2020 Legacy Quilting Voyage To Alaska

Join Stitchin' Heaven and friends on a 7-night Alaska Glacier Cruise! Cruise and learn from quilting experts: Carol Hopkins, Janet Tanner, and Connie Tesene.
August 14 - 21, 2020
Seattle - Juneau - Skagway - Dawes Glacier - Victoria
Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

You have always wanted to go to Alaska, right? Well now is the time! A wonderful way to see Alaska is on a quilting cruise. We will explore Juneau with the glaciers and the beautiful scenery, Skagway with the train and the quaint little town, and Victoria with Buchardt Gardens and so many things to do and see. Alaska has some great quilt shops as well that we will visit. If this is not enough, we will be sewing on the 13th deck in a Conference Center with floor to ceiling windows. What a great way to enjoy our sewing and experience the beauty of the Alaska wilderness. I hope you can join us on this incredible quilting adventure!

- 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

Carol Hopkins

Carol Hopkins

www.carolhopkinsdesigns.com

Carol Hopkins has been an avid quilter and fabric collector for more than 36 years. She is the owner of Carol Hopkins Designs, a company specializing in quilt patterns for reproduction fabrics. Carol Hopkins Designs features Civil War Legacies quilt patterns and Vintage Legacies quilt patterns for making quilts that use 18th and 19th century reproduction fabrics. She has created more than 100 quilt patterns. In addition to having her quilts featured in numerous national and international quilt magazines, she is also the author of five books--Civil War Legacies (2012), Civil War Legacies II (2014), Civil War Legacies III (2016), The 4” x 5” Quilt-Block Anthology: 182 Blocks for Reproduction Fabrics, (2017) and the forthcoming Civil War Legacies IV available in spring 2018. Carol is known for her scrappy, pieced-quilt designs, each of which includes dozens of reproduction fabrics.

Janet Tanner

Janet Tanner

Janet began quilting as a hobby to pass the long winter months of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The hobby soon grew to a passion that has spanned 25 years.   Working at Stitchin’ Heaven has allowed Janet to combine her zeal for quilting with her love of teaching to help others gain the skills to be successful and enjoy the journey. 

Connie Tesene

Connie Tesene

www.country-threads-chicken-scratch.com

In 1983 Connie and her friend Mary started Country Threads, Inc. located in Garner, Iowa. Connie and Mary have published over 800 patterns and more than 20 books. Connie lives in Garner with her husband, Roy, two cats, and Lucy, her yellow lab. She raised her three boys in Garner which has 3,000 people in it. Now, her kids and grand kids come to visit and are amazed at the freedoms small-town life can bring. Connie has always loved to garden and several years ago she participated in the Master Gardener program. Her 100 year old home is surrounded by huge shade trees, so she has planted dozens and dozens of hosta varieties. While Country Threads closed for business in 2015, Connie still sews every day and loves it! Her sewing room is located above her three-stall garage and is full of fabric in old cupboards. 

Projects

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Projects

Carol Hopkins

Carol Hopkins

Parlor Music

Parlor music has been called the music of the American Civil War.  Gathering to listen to music served as a venue for family and friends to collectively accept and live with the events that dramatically changed their lives from an atmosphere of gentility to one of grief and pain.  Some say the songs also celebrated the political ideals of union and states' rights, and served to commemorate heroes and martyrs, celebrate victory, and mourn losses.  Parlor Music is a scrap quilt composed of alternating strips of four patches and triangles. 

Finished Size: 63" x 77"

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. The book is not included, you will need to purchase it and bring it with you. You can purchase it here: Civil War Legacies III Book (Parlor Music Quilt).

Janet Tanner

Janet Tanner

Reproduction Chain

This Reproduction Chain is actually based on a quilt that was made in the 1930s from prints of the era. This is a simple quilt to make, using two alternate blocks - one of all small squares and the other of cream squares and scrappy four-patch units. 

Finished Size: 74 1/2" x 86 1/2"

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. The book is not included, you will need to purchase it and bring it with you. You can purchase it here: Preserving History Book (Reproduction Chain Quilt).

Connie Tesene

Connie Tesene

Remember Me

Scrap quilts are a personal favorite of mine and a traditional Country Threads look. Over the years it has been proven on many occasions that "I CAN'T SEW A
4 COLOR QUILT!" "Remember Me" is a typical example of the way I love to sew...lots of different fabrics with easy piecing. Perfect! This quilt features a colorful assortment of reproduction fabric with a unifying solid background. These scrappy album blocks interlock with a variety of red pinwheels. There is a quick sew trick for the pinwheels that you will love. All of these features will combine to make this a quilt you will treasure for years to come. Album blocks were popular in our quilt history. Maybe you will want to collect some autographs on your next "Stitchin' Heaven" cruise?

Finished Size: 37 1/2" x 47 1/2"

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. The book is not included, you will need to purchase it and bring it with you. You can purchase it here: The Blue and The Gray Book (Remember Me Quilt).

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 $390.00 and it includes the pre-cut fabric for all three of the projects for this cruise. 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.

If you choose to bring your own fabric, please bring it pre-cut 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: Civil War Legacies III Book (Parlor Music Quilt), Preserving History Book (Reproduction Chain Quilt), The Blue and The Gray Book (Remember Me Quilt)

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

Itinerary

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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.

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Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Alaska Inside Passage - Cruising

Once a route plied by Klondike gold rushers, Alaska’s Inside Passage spans 500 miles of shoreline jam-packed with some of the world’s most amazing landscapes and abundant wildlife. From the comfort of your ship, you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the Alexander Archipelago, a collection of over 1,000 coastal islands that act as a shelter for smooth sailing in calm Alaskan waters.

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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.

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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.

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Day 5

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

One of Alaska’s lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30-mile-long stretch, you can’t help but be awed by the surrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle’s appeal.

Endicott Arm is one of the largest breeding grounds for harbor seals on the planet. Keep your eyes peeled for these creatures splashing in icy waters near the ship. Along the shore you might also glimpse brown bears, bald eagles, sea ducks, deer, moose and wolves.

Your journey through scenic Endicott Arm Fjord ends with a front-row view of Dawes Glacier. Standing over 600 feet tall and a half-mile wide, this very active icecap is known for its spectacular calving displays which produce huge, chunky icebergs that float in area waters.

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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.

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Day 8

Seattle, Washington

Return to Seattle, Washington. 

The Ship

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The Ship

Ovation of the Seas

Set sail for the ultimate exotic adventure on one of the world’s most innovative ships—Ovation of the Seas®. It’s game changers, space age spaces, dining that defies the imagination and edge-of-your-seat entertainment onboard. Marvel at the newest and third ship in the Quantum Class, Ovation of the Seas. Featuring the same groundbreaking venues as its sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, this ship is continuing to take cruisers to new heights. Ovation will offer guests a variety of activities, entertainment and dining options.

Ovation is a beautiful ship but the best part about it is the Conference Center located on Deck 13, back of the ship, with floor to ceiling windows! What a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the ocean while sewing on our projects.

Conference Room Setup:

On this ship we will be sewing four to a table with two side tables like the image below.


Here is a video about Ovation 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$1,999.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$2,299.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$2,799.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $401.19 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

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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 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 $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