2020 Summer Fun Quilting Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Pam Buda, Barbara Craig, and Carrie Quinn!
May 31 - June 7, 2020
Galveston - Cozumel - Grand Cayman - Jamaica
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

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

Pam Buda

Pam Buda

www.heartspunquilts.com

If it is true what they say..."Do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life", then I go to play, not to work. Early in my career, I designed and patterned original soft cloth dolls, but now I devoted my time to designing quilts and fabric for Marcus Brothers. I started my company, Heartspun Quilts in 2004, featuring traditional blocks and quilts. I have patterns for quilts large and small, with some using pre-cuts, as well as Block of the Month programs.

I joined the Marcus Brothers Fabrics family as a licensed designer in 2010, and have been designing fabric for them ever since. I'm presently working on new quilt patterns, fabric lines and writing my first book for Martingale Publishing company. I thoroughly enjoy traveling, giving lectures and workshops to guilds, quilt shops, and on quilting cruises all over the United States

Barbara Craig

Barbara Craig

Barbara’s love of quilting was ignited by her mother.  Barbara has been quilting for 18 years, and teaching quilting skills for 10 years, and is a trained Marti Michell instructor. Barbara loves paper piecing and pixel quilts, but will piece any pattern, just for the enjoyment of handling the fabrics.  Barbara has a full time gig to support her quilt habit, but every spare moment is spent with fabric in hand at her sewing or embroidery  machines. 

Carrie Quinn

Carrie Quinn

Carrie has been quilting for over 25 years and opened Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop in 2006. She now co-owns the shop with her daughter, Katie Solberg.  The shop, in Fox River Grove, Illinois, features reproduction and traditional fabrics, along with a nice selection of wool. 

Carrie has always had a strong interest in quilt and fabric history, and she has a large collection of antique quilts, quilt tops, and fabrics.  She has designed 10 lines of reproduction fabrics starting in 2010.  Her most recent line is Charlotte with Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Quilts with a lot of fabrics are the ones that make Carrie the happiest.  She loves making and designing traditional quilts using new techniques and tools.  She is looking forward to sharing some of her favorite tools, tips and techniques that will help make your own quilting experiences easier and more fun.  

Projects

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Projects

Pam Buda - Maizie Emm

Pam Buda - Maizie Emm

Maizie Emm is a party of fun blocks and fabulous fabrics.  The blocks are easy to piece and are not made how you might think they are!  All of Maizie's secrets will be revealed as we have a piecing party together to make this cozy quilt!  

Finished Size: 68" x 80"

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: Maizie Emm Pattern

Barbara Craig - Weaving The Rails

Barbara Craig - Weaving The Rails

Scrappy strip sets make this rail fence easy and fun to piece while cruising with us. The rail fence is a basic block, but traditional fabrics make it a beautiful quilt for yourself or a quilt worthy friend.  

Finished Size: 65 1/2" x 90 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: Weaving The Rails Pattern

Carrie Quinn - Rhythm & Blues

Carrie Quinn - Rhythm & Blues

You can never go wrong with a classic blue and white quilt, and Rhythm and Blues is a traditional beauty.  Monique Dillard designed this quilt so that it would look like it was set on point, but two basic blocks and some simple piecing will make this quilt a “summer” breeze.  Carrie will show you how to use some modern tools to make this quilt go together perfectly!

Finished Size: 62" x 89"

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: Rhythm & Blues Pattern

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 $480.00 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: Maizie Emm PatternWeaving The Rails PatternRhythm & Blues Pattern

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

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Galveston Island is Texas' top historic destination. Guests on cruises from Galveston can enjoy 32 miles of relaxing beaches, great seafood, tropical scenery, superb restaurants, marvelous downtown shopping, breathtaking Victorian architecture, numerous antique stores, incredible art galleries, plus tons of attractions, entertainment venues and world-class sportfishing. Probably the most charming way to discover this historic city is by carriage. Take a carriage ride through the Victorian-era streets and let your driver take you back through history.

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Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Cozumel, Mexico

The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulúm, majestically perched above the turquoise Caribbean. The site was occupied as far back as 600 A.D. However, it was most densely populated around 1200 A.D. You will be struck by the pyramid-shaped El Castillo, which dominates the city from atop a forty-foot cliff. The nearby Temple of the Descending God provides equally excellent insight into the architecture of the Mayan people, who gained considerable achievements in the arts and sciences, only to decline and vanish for no apparent reason.

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Day 4

Georgetown, Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is one of a group of three magnificent tropical islands Christopher Columbus called "Las Tortugas" (the turtles) for the sea creatures he found in the ocean water. The designation did not endure, however, for on later maps the islands were labeled the Caimanau, the Carib Indian word for "crocodile." The name "Caimanas" refers inaccurately to the iguanas native to the islands, which were perhaps at one point mistaken for crocodiles. Among other attractions, visitors to the island will enjoy learning about the turtles, visiting the town of Hell, exploring Seven-Mile Beach and enjoying the undersea world. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure: snorkeling with stingrays at Stingray City Sandbar. These relatively tame creatures will swim right into your arms as they glide around you. They have velvety soft skin and love to have their bellies rubbed. Despite their frightening name, they are very gentle and won't hurt you as long as you stay away from their tails.

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Day 5

Falmouth, Jamaica

Quaint Falmouth was an economic powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. In today's Falmouth, visitors still enjoy 19th-century Georgian architecture as well as river bamboo raft rides, arts and crafts shopping, flavorful local fare and horse-and-buggy rides. Falmouth is the gateway to the best Jamaica has to offer. Just east of Falmouth is Ocho Rios, known for its spectacular Dunn’s River Falls. Travel west to reach Montego Bay and the beautiful beaches of Negril. Thanks to its central location, Falmouth gives visitors the best tour experiences of the north coast of Jamaica. Visit the spectacular Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios, where you can climb 600 feet up from the base of the falls or retreat to the beach where the rushing water exits into the ocean. At Dolphin Cove you can watch the dolphins at play or walk through the jungle to see friendly birds and iguanas. From dune buggy safaris and river tubing to a horse and buggy tour, you will find many activities to keep you entertained.

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Day 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 8

Galveston, Texas

Return to Galveston, Texas.

The Ship

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The Ship

Liberty of the Seas

The Liberty of the Seas® is packed with all the phenomenal onboard experiences you'd expect from our innovative Freedom class of ships, plus new offerings to stir your imagination. Share a high five with Shrek as part of The DreamWorks® Experience. Put on your boogie shoes for hit Broadway musical Saturday Night Fever. Catch a first-run movie in the 3D theater or poolside under the stars on the outdoor movie screen. And finish the evening with a selection of reds or whites at the renovated, now-more-intimate Vintages wine bar. Plus, enjoy all the revolutionary features Liberty of the Seas has always been known for – like the FlowRider® surf simulator, rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, Royal Promenade, cantilevered whirlpools, mini golf course, and much more.

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

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

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1499.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1599.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1899.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $295.04 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 Galveston, Texas.

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