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2025 Heritage Quilting Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven on a captivating 9-night Canada Cruise, blending quilting with the excitement of travel! With quilting stars Barbara Black and Paula Barnes, enhance your skills as you visit vibrant ports like Cape Liberty, NJ; Boston, MA; Portland, ME; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Saint John, New Brunswick (Bay of Fundy). This journey promises creative inspiration against the backdrop of Canada's beautiful coastline. Experience the joy of quilting and discovery in one unforgettable cruise.
September 4 - September 13, 2025
Cape Liberty, NJ - Boston, MA - Portland, ME - Sydney, Nova Scotia - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Saint John, New Brunswick (Bay of Fundy)
Royal Caribbean Liberty Of The Seas

Overview

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Overview

Dear Quiltmates,

We're excited to announce a unique quilting adventure - a Royal Caribbean cruise to Canada with the distinguished instructors Barbara Black and Paula Barnes! Embark on this remarkable 9-night voyage aboard the beautiful Liberty of the Seas, where you'll have the chance to learn from two of the quilting world's finest talents.

Barbara Black and Paula Barnes are celebrated names in the quilting community, revered for their deep expertise and infectious enthusiasm. Throughout our cruise, they will host compelling lectures and demonstrations, offering their wealth of knowledge, skills, and pioneering techniques. Get ready to elevate your quilting skills and find new inspiration under their tutelage.

Our journey, though centered around quilting, also offers the delight of discovering stunning port cities. From the dynamic Cape Liberty, NJ, to the historical wonders of Boston, MA, and the scenic beauty of Portland, ME, each stop presents a fusion of culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes. Experience the awe-inspiring Bay of Fundy as we visit Saint John, New Brunswick, where the natural world is in perfect harmony. Our adventure concludes in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a city celebrated for its rich maritime history and welcoming atmosphere, before returning to Cape Liberty, NJ.

This cruise is not just an opportunity to enhance your quilting skills; it's a chance to forge lasting connections with fellow quilting enthusiasts from around the world. Enjoy the spirit of friendship, share your quilting journeys, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

With limited spaces available, we urge you to book your spot soon. Don't miss this extraordinary chance to join Barbara Black, Paula Barnes, and a vibrant community of quilters on a journey of creativity, learning, and exploration.

Reserve your place today and get ready for an unforgettable quilting 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 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!

Instructors

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Instructors

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.  

Paula Barnes

Paula Barnes

Paula is one of the owners of Red Crinoline Quilts, formerly Bonnie Blue Quilts, which specializes in vintage and reproduction fabrics and patterns. Paula is the exclusive designer for the company. Her passion for fabric and quilts of the past inspires beautiful reproduction quilts, which incorporates today's simplified quilt making tools and techniques.

Using antique quilts as her inspiration, Paula designs traditional timeless quilts. Her designs are reproductions of actual antique quilts or are inspired by them. Paula designs reproduction fabrics with Marcus Brothers.

Paula has over 20 years of teaching experience in Dallas and Houston quilt shops, and enjoys numerous distinctions and guild affiliations throughout the state of Texas.

Projects

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Projects

On the Lily Pond

On the Lily Pond

Embrace the timeless beauty of vintage quilts with this antique quilt replica kit, designed for quilters of all skill levels. Crafted to appear more complex than it actually is, this kit allows you to recreate the soothing feel of an original antique quilt using soft, old-timey fabrics, or personalize it with your favorite contemporary fabrics. With a variety of setting options included, you can customize the design to your taste. The size of the quilt can easily be adjusted by adding more blocks or borders, making it a versatile choice for any project. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced quilter, this quilt is perfect for creating a masterpiece that combines the charm of the past with the creativity of the present.

Finished Quilt Size: 75" x 75"

If you choose not to purchase one of our Sail N Sew Kits, 5  yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed.  

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need On the Lily Pond Pattern.

Homefront

Homefront

The Homefront Quilt is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of women through history. This exquisite quilt celebrates the essential roles women have played during times of peace and conflict. From the Revolutionary War to the present day, women have stepped into roles traditionally held by men, taking on the responsibilities of maintaining homes, businesses, and farms while their loved ones fought in battles far from home. The Homefront Quilt is more than just pieces of fabric; it's a symbol of resilience, strength, and the critical contributions of women who have steadfastly supported their families and communities through every challenge. Crafted with care, this quilt is a poignant reminder of the bravery and endurance of women who have kept the homefront secure, making it a perfect addition to any home as a piece of historical homage and inspiration.

Finished Quilt Size: 67" x 67"

If you choose not to purchase one of our Sail N Sew Kits, 4.25  yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed.  

