2019 Texas Our Texas Quilt Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Thomasine Hendrickson, Brenda Henning, and Karen Overton!

May 19 - 26, 2019
Galveston - Cozumel - Grand Cayman - Jamaica
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

Sing along time! "Texas our Texas all hail the mighty state!" Oh yes, we are proud of our great state of Texas which is where this amazing cruise will depart from. We will leave Galveston and sail to three wonderful ports, learn how to make three beautiful quilts, and make some Texas-size friends along the way. If you are not from Texas you will find that we will make sure you fit right in and hey, you might learn how to speak Texan while you are with us. Can you join in on this fun?

- 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

Thomasine Hendrickson

Thomasine Hendrickson

Thomasine Hendrickson was bit with the crafting bug at an early age and loved making things with her mom. As an adult, she was a demonstrator making cards and projects while selling Stampin' Up! for 20 years. She has also loved sewing ever since she took her first Home Economics class in junior high school. Thomasine has always loved quilts, but didn't know much about quilting. She started out making rag quilts for her family, and then teaching a group of her friends how to make them. She purchased her first Bernina in 2011 and took a quilt class at her local quilt shop. She loved it and was hooked! She loves sewing quilts, bags, purses, and any craft project that catches her eye and is always looking to learn new techniques. Now she works part time at that quilt shop and teaches classes there every month. Thomasine quit her job three years ago where she worked for 12 years in the special Education Department with the school system. Thomasine and her husband designed and built a quilt barn 2 years ago where she now has several sewing and embroidery machines, and recently added a longarm machine. You can find her there sewing with her friends almost every day. Her husband even gets to enjoy a "small" corner ever now and then. "I love teaching and seeing everyone's projects from start to finish , and how excited they are when everything comes together. Quilters are a unique breed and the friendliest people you'll ever meet!" Thomasine lives with her husband, Charlie in Ponca City, Oklahoma and their 2 Mastiffs. They have 1 daughter, 4 sons, and 5 grandkids. She loves hanging out with the oldest granddaughter, Janessa while teaching her to quilt and can't wait to teach the others.

Brenda Henning

Brenda Henning

www.bearpawproductions.com

Brenda Henning is a compulsive quiltmaker with a fondness for traditional design and a desire to incorporate today's speed-piecing techniques with yesterday's well-loved patterns. Brenda's machine sewing experience began at the early age of 10 on her grandmother's treadle sewing machine with the first quilt following at age 14. Brenda became a compulsive quilter in the mid-80s, and began teaching quiltmaking in 1988, when her third child was an infant. Brenda is the author of numerous books and individual patterns available under the label Bear Paw Productions.

Brenda lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband, Richard, and their three children, Beth, Christi and Joshua. Two Rottweilers, Kaia and Jade, share copious quantities of black dog hair with every quilt that leaves the premises. Brenda teaches shops and guilds throughout Alaska and the United States.

Karen Overton

Karen Overton

http://thequiltrambler.com

Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, is a Certified Instructor with Studio 180 Design. She began teaching in the mid 90’s and enjoys sharing her vast knowledge in a fun and relaxing manner. She loves teaching both the true beginner as well as challenging the seasoned quilter. She teaches in area quilt shops, churches and her home studio through her business The Quilt Rambler located between Houston and Galveston. Being an Island Batik Ambassador has opened the door for her to design and write patterns. Karen is a self-proclaimed rambler and shares tips gleaned from her over 20 years of quilting, quilting for hire as a longarm quilter and teaching. She has adopted the motto from Ben & Jerry's “If it's not fun, why do it!” Karen loves cruising, quilting, and teaching – even better when all three are combined!

Projects

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Projects

Thomasine Hendrickson

Thomasine Hendrickson

Pathways

This quilt designed by Debbie Maddy is fast and fun. The easy piecing for this modern style quilt is done with only squares in different sizes. It really showcases the fabrics. All you need to make this fast fun quilt is fat quarters or 10” squares plus background / border fabric. 

