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!
If it is true what they say..."Do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life", then I go to play, not to work. Early in my career, I designed and patterned original soft cloth dolls, but now I devoted my time to designing quilts and fabric for Marcus Brothers. I started my company, Heartspun Quilts in 2004, featuring traditional blocks and quilts. I have patterns for quilts large and small, with some using pre-cuts, as well as Block of the Month programs.
I joined the Marcus Brothers Fabrics family as a licensed designer in 2010, and have been designing fabric for them ever since. I'm presently working on new quilt patterns, fabric lines and writing my first book for Martingale Publishing company. I thoroughly enjoy traveling, giving lectures and workshops to guilds, quilt shops, and on quilting cruises all over the United States
Janet began quilting as a hobby to pass the long winter months of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The hobby soon grew to a passion that has spanned 25 years. Working at Stitchin’ Heaven has allowed Janet to combine her zeal for quilting with her love of teaching to help others gain the skills to be successful and enjoy the journey.
In 1983 Connie and her friend Mary started Country Threads, Inc. located in Garner, Iowa. Connie and Mary have published over 800 patterns and more than 20 books. Connie lives in Garner with her husband, Roy, two cats, and Lucy, her yellow lab. She raised her three boys in Garner which has 3,000 people in it. Now, her kids and grand kids come to visit and are amazed at the freedoms small-town life can bring. Connie has always loved to garden and several years ago she participated in the Master Gardener program. Her 100 year old home is surrounded by huge shade trees, so she has planted dozens and dozens of hosta varieties. While Country Threads closed for business in 2015, Connie still sews every day and loves it! Her sewing room is located above her three-stall garage and is full of fabric in old cupboards.
Parlor music has been called the music of the American Civil War. Gathering to listen to music served as a venue for family and friends to collectively accept and live with the events that dramatically changed their lives from an atmosphere of gentility to one of grief and pain. Some say the songs also celebrated the political ideals of union and states' rights, and served to commemorate heroes and martyrs, celebrate victory, and mourn losses. Parlor Music is a scrap quilt composed of alternating strips of four patches and triangles.
Finished Size: 63" x 77"
NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. The book is not included, you will need to purchase it and bring it with you. You can purchase it here: Civil War Legacies III Book (Parlor Music Quilt).
This Reproduction Chain is actually based on a quilt that was made in the 1930s from prints of the era. This is a simple quilt to make, using two alternate blocks - one of all small squares and the other of cream squares and scrappy four-patch units.
Finished Size: 74 1/2" x 86 1/2"
NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. The book is not included, you will need to purchase it and bring it with you. You can purchase it here: Preserving History Book (Reproduction Chain Quilt).
Scrap quilts are a personal favorite of mine and a traditional Country Threads look. Over the years it has been proven on many occasions that "I CAN'T SEW A
4 COLOR QUILT!" "Remember Me" is a typical example of the way I love to sew...lots of different fabrics with easy piecing. Perfect! This quilt features a colorful assortment of reproduction fabric with a unifying solid background. These scrappy album blocks interlock with a variety of red pinwheels. There is a quick sew trick for the pinwheels that you will love. All of these features will combine to make this a quilt you will treasure for years to come. Album blocks were popular in our quilt history. Maybe you will want to collect some autographs on your next "Stitchin' Heaven" cruise?
Finished Size: 37 1/2" x 47 1/2"
NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. The book is not included, you will need to purchase it and bring it with you. You can purchase it here: Remember Me Pattern.
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 $390.00 and it includes the pre-cut fabric for all three of the projects for this cruise. 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 pre-cut 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: Civil War Legacies III Book (Parlor Music Quilt), Preserving History Book (Reproduction Chain Quilt), Remember Me Pattern.
A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure.
We begin our seven-night Alaskan Cruise out of Seattle, Washington. Seattle is often characterized by its laid-back attitude and rainy climate, but this thriving metropolis also offers one-of-a-kind architecture, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and a unique urban sophistication. A trip to Seattle isn't complete without visiting Pike Place Market. Here, you can browse the stalls of local merchants and artists, take in a street performance, or watch fishmongers play catch with the catch of the day.
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Once a route plied by Klondike gold rushers, Alaska’s Inside Passage spans 500 miles of shoreline jam-packed with some of the world’s most amazing landscapes and abundant wildlife. From the comfort of your ship, you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the Alexander Archipelago, a collection of over 1,000 coastal islands that act as a shelter for smooth sailing in calm Alaskan waters.
We will make our first stop in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast, and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a favorite of visitors, is nearby.
Our next stop is beautiful Skagway, Alaska where you can enjoy experiencing one of Alaska's most breathtaking valleys while horseback-riding through historic Dyea. Or, you could cruise to a remote beach at Glacier Point, then get aboard a 31-foot canoe and explore spectacular icebergs. Or how about experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design and blow your own glass art in the Last Frontier - complete with real gold in your finished piece. You could also enjoy the unforgettable journey aboard the "Scenic Railway of the World" and travel 20 miles from tidewater to the summit of the White Pass - a 2,865 foot elevation. Ride in vintage rail cars as you retrace the original route to the White Pass summit. This fully narrated tour features panoramas of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites.
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
One of Alaska’s lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30-mile-long stretch, you can’t help but be awed by the surrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle’s appeal.
Endicott Arm is one of the largest breeding grounds for harbor seals on the planet. Keep your eyes peeled for these creatures splashing in icy waters near the ship. Along the shore you might also glimpse brown bears, bald eagles, sea ducks, deer, moose and wolves.
Your journey through scenic Endicott Arm Fjord ends with a front-row view of Dawes Glacier. Standing over 600 feet tall and a half-mile wide, this very active icecap is known for its spectacular calving displays which produce huge, chunky icebergs that float in area waters.
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Next up is Victoria, British Columbia. Located on the southern tip on the island of Vancouver in British Columbia, the city of Victoria is probably best known for its mild climate and active outdoor lifestyle. (In fact, the city has been named the "fittest city" in Canada more than once.) As the capital of British Columbia, the city is very tourist-friendly. Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens or the lush and exotic Butterfly Gardens and see how Victoria earned the nickname "The City of Gardens." Among the many attractions are world-famous gardens, its 150 years of British history, gourmet dining and fantastic shopping.
Return to Seattle, Washington.
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.
On this ship we will be sewing four to a table with two side tables like the image below.
|Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom
*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.
Port charges, taxes & fees of $401.19 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.
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.
You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Seattle, WA.
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 $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 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