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2024 Alaska Legacy Quilting Cruise

Quilting and cruising are better than ever so join Stitchin' Heaven on this 7-night Alaska Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: Annette Plog and Barbara Black.
August 9-16, 2024
Seattle, WA - Sitka, AK - Skagway, AK - Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - Victoria, British Columbia
Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas


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Greetings, Quilting Enthusiasts!

Are you ready for an unforgettable quilting adventure amidst the breathtaking scenery of Alaska? Join us on the Alaska Quilting Adventure, a unique and exciting cruise that will take you through some of the most stunning locations in the world. We'll be visiting Seattle, WA, Juneau, AK, Skagway, AK, Sitka, AK, Victoria, British Columbia, and exploring the magnificent Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier.

During this luxurious cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas, we'll be immersing ourselves in the beauty of Alaska's glaciers, wildlife, and charming towns. Our experienced quilting instructors, Annette Plog and Barbara Black, will be with us to offer exclusive workshops and classes to enhance our quilting skills and creativity.

But that's not all! You'll have the chance to meet like-minded quilting enthusiasts from all over the world, enjoy world-class amenities, delicious food, and entertainment on board the Ovation of the Seas.

So what are you waiting for? Join us on the Alaska Quilting Adventure, an opportunity to indulge in your passion for quilting while experiencing the beauty and wonder of Alaska's landscape. Reserve your spot now and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime quilting 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 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 Day at Sea
      • Prizes, surprises, and a boatload of fun! 

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a BERNINA 475QE 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!


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Annette Plog

Annette Plog

Annette, a renowned quilter, has been mastering her craft since she pieced her first Lone Star Quilt in 1987. Her love for antique quilts has led her to specialize in reproducing these beautiful pieces of history. Her passion for fabric has grown immensely over the years through her study of fabric history, collection of antique quilts, and informal education that includes classes, reading, and learning from antique dealers.

As an accomplished quilter, Annette has authored two books, True Blue Quilts and Time Honored Traditions. Her expertise also includes teaching, lecturing, writing patterns, and showcasing her quilts at various shows.

Adding another feather to her cap, Annette has designed her first fabric line with Windham, called Petite Perennials. The fabric line is an extension of her love for fabric and quilting, and she hopes to inspire others with her beautiful designs.

Reproduction fabrics hold a special place in Annette's heart, and her designs often showcase these fabrics. With her exceptional attention to detail and keen eye for color, Annette's quilts are an ode to the timeless beauty of antique quilts while incorporating her unique design aesthetic.

Through her work, Annette has become a source of inspiration for aspiring quilters, antique quilt collectors, and fabric enthusiasts alike. Her quilts and designs have won accolades, and her passion for quilting and fabric continues to drive her to create stunning pieces that are treasured by all who appreciate the art form.

Barbara Black

Barbara Black

Barbara has been sewing since she was a young girl and has been making quilts for more than 35 years.  Her interest, skills and love for quiltmaking make her a dedicated quilt teacher. She has taught quilting since 1989 at local quilt shops as well as guilds and quilt shows throughout the US. She is a featured guest artist on The Quilt Show, with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. 

Barbara’s quilting accomplishments are extensive. Over the years, she has won many ribbons at quilt shows, including Best of Show in four separate shows, most recently in 2019. She has had five quilts accepted in AQS  shows.   She is also known for her complex feathered star medallion quilts. 

In 2014 Barbara was honored to have her quilt Red and White—By the Numbers, selected as the Commemorative Quilt for the 40th anniversary of International Quilt Festival Houston.  It appeared in international advertising, throughout the city of Houston during the 2014 Market and Festival shows, and was featured on the beautiful tote bags and show pins.  The quilt was purchased as part of the Quilts Incorporated Corporate Collection.  

