Batik Cruise to the Caribbean


Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise sponsored by Island Batik! Cruise and learn from quilting experts: Barbara Persing & Mary Hoover, Tammy Silvers, and Sandra Coffey!

January 24 - 31, 2016

Overview

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Overview

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. This ain’t your momma’s steam iron! This professional-grade steam iron features award-winning technology and was designed with quilters in mind. Some of the features included are a pointed detailer tip and flat pressing area, three-way steam, the ability to perform as a dry iron, and an extended auto shut-off. We love this iron and you will too! You can view the full line of Oliso Smart Irons online at www.oliso.com

As usual, we bring you several quilt projects to work on, taught by amazing and talented instructors and designers in the world of quilting: Barbara Persing & Mary Hoover, Tammy Silvers, and Sandra Coffey! This cruise is being sponsored by our friends at Island Batik.

We look forward to our next adventure together with you!

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Instructors

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Instructors

Barbara Persing & Mary Hoover • www.4and6designs.com

Barbara Persing & Mary Hoover • www.4and6designs.com

Barbara Persing and Mary Hoover make up Fourth & Sixth Designs. They are not only sisters, quilt designers, teachers, quilt makers, and authors, but now they are also fabric designers for Island Batiks. They want to live in a world where quilting is not only fun but where every quilter enjoys complete satisfaction with their finished projects and is comfortable with their own level of creativity. They encourage students to use the techniques and tools that work best for them because there is more than one way to get a great result. Barbara and Mary have created a user-friendly line of patterns and have written a book designed to spark creativity but that also provides step-by-step, color instructions.

Born the fourth and sixth children in a close knit family in south Jersey. Their mother taught these Jersey girls garment sewing at the young age of ten. Barbara began quilting in 1983 and in 2000 she left the corporate world to start her long arm quilting business, Quilted Heirlooms. Mary began quilting in 1992, began teaching quilting classes in 1993 and eventually opened a quilt shop in 1999. Despite living 300 miles apart, Barbara and Mary began collaborating shortly after the start of their own businesses. This collaboration quickly became a partnership which has grown into the pattern and design company, Fourth & Sixth Designs. In 2008, C&T Publishing released their first book, StrataVarious Quilts and in 2012 C&T Publishing released, Listen to Your Quilt, written by Barbara to instruct quilts on how to chose the very best quilting.

To see all of their designs and for more information visit, www.4and6designs.com and like us on Facebook, facebook.com/4and6designs.

Tammy Silvers • www.tamarinis.com

Tammy Silvers • www.tamarinis.com

Tammy has been quilting since 1991. She has taught at a variety of quilt shops as well as local county Parks and Recreation facilities, and designs and self-publishes her own quilt patterns under her company Tamarinis. She is no different than most quilters - she enjoys working with almost any fabric! But her favorite (the ones that will make her drool and blow a carefully constructed budget) are batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. Having a background in art and literature, another of her guilty quilty pleasures is finding ways to use “words” in her work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece.

Tammy is a Georgia native and currently lives in Marietta with her husband, children (when they come to visit!), dog, and her favorite fat cat. In 2006, with her former business partner Julia, Outside the Line Designs was started. As a team they designed many quilts that played off of their combined interests and strengths, as well as their mutual love of vibrant fabric. In February of 2013, the partnership of Outside the Line Designs dissolved, but they both continue to quilt and design. Under the label Tamarinis, her designs are regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines, including Quilt, McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting, Stitch, Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting, Quilty, Quilt It...Today, Sew It...Today, and Create and Decorate. Tammy also works with some of the major fabric manufacturers designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines, including Camelot and Fabri-Quilt.

Sandra Coffey

Sandra Coffey

Sandra is one of our most beloved local teachers and is Judy Niemeyer Certified! She joined our Stitchin' Heaven family in 2006, and is now our Block of the Month manager. Sandra started quilting in 1976 and is always open to new techniques and patterns, and loves to share the skills needed to pass on this beautiful tradition. She has made many shop models over the years featuring traditional quilts as well as the latest in the craft. Sandra is also a long-arm quilter. She does beautiful work quilting many of our shop models, several of which, have been featured in magazines!

Projects

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Projects

Barbara & Mary's Sweet n Sour

Barbara & Mary's Sweet n Sour

Making the project in this class will teach you about strata and working with large fabric collections. Our process may have you working outside of your comfort zone, and although that is not easy, it is very rewarding. What you learn will set you on your way to developing your own designs. When you get home you will look at your fabric collection in a whole new way. This technique may be simple but the quilts you will make will be stunning. Finished size is 60” x 75”.

