2020 Quilters Of The Caribbean

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 11-night Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Jennifer Crawford, Nancy Mahoney, & Doris Rice.
January 16 - 27, 2020
Cape Liberty - San Juan - St. Maarten - St. Johns - St. Lucia - St. Kitts
Royal Caribbean Anthem Of The Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

Once again we are so pleased to be able to offer this amazing itinerary to the Southern Caribbean islands. This itinerary includes our most favorite stop in St. Kitts where we will be visiting Carabelle Batiks - a local batik factory on the island. We will be able to offer a special tour of the facility where each person will make their own piece of batik fabric. You will learn the process and the history of batik production on St Kitts. This is only one of many beautiful islands along the way and we will also have 5 days at sea which means more sewing time! I hope you can work it out to be able to join us on this fantastic journey!

- 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 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

Jennifer Crawford

Jennifer Crawford

Jennifer Crawford has been quilting for over 25 years. She first learned to sew from her great grandmother as a child playing with scraps. She enjoys making bags, traditional piecing as well as making art quilts. Jennifer enjoys teaching near her home in Tennessee. She is known for selecting patterns that look difficult but are really very easy. Jennifer shares her tips and tricks for success with her students and friends alike. Jennifer believes those that sew are part of the most supportive community. Walk into a quilt shop and you will instantly find kindred spirits and new friends. Quilting is a great form of self expression. Remember there are no mistakes in quilting just happy accidents!

Nancy Mahoney

Nancy Mahoney

www.nancymahoney.com

Author, teacher, and fabric designer, Nancy has enjoyed making quilts for over 25 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in over 110 national and international quilt magazines. She has also created over 80 quilt patterns for a variety of fabric manufacturers. She has authored 13 books since 2002, all have been published by Martingale. Her bestselling books include Appliqué Quilt Revival (2008), Quilt Revival (2006), Treasures for the 30s (2010), Fast, Fusible Flower Quilts (2011), Kaleidoscope Paper-Piecing (2012), and Simple Circles and Gentle Curves (2013). She has designed 15 fabric collections, including five 30s reproduction collections for P&B Textiles. She is working on her next book and fabric collection.

Doris Rice

Doris Rice

www.cactusqueenquiltco.com

Doris is the owner of X-Blocks rulers and templates, an innovative rotary and cutting tool that allows users of any skill level to create a multitude of intricate designs and patterns. Her dream of one day owning her own brick and mortar quilt shop finally came to fruition when in 2018, she opened Cactus Queen Quilt Co, a full-service retail quilt shop, offering fabric, patterns and notions. Doris now travels nationally to guild meetings, quilt shows, and quilt shops conducting workshops or demonstrating her X-Blocks template techniques.

Doris lives in McQueeney, Texas where she runs Cactus Queen Quilt Co and the Queen’s Rustic Retreat with her husband, Gregg, and son, William. To satisfy her creative outlets, Doris continues to design, piece, and quilt custom quilts that later become  treasured works of art.

Projects

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Projects

Jennifer Crawford - Flying Fish

Jennifer Crawford - Flying Fish

Jennifer will be instructing you on a pattern designed by our very own Deb Luttrell. This adorable 3-fabric quilt was part of the Quilter's of the Caribbean quilt program at Stitchin' Heaven. You will learn new techniques, You will learn a cool way to make half square triangles, how to make flying geese with folded corners, and how to handle bias edges. Jennifer will have loads of tips and tricks along the way. 

Finished size: 63" x 75"

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: Flying Fish

Nancy Mahoney - Wild Waves

Nancy Mahoney - Wild Waves

Create a dynamic design with this off-center Pineapple block, while learning all the tricks of foundation paper piecing. In this fast-pace class, all aspects of foundation paper piecing will be covered, including how to measure, cut, and correctly position the right fabric piece. This is a great class for mastering foundation paper piecing! 

Finished Size: 60" x 60"

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: Wild Waves

Doris Rice - Penelope

Doris Rice - Penelope

Penelope is just too cute for words but your friends will have plenty to say when you finish this quilt.  Create this dynamic quilt without stitching or cutting a single triangle.  Make simply pieced blocks using only squares and rectangles and transform them using the X-Block template.  These simple to piece blocks, straightforward designs, and easy cutting techniques all add up to a fast and fabulous Penelope quilt.  Beginners love the ease; designers love the intrigue.

Finished Size: 54" x 68" 

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: Penelope

Required Tool: Penelope uses the 7.5” X-Blocks and it is required for class. You can purchase it here: 7.5” X-Blocks 

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 $415 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.

