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Alaska Quilting Adventure

Join Stitchin' Heaven and friends on a 7-night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise! Cruise and learn from quilting experts: Carol Doak, Karin Hellaby, and Lucy Sessions.

August 19 - 26, 2016


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Dear Friends,

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. 

• "The Batik 2015 trip exceeded my expectations and I would definitely consider another cruise, possibly within the next two years with Stitchin' Heaven Travel! I will also want to invite a few friends to enjoy the experience with again."

• "This was my first cruise and obviously first quilt cruise, now I can't imagine doing a cruise without quilting! I loved it!"

• "If you want a fun cruise, check out Stitchin' Heaven! They are organized, think of everything, and bring in great teachers. And provide laser cut kits so we are ready to sew."

How can all this get any better? Here's how!

  •    • Stitchin‘ Heaven Travel communication updates
  •    • A Welcome Aboard Party
  •    • A Stitchin’ Heaven Travel souvenir tote bag
  •    • T-Shirt for each quilter specific to our cruise
  •    • A gift for each quilter
  •    • 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 for each student
  •    • Free spool of Aurifil thread
  •    • One free charm per trip, charm holder sold separately
  •    • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
  •    • Plenty of classroom support
  •    • Oliso Pro Smart Irons™
  •    • Emailed Contact List

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, a quarter inch foot, and an open toe 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!

During our sewing classes, we will be using spools of Aurifil™ thread. Each cruiser will be provided a free spool of 50wt. thread. Aurifil™ thread is perfectly suited for every quilt project. Learn more about this wonderful thread at www.aurifil.com.

Also during our sewing classes, we will only be using Oliso® Pro Steam Irons. We love this iron and you will too! Learn more about Oliso Smart Irons online at www.oliso.com

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.

As usual, we bring you several quilt projects to work on, taught by amazing and talented instructors and designers in the world of quilting: Carol Doak, Karin Hellaby, and Lucy Sessions.

We look forward to our next adventure together with you!

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Carol Doak http://www.caroldoak.com/

Carol Doak http://www.caroldoak.com/

Carol's lighthearted approach and ability to teach have earned her high marks and positive comments from workshop participants worldwide and at national shows such as the Houston International Quilt Festival and the American Quilter's Society Show. If you have ever taken a class from Carol, you know that her enthusiasm for quiltmaking is infectious. Carol has a gift of sharing her inspiring ideas with her students in such a positive and unique way. Carol has traveled to teach extensively through the United States including Alaska and Hawaii and as far away as England and Australia.

In April 1999, Carol was awarded the 8th Honors Award from the Eastcoast Quilters Alliance in recognition of her outstanding influence in the field of quilting. In September 1999, her book, Easy Machine Paper Piecing, was named by Quilter's Newsletter Magazine as one of the 30 most influential books in the past 30 years. She was also nominated as one of 24 All-American Quilters in 2004 and 2005 Professional Quilter of the year.

In 2008, Carol Doak was Awarded Favorite Paper Piecing Teacher, by the Quilter's Newsletter Reader`s Choice Awards.
Carol's history in the quiltmaking is nothing short of remarkable, and the future of quiltmaking will benefit from her generous knowledge, enthusiasm, and most of all from her love of quilts.

Karin Hellaby www.karinhellaby.com

Karin Hellaby www.karinhellaby.com

Karin Hellaby was born in the north-east of England to Norwegian parents. She studied for a Home Economics degree in Education from the University of Wales. She now lives in Suffolk, UK and is the owner of one of the UK’s leading quilt shops – Quilters Haven. In 1998 Karin won the Michael Kile Award for International Retailer of the Year, awarded by the Houston Quilt Market/Festival organizers.

Karin loves traveling, and has enjoyed teaching at International Quilt Markets and Festivals in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, and the United Arab Emirates. She has taught many times at the largest outdoor quilt show in the world, an annual event in Sisters, Oregon where one year she had a solo display of her quilts.

Karin’s first four wonderful resource books bring quilt making into the 21st century offering students multi- techniques within new designs. Karin’s workshops illustrate her philosophy well – several types of patchwork taught and sewn in one class and then stitched into an original pattern design, very achievable and lots of fun!

Lucy Sessions

Lucy Sessions

Lucy Sessions is a talented quilter and a teacher. For her, it’s all about sharing the knowledge, from focusing on quilting basics to utilizing her knack for deciphering the most complex patterns. Her enthusiasm for teaching combined with her natural wit and her extensive knowledge of quilting techniques make her a hit in any classroom. 

For the past eight years, Lucy has taught a large variety of classes at Stitchin’ Heaven in Mineola, Texas. She hosts two retreats per year and is a hostess on cruises for Stitchin’ Heaven. Lucy’s teaching experience includes everything from beginning sewing to advanced tailoring. She has always had in-home sewing business including draperies, tailoring and custom clothing.

In 1990, Lucy enrolled in an all-night quilting class leaving the next morning with a completed quilt top and a new passion. During the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Lucy’s quilt “Bird of Paradise” was presented to the flag bearer from St. Kitts. In 1997, Lucy was commissioned by Georgia’s Bibb County School Board to design and make a quilt. The finished quilt measured 18’ by 6’ and hangs in school board meeting room.

In 2009, Lucy’s husband bought her a long-arm quilting machine…and so began another career. Lucy now manages the Stitchin’ Heaven Long-arm department. Lucy and her husband, Dennis, currently live in Quitman, Texas. They have five children and 13 grandchildren.


