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2024 Island Batik 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: Kate Colleran and Tammy Silvers.
March 17 - 24, 2024
Orlando, FL - Perfect Day CocoCay, Bahamas - Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas


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Calling all Cruisin' Quilters!

Ahoy there! Ready to set sail on the Island Batik Quilting Cruise and explore the stunning islands of the Caribbean? Let's go!

First things first, Island Batik fabrics are simply the best for quilting! They're so amazing, you'll feel like you're floating on a cloud of fabric bliss. And what better place to showcase your Island Batik quilt than on a cruise through the Caribbean islands themselves? It's like your quilt will be in paradise too!

But that's not all! Take your quilting skills to the next level with Island Batik ambassadors Kate Colleran and Tammy Silvers, two of the most talented quilting instructors. They'll teach you the tips and tricks of the trade, so you can create quilts that will make your friends and family green with envy (just like the palm trees on the islands!).

While on board, you can work on the Sparks Quilt and/or the Southerly Quilt while enjoying the stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. It's like being wrapped up in a warm, tropical hug while quilting. Who wouldn't want that?

And don't forget the shore excursions! You'll get to explore the beautiful Caribbean islands and experience the local culture, which is just as colorful and vibrant as Island Batik fabrics. Plus, when you're not busy sightseeing, you can relax on the luxurious Royal Caribbean cruise ship, where you'll be treated like royalty.

So if you're looking for a fun, adventurous, and relaxing vacation that combines quilting and the Caribbean islands, then the Island Batik Quilting Cruise is just what you need! Book your spot today and let's set sail for the quiltiest adventure of a lifetime!

Best Regards,

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
      • Island Batik Door 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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Kate Colleran

Kate Colleran

Kate Colleran is a renowned fabric and quilt pattern designer, author, Island Batik ambassador, and quilt teacher with over 20 years of experience in the quilting industry. Her quilt patterns have been featured in numerous quilt magazines, and she has online classes available on popular platforms like Craftsy and Quilting Daily. Kate has taught at local quilt shops, for guilds, and at national quilt shows, inspiring quilters across the country.

Kate's quilt patterns are known for their complete, easy-to-follow instructions with an eclectic design style that blends traditional elements with a modern twist. Her designs are both visually stunning and accessible to quilters of all skill levels. She is particularly well-known for her popular Braid and Mini Braid Templates, which offer a fun and easy way to create beautiful quilts.

In addition to her work as a designer and teacher, Kate is also a co-author of the book "Smash Your Precut Stash", which provides inspiration and guidance for using precut fabric collections in quilting projects.

Kate's creative talent has also led to exciting collaborations with Island Batik, and she released her first fabric lines with them in 2022. Her fabrics are characterized by vibrant colors, bold patterns, and playful designs that perfectly complement her quilt patterns.

Kate's ultimate goal is to help quilters make a quilt by finding the methods and techniques that work best for them. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced quilter, Kate's passion for quilting and her expertise are sure to inspire and delight.

Tammy Silvers

Tammy Silvers

Tammy Silvers is an accomplished quilter, designer, and teacher with over 30 years of experience in the quilting industry. She fell in love with quilting in 1991 and has been quilting ever since. Tammy has taught at various quilt shops and online, with her popular Quick Quilted Gifts class available on Bluprint.

As a Georgia native, Tammy currently resides in Acworth with her husband, children, one grumpy dog, and her favorite fat cat. With a background in art and literature, Tammy has a keen eye for design and loves to incorporate "words" into her work, whether in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece.

Tammy designs and self-publishes her own quilt patterns under the label Tamarinis, which are regularly featured in a variety of quilt magazines. She also works with major fabric manufacturers such as Northcott, Free Spirit, Maywood, Dear Stella, and Timeless Treasures, designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines.

Tammy's love for batiks led her to become an Island Batik ambassador and design fabrics for Island Batik, a perfect fit for her creative style. She even has her own thread line with Aurifil that coordinates beautifully with her current Island Batik line.

While Tammy enjoys designing, teaching and sharing her passion for quilting is where her true joy lies. She loves visiting different guilds, meeting quilters, and seeing all the creativity that makes the quilting world such a fun and exciting place!


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Introducing the stunning Sparks Quilt, a beautiful lap quilt that measures 60" x 75". The quilt is made using the Winged Things fabric collection designed by the talented Kate Colleran for Island Batik. This collection features an eclectic design style with traditional elements and a modern twist.

The Sparks Quilt features a unique one block design that is sure to catch the eye of any quilting enthusiast. The sashing can be customized to align with either the star or the pieced units, allowing for endless design possibilities.

Crafted with precision and care, this quilt is perfect for snuggling up on a chilly evening or adding a touch of color to your home decor. The Sparks Quilt is a true masterpiece that will stand the test of time and become a beloved addition to any quilt collection.

