2021 Quilts Of Valor Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Carolyn Beam, Leigh Headington, and Janet Tanner
January 17 - 24, 2021
Orlando (Port Canaveral) - CocoCay - San Juan - St. Maarten
Royal Caribbean Harmony Of The Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

We are proud to offer this cruise with a 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 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!
  • Premier thread for onboard projects
  • $20 door prize for each quilter 
  • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
  • Classroom support from Stitchin' Heaven Staff
  • Full Size 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 sewing machine!

That's right!  Each quilter will be provided a state-of-the-art 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.

Janet Tanner

Janet Tanner

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. 

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

Janet Tanner - Hollow Star

Janet Tanner - 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 (8 1/2") Pieces are cut ready to sew with the exception of the white fabric that will be cut into strips. Part of your instruction will be how to use the 60 Degree Diamond Ruler with these strips

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

Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida 

The gateway to Central Florida, Port Canaveral provides access to the wonderful theme parks and entertainment complexes of Orlando, the spectacular wonders of the Kennedy Space Center and the natural habitats of the alligator and Florida manatee. Experience the wonders of the Kennedy Space Center with the whole family. See, hear and touch NASA's glorious past, inspiring present and exciting future. Stroll through the Rocket Garden, home of Apollo and Gemini-era rockets, board life-size replicas of the space shuttle Explorer and see spacecraft that have actually orbited the Earth. Explore Cocoa Beach, made famous by "I Dream of Jeannie," just a short drive from Port Canaveral and south of the Kennedy Space Center. You'll be charmed by the unique shops, many parks and 12 miles of beaches.

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Day 2

Perfect Day at CocoCay

This Royal Caribbean private island is a Bahamian paradise. Perfect Day at CocoCay®— is packed with first of their kind thrills and one of a kind ways to chill - only on Royal Caribbean. Features include, Thrill Waterpark, Coco Beach Club, Oasis Lagoon, Captain Jack's, Splashaway Bay, and more -- plus nature walks, beaches and plenty of spots to relax and recharge.

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Day 3

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Behind stone walls, Old San Juan charms with 500 years of history, colorful colonial buildings and streets lined with shops, galleries, and cafes. Experience Puerto Rico's enchanting natural side in the nearby rainforest. When you're in San Juan, don't miss the opportunity to witness the pinnacle of natural beauty by exploring Puerto Rico's El Yunque Rain Forest. It features more than 240 species of trees, hundreds of miniature orchids, and what was once believed to be the Fountain of Youth.

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Day 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

When the Spanish closed their colonial fort on St. Maarten in 1648, a few Dutch and French soldiers hid on the island and decided to share it. Soon after, the Netherlands and France signed a formal agreement to split St. Maarten in half, as it is today. Philipsburg displays its Dutch heritage in its architecture and landscaping. The island offers endless stretches of beach, beautiful landscapes and great shopping. Compete in an actual race on an America's Cup shortened course. Grind a winch, trim a sail or just sit back and enjoy. Professional sailors will give you a quick lesson, then you're off to compete on Stars and Stripes, one of the most famous sailboats in the world. When shopping on Front Street, it's fun to stop in and see Nick Maley, the Yoda Guy.  

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Day 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 8

Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida

Return to Orlando, 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.

Pricing

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Pricing

Staterooms 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 $343.23 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 Orlando (Port Canaveral), FL.

Dress

  • Casual: You’re on vacation – relax! Jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses are all the right amount of laid back. Please keep swimwear to the Pool Deck. Shorts are welcomed for breakfast and lunch.
  • Smart Casual: Think of this as a step up from your typical dinner wear. Dress to impress with collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits. Jackets, sports coats and blazers are snazzy and welcomed. 
  • Formal: There are those on a cruise ship that make it a night out in your best black-tie look – suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns. However, you can also take a more simple approach and just "dress nice" meaning generally what is referred to as church clothes. A simple pair of black pants with a nice blouse would suffice on these evenings. Men can bring a sports jacket or just a nice shirt is acceptable. There will be 2 formal nights on our cruise and the food is really nice on these dinners so you don't want to miss it!

NOTE:  There are times that the Conference Center can be chilly.  Be sure and bring a light sweater just in case you get cold.

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 18 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

**Residents of NY are not covered under this policy

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