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2019 Aloha Quilt Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on an 11-night Hawaii Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Michelle Hiatt, Jackie Kunkel, and Donna Thomas!

September 20 - 30, 2019
Vancouver - Seattle - Kauai - Maui - Kailua Kona - Honolulu
Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas Cruise Ship


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Dear Friends,

Hawaii! Oh wow! This is one of our most favorite cruises all year. There is only ONE sailing as Royal Caribbean is re-positioning the ship from Alaska to Australia and Hawaii is on the way. On this cruise we will depart from Vancouver, make a stop in Victoria (beautiful!) and then head for the islands. Our voyage will take us four days to get there so we will be busy in the sewing room taking classes, learning new quilting techniques, and making friends. Once we arrive in the islands we will have some fun excursions, visit some great quilt stores, and continue to sew in the evenings as our sewing room is open 24/7! PLEASE join us on this incredible cruise! You will NOT regret it!

- 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!


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Michelle Hiatt

Michelle Hiatt


Michelle Renee Hiatt is an award-winning Quilter, Designer and National Instructor. Michelle has been sewing since before she can remember, and fell in love with quilting over 20 years ago.

She is a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. She teaches throughout the United States at National Quilt Shows and Retreats and is knows for her humor, enthusiasm and encouragement!

Michelle is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go and her designs have appeared in several international Quilting Magazines. Additionally, she is a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design and many of her patterns have been published in their Modern 180 pattern line. 

Jackie Kunkel

Jackie Kunkel


Jackie has been a quilter since 1993 and has owned her own business, Canton Village Quilt Works since 2000. Beginning her business as a long arm quilter and then in 2009 adding an online quilt fabric shop. She has also been a quilt designer for magazines and fabric companies since 2009, a quilting Podcaster - Jackie's Quilting Chronicles, and a Certified Quiltworx.com (Judy Niemeyer) Instructor and Shop. Jackie travels throughout the country to lecture, do workshops and trunk shows. Jackie's first book was published in September, 2015 by Martingale & Co titled Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts. Jackie is also a Craftsy Instructor with two online classes.  Jackie has her own line of published patterns, currently 30 and counting!  In 2016 Jackie began designing fabric for Island Batik. The first line of fabric was launched at Quilt Market October 2016 and currently has fabric coming out with Island Batik through the fall of 2019. She is also an Aurifil thread designer too. Jackie’s newest ventures are her partnership with Viking/Husquavarna as a Brand Ambassador and also with Quiltster, where you can color Jackie’s patterns with your own fabric. Follow Jackie for her weekly Episodes of Watch Me Wednesday on her Canton Village Quilt Works Facebook page for tips, techniques, tutorials, quilt alongs and giveaways!

Donna Thomas

Donna Thomas

Donna Lynn Thomas has been sewing since the age of four and passionately quilting since 1975. She began teaching in 1981, and while an Army wife, lived in Germany for four years and thoroughly enjoyed teaching at a German quilt shop and various guilds throughout the country. Long out of the Army, the Thomas’ have settled in Kansas for good. Donna continues to teach nationally. The author of 14 titles with Martingale, one self-published book, and one with Kansas City Star, she has also contributed articles on various quilt-related subjects to numerous publications over the years. You can see Donna on Craftsy as well as several QNN-TV episodes.

Believing that piecing quilts should be a pleasure, not a fight, her focus is on skills mastery and techniques that enable her students to enjoy frustration-free sewing. She presents the essentials of these skills in her Craftsy class, Piece Like a Pro, and her two most recent books Quiltmaking Essentials 1 and 2. Donna is also the designer of the Omnigrip On-Point Ruler™ and its companion ruler, the On-Point Square™, which allow us to produce squares, strips, rectangles, and half-square triangle units that measure neatly on the diagonal without any math. Donna and her husband provide staff assistance to three cats and a sunny golden retriever.


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Michelle Hiatt

Michelle Hiatt


This quilt literately sparkles! Michelle designed this quilt combining two of her favorite quilt blocks, the Rambler and V Star (also known as the Peaky and Spike/50-40 or Fight Block). It is important to point out that the purpose of this project is to be able to teach the use of the Studio 180 rulers and tools. For this reason, our kits will include the strips called for in the cutting instructions on the pattern but will not be cut to size. This cutting will be done during class. 

The finished size of our project will be 56” x 56” (The image shown is 68" x 92" - if you want this size you should purchase two kits)

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. If you do not purchase the Sail 'n Sew you will need to purchase the pattern here:Sparkle

Rulers required for this class are: Studio 180 Design Tucker Trimmer 1,V Block and Corner Pop. These are not included in the Sail 'n Sew. 

