Batik Cruise to the Caribbean

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Kim Brunner, Cat Nix, & Annette Ornelas!

March 5 - 12, 2017

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!

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!

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Instructors

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Instructors

Kim Brunner www.kimmyquilt.com

Kim Brunner www.kimmyquilt.com

While growing up, most of Kim Brunner’s school vacations were spent at her grandparents' farm where her grandmother, who had the patience of a saint with a little girl and her clumsy fingers, taught Kim to do all kinds of handwork (probably in a desperate attempt to keep her from going out to terrorize the chickens!). Kim’s love of quilting, and her desire to grow up to be just like Grandma, has led her to an amazing and rewarding career as a professional quilter. And, as if that weren't enough fun, quilting has led her to teaching which is exactly where she believes she belongs

Kim says “I love that my job allows me to spend my life in pursuit of creative pleasures. Stitching new quilting designs, developing new techniques and tools, cutting up perfectly good fabric into little bitty pieces and then sewing it all back together again to make quilts and above all, teaching new quilters to believe in themselves and their abilities is my idea of a wonderful life and I am so grateful to Grandma for setting my feet on this path. Who would have thought that being a grown-up would be so much fun? I get to teach quilting stuff to happy and creative people!”

Kim’s work has been published in numerous books, magazines and calendars and, twice honored with the title of Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year, she is an Ambassador for the Handi Quilter company and travels extensively to teach at national and international quilting festivals and shows.

Cat Nix www.catnixdesigns.com

Cat Nix www.catnixdesigns.com

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.   A self proclaimed "fabri-holic", she proudly states, “I work with the best people and best fabric in the industry!” As Creative Director, Cat works with pattern designers, publishers, educators, business owners and shop owners to promote the "Artistry of Batiks" and use of Anthology Fabrics Batiks. She also serves as in-house pattern and project designer, working with Anthology Fabrics artisans in Indonesia to develop new fabric designs that can be used in all facets of quilting and sewing. 

Cat resides with her family in Kansas City, Missouri.  She always enjoys hangin' out with her son, stitch-time with her sister, nieces & nephew, and spoiling her pets. Cat teaches and lectures locally and beyond the metropolitan Kansas City area.  

Annette Ornelas www.southwindquilts.com

Annette Ornelas www.southwindquilts.com

Southwind Designs, which began in 2000, was developed to offer students unique quilting patterns that were easy, fun and could be done by any level of quilter. Owner Annette Ornelas wanted to teach quilting in

a way that would put her students at ease in a relaxed atmosphere and provide a new spin on traditional patterns and quilts.

Since then, Annette has produced over eighty patterns and two books one of which, Peeled-Back Patchwork: Curves without Piecing, was published through AQS in 2004. Here current book: Curves without
Piecing is an AQS booklet published as part of their I love to Quilt Series. Annette also developed the Dimensional Curves technique to simplify the process of piecing curved quiltblock shapes for her students.

Southwind Designs features original designs and patterns by Annette Ornelas, a German-born quilt artist, teacher and designer. Annette lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with her husband and their three dogs. Annette conducts workshops and lectures throughout the United States. Her unique approach to quilting has led her to design numerous Dimensional Curved piecing patterns and books. Annette also enjoys making and teaching her unique free-form Textured Landscapes designs.

Projects

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Projects

The Mayan Ruins of Cozumel

The Mayan Ruins of Cozumel

Mayan Ruins Of Cozumel is a beautiful batik quilt designed by Deb for our Quilters of the Caribbean program. Inspired by the beauty of the Mayan ruins of Cozumel, this gorgeous quilt will be cherished for generations to come.

The finished size measures 60" x 75".  Pattern required if you plan to bring your own fabric. You can purchase the Mayan Ruins of Cozumel pattern here.

Indian Summer

Indian Summer

Cat Nix's "Indian Summer" is a perfect marriage of fabric and design! This simply-constructed quilt calls to mind the richness of colors in the late summer. The juxtaposition of color and design brings this quilt to life! 

The finished size measures 62" X 75". Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kit for this project will be similar but not exact. Pattern required if you plan to bring your own fabric.You can purchase the Indian Summer pattern here.

Dance of the Dragonflies

Dance of the Dragonflies

Dimensional curved piecing, or peeled-back patchwork, is fast and easy. You can get amazing results – the blocks look complex yet are easy to piece.  Dance of the Dragonflies features a ring of dragonflies made with the dimensional curved piecing technique. You will not believe the metamorphosis of these dragonflies. 

The quilt measures 51" x 51". Pattern required if you plan to bring your own fabric. You can purchase the Dance of the Dragonflies pattern here.

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. 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.

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: Mayan Ruins of Cozumel patternIndian Summer patternDance of the Dragonflies pattern. We will not have patterns for purchase on board for the classes. Click here for the fabric requirements and cutting instructions.

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

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Fort 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. And 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

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.

Day 4

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 5

Falmouth, Jamaica

If you don’t know Falmouth, it’s time you discover one of Jamaica’s most unique destinations. Ride horseback through Caribbean waters along a white-sand beach in Ocho Rios and climb the invigorating Dunn’s River Falls. Explore the mesmerizing Green Grotto Caves or drift down the emerald waters of the Martha Brae River on a bamboo gondola. Immerse yourself in vibrant culture as you tour the Good Hope Great House plantation and unwind on an award-winning beach in Montego. There are countless directions your vacation can take you. But in Falmouth, all roads lead to adventure.

Day 6

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 7

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 8

Port Canaveral, Florida

We return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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.

Pricing

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Pricing

Staterooms are as follows

Room Type

Price

Interior Stateroom

$1,299.00*

Oceanview Stateroom

$1,499.00*

Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom

$1,699.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $342.58 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 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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 $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.

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