2018 Panama Quilting Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 16-night Panama Canal Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Sandra Coffey, Nancy Mahoney, & Cat Nix!

November 29 - December 15, 2018
Los Angeles - Cabo San Lucas - Puerto Vallarta - Puerto Quetzal - Costa Rica - Panama Calan - Colon - Cartagena - New Orleans
Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

Panama! Who has Panama on their bucket list? We do.

For months we have waited for Royal Caribbean to schedule a cruise through The Canal and once it was announced we jumped at the chance to add this amazing itinerary to our list of cruises.

We will visit some well-known ports and some out-of-the way places. The best part? EIGHT sewing days at sea! I hope you all can join us but book quick 'cause we are filling fast!

- 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.

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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
  • Aurifil thread
  • $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, a quarter inch foot, and an open toe 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!

Instructors

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Instructors

Sandra Coffey

Sandra Coffey

Sandra's passion is fiber art, especially quilting. She has been sewing since childhood and then made clothing for my entire family after she married. She learned the art of quilting soon after moving to Alaska. Sandra started quilting in 1976 and is always open to new techniques and patterns. She began teaching in 1995 and loves to share the skills needed to pass on this beautiful tradition. She is one of our most beloved local teachers and is Judy Niemeyer Certified!

Sandra joined our Stitchin' Heaven family in 2006 as the Block of the Month manager. She is also a long arm quilter. She does beautiful work quilting many of our shop models, several of which, have been featured in magazines.

Nancy Mahoney

Nancy Mahoney

www.nancymahoney.com

Author, teacher, and fabric designer, Nancy has enjoyed making quilts for over 25 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in over 110 national and international quilt magazines. She has also created over 80 quilt patterns for a variety of fabric manufacturers. She has authored 13 books since 2002, all have been published by Martingale. Her bestselling books include Appliqué Quilt Revival (2008), Quilt Revival (2006), Treasures for the 30s (2010), Fast, Fusible Flower Quilts (2011), Kaleidoscope Paper-Piecing (2012), and Simple Circles and Gentle Curves (2013). She has designed 15 fabric collections, including five 30s reproduction collections for P&B Textiles. She is working on her next book and fabric collection.

Nancy enjoys combining traditional blocks and updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. Not considering herself a specialist in one particular area, her favorite techniques include precision machine piecing, quilt design, and machine appliqué. She has taught many workshops nationwide for guilds, shops, and conferences; including International Quilt Festival (Houston), Minnesota Quilter's Conference, Kentucky Getaway, Road to California, A Mountain Quiltfest (Tennessee), and many more. She believes making a quilt should be fun. In her classes, the goal is for students to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt that they will enjoy for many years. When she's not designing and making quilts, She enjoys traveling to guilds and events around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine appliqué techniques, and visiting gardens.

Cat Nix

Cat Nix

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." Cat collaborated with Paula Nadelstern to develop the "Puzzle Quilt Block of the Month," which she has taught for several years.

“I have the best job in the world,” Cat says of her work with Anthology Fabrics. A self proclaimed "fabri-holic", she proudly states, “I work with the best people and best fabric in the industry!” As Creative Director, Cat works with pattern designers, publishers, educators, business owners and shop owners to promote the use of Anthology Fabrics. She also serves as in-house pattern and project designer, working with Anthology Fabrics artisans in Indonesia to develop new fabric designs that can be used in all facets of quilting and sewing.

Cat resides with her family in Kansas City, Missouri.  She always enjoys hangin' out with her son, stitch-time with her sister, nieces & nephew, and spoiling her pets. Cat teaches and lectures locally and beyond the metropolitan Kansas City area.

