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2024 Quilting With Riley Blake 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: Beverly McCullough and Amanda Niederhauser.
March 3-11, 2024
Orlando, FL - Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas - Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas


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Dear Cruising Friends,

We are excited to invite you to join us on a 7-night Caribbean Quilting Cruise to the Bahamas in 2024! This exclusive cruise is perfect for all quilting enthusiasts looking for a unique and relaxing way to combine their love for quilting and cruising. The Quilting With Riley Blake cruise will be departing from the port in Orlando and will visit ports at Perfect Day Cococay (Bahamas), Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas), and Philipsburg (St. Maarten).

Our quilting cruise is hosted by Royal Caribbean, one of the world's premier cruise lines. You can expect the highest level of comfort, entertainment, and relaxation throughout your trip. Our instructors Amanda Niederhauser and Beverly McCullough will be on board to teach you quilting techniques that are sure to inspire your next project. Plus, all projects will feature high-quality Riley Blake fabrics.

As one of the leading quilting cruises in the industry, we are proud to offer this unique experience for quilting enthusiasts looking to combine their passion for quilting and traveling. This cruise offers the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people and share your love for quilting while taking in the stunning beauty of the Caribbean.

We know that 2024 is a long time from now, but with such high demand for quilting cruises, it is best to book your spot early. So, don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience the best of both worlds - quilting and cruising!

This Quilting With Riley Blake cruise is part of a new trend of cruises for quilters and those seeking a quilt trip of a lifetime. So, if you are looking for a unique and unforgettable vacation experience, this is the quilting cruise for you.

We look forward to having you on board!

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
      • Riley Blake 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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Beverly McCullough

Beverly McCullough

Beverly's passion for creativity was instilled in her from a young age by her family of artists and seamstresses. As a teenager, she began honing her skills in sewing and needlework, crafting her own clothes and room décor. Over time, her love for sewing evolved to include quilting, pattern design, and fabric designing.

Beverly's blog, Flamingo Toes, was created out of a desire to share her projects with others. With a style that blends modern and vintage elements, she enjoys reviving old styles and making them new and exciting again. Her unique approach to crafting has garnered a loyal following among DIY enthusiasts.

Currently residing near Nashville, Tennessee with her high school sweetheart, Beverly continues to inspire and engage her followers with her creative and imaginative projects. Her expertise and passion for all things creative make her a valuable asset to the crafting community.

If you're looking for inspiration for your next DIY project, Beverly's blog is a must-visit destination. With a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective on crafting, she offers a unique blend of traditional and modern styles that are sure to delight and inspire.

Beverly designs quilt and embroidery patterns as well as designing fabric for Riley Blake Designs. She is also the author of Retro Stitchery and Make it Mini. 

Amanda Niederhauser

Amanda Niederhauser

Meet Amanda, also known as Jedi Craft Girl, a skilled quilter who has been honing her craft for over two decades. With a passion for fabric that runs deep, Amanda's love for quilting has never wavered. Her talents as a fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs have allowed her to channel this passion into creating unique and stunning designs that quilters of all levels can appreciate.

Amanda is not just a fabric designer; she is also a prolific writer and publisher of quilt patterns. Her work has been featured in various All People Quilt publications, allowing her to share her knowledge and experience with a wider audience. She has authored two books: Playful Precut Quilts and More Playful Precut Quilts, both of which were published by C&T Publishing.

Amanda's fabric designs showcase her diverse interests, which are reflected in her playful and vibrant creations. Her designs often feature cats, as they hold a special place in her heart. As a result, her fabrics are not only beautiful but also convey a sense of warmth and whimsy.

Whether you are a seasoned quilter or just starting out, Amanda's designs are sure to inspire you. With her wealth of experience and creative flair, she continues to be a beloved figure in the quilting community.


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Fabulous Flamingo Quilt

Fabulous Flamingo Quilt

Bring a touch of whimsy to your home decor with this vibrant flamingo-themed quilt! Measuring 60 x 80 inches, this pixelated quilt is a delightful addition to any room.

