Batik Cruise to the Caribbean

Join Stitchin' Heaven and friends on a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from quilting experts: Cat Nix, Daniela Stout, & Jerry Stube! Sponsored by Hoffman Fabrics and Timeless Treasures!

April 19 - 26, 2015

Overview

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Overview

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Instructors

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Instructors

Cat Nix

Cat Nix

As far back as she can remember Cat Nix has held needle and thread in hand. "I get such a charge from combining fabrics to create unique, dynamic designs! Absolute Joy fuels my creative expressions." Cat collaborated with Paula Nadelstern to develop the "Puzzle Quilt Block of the Month," which she has taught for several years. "I recognize in Cat a kindred spirit with a love for complex fabric," Paula writes. "She has a true grasp of my design sensibility. She strives to be an artist who uses the vocabulary of quilt making to create a distinctive and deliberate personal response." 

"I have the best job in the world," Cat says of her work with Anthology Fabrics. "I work with the best people and best fabric in the industry!" As Creative Director, Cat works with pattern designers, publishers, educators and shop owners to promote the use of Anthology Fabrics. She also serves as in-house pattern and project designer, working with Anthology's fabric artists to develop new fabric designs that can be used in all facets of quilting. 

Cat resides with her family in Kansas City, Missouri and teaches at Quilter’s Quarters in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Daniela Stout • www.cozyquilt.com

Daniela Stout • www.cozyquilt.com

Daniela is the owner of Cozy Quilt Shop in El Cajon, California. She has published many books and patterns under Cozy Quilt Designs. Her quilt shop called Cozy Quilt Shop opened in 2003.

Soon after they opened there doors, Daniela started to design patterns for a program she called Strip Club. The patterns were based on 2 1/2" strips and a new craze was born along with a crazy new publishing venture. Daniela has now published over 100 patterns, and many books, along with her Strip Tube Ruler and 10" ruler! So much happens at her shop that she is fond of saying.... "Never a dull moment at Cozy!"

Jerry Stube • http://www.quiltersqtrs.com

Jerry Stube • http://www.quiltersqtrs.com

I made my first quilt in 1973 while pregnant with my second daughter. My mother and grandmother both quilted but had not taught me, so I really began from scratch. I wanted a quilt to cover her bassinet, it was awful but it kept her head from rubbing the woven bassinet. My next attempt was a crib quilt for her but I had no one to tell me how large to make it, so I measured the mattress and made it that size. Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam with no room to cover the baby, it just lays flat on the mattress. To say I have learned a lot, is an understatement.

I continued to quilt over the next 23 years while moving around the world with my military husband, holding down a career of my own in hospital administration and rearing my two daughters. In May 1996, I was diagnosed  with gastric cancer; I decided that life was just too short not to do the things we really love best. I changed careers and opened The Quilter's Quarters in November 1996. Within the next 8 months my mother had cancer and my sister died of cancer, so I knew I had made the right decision. I continue to learn and share my love of quilting to everyone with whom I come in contact. My special interest is finding more ways to help in cancer research and assisting local organizations through quilting. We have raised thousands of dollars to this end. 
I couldn't ask for a more supportive family, given all the hours it takes to run a business, and I am proud to say my granddaughter, Rowan, already loves quilts. My mama always said, "Get them young and train them right," and it looks like Rowan will be the next quilt designer in the family.

Jerry owns Quilter's Quarters in Leavenworth, KS where she lives with her newly retired husband, Jack. They have two daughters, Brandy and Shannon and the most beautiful granddaughter in the world, Rowan.

Projects

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Projects

Cat Nix's Breeze

Cat Nix's Breeze

With rich, vibrant hues of turquoise, blue, green and purple, you'll wrap yourself up in fabulous colors of the Caribbean!  Though it looks complex, this throw-size quilt is a "Breeze" to make!  We all love to finish our projects and this one certainly could be "wrapped up" with a bit of extra sewing time. Finished dimensions:  60" x 60". 

Daniela Stout's Daybreak

Daniela Stout's Daybreak

"Daybreak" is an original Cozy Strip Club Pattern Designed for 2½" Strips. We will start every morning on our cruise off right with this cheerful yet sophisticated quilt pattern designed by Georgette Dell'Orco. Our Sail 'n Sew kits will feature bright colors like the sample and we will do a little stitch-and-fold sewing technique (easy and fun) and then watch our fabrics transform into a brightly invitine quilt to welcome any new day! 62 X 78 inches, Throw size. 

Jerry Stube's Tropical Dreams

Jerry Stube's Tropical Dreams

Jerry designed this beautiful batik quilt to be featured in American Patchwork and Quilting. You will love making this amazing design that features the fun lime green background and the yummy jewel print batik fabrics. Jerry's patterns always have fun techniques and they are a blast to make especially with Jerry in the room keeping you in stitches!

Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack 

This kit will have all the fabrics you will need for each of the three projectsOur incredible Sail 'n Sew fabric packs include all of the fabrics for your projects and they are pre-cut so all you need to do is sit down and sew! 

