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2023 Scrappy and Happy Quilting Cruise

Quilting and cruising are better than ever so join Stitchin' Heaven on this 7-night Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: Melissa Corry and Kay Roberts.
September 1 - 8, 2023
Seattle, WA - Juneau, AK - Alaska Inside Passage - Skagway, AK - Sitka, AK - Victoria, British Columbia
Royal Caribbean Ovation Of The Seas

Overview

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Overview

Dear Quilting Mates,

Are you ready to take the quilting cruise of a lifetime? Join us with two industry quilting stars Melissa Corry, and Kay Roberts as they carry their love of teaching, friendship and quilting on this 7-night 8-day cruise through Alaska, the last frontier. This is an exclusive once in a lifetime cruise for quilters who love to travel. Melissa is well-known for her popular blog: Happy Quilting (www.happyquiltingmelissa.com) and Kay is a sought after national quilting instructor. From classes and demos, to tips and tricks, this is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss! 

This cruise is on the Royal Caribbean Ovation Of The Seas. We have a beautiful conference center available to us so that we can spread out and have plenty of space. New for 2023, we are introducing our Fun Times Day at Sea where you will have the opportunity to make one of our exclusive Grab ‘n Go projects. 

During this trip you will we will also enjoy the beauty of the last frontier. Our ports will include Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, and Victoria, British Columbia. I sincerely hope you can join us on the educational and enjoyable cruise. 

- 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
      • SHAG Bag (Stitchin' Heaven Amazing Gifts) valued at over $100 including an exclusive cruise shirt
      • Your own dedicated sewing space for the duration of the cruise
      • Optional pre-cut Sail ‘n Sew fabric kits
      • Every quilting guest can take all the classes offered
      • The classroom is open 24/7 for plenty of free time sewing!
      • Premier thread provided for onboard projects
      • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
      • Classroom support from Stitchin' Heaven Staff
      • Full-size irons and ironing stations will be available in each classroom
      • Post cruise guest contact list and group photo will be provided
      • A BONUS Grab' n Go project for our Fun Times Day at Sea
      • Prizes, surprises, and a boatload of fun! 

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a BERNINA Series sewing machine!

That's right!  Each quilter will be provided a state-of-the-art 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

Melissa Corry

Melissa Corry

Melissa started quilting as a hobby in 2005 but since starting her blog, Happy Quilting, in 2010 her hobby has turned into a passion. Her passion for quilting has lead to creating her own designs that she shares as tutorials, published works, a pattern line, and even her own books, Irish Chain Quilts and Charming Baby Quilts. Melissa loves designing and finds inspiration in just about everything and anything. Melissa, her husband and their five children live in Cedar City, Utah. To see more of her daily quilting adventures check out her blog Happy Quilting.

(www.happyquiltingmelissa.com

Kay Roberts

Kay Roberts

Kay grew up in a household of sewing and quilting. Kay’s background in Home Economics has helped her to be diverse in her sewing and quilting knowledge. When she moved to Tennessee, she opened a drapery workroom for several designers in the Nashville, Tennessee area. But owning a quilt shop was a desire that just wouldn’t go away. Finding her niche in the quilting world started with a teachers certification program with Square in a Square by Jodi Barrows in 2001. Kay and her business partner, Kathy Kuryla owned The Quilting Squares for 18 years and they also started a pattern company, Franklin Quilt Co., which they still operate. The pattern designs utilize modern methods to make complex looking patterns doable. Kay also developed the Shortcut Binding Tool to help quilters that struggle with their bindings.

Kay and Kathy traveled and vended at numerous quilt shows through the Midwest. We also were commissioned to make a quilt for the TV show “Nashville”!

Teaching is another passion, Kay has taught on the national and local levels since 2004. Kay’s mission is to help quilters to finish projects before they become PIGS or end up in Goodwill. I want to inspire quilters to get their projects done and use their stash. Her classes are full of fun, tips, tricks , stories and a whole lot of laughter!

Students come away with skills they can use to make their sewing more enjoyable and effective.

Kay and her husband, Ned, live in Murfreesboro, TN and raised two daughters. Besides quilting , Kay finds joy in her three granddaughters, baking, “Glamping”, and traveling across our beautiful country.

Projects

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Projects

Stacked Squares

Stacked Squares

Stacked Squares is a happy and scrappy twist on a traditional chain quilt that is sure to be a stunner. I have always loved making Irish Chain Quilts, and this twisted chain is made from happy scraps in a quarter log cabin layout. And, if you have never tried a Low Volume Background before, you are going to find just how fun they are. The pattern comes with 7 size options, so you can make this quilt again and again in so many sizes. What a great way to keep busting those scraps!!! 

Finished Quilt Size: 66” x 77”

4 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed.

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Stacked Squares Quilt pattern.  


Whirly Gig Twister

Whirly Gig Twister

Whirly Gig Twister is a GREAT Scrappy and Happy Quilt. Let this beautiful quilt be a reminder of your Alaskan cruise with it’s deep icy blues, glaciers whites with reds like the sunset skies. This pattern uses 2” finished half square triangles and 2” finished squares to complete the 16” finished block. 

Finished Quilt Size:  60” x 76”

4 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed.

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Whirly Gig Twist pattern.  


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 $379.90 and it includes precut fabric for the quilt top for both projects including the borders, binding and pattern.  

