2020 Batik Cruise To The Caribbean

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 11-night Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Cat Nix, Heidi Pridemore, & Raija Salomaa!

January 27 - February 7, 2020
Cape Liberty - San Juan - St. Maarten - St. Johns - St. Lucia - St. Kitts
Royal Caribbean Anthem Of The Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

Once again we are so pleased to be able to offer this amazing itinerary to the Southern Caribbean islands. This itinerary includes our most favorite stop in St. Kitts where we will be visiting Carabelle Batiks - a local batik factory on the island. We will be able to offer a special tour of the facility where each person will make their own piece of batik fabric. You will learn the process and the history of batik production on St Kitts. This is only one of many beautiful islands along the way and we will also have 5 days at sea which means more sewing time! I hope you can work it out to be able to join us on this fantastic 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 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
  • A Welcome Aboard Gathering
  • A Stitchin’ Heaven Travel souvenir tote bag
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • All workshops, classes, and demonstrations of products
  • Optional pre-cut Sail ‘n Sew fabric kits
  • Every quilting guest can take all the classes offered
  • Classes are taken on days "at sea" so no port time is missed
  • Classroom is open 24/7 for plenty of free time sewing!
  • Bernina 330 sewing machines
  • Premier thread for onboard projects
  • $20 door prize for each quilter - choose what you want from the onboard store
  • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
  • Classroom support from Stitchin' Heaven Staff
  • Oliso Pro Smart Irons™
  • Post cruise guest contact list
  • Group Photo
  • Smiles, a few surprises, laughs, and a boatload of fun!

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a Bernina 3 Series sewing machine!

That's right!  Each quilter will be provided a state-of-the-art 330 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

Cat Nix

Cat Nix

https://catnixdesigns.com

As far back as she can remember, Cat Nix has held needle and thread in hand.  “I get such a charge from combining fabrics to create unique, dynamic designs!  Absolute joy fuels my creative expressions.” 

In the past, Cat collaborated with Paula Nadelstern to develop the “Puzzle Quilt Block of the Month,” which she has taught for several years.  As Creative Director of Anthology Fabrics of Anthology Fabrics from 2010 to 2016, Cat worked with pattern designers, publishers, educators and shop owners to promote the “Artistry of Batiks.  She also served as in-house pattern and project designer. 

She has worked hand in hand with artisans in Indonesia to develop new and innovative fabric designs that are used in all facets of quilting and sewing.  Cat’s quilt designs have been published in Quiltmania Magazine and Quilter’s World and is highlighted in the 2nd edition of Joen Wolfrom’s book, “Color Play”.  Cat designs under the name Catnix Designs LLC.  She teaches, lectures, and promotes the artistry of batik-making throughout the world.  She is nearly as passionate about traveling as she is about quilting.  She resides with her family near Kansas City, Missouri.

Heidi Pridemore

Heidi Pridemore

www.thewhimsicalworkshop.com

Heidi is known for her fun and whimsical quilts and fabrics which she often makes in dramatic, bright colors. She also has an excellent reputation for writing clear and easy to follow instructions. Heidi designs a large number of project sheets featuring fabric lines from national companies such as Andover Fabrics, Blank Quilting, Michael Miller, Timeless Treasures and Henry Glass. She also designs quilt patterns for a variety of popular quilting magazines such as Quiltmaker, McCall’s and McCall’s Quick Quilts. In addition she has completed five books; Quilted Whimsy, Bold Batiks and Dazzling Designs for Leisure Arts; for C&T Publishing she has written Pop Up Paper Structures; for F&W Media, Fabric Jewelry-Wrapped, Braided and Sewn, published in 2009 and designs fabric for Fabri-Quilt. Heidi spends most of her time designing, giving lectures and running workshops. When not traveling she enjoys staying at home in Arizona with her husband Matthew.

Raija Salomaa

Raija Salomaa

www.quilterstreasurechest.com

Raija was born and raised in Eno, a quaint little town in Eastern Finland. Raija met her soul mate and the love of her life while studying in the US. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters.

Though avidly sewing since elementary school, quilting was something Raija didn’t know anything about prior to moving to the States. The moment she saw her first quilt it was love at first sight.

