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2024 Patriot Quilting Cruise

Quilting and cruising are better than ever so join Stitchin' Heaven on this 7-night Caribbean Quilting Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: Andrew Lee, also known as The Combat Quilter and Mark Darrell, also known as The Quilting Marine.

As an added bonus, Rob Appell will be on board as well! 

May 26 - June 2, 2024
Galveston, TX - Roatan, Honduras - Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico - Cozumel, Mexico
Royal Caribbean Harmony Of The Seas


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Dear Bobbin Buddies,

We are thrilled to invite you to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure – the Patriot Quilting Cruise! Get ready to set sail on the beautiful Royal Caribbean ship, the Harmony of the Seas, to explore the stunning Caribbean. With stops in Roatan, Honduras, Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, and Cozumel, Mexico, this is a journey you won't want to miss!

As if the breathtaking scenery and warm weather weren't enough, we have an incredible lineup of special guests and instructors joining us on this cruise. We are excited to welcome renowned quilter Rob Appell, who will share their expertise and passion with us. You'll also have the opportunity to learn from two outstanding instructors – The Combat Quilter, Andrew Lee, and The Quilting Marine, Mark Darrell. With their guidance, you'll create patriotic-themed projects that honor the brave men and women who have served our country.

And let's not forget the fun! There will be plenty of opportunities to socialize and make new friends with fellow quilters. Enjoy the ship's amenities, including the pools, restaurants, and entertainment. And of course, you'll have plenty of time to work on your quilting projects and hone your skills.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to combine your love of quilting with a tropical vacation. Book your spot on the Patriot Quilting Cruise today!


- 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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The Combat Quilter - Andrew Lee

The Combat Quilter - Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee may be a relative newcomer to quilting, with just over 6 years of experience, but his passion for the craft runs deep. It all began when his wife commented that they didn't spend enough time together, prompting him to take a quilted table runner class and join a men's quilting group. Quilting quickly became Andrew's go-to for therapeutic relief and he hasn't looked back since.

As a 21-year combat veteran, Andrew has found that quilting is the only coping mechanism that truly works for him. He has made over 300 quilts for veterans, long-armed over 700 customer quilts, and is always looking for ways to help others. With his wife Kristy and dog Winston, Andrew spends countless hours in the studio creating wonderful projects together.

As a certified Army instructor, Andrew's attention to detail and desire to learn make him an effective teacher. He has been featured in magazines and quilting books. Currently, Andrew is working on another masterpiece in his pixelated series. His website, combatquilter.com, is filled with details of his journey, patterns, and pictures of the many quilts he has completed.

Join Andrew on his quilting journey and discover the therapeutic benefits of this incredible craft.

The Quilting Marine - Mark Darrell

The Quilting Marine - Mark Darrell

Mark Darrell, also known as The Quilting Marine, has a remarkable story that involves the discovery of his passion for quilting during a difficult period in his life. After serving for 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, Mark struggled with PTSD-related issues. However, he found that quilting was a therapeutic and relaxing activity that allowed him to focus on creating something beautiful while also helping him to cope with his struggles.

Mark's passion for quilting goes beyond just creating beautiful quilts. His true goal is to help others create quilts that they can admire for years to come. His favorite part of the quilting process is piecing the blocks together, knowing that he is building something that will bring joy and comfort to someone else. For Mark, the process of creating a quilt is his therapy. He doesn't get wrapped up in the details or the perfection of the final product. Instead, he focuses on the joy of the process and the fact that he is creating something that will make a positive impact on someone else's life.

Mark's philosophy when it comes to quilting is simple but profound. He lives by the mantra of "it's only fabric" and "it's only thread." To him, these materials are simply tools that he uses to create something beautiful and meaningful. He doesn't let the pressure of creating a perfect quilt get in the way of enjoying the process and sharing his passion with others.

Overall, Mark's journey is a testament to the healing power of quilting and the importance of finding creative outlets for coping with life's challenges. His dedication to helping others create beautiful quilts is truly inspiring, and his positive outlook on life and the quilting process is a reminder to us all to enjoy the journey and not get bogged down by perfectionism.


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Hero's Star

Hero's Star

Looking for a way to express your appreciation for those who have fought for our freedom? The Hero's Star patriotic quilt kit is the perfect choice! This quilt pattern is specifically designed to meet the requirements for donation, making it an excellent way to show your support for our nation's veterans. 

Crafted from high-quality patriotic fabrics, this quilt pattern features a simple yet striking design that is easy to create. The quilt consists of one block repeated to create a 64" x 82" throw, making it a versatile option that is perfect for snuggling up on the couch or adding a patriotic touch to any room.

This quilt pattern includes easy-to-follow instructions, making it a great option for both beginner and experienced quilters. Create this quilt to honor the brave men and women who have fought for our freedom. 

Get ready to create a stunning quilt that pays homage to our nation's heroes. With its simple yet striking design, this quilt is sure to become a cherished family heirloom.