Projects

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Projects

Sandra Coffey

Sandra Coffey

Clamshell

The Clamshell block is a traditional quilt block that has been designed and republished by several designers through the years. Brad Niemeyer, the architect behind quilting designs at Quiltworx.com added the Clamshell to the collection of foundation paper pieced patterns so this design can be made  using several of the piecing techniques that are popular with those who love Judy Niemeyer patterns.  The Clamshell  block was split into a left and right units in order to join the blocks into vertical rows. Floating points were designed into the New York Beauty arcs. Long spikes with floating points were added to the shell to add color and dimension. A small accent strip, cut on the bias, was designed into the paper piecing on the shell unit using a technique called curved paper piecing as well. Sashing was sewn between each row to avoid matching  and stacked seams between all the blocks. A collection of fabrics by Jackie Kunkel for Island Batik called "Fresh Pickins" is used to make this stunning quilt.

The finished size of this project will be 62” x 76”

Nancy Mahoney

Nancy Mahoney

Panama Stars

The night skies in Panama hold some of the most majestic star shows on the planet. There are two stars on the flag of Panama.  Panama has its fair share of artists, beauty queens, fashion models, and actors who are stars. None of those appeal to us more than our Panama Star quilt design from Nancy. Star blocks make this traditional looking quilt a real beauty. You'll have a boat load of fun learning how to make the big block stars using quick and easy piecing techniques. Beautiful batiks and a clever pieced border give this wonderful quilt a more modern feel.

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown

Cat Nix

Cat Nix

Diamonds In The Rough

Every jewel requires the right elements to make it shine! “Diamonds in the Rough” shines brilliantly through its vibrant palette representing earth, fire and water. The quilt is composed of colorful variations of the Diamond block construction.  A series of borders wrap around the assembled blocks.  Borders are joined & attached to the quilt as 1 unit & finished with mitered corners.  The primary focus of the class is constructing the Diamond blocks; making border sets & mitered corners finishes the class experience.  You too will have another shining jewel to take home from your exciting cruise!  This one is a keeper!

The finished size of this project will be 62" x 62"

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 $590.00 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.

Want to cut your fabric yourself? We do have an option where we will send you all the fabrics and the patterns for all three of the projects. The price for this is $520.00 and we will mail it to you at least 60 days before the cruise. You can then cut your fabric and bring it and your patterns with you.

If you choose to bring your own fabric, please bring it precut and ready as we do not allow time for cutting during class. You will find the cutting instructions in each pattern that can be ordered here: ClamshellPanama StarsDiamonds In The Rough.

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

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Los Angeles, California

The City of Angeles is a dynamic metropolis that makes more than just movies. Beyond Hollywood, L.A. boasts world-class museums, cool neighborhoods, a legendary beach scene and diverse dining cooked up by its multicultural population. No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a drive through Hollywood, the Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive. Explore the variety that The City of Angles has to offer.

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Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Once referred to as the "millionaire's sandbox," Cabo San Lucas is Mexico's jewel resort at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula. Its remote location and unspoiled beauty make this a seaside paradise. Cabo San Lucas is quickly becoming a popular destination for one reason: beautiful beaches. You'll find an amazing choice of activities here, from snorkeling and scuba diving to surfing and kayaking. There's something for everyone, even people who just want to lie in the sun and relax.

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Day 4

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This once-sleepy fishing village became a popular resort after The Night of the Iguana was filmed here in 1964. Nestled on the 28-mile curve of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta has steadfastly held on to its character. Red tile roofs and rows of balconies, spilling over with colorful bougainvillea, still line its cobblestone streets. A pleasure for both the eye and the camera.

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Day 5

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Puerto Quetzal is your gateway to agricultural estates where sugar cane and coffee are grown. Or travel past volcano-guarded mountains to Guatemala's colonial-era capital city of Antigua, renowned for its preserved architecture. La Antigua, Guatemala's colonial capital is a short drive from Puerto Quetzal, and well worth the visit. The charming town, located 4,500 feet above sea level, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for both its colorful Spanish Mudéjar-influenced Baroque architecture and its many ruins of colonial churches. While relaxing around Antigua's popular Parque Central, visitors are afforded a view of many notable architectural landmarks as well as the spectacular natural beauty of the three major volcanoes that tower over the city's low skyline.