Raija’s desire to become a quilt pattern designer started almost immediately, and her pattern company – Quilters’ Treasure Chest was born in 2004. Her designs have been featured in multiple national publications. Raija loves tools that make accuracy easier, so it's no surprise she is a certified Studio 180 Design instructor. She enjoys lecturing at guilds and teaching workshops and currently resides in Arkansas.

Projects

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Projects

Cat Nix - Rise 'n Shine

Cat Nix - Rise 'n Shine

The composition of “Rise ‘n Shine” includes 15 beautiful fabrics from Island Batiks.  The combinations of color and textures have been carefully selected and arranged to create this colorful and energizing large throw quilt. Combining a variety of complimentary Batiks adds movement and constancy with minimal definition, which is especially illuminating with intricate piecing.  Delightful hues of purple and green flow effortlessly in and inward/outward motion. Fanciful Flying Geese, in hues of reds and corals, accent and finish the block’s shaping in a visually appealing way. Making “Rise ‘n Shine” combines patchwork and foundation piecing.  I know you will enjoy the “Rise ‘n Shine” journey!


Finished Size: 70" x 70"

Heidi Pridemore - Clay's Braid

Heidi Pridemore - Clay's Braid

This gorgeous quilt was picked out by Clay, Deb's son and pieced with the help of his Mom. It features an array of beautiful blue batiks ranging from light/light to dark/dark. The design, a pattern named "Autumn Paths" by Ilene Bartos, is a beautiful braid that weaves throughout the quilt giving it motion and interest. Placement of the lightest colors in the center of the quilt makes it look luminous and glowing. 

Finished Size: 74 1/2" x 94 1/2"

Raija Solomaa - Colors Of The Wind

Raija Solomaa - Colors Of The Wind

Raija has a way with fabric, colors and design and she has outdone herself with this amazing quilt project and she is very aware of the need for precise, accurate, and easy-to-follow instructions. Colors of the Wind takes advantage of using Studio 180 Design tools that will help you give spectacular results that you can be very proud of! Be a part of the group of quilters who will have time of their lives in this cruise while learning great tips and tricks to make this quilt that is sure to become one of their most cherished ones! 

Finished Size: 59" x 77"


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 $495.00 and it includes all three of the projects for this cruise. If you would like to buy individual kits, please call for pricing. If you would like a Sail ‘n Sew pack, just let us know when you make your Reservation and we'll have a kit waiting for you on the ship. Order early as supplies are limited.

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 purcahse the patterns here: Coming Soon.

A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure.

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Situated on the New York Harbor Cape Liberty is just seven miles from New York City. Visitors have easy access to the Big Apple and everything it has to offer-world-acclaimed restaurants, museums, landmarks, and the best shopping.

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Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Behind stone walls, Old San Juan charms with 500 years of history, colorful colonial buildings and streets lined with shops, galleries, and cafes. Experience Puerto Rico's enchanting natural side in the nearby rainforest. When you're in San Juan, don't miss the opportunity to witness the pinnacle of natural beauty by exploring Puerto Rico's El Yunque Rain Forest. It features more than 240 species of trees, hundreds of miniature orchids, and what was once believed to be the Fountain of Youth.

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Day 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

When the Spanish closed their colonial fort on St. Maarten in 1648, a few Dutch and French soldiers hid on the island and decided to share it. Soon after, the Netherlands and France signed a formal agreement to split St. Maarten in half, as it is today. Philipsburg displays its Dutch heritage in its architecture and landscaping. The island offers endless stretches of beach, beautiful landscapes and great shopping. Compete in an actual race on an America's Cup shortened course. Grind a winch, trim a sail or just sit back and enjoy. Professional sailors will give you a quick lesson, then you're off to compete on Stars and Stripes, one of the most famous sailboats in the world. When shopping on Front Street, it's fun to stop in and see Nick Maley, the Yoda Guy.  

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Day 6

St. Johns, Antigua

The first settlement on the island we now know as Antigua was not established until the 1600s, when English settlers arrived. Antigua remained a part of the British Commonwealth until its independence in 1981. Today, Antigua is a popular vacation destination, attracting tourists with its ideal climate, amazing landscape, leisurely lifestyle and 365 beautiful beaches - one for every day of the year! You can snorkel among stingrays, trumpet fish and blue tangs just to name a few of the local St. John's Antigua marine life.