Barbara has also worked for more than 20 years as an Education Team member with Quilts Inc., which hosts international trade shows and Festivals throughout the year. She has had many quilts published by McCall's Publishing and Christmas Year-Round, among other publications.  In 2014 three of her quilts were included in the publication 500 Traditional Quilts, which featured the best traditional quilts of the 21st century so far.  You can read about her quilting adventures at her blog:  My Joyful Journey.   https://bbquiltmaker.blogspot.com 

Beyond her quilting life, Barbara enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown sons and her grandchildren, Stella and Sam, gardening, reading and traveling.  


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Double T

Double T

Looking for a new quilting project that's not only beautiful but steeped in history and meaning? Look no further than the Double T block, a popular block found in quilts from the mid to late 1800s. Not only is this block visually striking, but it also holds special significance as a symbol of the Temperance Movement, championed mostly by women, and meant to call attention to the abolishment of the use of alcohol.

And the best part? This quilt pattern is easy to piece, making it perfect for quilters of all skill levels. Simply use a variety of light, medium, and dark fabrics for a scrappy look, or experiment with different placements of lights and darks to give each block a unique and varied appearance. Alternatively, you could use the same fabric for each block to create a contemporary and striking style.

Measuring 55"x69.5", this quilt is perfect for a variety of uses, from a cozy throw for your home to a meaningful gift for a loved one. And with its simple but elegant design, this quilt is sure to become a cherished heirloom for generations to come.

Finished Size: 55" x 69.5"

4.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Double T Pattern.

Civil War Puzzle

Civil War Puzzle

Looking for a fun and easy quilting project that looks intricate and impressive? Look no further than this replica of an antique baby quilt. While it looks complex, this quilt pattern is actually quite simple and perfect for quilters of all skill levels.

By using a log cabin variation, you'll learn valuable tips and tricks for speedy piecing and improve your accuracy in no time. Plus, with a variety of setting options included in the pattern, you can experiment with different layouts to create a unique and personalized look for your quilt.

Measuring 60"x60", this versatile quilt can easily be increased in size by adding more blocks or borders. This makes it perfect for a variety of uses, whether as a cozy baby blanket or a larger throw for your home.

The blocks in this quilt pattern are fast to sew, giving you plenty of time to experiment with different layouts and variations. And with its forgiving nature, this pattern is perfect for those who are just starting out in quilting, as well as seasoned quilters who want a fun and quick project to work on.

Finished Size: 60" x 60"

4 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Civil War Puzzle 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 $282.00 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: Double T and Civil War Puzzle.

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Alaska Legacy Quilting 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.


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Day 1

Seattle, WA

Embarking on a cruise from Seattle? Don't miss out on the chance to explore the stunning Emerald City before your adventure at sea. If you're a nature lover, Seattle is the perfect destination to experience the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. While the city boasts an array of metropolitan delights such as great restaurants, trendy bars, shopping destinations, and countless hip coffee shops, it still manages to maintain a wild, great-outdoors soul.

Surrounded by ancient forests, sprawling public parks, and the misty Puget Sound, Seattle is a true paradise for nature enthusiasts. Head to Discovery Park to catch stunning views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges or visit the Olympic Sculpture Park near Elliott Bay for some world-class art exhibits.

If you're looking to wind down and grab a drink or two, head to one of Seattle's many rooftop bars and enjoy a local brew or expertly crafted cocktail while taking in the extra-long northern summer days. With slow-moving tugboats, sleek kayaks, and even the occasional pod of whales, the misty Puget Sound is truly a sight to behold.

Don't miss out on the chance to explore this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Take some time to discover the natural beauty and metropolitan delights of Seattle before your unforgettable cruise adventure.