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Carol Doak Mystery of the Klondike Gold Rush

Carol Doak Mystery of the Klondike Gold Rush

In August of 2016, we will discover gold on the Explorer of the Seas with Carol Doak. With the unearthing of our precious fabric, she will ignite the largest of all the gold rushes that will occur in 2016. The last great gold rush in American history was the Klondike Gold rush of 1898 and 100,000 rugged souls were irresistibly drawn to seek their fortune. In 2016, 75 eager quilters will be likewise drawn to seek the solution to another treasure from Carol Doak. Join us to make history, become a prospector and find your fortune.

Finished Size: Finished size for this project will be 54" x 54".

Karin Hellaby  Wilderness Storm

Karin Hellaby Wilderness Storm

Wow! Just look at how this quilt moves! and you can fast stitch this quilt in no time using Karin’s wonderful fast geese techniques.Scrappy white and cream fabrics have been used to create this swirly snowstorm on a dark night but you can change the theme with your own fabric colour choice. Think of leaves blowing around on a blustery day or a whirling sandstorm! You will be shown at least two of the 25 different geese techniques from Karin's Fast Flying Geese Quilts. Karin will also demonstrate her speed cutting techniques and suggest ideas for quilting and embellishment.

Finished Size: Finished size for this project will be 34" x 46".

Lucy Sessions Ice Castles

Lucy Sessions Ice Castles

Ice Castles is another Deb Luttrell original that was featured in McCall's magazine. This design takes a classic star block and pairs it with striking fabrics to achieve a quilt that really shines. Blue batiks sparkle against a frosty background, leaving this crisp blue and white quilt lookinggreast throughout the season. Lucy will give you all kinds of tips and tricks on how to use the Tri-Recs Tools to achieve a result that should be difficult in an easy way.

Finished Size: Finished size for this project will be 93 1/2" x 102. 1/2".

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 $400.00 and it includes all three of the projects for this cruise. Individual kits can be purchased per project. 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.

Want to cut your fabric yourself? We do have an option where we will send you all the fabrics and the patterns for all three of the projects. The price for this is $350.00 and we will mail it to you at least 60 days before the cruise. You can then cut your fabric and bring it and your patterns with you.

If you do not wish to purchase a Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack, remember to pack your own fabrics. We will not have fabrics available for purchase aboard the ship.  You will need to bring your fabric pre-cut and ready for class. You must also bring your pattern or book. These can be purchased here. We will not have patterns for purchase on board for the classes. Click here for the fabric requirements and cutting instructions.  Click here for the Ice Castles Templates.

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


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Day 1

Seattle, Washington


We begin our eight-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.

Day 2


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Cruising (Alaska's Inside Passage)


On our next cruising day, we will be in the beautiful Alaska Inside Passage.  The highlight of any cruise through the Inside Passage has to be Hubbard Glacier. It is one of the most active glaciers in the area and a great place to experience the majesty of a glacier up close. Sheets of ice separate themselves from the ice field in a process known as "galloping." When the ice finally crashes into the sea, you can hear a loud cracking sound, similar to a starter pistol. This process is known as "calving," and the sound echoes for miles.

Juneau, Alaska


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.

Day 4

Skagway, Alaska


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.

Day 5

Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center! 

We will then visit breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska. Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings. You will have ample time to admire the landscape and perhaps catch sight of a few native animals as you cruise through this port.

Day 6


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Victoria, British Columbia


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.

Day 8

Seattle, Washington


Finally, our journey comes to an end back in Seattle, Washington where it all began.

To get a more in-depth look at all our ports check out the Port Explorer Guide.






Day 1Seattle, Washington 4:00 PM
Day 2Cruising  
Day 3Alaska Inside Passage  
Day 3Juneau, Alaska12:00 PM9:00 PM
Day 4Skagway, Alaska7:00 AM8:30 PM
Day 5Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska7:00 AM12:00 PM
Day 6Cruising  
Day 7Victoria, British Columbia, Canada9:00 AM6:00 PM
Day 8Seattle, Washington7:00 AM 

The Ship

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The Ship

Explorer of the Seas


Is it adventure you seek, or a restful retreat from life on land? Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas® is home to an array of innovations that give you whatever type of vacation you desire. Climb a rock wall that overlooks the sea, or find your adventure on the basketball court, ice-skating rink or mini-golf course. If it's zen you seek, achieve it poolside or at the relaxing Vitality Spa. Liven up your nights on the Royal Promenade, with parades, dancing, and duty-free shopping deals. And bring along some friends with spacious public areas, enhanced staterooms, and a spectacular three-story dining room, this ship has room for your whole crew. The ship also has new innovative features at sea such as the FlowRider surf simulator, 3-D movie theater, all new staterooms including new virtual balconies, and new dining experiences.

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


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Cruise prices include the Royal Caribbean Cruise, stateroom, fine dining, exciting on-board entertainment, all quilting classes, group activities and parties. 

Stateroom's are as follows:

Interior Stateroom$1,199*
Unobstructed Ocean View Stateroom$1,599*
Unobstructed Oceanview w/ Balcony Stateroom$1,999*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
  Port charges, taxes & fees of $395.07 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 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

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 and from the ship in Seattle, WA.


During theday,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 suitsandties, while woman usuallywear cocktail dresses.


Gratuities are a part of your cruise expense and total $12 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.


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