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

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

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Behind stone walls, Old San Juan charms with 500 years of history, colorful colonial buildings and streets lined with shops, galleries, and cafes. Experience Puerto Rico's enchanting natural side in the nearby rainforest. When you're in San Juan, don't miss the opportunity to witness the pinnacle of natural beauty by exploring Puerto Rico's El Yunque Rain Forest. It features more than 240 species of trees, hundreds of miniature orchids, and what was once believed to be the Fountain of Youth.

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Day 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

When the Spanish closed their colonial fort on St. Maarten in 1648, a few Dutch and French soldiers hid on the island and decided to share it. Soon after, the Netherlands and France signed a formal agreement to split St. Maarten in half, as it is today. Philipsburg displays its Dutch heritage in its architecture and landscaping. The island offers endless stretches of beach, beautiful landscapes and great shopping. Compete in an actual race on an America's Cup shortened course. Grind a winch, trim a sail or just sit back and enjoy. Professional sailors will give you a quick lesson, then you're off to compete on Stars and Stripes, one of the most famous sailboats in the world. When shopping on Front Street, it's fun to stop in and see Nick Maley, the Yoda Guy.  

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Day 6

St. Johns, Antigua

The first settlement on the island we now know as Antigua was not established until the 1600s, when English settlers arrived. Antigua remained a part of the British Commonwealth until its independence in 1981. Today, Antigua is a popular vacation destination, attracting tourists with its ideal climate, amazing landscape, leisurely lifestyle and 365 beautiful beaches - one for every day of the year! You can snorkel among stingrays, trumpet fish and blue tangs just to name a few of the local St. John's Antigua marine life.

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Day 7

Castries, St. Lucia

St. Lucia has been a part of the British Commonwealth since 1803. But prior to that, it was often occupied by the French, which is evident in much of the island's culture. Castries offers a colorful local market and great shopping. And the surrounding areas offer lush rain forests, striking waterfalls, beautiful beaches and Sulfur Springs - the world's only drive-through volcano. See the beautiful coastline of St. Lucia from the deck of a catamaran. You'll have an unbeatable view of the scenery and get an exhilarating ride, too.

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Day 8

Basseterre, St. Kitts

With dormant volcanoes, golden sand beaches and gorgeous green hills, St. Kitts is a beautiful backdrop to your Caribbean adventure. Discovered in 1623 by the British and settled by the French in 1625, the island's deep colonial history is reflected in the abandoned fortresses, as well as its landscaped gardens, city squares and architectural details. Whether you're a history buff or just want to take in the scenery, be sure to visit the 350-year-old estate, Romney Manor, once owned by a British earl. The beautiful grounds include magnificent gardens, exotic plants and an amazing African Saman tree, which covers half an acre and is believed to be as old as the estate itself.

Note: We have a private shore excursion arranged for this day. Spaces are limited so if you are interested be sure you sign up for it when you register. Below is more information about it.

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Day 8

Custom Scenic & Shopping with Batik Making Experience

Enjoy a historical and scenic drive through the capital, Basseterre whilst witnessing 17th century architecture of the surrounding buildings located at the center of the capital; take in the rugged countryside beauty of St. Kitts on a leisure and scenic driving tour to the Romney Manor/Caribelle Batik and its pristine gardens. Exclusively, planned for you, be prepared for the “back of the house” tour. You are invited to have a hands-on experience of making your own sample batik fabric and… guess what? Yes… It is yours to keep! Concluding this exciting experience feel free to take photos in the lush botanical gardens and browse the unique souvenirs from a wide array of options at the gift shop. Your tour conclude with a short drive back to the port.

Cost: $85.00 per person

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Day 9

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 10

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 11

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 12

Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Return to Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

The Ship

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The Ship

Anthem of the Seas

No matter how you like the Caribbean, you've never done it like this. Onboard the world's most revolutionary ship — Anthem of the Seas®. Feel the rush skydiving right on the deck of the ship with the RipCordSM by iFLY® skydiving simulator. Or play at the SeaPlexSM, an activities space that's a real game changer, offering bumper cars, a roller rink, circus school and more. If leisurely pursuits are more your speed, enjoy breathtaking island sights from the best seat in any house, the North StarSM. Take in transformative entertainment at Two70SM. Or grab a drink at Bionic Bar, where mixology meets technology. There's only one way to Caribbean like this. Only on Royal Caribbean

The Conference Center on Anthem of the Seas is located on the 13th floor at the back of the ship. This is a beautiful space that features floor to ceiling windows. We will have a maximum of 60 quilters seated 4 to a table. When we find it necessary to do 4 to a table, we provide two of the 4 people with a side table so everyone has a comfortable sewing space.


Here is a video about Anthem 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$1,699.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,899.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$2,099.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.  Port charges, taxes & fees of $490.87 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 the Pier

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