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Day 8

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 9

Puntarenas, Cost Rica

Situated on the long Nicoya Peninsula, Puntarenas is a great jumping-off point for the eco-adventures that have made Costa Rica famous. Trek lush rainforests in San Luis Park. Discover tropical flora and fauna in Pos Volcano National Park, and shower under Costa Rica's tallest waterfall at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls. Looking for oceanside adventure? Take the short drive from Puntarenas to the Nicoya Peninsula, where there's a wide array of beaches — relax on family-friendly Playa Guiones, or check out dramatic Playa Ostional, with its volcanic black sands and vibrant sea turtle population. Puntarenas cruises give you access to Playa Tamarindo, where you can find some of the best surf and food in the country.

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Day 10

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 11

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal was a triumph of imagination, innovation and persistence a century ago. Experience this engineering marvel as the ship passes through the system of locks while admiring the views of the Panamanian jungle.

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

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Day 12

Colon, Panama

As the capital of Colón Province on Panama's central Caribbean coast, Colón lies at the very heart of the country's rich history and innovation. This important port town is less than an hour's drive from Panama's most historical attractions, so it's easy to fit in visits to sites like the Panama Railroad, Gatun Locks, and old Spanish fortress Fort San Lorenzo. And of course, crystal blue waters and pure white sand are always a sweet setting for a cruise vacation kick-off!

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Day 13

Cartagena, Columbia

Cobbled streets, balconies with blooming bougainvillea, and pastel plazas make Cartagena one of Latin America's most photogenic cities. But it's not just another pretty seaport. Founded in 1533, this Spanish-Colonial city is steeped in history. Its location made it a popular port for plunderers and pirates. Today thrill-seekers will find a perfect mix of old and new with a twist of island attitude. You'll find signs of the city's pirating past on every corner. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the city's largest fortress, built to fend off pillagers, is one of the most impressive and strongest ever created by the Spaniards in their colonies.

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Day 14

Cruising

Free Sewing Day in the Conference Center!

Day 15

Cruising

Free Sewing Day in the Conference Center!

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Cruising

Free Sewing Day in the Conference Center!

Day 17

New Orleans, Louisiana

Great food, rich history, live music and stunning architecture, the Big Easy is a destination like no other in the United States. Be sure to explore the French Quarter beyond Bourbon Street to experience the city's ambiance. Experience the culture, history, entertainment, and so much more, as you dive into the French Quarter. With exciting experiences around every corner, this is one spot you won’t want to miss!

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The Ship

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The Ship

Vision of the Seas

https://www.royalcaribbean.com...On the now more beautiful Vision of the Seas, you'll never lose sight of why you came onboard – thanks to all new features, from new restaurants to new technology to a new home ports in Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale. Enjoy new staterooms and an outdoor movie screen. There are also 5 new dining experiences onboard, including family-style Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table, the complimentary Park Café, Izumi Asian Cuisine, the intimate Chef's Table, and our signature steakhouse, Chops Grille. All our signature favorites are still onboard, including the VitalitySM Spa, the adults-only Solarium pool*, the Casino Royale®, and spectacular Broadway-style entertainment It's all here – on one amazing vacation.

Here is a video about the Vision Class ships and all the amazing things they have to offer.

Learn more about this amazing ship here!

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$2,499.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$3,199.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$3,999.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $361.96 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.

Monthly Payment Plan

We have a monthly payment plan option available! We can divide up your complete trip into manageable monthly payments. We process these on the first of every month and email you an updated invoice. Just let us know if you would like to take advantage of this.


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 the ship in Los Angeles, California and from the ship in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dress

During the day, dress is casual. Evenings are either casual, smart casual or formal. On casual nights, suggested attire is sports shirts and slacks for men and sundresses or pants for women. On smart casual evenings, men should don jackets and tie, with women wearing dresses or pantsuits. On the one or two formal nights per cruise, men can choose from tuxedos or suits and ties, while woman usually wear cocktail dresses.

Gratuities

Gratuities are a part of your cruise expense and total $13.50 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. The cost per person is $109 (Interior Room), $149 (Oceanview Room), $199 (Balcony Room). 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