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Day 7

Castries, St. Lucia

St. Lucia has been a part of the British Commonwealth since 1803. But prior to that, it was often occupied by the French, which is evident in much of the island's culture. Castries offers a colorful local market and great shopping. And the surrounding areas offer lush rain forests, striking waterfalls, beautiful beaches and Sulfur Springs - the world's only drive-through volcano. See the beautiful coastline of St. Lucia from the deck of a catamaran. You'll have an unbeatable view of the scenery and get an exhilarating ride, too.

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Day 8

Basseterre, St. Kitts

With dormant volcanoes, golden sand beaches and gorgeous green hills, St. Kitts is a beautiful backdrop to your Caribbean adventure. Discovered in 1623 by the British and settled by the French in 1625, the island's deep colonial history is reflected in the abandoned fortresses, as well as its landscaped gardens, city squares and architectural details. Whether you're a history buff or just want to take in the scenery, be sure to visit the 350-year-old estate, Romney Manor, once owned by a British earl. The beautiful grounds include magnificent gardens, exotic plants and an amazing African Saman tree, which covers half an acre and is believed to be as old as the estate itself.

Note: We have a private shore excursion arranged for this day. Spaces are limited so if you are interested be sure you sign up for it when you register. Below is more information about it.

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Day 8

Custom Scenic & Shopping with Batik Making Experience

Enjoy a historical and scenic drive through the capital, Basseterre whilst witnessing 17th century architecture of the surrounding buildings located at the center of the capital; take in the rugged countryside beauty of St. Kitts on a leisure and scenic driving tour to the Romney Manor/Caribelle Batik and its pristine gardens. Exclusively, planned for you, be prepared for the “back of the house” tour. You are invited to have a hands-on experience of making your own sample batik fabric and… guess what? Yes… It is yours to keep! Concluding this exciting experience feel free to take photos in the lush botanical gardens and browse the unique souvenirs from a wide array of options at the gift shop. Your tour conclude with a short drive back to the port.

Cost: $85.00 per person

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Day 9

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 10

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 11

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 12

Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Return to Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

The Ship

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The Ship

Anthem of the Seas

No matter how you like the Caribbean, you've never done it like this. Onboard the world's most revolutionary ship — Anthem of the Seas®. Feel the rush skydiving right on the deck of the ship with the RipCordSM by iFLY® skydiving simulator. Or play at the SeaPlexSM, an activities space that's a real game changer, offering bumper cars, a roller rink, circus school and more. If leisurely pursuits are more your speed, enjoy breathtaking island sights from the best seat in any house, the North StarSM. Take in transformative entertainment at Two70SM. Or grab a drink at Bionic Bar, where mixology meets technology. There's only one way to Caribbean like this. Only on Royal Caribbean

Here is a video about Anthem of the Seas and all the amazing things it has to offer.

Learn more about this amazing ship here!

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,699.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,899.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$2,099.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.  Port charges, taxes & fees of $532.04 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. Fabric kits are not included. 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

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 the Pier

You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Cape Liberty, NJ.

Dress

  • Casual: You’re on vacation – relax! Jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses are all the right amount of laid back. Please keep swimwear to the Pool Deck. Shorts are welcomed for breakfast and lunch.
  • Smart Casual: Think of this as a step up from your typical dinner wear. Dress to impress with collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits. Jackets, sports coats and blazers are snazzy and welcomed. 
  • Formal: Make it a night out in your best black-tie look – suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns. There can be 1-3 formal nights during a sailing and is at the ship’s discretion.

NOTE:  There are times that the Conference Center can be chilly.  Be sure and bring a light sweater just in case you get cold.

Gratuities

Gratuities are a part of your cruise expense and total $14.50 per day. This fee covers everyone who serves you while you are onboard including all onboard staff, dining staff, and your cabin steward.  Because of our group status, Stitchin' Heaven Travel pays these gratuities for our entire group prior to sailing.  Therefore, you will be charged for them at the time of final payment. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included, but is available for your protection from Royal Caribbean in the form of their Travel Protection Program. It is $109 per person 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 will be added to your reservation total