Tammy Silver's Tropical Punch

Tammy Silver's Tropical Punch

When is a color study more than a color study? When you combine beautiful batiks with the oh so versatile pineapple block. Add a bit of pieced border and you have Tropical Punch! One easy paper piecing pattern and easy strip directions make this pattern painless, and lovely at the same time. Finished size is 51" x 59".

Sandra Coffey's Swirling Geese

Sandra Coffey's Swirling Geese

You are sure to love this beautiful quilt with its bright and vibrant batiks. You'll enjoy learning with Sandra as she teaches you to use Judy Niemeyer's foundation paper piecing techniques to get perfect blocks everytime! Finished size is 72" x 72".

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 $350.00 and it includes all three of the projects for this cruise. Individual kits can be purchased for $125.00 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.

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. Click here for the fabric requirements and cutting instructions.

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Ft Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale lies along the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the New River, 25 miles north of Miami. Its warm tropical weather attracts many people throughout the year. For sun-worshippers, the city has six miles of beaches. There are also many recreational waterways with extensive boating facilities, access to every conceivable watersport, a variety of fascinating museums and trendy restaurants, and an array of entertainment venues. People have been flocking to Fort Lauderdale's beaches for decades with good reason. Fort Lauderdale Beach is a two-mile strip of beautiful beach featuring the recently renovated Promenade, which offers all sorts of bars, restaurants and shops.

Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Labadee, Haiti

Only Royal Caribbean can take you to the private beach destination of Labadee. Our private paradise sits on the north coast of Haiti, surrounded by beautiful mountain slopes and exotic foliage. This exclusive destination offers pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery, incredible thrills and spectacular water activities. Regardless of where you go, you'll find yourself embraced by the beautiful landscape. Labadee's native charm, along with its natural beauty, make this a destination not to be missed. It's impossible to choose just one thing that's special about Labadee. The inviting beach, coral reefs and exciting amenities provide a perfect place to relax and have fun.

Day 4

Falmouth, Jamaica

Quaint Falmouth was an economic powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. In today's Falmouth, visitors still enjoy 19th-century Georgian architecture as well as river bamboo raft rides, arts and crafts shopping, flavorful local fare and horse-and-buggy rides. Falmouth is the gateway to the best Jamaica has to offer. Just east of Falmouth is Ocho Rios, known for its spectacular Dunn’s River Falls. Travel west to reach Montego Bay and the beautiful beaches of Negril. Thanks to its central location, Falmouth gives visitors the best tour experiences of the north coast of Jamaica. Visit the spectacular Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios, where you can climb 600 feet up from the base of the falls or retreat to the beach where the rushing water exits into the ocean. At Dolphin Cove you can watch the dolphins at play or walk through the jungle to see friendly birds and iguanas. From dune buggy safaris and river tubing to a horse and buggy tour, you will find many activities to keep you entertained.

Falmouth

Day 5

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 6

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.

Day 7

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 8

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Day

Port

Arrive

Depart

Day 1Fort Lauderdale, Florida 4:30 PM
Day 2Cruising  
Day 3Labadee, Haiti8:00 AM5:00 PM
Day 4Falmouth, Jamaica10:30 AM7:00 PM
Day 5Cruising  
Day 6Cozumel, Mexico8:00 AM7:00 PM
Day 7Cruising  
Day 8Fort Lauderdale, Florida6:15 AM 

The Ship

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The Ship

Allure of the Seas


Winner of the Best Overall Cruise Ship award for two years running, Allure of the Seas is a captivating adventure unlike any other. Explore seven distinct neighborhoods filled with awesome new features – like the first Starbucks® at sea, dance and jive with Broadway hit musical Mamma Mia! and enjoy favorite moments with Shrek, Po the panda, and more friends in the DreamWorks Experience. Spice up your sailing with Mexican-fare favorites atSabor, or with prime cuts straight from the skewer at Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse. And there's still plenty more Oasis-class WOWs to be had, from the classic carousel on the Boardwalk®, to aerial acrobats in the AquaTheaterFlowRider® surf simulators, plus zip line views over Central Park®—a meandering garden lined with shops and fine restaurants. 

Here is a video about the Oasis Class ships and all the amazing things they have to offer.

Pricing

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Pricing

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


Staterooms are as follows:

Interior Stateroom$1,195*
Unobstructed Ocean View Stateroom$1,395*
Unobstructed Oceanview w/ Balcony Stateroom$1,595*

  
  *Please note that non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.
   Port charges, taxes & fees of $345.34 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 Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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.