed seams making success part of every project. We'll also be covering some strip piecing techniques to create chains of squares across the surface. A class certain to boost all your machine piecing skills to a higher level.

Finished Size: 40” x 48”

Note: Double Charmed uses these Studio 180 rulers and they are required for the class: V Block and Square Squared

Sarah Furrer - Lucky Lemoynes

Sarah Furrer - Lucky Lemoynes

An exciting quilt design made using an array of Lemoyne Star blocks interspersed with simple, pieced, Shaded Four Patch blocks. During the class each student will learn the basics of Deb's Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool and technique and successfully produce a number of amazingly beautiful star blocks on a first attempt. Additionally, participants will also discover the secret to streamlined construction of the Shaded Four Patch units used in alternate block layout of the quilt design. Strip piecing, oversizing, and trimming will ensure success for all, no matter what your skill level. A great class filled with hints, tips, and tricks certain to enhance all future machine piecing endeavors.

 Finished Size: 56” x 70”

Note: Lucky Lemoynes uses these Studio 180 rulers and they are required for the class: Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star

Deb Tucker - Sonoran Sunrise

Deb Tucker - Sonoran Sunrise

This unique design is made using the Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star: Petite Star tool and Deb's streamlined construction techniques. The Rapid Fire© Hunter’s Star tool and technique allow for streamlined construction and precision trim down and thus results in ease and accuracy when making these traditionally difficult blocks. The results will amaze you! 

Finished Size: 58" x 72"

Note: Sonoran Sunrise uses these Studio 180 rulers and they are required for the class: Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Petite

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 $475.00 and it includes all three of the projects for this cruise. If you would like to buy individual kits, please call for pricing. Order early as supplies are limited.

If you do not wish to purchase a Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack, remember to pack your own fabrics. We will not have fabrics available for purchase aboard the ship.  You will need to bring your fabric pre-cut and ready for class. You must also bring your pattern or book. You can purchase the patterns here: 

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

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Miami 

Because it’s so close to the Caribbean and The Bahamas, Miami is known as the cruise capital of the world. But it’s more than just convenient — rev up for your cruise from Miami with the city’s nonstop action, from party-ready South Beach to the Mediterranean style of Coral Gables, plus spicy Little Havana, which hums to an island beat.

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Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

St. Maarten

What makes St. Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages, and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it’s the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. While it may be less than 40 square miles, there’s plenty to do on this little island: you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix ziplining through lush tropical forests. If you’re after a little rest and relaxation during your cruise to St. Maarten, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.


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Day 5

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie is one of the world’s most beautiful harbors; blue waters peppered with sailboats and green hills dotted with quaint little cottages make for post-card perfect brags. Just outside the lively port town, you’ll find ribbons of powdery sand beaches dotted with hammocks. Cruise to St. Thomas and explore colonial landmarks like Blackbeard’s Castle or raise a pint of the local lager at quaint microbreweries. And when it’s time to fuel up, you’ll find plenty of beachside bars serving conch fritters, johnnycakes, and coconut patties. St. Thomas may technically be part of the U.S., but with its colorful markets, unspoiled beaches, and the ever-present sound of steel drums, you’ll feel a world away. 

NOTE:  From our many visits to the island, we have developed a relationship with a fantastic jeweler, Imperial Jewelers. Charlie and his family run this well-respected jewelry store and have graciously offered to provide transportation for our group to their store.

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Day 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Perfect Day at CocoCay

This Royal Caribbean private island is a Bahamian paradise. Perfect Day at CocoCay®— is packed with first of their kind thrills and one of a kind ways to chill - only on Royal Caribbean. Features include, Thrill Waterpark, Coco Beach Club, Oasis Lagoon, Captain Jack's, Splashaway Bay, and more -- plus nature walks, beaches and plenty of spots to relax and recharge.

 

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Day 8

Miami

Return to Miami, Florida. Our trip will be over way too soon!

The Ship

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The Ship

Symphony Of The Seas

The new Symphony of the Seas is here — a perception remixing, memory maxing mic drop. It is overflowing with bolder ways to fill your time between islands. Now you’ll never run out of things to do or places to treat your taste buds. Gear up for a glow-in-the-dark laser tag faceoff in Battle for Planet Z. Catch a wave on the FlowRider surf simulator and race down The Perfect Storm dueling waterslides. Indulge your sweet tooth at Sugar Beach or feast on made-to-order rolls at Izumi Hibachi & Sushi.

Here is a video about Symphony Of The Seas and all the amazing things it has to offer.

Learn more about this amazing ship here!

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,799.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,899.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,999.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.  Port charges, taxes & fees of $351.29 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.

Ask about our easy payment plan.

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

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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 Miami, Florida.

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 $14.50 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