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

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Sitka, AK

Sitka, Alaska is a hidden gem that showcases the very best of the state. Its small-town charm is enriched by a blend of Russian, Tlingit, and American history, making it an unforgettable cultural experience. From the snow-capped peaks to the majestic Mount Edgecumbe, Sitka offers some of the most breathtaking views in Alaska. The area is home to rare wildlife, including puffins with orange beaks on Saint Lazaria Island and over 40 million seabirds at the Alaska Maritime Refuge. In Sitka, you can escape the crowds and enjoy kayaking alongside playful sea otters or fishing for the world's largest halibut. If you're in the mood for adventure, hike the trails of Baranof Island or listen to tribal stories that have been passed down for generations. With the midnight sun shining, Sitka is the perfect destination for adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts alike.

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Skagway, AK

The tiny town of Skagway is frozen in time, with its charming streets and buildings perfectly preserved since the Klondike Gold Rush over a century ago. But don't let its historic facade fool you, Skagway is a hub of thrilling Alaskan adventures.

A ride on an old-time streetcar along bustling Broadway Street is a great way to take in the town's many well-preserved buildings, including the state's oldest hotel. For a glimpse into Skagway's rich history, head to the Corrington Museum to see engraved walrus tusks, or get lost in the riveting historical reenactments that take place all around town.

Of course, for outdoor enthusiasts, Skagway has much to offer as well. Amp up your adrenaline by sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier or rafting down Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America. And with countless hiking trails, fishing spots, and wildlife watching opportunities, Skagway truly is an outdoor lover's paradise.

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Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

One of Alaska’s lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30-mile-long stretch, you can’t help but be awed by the surrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle’s appeal.

Juneau, AK

Getting to Juneau is no easy feat, requiring a sprint by air or by sea. However, once you arrive, you'll be greeted by majestic views and rich cultural experiences around every turn. Nestled amidst snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers, and abundant wildlife, Alaska's remote state capital is the ultimate destination for nature lovers.

Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the picturesque downtown area of the city is brimming with centuries-old bars, charming boutique shops, and historic landmarks. To get a taste of the local culture, be sure to visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum, where you can immerse yourself in Alaska's unique history and traditions.

But the true magic of Juneau lies in its abundance of outdoor activities. From whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, this pristine wilderness has it all. For a truly authentic Alaskan experience, try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin and discover the thrill of striking it rich.

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Fun Day

New for 2024, we are introducing our Fun Day in the Conference Center. Join us for a special project and product demonstrations.

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia, is a charming city that perfectly combines British heritage and outdoor exploration. Visitors can marvel at the stunning Victorian architecture of Craigdarroch Castle and indulge in a culinary journey through Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Known as the "Garden City," Victoria boasts impressive floral displays and a reputation as the "Cycling Capital of Canada," offering a variety of biking trails for all levels. Adventure seekers can watch orcas playing in the harbor or observe glow-in-the-dark scorpions at the Bug Zoo. Whether you want to hike through the temperate rainforest of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park or stroll through the picturesque Butchart Gardens, Victoria offers something for everyone.

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Day 8

Seattle, WA

Return to Seattle, Washington.

The Ship

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The Ship

Ovation of the Seas

Experience the awe-inspiring scenery of the Alaskan wilderness from the highest vantage point on any cruise ship - the North Star®. Take in breathtaking views of vibrant blue glaciers and majestic waterfalls from the pool deck as you navigate through Endicott Arm. Treat your taste buds to an array of globally inspired dishes and expertly crafted cocktails served by robotic bartenders. When not exploring ashore, fill your sea days with adrenaline-pumping activities such as simulated skydiving on RipCord®by iFLY® and surfing on the FlowRider®. All of these experiences are available only on Royal Caribbean, the cruise line that has been voted the Best Overall for 19 years in a row by Travel Weekly readers. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to create unforgettable memories on your Alaskan adventure.

Conference Room Setup:

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

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Alaska Legacy Quilting 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.


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Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,799.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,999.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$2,099.00*

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

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $518.14 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


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.


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


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 Information

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. Ship protocols will need to be observed at all times and are subject to change at Royal Caribbean’s discretion. These protocols are changing quickly so please check the Royal Caribbean website for the most current information. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate through these uncertain waters.


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