Finished Size: 64" x 82"

5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Hero Star pattern.

American Hero Quilt

American Hero Quilt

Looking for a perfect way to honor an American Hero? Our Stars and Stripes quilt kit is an excellent choice! Whether you want to create a quilt for your personal Hero or for a donation to a veteran recipient, this kit is sure to be cherished for years to come.

Crafted from high-quality batiks from Island Batik, this quilt features a beautiful blend of red, white, and blue hues that pay homage to the American flag.

The finished size of this quilt is 70" x 82", making it an excellent choice for snuggling up on the couch or adding a patriotic touch to a room. With easy-to-follow instructions and all the fabric you need included in the kit, creating this quilt will be a fun and rewarding experience.

Finished Size: 70" x 82"

5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the American Hero 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 $305.00 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: Hero's Star and American Hero (Free Download).

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Patriot 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.


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Day 1

Galveston, TX

Galveston is a destination that promises big thrills and excitement even before you set foot onboard your cruise ship. This fun-loving seaside city in Texas is a favorite vacation spot among families, thanks to its unique blend of history, natural beauty, and warm southern hospitality. Start your visit with a hearty Texas-style breakfast in the historic Strand District, the pulsing heart of the city and a hub of antique shops, restaurants, and bars. Take a walk along the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, home to numerous family-friendly rides, games, and other attractions. Then, immerse yourself in Galveston's illustrious history with a scenic stroll past well-preserved Victorian mansions and centuries-old landmark buildings. A visit to Galveston wouldn't be complete without exploring the city's museums, which host exhibits on a variety of fascinating topics - from Galveston's history with oil and railroads to the pirates and corsairs that haunt the Gulf Coast's rich and colorful past. Whether you're interested in history, culture, or just some good old-fashioned family fun, Galveston has something for everyone.

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

Roatan, Honduras

Roatán is a captivating destination that boasts a rich blend of cultures and traditions that are sure to enchant anyone. With its mangrove forests, dense jungles, and pristine white-sand beaches, you'll be tempted to stay forever. Every year, divers and snorkelers from all over the world flock to this largest of Honduras' Bay Islands to experience the world's second-largest barrier reef firsthand. Roatán cruises offer access to laid-back beach towns and secluded shores, where you can unwind and relax in idyllic surroundings. On the Big Island, you can mingle with monkeys and "Jesus" lizards, snorkel with stingrays, and zipline through rainforest canopies. If you're in search of culture, the island's unique and vibrant blend is sure to satisfy. It is home to ex-pat sun-seekers, Hondurans from the mainland, descendants of European settlers, and Garífuna, whose Afro-Carib-Arawak heritage still flavors centuries-old communities like Punta Gorda. Roatán promises a magical experience that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired. Don't miss out on the adventure of a lifetime in Roatán. Book your Roatán cruise today and embark on an unforgettable journey.

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Day 5

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya is a destination that blends the richness of the past with the excitement of the present. As you cruise to Costa Maya, get ready to discover ancient Maya ruins and enigmatic jungles that are just waiting to be explored, alongside exclusive beach clubs and trendy restaurants all in one place. This 250 square mile paradise is packed with entertainment and history, located just 30 miles south of Cancun. Don't miss the chance to explore the Great Maya Reef, the second-largest coral reef in the world, and an absolute must-see spot for snorkelers. For a relaxing break, head to the charming port village of Mahahual, where you can unwind with an ice-cold michelada, a spicy beer cocktail, in hand. For a dose of culture, visit the Kohunlick ruins and marvel at the famous Temple of the Masks. Costa Maya promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you enchanted and inspired.

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Day 6

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel is an idyllic destination that promises unforgettable adventures. With its thriving tropical reefs, crystal-clear waters, and fascinating ancient ruins, there is something for everyone here. As you cruise to Cozumel, make sure to visit Chankanaab National Park, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant underwater world of colorful reefs and tropical fish that make this island a top diving spot. Alternatively, take a trip back in time with a visit to the towering Maya ruins of Tulum. After a day of exploration, indulge in a soothing beachside massage at Playa Mia. Whether you're a culture enthusiast or a sun-worshipper, Cozumel offers a plethora of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories. Don't miss out on the adventure of a lifetime in Cozumel.

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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.

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Galveston, TX

Return to Galveston, Texas.

The Ship

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The Ship

Harmony of the Seas

What do you get when you combine one of the biggest ships in the world with some of the boldest thrills at sea? A gravity defying, status-quo denying, electrifying expedition onboard Harmony of the Seas® that will set a new standard for family vacations. From first-at-sea feats to the favorites you know and love, you’ll find so many ways to make memories onboard — like the tallest slide at sea, Ultimate Abyss℠, deck-defying stunts at the AquaTheater, and the robot-helmed Bionic Bar. Not to mention dazzling Broadway performances and globetrotting gastronomic experiences that go from Asia to the Mediterranean, and beyond.

Conference Room Setup:

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

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Patriot 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.


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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 $457.05  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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