2020 New England & Canada Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 9-night Canada and New England Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Kim Brunner, Wendy Mathson, and Wendy Sheppard!
September 24 - October 3, 2020
Cape Liberty - Boston - Portland - Bar Harbor - Halifax - Saint John
Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

About every 2 years we can offer our cruise to Canada. We can only do this cruise in September and that is also the month we must do Hawaii so this is why you don’t see a Hawaii cruise in 2020. We have to choose one or the other. It is a hard choice because both are very wonderful and of course very different. You will love this cruise. We are hoping for fall foliage (never guaranteed) and we will see plenty of wildlife (especially in the form of lobster rolls) and beautiful scenery. Halifax is so interesting because it was where the Titanic debris was delivered after it sank. There is a great museum. And Boston! Need I say more? This one is different so I look forward to seeing all of you onboard.

- 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

Kim Brunner

Kim Brunner

www.kimmyquilt.com

While growing up, most of Kim Brunner’s school vacations were spent at her grandparents' farm where her grandmother, who had the patience of a saint with a little girl and her clumsy fingers, taught Kim to do all kinds of handwork (probably in a desperate attempt to keep her from going out to terrorize the chickens!). Kim’s love of quilting, and her desire to grow up to be just like Grandma, has led her to an amazing and rewarding career as a professional quilter. And, as if that weren't enough fun, quilting has led her to teaching which is exactly where she believes she belongs.

Kim says “I love that my job allows me to spend my life in pursuit of creative pleasures. Stitching new quilting designs, developing new techniques and tools, cutting up perfectly good fabric into little bitty pieces and then sewing it all back together again to make quilts and above all, teaching new quilters to believe in themselves and their abilities is my idea of a wonderful life and I am so grateful to Grandma for setting my feet on this path. Who would have thought that being a grown-up would be so much fun? I get to teach quilting stuff to happy and creative people!”

Kim’s work has been published in numerous books, magazines and calendars and, twice honored with the title of Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year, she is an Ambassador for the Handi Quilter company and travels extensively to teach at national and international quilting festivals and shows.

Wendy Mathson

Wendy Mathson

www.quiltsbywendy.com

Wendy is a professional illustrator and editor, inventor of quilting tools, pattern designer, lecturer and author. She is most recognized for her “Storm at Sea” quilt designs, and wrote A New Light on Storm at Sea Quilts - One Block, an Ocean of Design Possibilities (2009, C&T Publishing). She has been teaching since 2012 for Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California. She taught quilting classes at Palomar College in San Diego for 8 years. Wendy is also the founder and past president of Prayers & Squares, The Prayer Quilt Ministry. Prayers & Squares is an interfaith non-profit organization with over 1200 chapters in 13 countries.

When Wendy started developing patterns for prayer quilts she discovered she had a knack for writing simplified instructions and developing streamlined construction techniques. Her background in graphic design and printing was a natural fit, and she soon started working for publishers of quilting books as a freelance editor and illustrator.

In the classroom, she loves to share many of her quilting tips and tricks, developed over 20 years of teaching. Many of her students agree that they learn as much from these little “pearls of wisdom” as they do from the class itself.

Wendy Sheppard

Wendy Sheppard

Wendy Sheppard, originally from southeast Asia, came to the United States for her tertiary education. With degrees in Chemical Engineering and years later, she now lives with her family in northern Virginia.

An entirely happenstance quilter in she had never even touched a sewing machine until she was in her early 30’s. She enjoys all aspects of quilting, and enjoys even more when she shares the joy of needle and thread with others.

Her work has been published in major quilting publications in the US, Australia and the UK. To date, she has authored for Landauer-Fox Chapel Publishing three
quilting books, with a fourth one forthcoming. Wendy also teachers machine quilting classes for Annie’s. She is also an Aurifil designer and educator. When her schedule allows, she travels to connect with other quilters.

Projects

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Projects

Tuscany Vintage

Tuscany Vintage

Shades of rich burgundy and deep olive against a shimmering cream background recall sun-dappled days spent among the rolling hills of Tuscan wine country.

Finished Size: 64" x 82"

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. If you do not purchase the Sail 'n Sew you will need to purchase the pattern here:

Eclipse

Eclipse

This beautiful yet simple to piece quilt is made with batiks. The gentle curve is easy to sew and the end project is gorgeous.

Finished Size: 74" x 89 1/2"

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. If you do not purchase the Sail 'n Sew you will need to purchase the pattern here: Eclipse Pattern

This pattern requires the Large Eclipse Template. The Sail 'n Sew will come with this template. If you are bringing your own pre cut fabric you will need to purchase the template here: Large Eclipse Template

Summer's End

Summer's End

Summer's End is my favorite leaf quilt. The same leaf block in different sizes, with different orientation, gives the illusion of falling leaves once the quilt top is completed. Part of the block is paper-pieced, but constructed in a method that uses only one template (if careful) for each block size, and no tearing of foundation template. 