If you are interested in only one of the kits, you can specify which one on the registration form when you sign up for the cruise. If you would like a Sail ‘n Sew pack, simply select both kits when you fill out the registration form and we'll have it waiting for you on the ship. 

 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: Stacked Squares and Whirly Gig Twist.

Note: View the preliminary 2023 Scrappy and Happy Quilting Cruise Supply List. A finalized supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. We will not have a store onboard. Please bring all supplies you will need according to the supply list. We suggest you bring an extra project if you feel like you will finish the class projects and need extra sewing.

Click here to see our general quilting supplies recommendations.

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Seattle, WA

Sailing out on a cruise from Seattle? Make sure you spend a few a days in the beautiful Emerald City. If you’re a nature lover, this jewel in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect place for you to explore ahead of your cruise vacation. Though it offers plenty of metropolitan delights — think great restaurants, bars, a ton of shopping and lots (and lots) of hip coffee shops — Seattle is a big city with a wild, great-outdoors soul. It’s surrounded by ancient forests, sprawling public parks and, of course, the misty Puget Sound, where you can slow-moving tugboats, sleek kayaks and the occasional pod of whales. Head to Discovery Park for beautiful views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges or visit the Olympic Sculpture Park near Elliott Bay. And if you’re craving a drink and a tasty bite to eat, head to one of Seattle’s many rooftop bars and take advantage of those extra-long northern summer days while you sip local brews and expertly crafted cocktails.

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Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Juneau, AK

You can’t get to Juneau easily without a sprint by air or by sea. But once you arrive you’ll find majestic views and rich culture in every corner. With its snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers and bounty of wildlife, Alaska’s remote state capital is the perfect place to dive into nature. Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the city’s picturesque downtown area offers centuries-old bars, boutique shops and historic landmarks. For a taste of the local culture, visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum. And for outdoor thrills, you can take your pick of activities ranging from whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, and even try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin.

Alaska Inside Passage

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 4

Skagway, AK

The tiny town of Skagway still looks like it did during the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago— and today it remains an outpost for thrilling Alaskan adventure. An old-time street car ride along bustling Broadway Street reveals well-preserved buildings, including the state’s oldest hotel. You can see engraved walrus tusks at the Corrington Museum, or get lost in riveting historical reenactments around town. If outdoor adventure is more your thing, there are plenty of ways to amp up the adrenaline, from sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier to rafting Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America.

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Day 5

Sitka, AK

Sitka truly offers the best of Alaska. Its small-town appeal stems from a unique blend of Russian, Tlingit and American history. Its snow-capped peaks and volcanic Mount Edgecumbe pose among the state’s most postcard-worthy scenes. And its rare wildlife astounds, from Saint Lazaria Island’s orange-beaked puffins to Alaska Maritime Refuge’s 40 million seabirds. This is off-the-path Alaska, where you can kayak Sitka Sound alongside swimming sea otters or fly-fish for the world’s biggest halibut. Whether it’s hiking Baranof Island trails or listening to tribal stories passed down for generations, in Sitka the midnight sun never sets on adventure.

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Day 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

The Ship

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The Ship

Ovation Of The Seas

Pioneer America’s last frontier onboard one of the world’s most groundbreaking ships, Ovation of the Seas®, the biggest boldest ship to ever sail Alaska. It’s scenery scoping from the unrivaled perspective of North Star® — the highest vantage point on any cruise ship. Edge-of-your-seat entertainment, game-changing family fun you can enjoy in any climate, and breathtaking vistas from every stateroom — even interior staterooms offer real-time views from a Virtual Balcony℠. All between unforgettable destinations from Juneau to Skagway. No other cruise ship lets you see Alaska like this. 

Conference Room Setup:

On this ship we will be sewing four to a table the image below.

Note: View the preliminary 2023 Scrappy and Happy Quilting Cruise Supply List. A finalized supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. We will not have a store onboard. Please bring all supplies you will need according to the supply list. We suggest you bring an extra project if you feel like you will finish the class projects and need extra sewing.

Click here to see our general quilting supplies recommendations.

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,499.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,699.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,899.00*

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

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $499.70  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. 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.

Dress

You can see what the cruise line suggests for dress code while on the ship here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com...

Gratuities

Gratuities are a part of your cruise expense and will be collected by Stitchin' Heaven. This fee covers everyone who serves you while you are onboard including all onboard staff, dining staff, and your cabin steward. Stitchin' Heaven Travel will then pay these gratuities for our entire group prior to sailing.  Therefore, you will be charged $101.50 for gratuities at the time of final payment. Please be aware that an additional gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs. We encourage you to add additional tip for superior service.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included, but is available for your protection from Royal Caribbean in the form of their Travel Protection Program. The cost varies by room type and cruise 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 are due in full when you choose to add it to your reservation

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

COVID-19 Vaccination Required - Unfortunately, our world and our cruise travel have certainly changed with COVID-19. The cruise ship companies have worked diligently with the CDC and government officials in order to continue cruising from the US. Our commitment is to provide an enjoyable event with the utmost safety to our guests. Because of this, all guests registered with Stitchin’ Heaven are required to provide proof of vaccination. By following this protocol, we will not be required to have our guests wear masks while in the Conference Center. However, ship protocols will need to be observed at all times and are subject to change at Royal Caribbean’s discretion. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate through these uncertain waters.

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