The finished size of this project will be 60" x 80"

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

Brenda Henning

Brenda Henning

Trip To The Altar

Two color quilts are a refreshing introduction to the designs of yesteryear. The simplicity of the design and ease of fabric selection is a joy for quilters in today’s busy world. Simple nine-patch block construction makes this quilt one that most everyone can enjoy. The units are large and the completed design is deceptively “complex”.

The finished size of this project will be 51" x 76 1/2"

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

Karen Overton

Karen Overton

Geese Over Galveston Bay

Invoke the soothing calm of sky and sea with confidence in the technique and construction of flying geese units using Studio 180 Design's Wing Clipper tool. This quilt offers an abundance of negative space for beautiful quilt design elements and will be a reminder of your quilting experience at sea for many years to come.

The finished size of this project will be 72" x 84"

Note: The Wing Clipper tool is a required item. It can be purchased through our online store here

Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack

Projects shown are representative of the quilt to be made. Unless otherwise noted, all fabrics will be different but are matched as closely to the quilt as possible.

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 $380.00 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 $320.00 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: PathwaysTrip To The AlterGeese Over Galveston Bay.

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

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Galveston, Texas

Galveston Island is Texas' top historic destination. Guests on cruises from Galveston can enjoy 32 miles of relaxing beaches, great seafood, tropical scenery, superb restaurants, marvelous downtown shopping, breathtaking Victorian architecture, numerous antique stores, incredible art galleries, plus tons of attractions, entertainment venues and world-class sportfishing. Probably the most charming way to discover this historic city is by carriage. Take a carriage ride through the Victorian-era streets and let your driver take you back through history.

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Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

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 4

Georgetown, Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is one of a group of three magnificent tropical islands Christopher Columbus called "Las Tortugas" (the turtles) for the sea creatures he found in the ocean water. The designation did not endure, however, for on later maps the islands were labeled the Caimanau, the Carib Indian word for "crocodile." The name "Caimanas" refers inaccurately to the iguanas native to the islands, which were perhaps at one point mistaken for crocodiles. Among other attractions, visitors to the island will enjoy learning about the turtles, visiting the town of Hell, exploring Seven-Mile Beach and enjoying the undersea world. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure: snorkeling with stingrays at Stingray City Sandbar. These relatively tame creatures will swim right into your arms as they glide around you. They have velvety soft skin and love to have their bellies rubbed. Despite their frightening name, they are very gentle and won't hurt you as long as you stay away from their tails.

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Day 5

Falmouth, Jamaica

Quaint Falmouth was an economic powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. In today's Falmouth, visitors still enjoy 19th-century Georgian architecture as well as river bamboo raft rides, arts and crafts shopping, flavorful local fare and horse-and-buggy rides. Falmouth is the gateway to the best Jamaica has to offer. Just east of Falmouth is Ocho Rios, known for its spectacular Dunn’s River Falls. Travel west to reach Montego Bay and the beautiful beaches of Negril. Thanks to its central location, Falmouth gives visitors the best tour experiences of the north coast of Jamaica. Visit the spectacular Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios, where you can climb 600 feet up from the base of the falls or retreat to the beach where the rushing water exits into the ocean. At Dolphin Cove you can watch the dolphins at play or walk through the jungle to see friendly birds and iguanas. From dune buggy safaris and river tubing to a horse and buggy tour, you will find many activities to keep you entertained.

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Day 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 8

Galveston, Texas

Return to Galveston, Texas.

The Ship

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The Ship

Liberty of the Seas

The newly renovated Liberty of the Seas® is packed with all the phenomenal onboard experiences you'd expect from our innovative Freedom class of ships, plus new offerings to stir your imagination. Share a high five with Shrek as part of The DreamWorks® Experience. Put on your boogie shoes for hit Broadway musical Saturday Night Fever. Catch a first-run movie in the 3D theater or poolside under the stars on the outdoor movie screen. And finish the evening with a selection of reds or whites at the renovated, now-more-intimate Vintages wine bar. Plus, enjoy all the revolutionary features Liberty of the Seas has always been known for – like the FlowRider® surf simulator, rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, Royal Promenade, cantilevered whirlpools, mini golf course, and much more.

Here is a video about Liberty 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$1,199.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,399.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,599.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $271.75 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

You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Galveston, Texas.

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. 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