2020 Texas Pride & Quilts Of Valor Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Carolyn Beam, Leigh Headington, and Krista Moser!
May 17 - 24, 2020
Galveston - Cozumel - Pureto Costa Maya - Honduras
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

Those who live, have lived, or want to live in Texas are proud people. You may have heard some of our famous sayings that reflect this pride:

  • "You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas," Davy Crockett
  • "I've traveled all over the world, but I don't think there is any place better than Texas." Red Adair
  • I done drew the line. Just like the Alamo. You're either on one side of the line or the other. I don't want to ever leave Texas again." Bum Phillips, Former Houston Oilers Coach
  • "Texas will again lift it's head and stand among nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages." Sam Houston

Our 4th Annual Texas Pride Quilting Cruise will feature the pride of Texas in quilting - great instructors who will deliver some great projects with a Texas twist on them. 

We are proud to offer this cruise as our 1st Annual Quilts of Valor presentation aboard a ship. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. During our cruise we invite any guest who is a quilter or a friend/husband of a quilter to participate in the quilt ceremony. Simply let us know during the registration process and we will be sure you are included. You can learn more about QOV here 

So join us on this amazing cruise to meet new friends, share new stories, and make new quilts!

- 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

Carolyn Beam

Carolyn Beam

Carolyn is an avid quilter and has been quilting for over 35 years. She owned a quilt pattern design business, Colorado Quilt Designs, before joining Quiltmaker Magazine in 2005 as an Associate Editor. She was later promoted to Creative Editor and then Content Director for Quiltmaker, McCall's Quilting and McCall's Quick Quilts until February, 2018.

She currently works freelance in the quilting industry designing and writing patterns for fabric companies and tech editing for fabric companies, designers and book publishers. Carolyn is married with three grown sons and a grandson who is the love of their lives! Besides quilting, Carolyn loves photography, golf, reading, yoga, hiking, baseball and just about anything outside in the Colorado mountains.

Leigh Headington

Leigh Headington

https://www.thesweetteagirls.com

The Sweet Tea Girls are Southern in roots with sweet tea as a favorite beverage. Her designs have been featured in numerous magazines as well as major quilting catalogue businesses such as Keepsake and Nancy’s Notions. Many of her designs are been used by the fabric manufacturers in their current fabric collections.

Leigh Headington started The Sweet Tea Girls after finding she needed an outlet for her energy and creativity when she retired as an engineer from IBM. With a background in mathematics, mechanical engineering, and project management, Leigh is meticulous about her instructions and accuracy of information. She prefers symmetrical, balanced designs but loves designing a variety of bright, eclectic styles.

The company is named in honor of Leigh's grandmother, Sally McDonald, the true queen of 'Sweet Tea' who taught Leigh and her sisters to sew using those wonderful scraps from the attic. "She gave us the love of fabric and creation along with the desire to make sure everyone in our family slept beneath a ton of quilts"!

Between designing patterns and teaching classes, The Sweet Tea Girls stay very busy.

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.

Projects

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Projects

Carolyn Beam - Let Freedom Ring

Carolyn Beam - Let Freedom Ring

Log Cabin blocks are my favorite block and one of the most versatile quilt blocks. The arrangement and coloring of these blocks create a lovely Patriotic star. These blocks are a perfect way to use up scraps or a planned fabric palette can be used as well. Other creative block placements can be explored for a different look to this star.

Finished Size: 66”x 66”

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: Let Freedom Ring

Leigh Headington - The Wave

Leigh Headington - The Wave

We’ll take a fresh and modern look at the traditional Drunkard’s Path Corner block using a pattern called ‘The Wave’. With a simple straight stitch, we’ll make no-fail curved line blocks that end up in a wonderful patriotic design.  Instructions will be provided on how to sew the curved pieces, how to trim the blocks to size, and how to lay out the blocks for our patriotic salute. Join us for easy instructions and a fun-filled class.

Finished Size: 62" x 68"

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 Wave Pattern

Krista Moser - Hollow Star

Krista Moser - Hollow Star

Hollow Star is a stunning modern take on a six-pointed star and a great way to showcase a favorite collection of fabrics. Use your guy’s favorite colors to make him a personal quilt he will love. Hollow Star is patriotic in red, white, and blue. Make it in blues and white for Hanukkah, or in beautiful reds and greens for Christmas. A terrific contemporary quilt for any modern streamlined decor, this pattern is easy enough for a beginner to intermediate quilter including step by step instructions with plenty of illustrations, through every stage, to make your quilt top: rotary cutting, piecing, and assembly.

Finished Size: 81" x 84"

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: Hollow Star and the Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond Ruler

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 $405.00 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. 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: Let Freedom RingThe WaveHollow Star

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

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

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

Costa Maya, Mexico

Past meets present in Costa Maya. Cruise to Costa Maya and find ancient Maya ruins and mysterious jungles just begging to be explored, as well as private beach clubs and trendy restaurants— all in one place. It’s 250 square miles of paradise packed with entertainment and history, all just 30 miles south of Cancun. The Great Maya Reef just off the coast is the second largest in the world— it’s a must-snorkel spot. Or you can kick back at the port village of Mahahual with an ice-cold michelada— a spicy beer cocktail— in hand. For a culture fix, head to the Kohunlick ruins to see the famous Temple of the Masks.

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Day 5

Roatan, Honduras

Roatán’s diverse blend of cultures and traditions is enough to charm anyone. But its mangrove forests, dense jungles, and swaths of white-sand beach will make you want to stay forever. Divers and snorkelers from all over the globe flock to the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands every year see to the world’s second largest barrier reef firsthand. Roatán cruises provide access to laid-back beach towns and secluded shores. On the Big Island, you can mingle with monkeys and “Jesus” lizards, snorkel with stingrays, and zipline through rainforest canopies. If it’s culture you crave, the island’s unique and vibrant blend is more than satisfying— made up of ex-pat sun seekers, Hondurans from the mainland, descendants of European settlers, and Garífuna, whose Afro-Carib-Arawak heritage still flavors centuries-old communities like Punta Gorda.

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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.

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.

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 $288.32 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 $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

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