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.  A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. Sail ’n Sew Fabric Packs will be billed approximately 90 days prior to sailing.

Itinerary

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Itinerary

The Ship

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The Ship

Guests of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas® will enjoy a revolutionary marvel of naval engineering. This ship is filled with a rock-climbing wall, a miniature golf course, golf simulators, two Centrums, an ice-skating rink, a basketball court, theme bars and restaurants.

The Navigator of the Seas also features a Boleros latin-themed bar, Casino Royale, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, British-style pub, 4 swimming pools, 6 whirlpools, and of course a day spa and fitness center!

Also onboard, The Royal Promenade, a bustling boulevard four decks high and the length of two football fields, where you'll find charming shops, cafes, colorful street performers, and lively street fairs!

On Board Activities, Entertainment, and Dining

Where to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas®, even on sea days, because of the head-spinning array of activities that run from dawn to dusk and beyond! The ship's entertainment staff offers an intriguing blend of options, and everyone, from the most traditional passenger to the completely contemporary traveler, will enjoy something.

During the day, if you don't want to sew, you'll find plenty of activities, such as bingo, dance lessons, horse racing, art auctions, Mr. Sexy Legs contests, rock-climbing wall competitions, bridge play, art and craft workshops and films in the cinema. Poolside, throughout the day, a live band plays a blend of Caribbean and American songs, and parades take over the Promenade's main thoroughfare.

Nighttime sees a similar variety of entertainment options. The gorgeous La Scala Theater is a state-of-the-art show lounge inspired by the legendary one in Milan, Italy. There is an excellent Broadway-style production show with a cast of 16 singers and dancers, and the ice skating show is not to be missed! Why not try your luck in the Las Vegas-style casino, with slot machines, dice games, and card tables. 

Spa and Fitness:
There is everything under the sun here. You can practice your figure eights in the ice skating rink; go in-line skating on the roller blade track; play basketball, volleyball or paddle ball in the full-length sports court; climb to 200 feet over the sea in the rock-climbing wall (if you've never tried it, no worries -- they give you a lesson before you set off); and practice your golf swings at miniature golf and a golf simulator. The ship also has three pools, six whirlpools and a jogging track (five times around equals a mile). One interesting note: One of the pools and a whirlpool have hydraulic lifts for the disabled. 

The 15,000-plus-square-foot, Steiner-operated Ship Shape Center and Day Spa has 14 massage and treatment rooms; a relaxation area with sea views; full-service beauty salon; oceanview workout area with stereo and TV monitors; 66 Reebok machines including 20 treadmills; free weights; and an aerobics area with wood-suspended floor, mirrored wall, two large-screen TV monitors and wrap-around windows. One of the spa's nicest features is its round hydrotherapy pool.

Dining: 
The onboard dining venues cater to any craving. Going hungry is not an option. To make your mouth water, here are just a small few of the options available onboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas®!

The elegant main dining room offers fantastic food and a supremely attentive wait staff. With world-class décor, heavenly entrees, delectable desserts and dining options to suit a range of vacationing needs, this is fine dining that everyone can enjoy.

Craving good old-fashioned burgers and fries?  Not a problem.  At Johnny Rockets® '50s-style restaurantyou'll find onboard everything you'd expect from the shoreside restaurant - authentic 1950s décor, a menu filled with all-American favorites and, of course, friendly service.  Johnny Rockets is great casual dining that all will enjoy.

Need a quick bite or a late-night snack? The Café Promenade, a casual sidewalk café on the Royal Promenade, features sandwiches, pizza, pastries and popular brands like Seattle's Best Coffee®! Open day and night, it's a great dining option for everything from a quick breakfast to a late-night snack. 

The Windjammer Café is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before hitting the pool or enjoy a casual dinner to top off a day of adventure. Open almost around the clock, it offers great food, spectacular views and an attentive wait staff, all in a casual atmosphere. Choose from a wide variety of food and a seemingly never-ending buffet for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the day. Serving stations offer salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers, meat-carving and hot entrées. And for your sweet tooth, choose from a multitude of cookies, cakes and frozen yogurt.


Pricing

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Pricing

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

Staterooms are as follows:

Interior Stateroom$995*
Unobstructed Ocean View Stateroom$1,095*
Unobstructed Oceanview w/ Balcony Stateroom$1,295*
*Please note that non-sewing guests
will receive a $250 discount.

This Adventure is completely full! Click here to sign up on our waiting list!

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $259.22 are not included.
*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Please call for other occupancy pricing.
*There is a $350 per person deposit due at registration. which
will secure your price and availability.

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, TX.

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 not included in your reservation costs. Royal Caribbean recommends $3.75 per person, per day to the dining room waiter; $5.00 per person, per day to the cabin steward (or $7.25 if you're in a suite); and $2.15 per person, per day to the assistant waiter. Also recommended is $0.75 per person, per day to the headwaiter. Since we are classified as a group on the ship, Stitchin' Heaven Travel is required to pre-pay these gratuities for our entire group.  This is equal to $12 per person per day and will be added to your cruise costs. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.