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Homefront quilt 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 $574.90 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 or download the patterns here: On the Lily Pond Quilt Pattern and Homefront Quilt Pattern.

Note: View the preliminary 2025 Heritage 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.

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Liberty, NJ

With a front-and-center-stage view of Lower New York Harbor, Cape Liberty is only a hop, skip and a short subway ride away from New York City. This dizzying urban landscape is filled to the brim with non-stop adventure around every street corner. Tucked among the Wall Street skyscrapers and bright Broadway lights, you’ll discover ethnic enclaves, like the famed Little Italy, historic brownstones, Old World cathedrals and leafy Central Park. Take in world-renowned exhibits at MoMA or the Guggenheim. Trace America’s multicultural past at Ellis Island and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge before or after boarding your New Jersey cruise. Or snap a selfie with Lady Liberty, with the Big Apple’s skyline dazzling in the background.

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Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Boston, MA

Toting over 400 years of history, Boston is one of the oldest cities in America. Boston cruises allow you to see Revolution-era relics standing tall amid modern cityscapes, and homes where legendary patriots, politicians and poets once lived. Discover cobblestone charm in Beacon Hill and Paul Revere’s midnight route through the North End. Breathe in salty air along the Harborwalk and ride in a swan boat around Boston Public Garden. Whether it’s walking the Freedom Trail, kayaking on the Charles River, or living time-honored baseball traditions at Fenway Park, you’ll come to find Boston is the birthplace of New England adventure.

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Day 4

Portland, ME

Once you set foot on the historic cobblestone streets of Portland, Maine, you'll know what keeps visitors flocking to these shores from around the world. Located in the heart of Casco Bay, Portland is home to a mix of activities, from outdoor adventures to artfully curated excursions and food experiences that will leave your taste buds wanting more during your cruise to Portland. Create an adventure in this sophisticated seaside city that perfectly matches your taste: Hike Casco Bay out to the lighthouse, peruse through the shops of Congress Street and the Old Port, or taste your way through the many highly regarded breweries inside the city limits and just beyond.

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Day 5

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 6

Sydney, Nova Scotia

The sight of the world's largest fiddle welcomes you to Sydney, Nova Scotia. In this enclave on Cape Breton Island, metropolitan charm meets down-home hospitality. Originally founded by Loyalists spooked by the American Revolution, Sydney remains a haven — but today, it's one replete with golf courses, a hearty music scene and the world-famous Cabot Trail. Step back into the 18th century while you walk among the town's classically inspired buildings and dramatically steepled churches. Cruise to Nova Scotia and stroll the boardwalk, indulge your inner lover of learning at the Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science, and end your day toe-tapping to Celtic beats.

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Day 7

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax was founded as a naval base in 1749 — but you'd never know it from the vibe of this bustling urban capital today. Peer a little closer and you'll see the Citadel, the star-shaped fortress that still stands guard from its hilltop perch. Discover historic architecture, restaurants, museums and boutique shops on the restored waterfront. Hop a ferry to Dartmouth or visit Peggy's Cove. Jump onboard a Nova Scotia cruise and spend your day whale-watching, or sailing, and celebrate the day with some of the best beer and lobster the Maritimes have to offer.

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Day 8

Saint John, New Brunswickn (Bay of Fundy)

In Saint John, New Brunswick, you'll discover a perfect mixture of natural and urban adventures. Canada's oldest incorporated city, Saint John is also the country's third-largest port and the only city located on the Bay of Fundy, home to the world's highest tides. Cruise to New Brunswick and stretch your legs while you catch a view of the bay on the Skywalk. Then, discover the local bounty at Saint John City Market, North America's oldest continuing farmers market, and check out its rafters that resemble a ship's inverted hull. Later, head out to explore Irving Nature Park's trails and Rockwood Park, a Stonehammer Geopark site.

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Day 9

Cruising - Fun Day At Sea

Fun Day at Sea in the Conference Center. Join us for a special project and product demonstrations.

Day 10

Cape Liberty, NJ

Return to Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

The Ship

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The Ship

Liberty of the Seas

This thrill-packed ship has endless ways to fill your days between scenery scoping and whoa-worthy memory making. From the shriek inducing Tidal Wave℠, the first boomerang style slide at sea to kid favorite Splashaway Bay℠. Plus the coolest ice rink entertainment and mouthwatering meals at every turn.

Conference Room Setup:

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

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Canada & New England 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

Pricing

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Pricing

Staterooms are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,599.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,799.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$2,199.00*

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

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $461.61 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 a BERNINA sewing machine for the entire cruise, all associated class activities, and classroom support. 

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 $144.00 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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