Finished Quilt Size: 60" x 75"

 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Sparks pattern book.



Introducing the Southerly Quilt, a stunning masterpiece that measures 60" x 75". This quilt captures the beauty and grace of flying geese with its intricate design and attention to detail.

Featuring four different sizes of Flying Geese units, all Island Batik fabrics, and two backgrounds, the Southerly Quilt creates a mesmerizing pattern that is sure to impress. The quilt design showcases the flight patterns of geese in a unique and creative way, with each block telling a story of its own.

Crafted with care and precision, this quilt is sure to become a cherished addition to your quilt collection. The Southerly Quilt is perfect for snuggling up on a chilly evening or adding a touch of elegance to your home decor.

The Studio 180 Wing Clipper is recommended to ensure perfect Flying Geese units that fit seamlessly into the quilt design. This quilt is a testament to the beauty and creativity of quilting, and it is sure to capture the hearts of all who see it.

Finished Quilt Size: 60" x 75"

 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Southerly pattern book.

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 $265 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 or download the patterns here: Sparks and Southerly

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Island Batik Quilting Cruise Supply List.  A finalized supply list will also 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

Orlando, FL

Orlando is famous for its theme parks, but this central Florida city has much more to offer than just thrilling rides and attractions. If you’re embarking on a cruise from Orlando, don't miss out on the chance to explore its natural wonders and outdoor adventures. Enjoy the sunrise on the shores of Canaveral National Seashore, savor a delicious breakfast in Historic Cocoa Village, or try your luck spotting alligators while on an airboat ride through the St. John River marshlands. For panoramic views of Port Canaveral, head to the top of Exploration Tower, or visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to learn about space travel and see iconic rockets like the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Saturn V moon rocket. Discover the many wonders of Orlando's Space Coast, beyond just its theme parks, on your next vacation or cruise.

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Day 2

Perfect Day CocoCay, Bahamas

Experience the ultimate thrill-seeking adventure with Royal Caribbean® Cruises. Take on the tallest waterslide in North America, snap a shot from 450 feet up in a helium balloon, or relax and enjoy a drink at the swim-up bar while soaking up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. For a taste of paradise, reserve your own Overwater Cabana and indulge in a Bora Bora-style experience. Come discover the magic of Perfect Day at CocoCay, exclusively available on Royal Caribbean® Cruises. Book now for an unforgettable vacation experience.

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Day 3


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie, located on the beautiful island of St. Thomas, boasts one of the world's most picturesque harbors. Its crystal blue waters peppered with sailboats and verdant hills dotted with charming little cottages make for picture-perfect brags. Beyond the bustling port town, St. Thomas offers miles of powdery white sand beaches fringed with swaying palm trees and inviting hammocks. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the island by visiting colonial landmarks such as Blackbeard's Castle or raise a pint of the local lager at quaint microbreweries. When hunger strikes, indulge in authentic Caribbean cuisine, including conch fritters, johnnycakes, and coconut patties, served up at the island's many beachside bars. Though technically part of the United States, St. Thomas retains its own unique island charm, complete with colorful markets, unspoiled beaches, and the rhythmic beat of steel drums. Plan your dream vacation to St. Thomas today.

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Day 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

St. Maarten: The Unique Blend of Cultures on the Smallest Shared Landmass

St. Maarten is truly a one-of-a-kind destination, known for its harmonious mix of cultures. This Caribbean island is home to a diverse community of 120 nationalities, who speak over 80 languages. What's more, it is the only landmass in the world that is shared by two different nations, the Netherlands and France.

Despite its small size, less than 40 square miles, St. Maarten offers an array of activities and experiences. Explore centuries-old ruins and travel back in time, or get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling zipline adventure through lush tropical forests. If relaxation is what you seek, there are secluded beaches perfect for soaking up the sun, followed by a culinary journey that offers some of the best Caribbean cuisine.

Come and experience the unique blend of cultures that make St. Maarten a truly unforgettable destination.

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Day 6


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Cruising - Fun Day At Sea

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

Day 8

Return to Orlando, FL

The Ship

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The Ship

Wonder of the Seas

Experience the ultimate quilter's paradise on the Wonder of the Seas℠ - the biggest and boldest ship in the world! This island-hopping adventure offers epic thrills, including the Ultimate Abyss℠ for adrenaline chasers, and delicious dining options that will satisfy any palate. Launch from the Space Coast and explore the stunning eastern and western shores of the Caribbean, including a visit to Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at Coco Cay. Discover new inspiration for your quilting projects as you relax and indulge in this incredible journey, only on Royal Caribbean®.

Conference Room Setup:

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

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Island Batik Quilting Cruise Supply List.  A finalized supply list will also 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


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Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,899.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$2,099.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$2,299.00*

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

*Port charges, gratuities, taxes & fees of $454.17  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 cabin-mates 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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