2019 Girlfriends Quilting Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: Sandra Coffey, Joan Ford, & Heidi Pridemore!

January 27 - February 3, 2019
Ft Lauderdale - Labadee - Jamaica - Cozumel
Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to join us and all of our favorite girlfriends on this very fun adventure in the Caribbean. January is the time of the year when most of the country is frozen over so how great will it be to be spending a week with our friends. We never have to make our bed, we are going to be eating food prepared by world-class chefs, and there will be no laundry to do or kids to look after! Wow...I can hardly wait! Can you come?

- 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

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.

Joan Ford

Joan Ford

http://hummingbird-highway.com/

On February 8, 2003, Joan Ford took her first quilting class and was hooked! In 2006, Joan established her company, Hummingbird Highway, and these days she is best known for patterns, books, and workshops featuring the popular ScrapTherapy® technique. She feels strongly about helping quilters relieve the guilt of a growing scrap fabric stash by cutting, storing, and using scrap fabrics in a variety of quilted projects.

A thorough overview of her process is detailed in all three of her ScrapTherapy books published by The Taunton Press: ScrapTherapy, Cut the Scraps!, Scraps Plus One! and her newest book in the ScrapTherapy series, The Versatile Nine Patch. 

Joan is passionate about exploring a variety of quilting techniques including those that represent a unique interpretation of well-established methods, without compromising the quilt’s journey.

As owner of Hummingbird Highway, LLC, Joan designs in her home studio and office. She also lectures and teaches workshops throughout the United States and Canada

Heidi Pridemore

Heidi Pridemore

www.thewhimsicalworkshop.com

Heidi is known for her fun and whimsical quilts and fabrics which she often makes in dramatic, bright colors. She also has an excellent reputation for writing clear and easy to follow instructions. Heidi designs a large number of project sheets featuring fabric lines from national companies such as Andover Fabrics, Blank Quilting, Michael Miller, Timeless Treasures and Henry Glass. She also designs quilt patterns for a variety of popular quilting magazines such as Quiltmaker, McCall’s and McCall’s Quick Quilts. In addition she has completed five books; Quilted WhimsyBold Batiks and Dazzling Designs for Leisure Arts; for C&T Publishing she has written Pop Up Paper Structures; for F&W Media, Fabric Jewelry-Wrapped, Braided and Sewn, published in 2009 and designs fabric for Fabri-Quilt. Heidi spends most of her time designing, giving lectures and running workshops. When not traveling she enjoys staying at home in Arizona with her husband Matthew.

Projects

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Projects

Sandra Coffey

Sandra Coffey

Desert Wildflowers

Achieve these gorgeous Pinwheel-style blocks in Desert Wildflowers by using foundation paper piecing.

The finished size of this project will be 67" x 67"

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

Joan Ford

Joan Ford

Focal Point

Focal Point is a fast and fun pattern perfect for showcasing a variety of prints in one collection...or for using your favorites from a variety of collections. Use simple construction techniques to make this fun quilt. Easy enough for a confident beginner.

The finished size of this project will be 59 1/2" x 70"

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

Heidi Pridemore

Heidi Pridemore

Sakura

Take a little of the Caribbean home with you, with our Sakura Quilt. The lovely batiks in this project featuring beach umbrellas, water ripples and sand pebbles all creatively printed on these stunning batiks. Heidi will show you tips on working with bias triangles and she will show you a couple rulers to make the job easier too.

The finished size of this project will be 63" x 72"


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 $460.00 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 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: Desert Wildflowers, Focal PointSakura.

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

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale lies along the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the New River, 25 miles north of Miami. Its warm tropical weather attracts many people throughout the year. For sun-worshippers, the city has six miles of beaches. There are also many recreational waterways with extensive boating facilities, access to every conceivable watersport, a variety of fascinating museums and trendy restaurants, and an array of entertainment venues.

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

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Labadee. Haiti

Only Royal Caribbean can take you to the private beach destination of Labadee. Our private paradise sits on the north coast of Haiti, surrounded by beautiful mountain slopes and exotic foliage. This exclusive destination offers pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery, incredible thrills and spectacular water activities. Regardless of where you go, you'll find yourself embraced by the beautiful landscape. Labadee's native charm, along with its natural beauty, make this a destination not to be missed. It's impossible to choose just one thing that's special about Labadee. The inviting beach, coral reefs and exciting amenities provide a perfect place to relax and have fun.

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Day 4

Falmouth, Jamaica

If you don’t know Falmouth, it’s time you discover one of Jamaica’s most unique destinations. Ride horseback through Caribbean waters along a white-sand beach in Ocho Rios and climb the invigorating Dunn’s River Falls. Explore the mesmerizing Green Grotto Caves or drift down the emerald waters of the Martha Brae River on a bamboo gondola. Immerse yourself in vibrant culture as you tour the Good Hope Great House plantation and unwind on an award-winning beach in Montego. There are countless directions your vacation can take you. But in Falmouth, all roads lead to adventure.

Day 5

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 6

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.

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Day 7

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 8

Ft. Lauderdale, Flordia

Return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The Ship

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The Ship

Harmony of the Seas

Experience Harmony of the Seas®— the third of its kind to join the groundbreaking Oasis class of ships. Harmony of the Seas® will feature the cruise line's seven distinct neighborhoods for which Oasis class is known, and will offer the most amazing collection of experiences, amenities and activities at sea. Guests can test their mettle on the ship's three multi-story waterslides all of which twist and turn over Central Park, then let imaginations soar in the Youth Zone—the largest kids' area at sea. Harmony will also feature a new Bionic Bar on the Royal Promenade, first introduced aboard Quantum of the Seas® and featuring robot bartenders. Interior accommodations also will be outfitted with Royal Caribbean's exclusive Virtual Balconies which offer beautiful views in every stateroom. Additionally, guests onboard will enjoy RFID technology with Royal WOWBands that provide them access to their staterooms as well as make onboard purchases and reservations. Like her sisters, Harmony will also feature the fastest internet connection at sea.

Here is a video about Harmony 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$1,699.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,899.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $334.35 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 Ft Lauderdale, Florida.v

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

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