2020 Symphony Of Quilting

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Jackie Kunkel, Helen Robinson, & Daniela Stout! 
March 28 - April 4, 2020
Miami - Roatan - Puerto Costa Maya - Cozumel - 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
  • Two classes are taken on days "at sea". Our third class is at Puerto Costa Maya.
  • 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

Jackie Kunkel

Jackie Kunkel

http://cvquiltworks.com/

Jackie has been a quilter since 1993 and has owned her own business, Canton Village Quilt Works since 2000. She began her business as a long arm quilter and then in 2009 added an online fabric shop. She has also been a quilt designer for magazines and fabric companies since 2009, a quilting Podcaster - Jackie's Quilting Chronicles, and a Certified Quiltworx.com (Judy Niemeyer) Instructor and Shop. Jackie travels throughout the country to lecture, do workshops and trunk shows. Jackie's first book was published in September, 2015 by Martingale & Co titled Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts. Jackie is also a Craftsy Instructor with two online classes.  Jackie has her own line of published patterns, currently 30 and counting!  In 2016 Jackie began designing fabric for Island Batik. The first line of fabric was launched at Quilt Market October 2016 and currently has fabric coming out with Island Batik through the fall of 2019. She is also an Aurifil thread designer too. Jackie’s newest ventures are her partnership with Viking/Husquavarna as a Brand Ambassador and also with Quiltster, where you can color Jackie’s patterns with your own fabric. Follow Jackie for her weekly Episodes of Watch Me Wednesday on her Canton Village Quilt Works Facebook page for tips, techniques, tutorials, quilt alongs and giveaways!

Helen Robinson

Helen Robinson

https://sewkindofwonderful.com

Helen admits to a little craziness when it comes to things she loves! Some of her loves include 51 recipe books, 64 pairs of shoes (and counting), 5 kids, 2 adorable grandchildren, 7 sewing machines, bolts and bolts of fabric and 100s of fat quarters, and 1 very supportive hubby! Helen has been sewing since 1973 when she made a pair of pale green polyester pants in 4-H club! Helen began quilting in 1997 and fell in love with the entire process of design, fabric shopping, piecing and quilting! Nine years ago Helen bought a long-arm Gammill classic and fell in love with quilting all over again because she could put the finishing flourish on her piles and piles of quilt tops that were waiting for that last layer of love. Six years ago she began working with her sister Jenny and Sew Kind of Wonderful creating fresh new contemporary quilts using the Quick Curve Ruler. The curved piecing and contemporary designs in their work has made quilting fun, quick and easy. They have over 50 patterns which use the Quick Curve Ruler and/or the QCR Mini Ruler.  They have two books published with Landauer Publishing, Contemporary Curved Quilts and One Wonderful Curve.

Daniela Stout

Daniela Stout

www.cozyquilt.com

Daniela is the owner of Cozy Quilt Shop in El Cajon, California. She has published many books and patterns under Cozy Quilt Designs. Her quilt shop called Cozy Quilt Shop opened in 2003.

Soon after they opened their doors, Daniela started to design patterns for a program she called Strip Club. The patterns were based on 2 1/2" strips and a new craze was born along with a crazy new publishing venture. Daniela has now published over 200 patterns, and many books, along with her best-selling Strip Tube Ruler! In addition to the shop and the pattern business, she also designs beautiful batik fabrics for Timeless Treasures. And you can catch her on YouTube! 

Projects

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Projects

Jackie Kunkel - Seeing Spots

Jackie Kunkel - Seeing Spots

Working with triangles has never been more fun!!! Using bright colors against crisp black and white fabrics you will create this beautiful design.  With lots of tips and techniques on how to piece this quilt together so all those seams lie flat, you will be amazed.  AND that is not all, this is a fantastic design class too.  You will see the alternate version of this quilt in the book and Jackie will talk about use of color and how to “design” your own.  A truly fun filled technique based class!!!

Finished Size is 78 1/2” x 91 1/2”

Note: The Splash Of Color book is required, sold separately, and is not included in the SNS kit. Click here to order it.

Helen Robinson - Metro Lattice

Helen Robinson - Metro Lattice

This fabulous, curvaceous, contemporary quilt is actually easier to make than it looks. Metro Lattice begins with pinwheel blocks which are modified to create beautifully curved blocks which create both the block and sashing at the same time!  The curved piecing technique is a no pins method which makes sewing curves fast and easy!  This is one of over 60 patterns which use the versatile and award winning Quick Curve Ruler.

Finishes Size is 57" x 69"

Note: The Quick Curve Ruler is required, sold separately, and is not included in the SNS kit. Click here to order it.

Daniela Stout - Rainbow Radiant

Daniela Stout - Rainbow Radiant

Who doesn't love the bright colors of the rainbow? That is what you will get with this beautiful quilt from Cozy Quilt Designs. This Fat Quarters Anonymous pattern looks wonderful and radiant in this simple, but appealing design. Along with your fat quarters, you’ll just need a light and a dark accent to set the stage for a wonderful performance. Our fabric choice is Rio by Timeless Treasures. These beautiful batiks and the fun and easy project will keep you smiling while you are sailing on the high seas!

Finished Size is 62" x 71"

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: Seeing Spots, Metro LatticeRainbow Radiant.

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

Roatan, Honduras

Roatan welcomes divers and snorkelers eager to explore the thriving coral reef. Boaters, beachgoers, and water-sports fans enjoy the sparkling seas, too. The island also has a multicultural population, some descended from pirates. Visit the Caribbean’s largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Lying just offshore, it's a favorite spot for divers and snorkelers to see colorful corals and an amazing array of marine life. 

 

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Day 4

Puerto Costa Maya

Since there are only 2 sea days on this itinerary, we will be offering a quilting class while we are in port. Feel free to go ashore at lunch or finish class early to see the port. 

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Day 5

Cozumel

Cozumel features great diving, snorkeling and beaches, marine-life encounters, botanical gardens, trails and shopping in the town of San Miguel. The nearby mainland is home to Tulum, Mayan cliff side ruins overlooking the Caribbean. 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 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