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2022 - Batik Quilting Cruise to the Caribbean

Quilting and cruising are better than ever so join Stitchin' Heaven on this 11-night Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: Tiffany Hayes and Izzy Prado
January 31 - February 11, 2022
Cape Liberty - Puerto Rico - St Maarten - Antigua - St Lucia - St Kitts
Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

I do love to offer cruises themed to quilts made from batik fabric that are taught by teachers who are knowledgeable of quilting with batik fabrics. I am delighted to offer two incredible teachers for our 2022 Batik Cruise to the Caribbean. Both teachers have traveled with us before so you may know them from our cruises or perhaps you know they from fabric they design or patterns and books they write. They are both amazing women, teachers, quilt designers, and friends.

During this trip not only will we get to know more about batik fabric and about the techniques used in making and designing these projects, but we will also enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean. What a treat! We will be on the new Anthem of the Seas with a conference center that has floor to ceiling windows! I sincerely hope you can join us on the educational and enjoyable 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
  • 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
  • Post cruise guest contact list and group photo
  • Prizes, surprises, and a boatload of fun!
  • A BONUS Grab' n Go project for our Fun Times Day at Sea

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a BERNINA sewing machine provided by Stitchin' Heaven!

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. 

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

Izzy Prado

Izzy Prado

Hi, I’m Isabel Prado or “Izzy” if you prefer.  I’m a native California girl.  I started quilting about 10 years ago.  My closest quilt shop was a very sweet little shop called The Country Loft.  They sold very traditional fabrics and so that’s what I sewed.  I took a quilting class at our local adult school where I met lots of other sewers who also sewed with traditional fabrics. A few years in I discovered our local modern guild.  My eyes opened so wide when my fellow guild members did their “show and tell”.  I fell in love with bright, modern fabrics and have been using them ever since.  I now teach the same class that I took at the adult school, but with a more modern aesthetic.  I also teach at Cozy Creative Center where I work part-time.   

Tiffany Hayes

Tiffany Hayes

Tiffany has been quilting and teaching for quite a long time, and she has a passion for it (designing, piecing, hand applique, and machine quilting). Her quilts have been featured by numerous publications, including Quilter’s World Magazine, Keepsake Quilting, and Connecting Threads. Tiffany loves teaching and she works with various fabric companies to create fabric collection-specific quilt patterns.

Tiffany has developed The Goddess Tool, The 60º Triangle Tool, The 90º Triangle Tool, and has a few more in the works. The Goddess Tool is commonly used in her Block of the Month patterns. Tiffany and Scott (her machine quilting husband) are proud owners of a Handi Quilter Long Arm. Tiffany designs and pieces while Scott works to create digitized machine quilting designs to match her original quilt patterns. Tiffany declares herself a Quilt Addict!

She designs and publishes under the name: Needle in a Hayes Stack.

Projects

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Projects

Izzy Prado - Flint Chips

Izzy Prado - Flint Chips

Isn't this quilt just the best? This one is very simple but gives off an illusion of being difficult. Izzy will walk you through making this vivid Flint Chips quilt which features a bright rainbow of batik fabric. This beauty is sure to brighten any corner of your home. This quilt was designed as a companion pattern for the Bear Paw Production Half Rect Ruler. A paper template is printed in the pattern, but the ruler makes trimming so much easier. 

Do you love to finish projects? Well it is a pretty sure thing that this is one project that you can take home finished and ready to go on to the quilter once you return home!

Finished Size: 60" x 64"

Click here to order the Flint Chips pattern.
Click here to order the Half Rect Ruler. (This ruler is required for class. If you purchase our Sail 'n Sew quilt kit, this ruler and the pattern will be included.)

Tiffany Hayes - Basket Weave

Tiffany Hayes - Basket Weave

This Basket Weave quilt is a throwback to a traditional block. It just got a remake. Batiks make up not only the blue weave but the cream background as well. The blues are placed in a way that the shades flow from light at the top to dark at the bottom. The background is comprised of a mix of creams in a scattered arrangement. Each quilt will be just a bit unique because of the random placement of the cream background pieces. This is another easy one that can be finished while you are at sea. Get your long arm ready ladies and gentlemen! 

One of the things you will learn about cruising with Stitchin' Heaven is that our cruises are designed for quilters by a quilter. We try to consider what to offer based on the quilter point of view. We love a good machine. We love a beautiful project. We love to finish our projects. All this you will find with Basket Weave.

Finished Size: 68" x 85"

Click here to order the Basket Weave pattern. (If you purchase our Sail 'n Sew quilt kit, the pattern will be included)

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 $290.00 and it includes precut fabric for the quilt top for both projects including the borders, binding and pattern. It also includes the Half Rec Ruler for Flint Chips. 

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 purchase the patterns here: Flint Chips and Basket Weave

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

Note: A complete 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.

