2020 Quilting With The Stars

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Nancy Mahoney, Krista Moser, & Laurie Shifrin!
March 1 - 8, 2020
Ft Lauderdale - St Kitts - St Thomas - CocoCay
Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

One of my favorite ships, Allure of the Seas. It is an incredible ship. There are so many options for dining and entertainment. The food in amazing. The crew is fabulous and treats you like royalty. The entertainment is superb. The poolside music, evening shows, parades, and ice shows are all so professional and top tier. I hope to see you on board with us!

- 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
  • 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

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.

Krista Moser

Krista Moser

https://www.kristamoser.com/

Krista Moser is the creative force and inspiration behind The Quilted Life. She is the designer of the Creative Grids 60-Degree Diamond ruler and a whole slew of very popular patterns that accompany it! She has been designing since birth (practically); a quilting and fiber arts enthusiast, she started sewing at 8 years old sneaking off to the sewing machine during her Mom's nap time. Since she was young, inexperienced and unable to read patterns, everything was made from her imagination propelling the creativity and innovative design she is known for today. She began her professional piecing and machine quilting career at the spunky age of fourteen, adding the texture and dimension machine quilting brings to every project. She has been traveling and teaching quilting lessons for more than twenty years and her classes are known for their fun laid-back style. She really loves it and the "ah ha" moments her students have light up the room.

Laurie Shifrin

Laurie Shifrin

https://laurieshifrindesigns.wordpress.com

Laurie Shifrin, a long-time Seattle resident, is a renowned fiber artist, author, quilting teacher and lecturer in the Pacific Northwest as well as across the United States and Canada. In addition to her success as an author, Laurie's pattern company, Laurie Shifrin Designs, has released more than 30 gorgeous patterns combining batiks with other styles of quilting fabrics, featuring her wonderful quilt designs. 

Laurie loves to travel to new places to share her enthusiasm and affinity for batiks, as well as her no-nonsense quilting tips. This will be her 3rd engagement as featured teacher on quilting cruises. Laurie's television appearances include Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson, and a feature on Art Zone, In Studio on The Seattle Channel.

Projects

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Projects

Nancy Mahoney - Townhouses

Nancy Mahoney - Townhouses

Inspired by the cool, clear water of the Caribbean Sea, construct your own bit of paradise overlooking the sea. The Quarter Log Cabin blocks are arranged in tidy rows, just like spiffy townhouses. The color placement is the same for all the blocks. So, with all the pieces precut, chain piecing will make quick work of the blocks. You'll have a precious jewel to take home after a fun cruise!

Finished size: 72" x 72"

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

Krista Moser - Woven Jewelbox

Krista Moser - Woven Jewelbox

Woven Jewelbox is a fresh modern approach to asymmetrical design. This quilt with its simple piecing makes a dramatic impact with color placement and 60-degree angles. No tedious piecing here! This quilt is a real crowd pleaser. Plan to finish this project during the cruise for sure. You won’t believe how fast it will go together. You will need the Creative Grids 60 degree ruler for this project (sold separately and required). 

Finished Size: 59" x 72" 

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

Laurie Shifrin - Antelope Canyon

Laurie Shifrin - Antelope Canyon

Laurie is so excited to share one of her most popular designs - Antelope Canyon. High up on her Bucket List is a visit to explore the twin slot canyons of Antelope Canyon in northern Arizona. Most of us have seen amazing photos of the swirling oranges of the narrow canyons – just do google images for Antelope Canyon and you’ll see the familiar waves and undulations – and we may not have know where they were taken. Her nephew Dan, a talented young photographer, was lucky enough to visit the canyons, and boy was she jealous! Instead of planning a trip to see for herself, she designed a quilt that brought to mind the feelings she'd imagine experiencing with a first-hand visit.  If you bring your own fabric,you can choose pre-cut strips or cut yardage with a contrasting background. These unique Log Cabin-style blocks are perfect for any quilter with a little experience.  We will explore rotating the blocks to create other stunning layouts and more inspiring ideas will be shared during the cruise! 

Finished Size: 74" x 74"

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 $500.00 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

Ft. Lauderdale 

South Florida's warm climate and sparkling waters make it a magnet for water sport enthusiasts. From the beaches and recreational waterways, to the lively arts and cultural scene, Fort Lauderdale has become a world-class destination. People have been flocking to Fort Lauderdale's beaches for decades. And with good reason. Fort Lauderdale Beach is a two-mile strip of beautiful beach featuring the recently renovated Promenade, which offers all sorts of bars, restaurants and shops.

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Day 2

Nassau, Bahamas

For a city now known for its warming sun and balmy breezes, Nassau has a tumultuous past. First settled by the English, the area was contested by England, France and Spain. For many years, Nassau was a home base for notorious pirates, and it was burned to the ground by the Spanish three different times. Since 1740, however, visitors from all over the world in search of both relaxation and adventure have made Nassau their favorite destination.

Note: Due to only two cruising days on this itinerary, we will have class starting at 12:00 on this day.

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Day 3

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

Cozumel, Mexico

The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulúm, majestically perched above the turquoise Caribbean. The site was occupied as far back as 600 A.D. However, it was most densely populated around 1200 A.D. You will be struck by the pyramid-shaped El Castillo, which dominates the city from atop a forty-foot cliff. The nearby Temple of the Descending God provides equally excellent insight into the architecture of the Mayan people, who gained considerable achievements in the arts and sciences, only to decline and vanish for no apparent reason.

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Day 5

Roatan, Honduras

Roatán Island is the largest and most developed of the three Bay Islands of Honduras and lies not far off the northern coast. The majority of the population of Roatán originated from the Cayman Islands. The growth of tourism and travel awards has put Honduras squarely on the map. Today, the beautiful Caribbean island is a mecca for divers and snorkelers. Commercial fishing is one of the main economic drivers in Roatán and is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the Western Caribbean. Visit the Caribbean’s largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Lying just offshore, it's a favorite spot for divers and snorkelers to see colorful corals and an amazing array of marine life.

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Day 7

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 8

Ft Lauderdale, Florida

Return to Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

The Ship

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The Ship

Allure Of The Seas

Allure of the Seas is a captivating adventure unlike any other. Explore seven distinct neighborhoods filled with awesome new features – like the first Starbucks at sea, dance and jive with Broadway hit musical Mamma Mia! and enjoy favorite moments with Shrek, Po the panda, and more friends in the Dream Works Experience. Spice up your sailing with Mexican-fare favorites at Sabor, or with prime cuts straight from the skewer at Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse. And there's still plenty more Oasis-class WOWs to be had, from the classic carousel on the Boardwalk, to aerial acrobats in the Aqua Theater, Flow Rider surf simulators, plus zip line views over Central Park—a meandering garden lined with shops and fine restaurants.

Here is a video about Allure 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$1,499.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,599.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,699.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.  Port charges, taxes & fees of $412.91 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.

Ask about our easy payment plan.

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

You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Miami, Florida.

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 $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