Finished Size: 51" x 66"

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. If you do not purchase the Sail 'n Sew you will need to purchase the pattern here:

Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack

Projects shown are representative of the quilt to be made. Unless otherwise noted, all fabrics will be different but are matched as closely to the quilt as possible.

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 $460.00 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. Every attempt will be made to match the fabrics as closely to the photo as possible if fabric is no longer available.

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: 

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

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Situated on the New York Harbor Cape Liberty is just seven miles from New York City. Visitors have easy access to the Big Apple and everything it has to offer-world-acclaimed restaurants, museums, landmarks, and the best shopping.

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Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Boston, Massachusetts

In the United States’ oldest city, colonial heritage is the backdrop for an inviting mix of culture and lively street life. See where Revolutionary history took place on a walking or trolley tour along Boston's Freedom Trail. Walk the cobblestone and brick of the Freedom Trail and you'll see many monuments to Boston's rich history. Beginning at Boston Common, you'll pass the site of the Boston Massacre and go on to Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's House and Charlestown, among many other places central to American history. You'll find out why they call Boston "The Walking City."

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Day 4

Portland, Maine

Portland offers a unique combination of Maine's rich history and its own vibrant culture. Local artisans offer their handiwork along the streets of the Arts District and the Old Port Exchange. Colorful boats line the shores of Casco Bay, and wonderful freshly cooked seafood abounds in this charming seaside town. The Old Port Exchange is really the heart of downtown Portland. It's a collection of 19th-century brick buildings originally constructed to support the vast export and fishing industries. Today, this quaint, restored area houses specialty shops, restaurants and pubs.

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Day 5

Bar Harbor, Maine

Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island and surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor features some of the most spectacular scenery on the Eastern Seaboard. The rock-bound coast, soaring granite cliffs, majestic mountains and blue waters have attracted the Rockefellers, Astors, and Vanderbilts for over 200 years, and continue to enchant visitors today. Explore beautiful Acadia National Park. See Cadillac Mountain and the natural rock formations of Thunder Hole. Journey over bridges to arrive at Jordan Pond House, where you can take in the beautiful scenery of Penobscot Mountain and the Bubble Mountains while enjoying popovers and tea.

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Day 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax was long defined by naval operations. The 18th-century Citadel still stands guard, but today overlooks a thriving city whose restored waterfront features historic architecture, shops, museums, bars, restaurants and more. One of the city's most attractive areas is the Historic Properties Development, located along the waterfront. The charming early 19th-century wood and stone buildings here have all been fully restored. And the cobblestone streets and long boardwalks are now lined with a wonderful array of boutiques, cafés, and pubs.

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Day 8

Saint John, NB (Bay Of Fundy)

Although famous for the Reversing Rapids at the Bay of Fundy, Saint John is also home to splendid Victorian architecture, quaint shops and a vibrant arts scene. It is also a gateway to New Brunswick’s scenic villages and seascapes. Experience the amazing Reversing Falls Rapids, Saint John's best-known attraction. Twice daily the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy rise faster than the river can empty. When this happens, the tide attempts to push the river back upstream, then the tide ebbs and the river appears to reverse itself and flow over the rocks, creating the appearance of reversing rapids.

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Day 9

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 10

Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Return to Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

The Ship

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The Ship

Adventure of the Seas

There’s something for every kind of seeker onboard Adventure of the Seas®. You can get your adrenaline fix with a whipsplashing ride on The Perfect Storm℠ twin racer slides or go with the flow on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Even the smallest explorers will have buckets of fun at Splashaway Bay℠ aqua park. With so many fan favorites onboard activities, the hardest part is fitting them all into one sea day. Bring the adventure to your plate with sensational cruise dining that hits the spot every time. Whether it’s traditional Tuscan flavors at Giovanni’s Table, fresh-rolled sushi and Asian-inspired entrees at Izumi, or outstanding steakhouse favorites at Chops Grille℠, expect a meal as unforgettable as the memories you’ll make onboard.

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,499.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,699.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,799.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $469.94 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 Cape Liberty, NJ.

Dress

  • Casual: You’re on vacation – relax! Jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses are all the right amount of laid back. Please keep swimwear to the Pool Deck. Shorts are welcomed for breakfast and lunch.
  • Smart Casual: Think of this as a step up from your typical dinner wear. Dress to impress with collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits. Jackets, sports coats and blazers are snazzy and welcomed. 
  • Formal: Make it a night out in your best black-tie look – suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns. There can be 1-3 formal nights during a sailing and is at the ship’s discretion.

NOTE:  There are times that the Conference Center can be chilly.  Be sure and bring a light sweater just in case you get cold.

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