Crafted with ease in mind, this quilt is perfect for quilters of all skill levels. Its playful design features a charming arrangement of colorful pixels that come together to form a whimsical flamingo motif. With its bold colors and eye-catching design, this quilt is sure to become the centerpiece of any space.

The simple yet effective pattern makes this quilt a breeze to sew, allowing you to showcase your creative flair without the stress of complex techniques. Whether you're a seasoned quilter or just starting out, this project is a great way to hone your skills while creating a beautiful and functional piece of art.

Whether draped over your bed, hung on a wall, or used as a cozy throw, this flamingo-themed quilt is guaranteed to add a fun and playful touch to your home decor. So why wait? Grab your sewing kit and let your creativity take flight with this fabulous flamingo quilt!

Finished Size: 60" x 80"

 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Fun Flamingo Pattern which is available download.

Mod Lanterns Quilt

Mod Lanterns Quilt

Looking for a fun and easy way to showcase your quilting skills? Look no further than the Mod Lanterns Quilt! Measuring 72"x 85", this quilt is perfect for adding a touch of modern charm to any room.

Crafted with ease in mind, this quilt is fat quarter friendly, making it a great project for quilters of all skill levels. The alternating two-block pattern is set on point, creating a stunning geometric design that is sure to impress. This method for setting blocks on point is easy to follow, even for beginners, and will have you quilting like a pro in no time.

With its bold colors and contemporary design, the Mod Lanterns Quilt is a true work of art. It's perfect for adding a pop of color to any space, whether draped over a couch, hung on a wall, or used as a cozy throw.

Finished Size: 72" x 85"

 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Mod Lanterns Pattern which is available download.

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 $280 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: Fun Flamingo and Mod Lanterns.

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Quilting With Riley Blake 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

Most people know Orlando as America’s theme park capital. While a day (or several) dedicated to all your favorite rides and shows is a must for any vacation from Orlando, this shining city on Florida’s Space Coast offers so much more than that. If you’re cruising from Orlando, get to know the area’s other wonders — like its locally loved surf spots, sprawling citrus groves, off-road motor trails and emerald golf courses. Start your day by watching the sunrise from the sands of the Canaveral National Seashore. Then grab breakfast at a cozy café in Historic Cocoa Village. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators as you zip through the St. John River marshlands on an exhilarating airboat ride. Or climb to the top of Exploration Tower for panoramic views of Port Canaveral, the cruise port near Orlando. And don’t forget to drop by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where you can learn all about space travel and see both the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Saturn V moon rocket.

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Day 2

Perfect Day CocoCay, Bahamas

This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned. Cruise to CocoCay to conquer the tallest waterslide in North America and snap a shot from up to 450 feet up in a helium balloon. Grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. Or get a taste of Bora Bora with your own Overwater Cabana. Discover the magic of Perfect Day at CocoCay — only onboard Royal Caribbean® Cruises.

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Day 3


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie is one of the world’s most beautiful harbors; blue waters peppered with sailboats and green hills dotted with quaint little cottages make for post-card perfect brags. Just outside the lively port town, you’ll find ribbons of powdery sand beaches dotted with hammocks. Cruise to St. Thomas and explore colonial landmarks like Blackbeard’s Castle or raise a pint of the local lager at quaint microbreweries. And when it’s time to fuel up, you’ll find plenty of beachside bars serving conch fritters, johnnycakes, and coconut patties. St. Thomas may technically be part of the U.S., but with its colorful markets, unspoiled beaches, and the ever-present sound of steel drums, you’ll feel a world away.

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Day 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

What makes St. Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages, and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it’s the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. While it may be less than 40 square miles, there’s plenty to do on this little island: you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix ziplining through lush tropical forests. If you’re after a little rest and relaxation during your cruise to St. Maarten, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.

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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 Quilting With Riley Blake 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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