Jackie Kunkel

Jackie Kunkel

Pineapple Express

Creating this pineapple quilt has never been easier!  Using the special ruler and these beautiful bold fabrics, you will make the Pineapple Express Quilt in no time flat.  And imagine you are doing this all while heading to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands!  You will have a souvenir that you will remind you of this spectacular cruise forever.  Relax and have fun! Hmmm…. a pineapple drink may be in order too!  Both fabric and quilt designed and taught by Jackie Kunkel. 

Note: The Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Ruler will be included in the SNS and if you are brining your own fabric you will be required to bring this ruler for the class.

The finished size of this project will be 63” x 73”

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. If you do not purchase the Sail 'n Sew you will need to purchase the pattern here: Pineapple Express


Donna Thomas

Donna Thomas

Tropical Garden

Inspired by the beautiful, colorful blooms of Hawaii, Tropical Garden is a riot of brightly colored flowers scattered along green woodland paths. Two blocks combine to make this lush diagonally set quilt: a super simple chain block in shades of green and assorted brightly colored flower blocks. With all your pieces precut, it’s just a matter of sewing strip sets and triangles. Let the beautiful floral colors of a Tropical Garden inspire you as we set sail to Hawaii!

The finished size of this project will be 74” x 88”

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. If you do not purchase the Sail 'n Sew you will need to purchase the pattern here:Tropical Garden


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 $460.00 and it includes the fabric and patterns (or book if applicable) for 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. Every attempt will be made to match the fabrics as closely to the photo as possible if fabric is no longer available.

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: Sparkle, Pineapple Express, and Tropical Garden.

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


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Day 1

Vancouver, British Columbia

We will begin our ten-night Hawaii Cruise out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Most recently ranked by The Economist as the number one most liveable city in the world, Vancouver is a picturesque city surrounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the snow capped peaks of the Coast Mountain range. Vancouver is Canada's third largest city with many unique neighbourhoods to explore including Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown and the West End. Visitors can enjoy world class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theatre, outdoor adventure and world-class attractions.

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Day 2

Seattle, Washington

Nicknamed the Emerald City for its verdant forests and parks, Seattle is also all about the water. Explore the Northwest landscape at Discovery Park: Once a military installation called Fort Lawton, the 542-acre park offers serene views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Cruise from Seattle to stroll along Elliott Bay at the Olympic Sculpture Park, where you can enjoy ocean views alongside modernist artwork.

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Day 3


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

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Day 4


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 5


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 6


Free time sewing in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Napali Coast (Cruising), Hawaii

Na Pali means "high cliffs" in Hawaiian, and as you cruise past the Napali Coast, you'll understand exactly why it got its name. Passing by, you'll see the sheer magnitude of the shoreline's steep cliffs that rise as high as 4,000 feet above the ocean below. These rugged headlands make up a state park, known as Napali Coast State Park. You can find these on the northwest of Kauai, stretching 16 miles along the turquoise coastline. Start your Hawaii cruise vacation and experience the awe of nature through this rare, prehistoric landscape, keeping an eye out for cascading waterfalls, mysterious sea caves and lush green valleys.

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Day 8 & 9

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

The former whaling village, Lahaina preserves its 19th-century heritage alongside funky shops, boutiques, galleries and gourmet dining. It is also the gateway to the distinctive volcanic landscapes of Maui, known as the Valley Isle. Explore Haleakala Crater, a dormant volcanic crater Hawaiians once considered one of the most sacred places on the island. Haleakala Crater is the highest point on Maui at 10,023 feet above sea level, so you'll have unparalleled views of the island from the summit. The volcano last erupted in 1790. However, evidence of volcanic activity from long ago abounds in the stunning streaks of gray, red, yellow and black that mark the flow paths of lava, ash and cinder.

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Day 10

Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Located along Hawaii's western shore, where the slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai meet the sea, the Kona Coast is a region of endless lava fields and golden Pacific sunsets. The clear waters are perfect for diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing. At the heart of the Kona Coast lies the charming resort village of Kailua. Because two other "Kailuas" exist within the state, the Big Island's Kailua is often called Kailua-Kona for clarity. Kealakekua Bay, where Captain James Cook lost his life, is one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. The area is a state park and conservation site, teeming with undersea life. It's a great place for both experienced snorkelers and novices to explore the marine world.

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Day 11

Honolulu, Hawaii

Our cruise will come to an end in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii's capital is indeed the jewel city of the Pacific. From Diamond Head and the world-famous beaches of Waikiki, to the inspiring memorials of Pearl Harbor and the Punchbowl National Cemetery, to the only royal palace ever constructed on U.S. soil. By far the most popular destinations in Oahu, Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial are moving tributes to important historic events. Experience the serenity of the Punchbowl National Cemetery, featuring the "Courts of the Missing."

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The Ship

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The Ship

Ovation of the Seas

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

Ovation 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.

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

Learn more about this amazing ship here!


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Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$2,199.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$2,499.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$3,399.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $436.28 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


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 Vancouver, BC and from the ship in Honolulu, HI


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 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 $159 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


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