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Whether you’re eyeing art at The Met or the MoMa, tucking into a slice of famous New York-style pizza in Little Italy or enjoying a picnic in scenic Central Park, NYC brims with countless ways to fill your days with wonder. That’s why a cruise from New York City is a great option for anyone who loves to keep the thrills going strong — even before you set sail. Globally acclaimed theater productions, award-winning dining and iconic monuments are among the best of New York City’s attractions, but this vibrant metropolis also offers hidden gems and unexpected surprises around every street corner.

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Day 2

Cruising

8:30AM - We will provide a demonstration of the BERNINA sewing machine. If you would like a lesson on the features of this machine, we encourage you to attend. 

9:00AM - The fun begins with classes in the Conference Center.

Day 3

Cruising

9:00AM - The fun continues with classes in the Conference Center by Tiffany  & Izzy.

Day 4

San Juan, Puerto Rico

The vibrant capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan offers something for every traveler — world-famous beaches with crystal clear waters, incredible cuisine, rugged natural beauty and a rich history that goes back 500 years. With its ancient fortresses and colorful colonial-era buildings, San Juan makes it easy to feel as though you’ve slipped into the past. Life moves at a slower pace along the sunny cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, and salsa beats seem to waft perpetually from open windows. If you’re craving a hike, head to El Yunque National Forest. And if you’re more in the mood to unwind, set your sights on the beautiful shores of Isla Verde or El Condado. 

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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

St. Johns, Antigua

Antigua has a beach for every day of the year— literally. But the island experience goes beyond 365 distinct ribbons of white sand and clear waters. In the capital city of St. John's, you’ll discover charming candy-colored architecture, lively markets, and a beautiful baroque cathedral. And smiling locals greet you everywhere you go. On the southern coast, you can explore Nelson’s Dockyard, a centuries-old British naval base built by Admiral Horatio Nelson. Past Antigua’s yacht-studded coastline, you’ll find upscale boutiques, wild forest trails, hidden coves, and coral reefs bustling with tropical fish. But the best way to really see the island is from up above, so cruise to Antigua and hop into a helicopter for a panoramic look at lush jungles, golden beaches, and the nearby volcanic island, Montserrat.

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Day 7

Castries, St. Lucia

From dramatic landscapes molded by ancient volcanoes to sparkling palm-fringed beaches, St. Lucia is some amazing Caribbean eye candy. Luxury resorts nestle up to the natural beauty, giving this island just the right touch of exclusivity. Cruise to St. Lucia and explore the coast by catamaran. Hike to the peaks of the soaring twin Pitons. Tour rainforests and explore the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye. In the capital of Castries, you’ll find touches of French and British heritage, from the architecture to the cuisine.

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Day 8

Basseterre, St. Kitts

Greens in every shade spring from the rolling hills of St. Kitts— an island ripe with eco-tourism adventures. In the port city of Basseterre, you’ll find centuries of history to explore in impressive estates and photo-worthy monuments like the Brimstone Hill Fortress, one of the best preserved military structures in the Americas. Cruise to St. Kitts & Nevis and venture beyond the port and gear up for a unique climb up the 3,792-foot Mount Liamuiga volcano for views well worth the hike. Or hop in a kayak to get up close with a rainbow of tropical reef fish. Looking for something a little more laidback? Escape to the tiny unhurried sister island, Nevis, for smooth golden beaches and clear-water snorkeling— it’s just a thirty minute ferry ride away.

Fingers Crossed - We are hoping to have an excursion to the batik factory if port restrictions are lifted. Once we know, we will notify you!

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Day 9

Cruising

Free time sewing in the Conference Center!

Day 10

Cruising

9:00AM - Fun Times in the Conference Center. Join us to sew bonus projects, demonstrations of sewing machines, and quilting tips and tricks by our instructors.

Day 11

Cruising

Free time sewing in the Conference Center!

Day 12

Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Return to Cape Liberty, New Jersey. 

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The Ship

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The Ship

Anthem of the Seas

Set sail for the ultimate exotic adventure on one of the world’s most innovative ships— Anthem of the Seas®. It’s game changers, space age spaces, dining that defies the imagination and edge-of-your-seat entertainment onboard. Featuring the same groundbreaking venues as its sister ships, Ovation of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, this ship is continuing to take cruisers to new heights. Quantum will offer guests a variety of activities, entertainment and dining options.

Quantum is a beautiful ship but the best part about it is the Conference Center located on Deck 13, back of the ship, with floor to ceiling windows! What a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the ocean while sewing on our projects.

Conference Room Setup:

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


Note: A complete 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.

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,499.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,599.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,799.00*

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

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $544.47  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 Destination

There are so many options for travel to the port that we feel it is best for you to make your own travel arrangements to the port. 

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. 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 pay these gratuities for our entire group prior to sailing.  Therefore, you will be charged for them 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 will be added to your reservation total

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

Unfortunately, our world and our cruise travel have certainly changed with COVID-19. 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. Because of this, all guests registered with Stitchin’ Heaven are required to provide proof of vaccination.  By following this protocol, we will not be required to have our guests wear masks while in the Conference Center. However, ship protocols will need to be observed while onboard and when you are not in the conference room. Protocols are changing daily while navigating through these uncertain waters. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

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