Canada and New England Quilting Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven & friends on a 9-night Canada/New England Cruise! Cruise and learn from quilting experts: Chris Hoover, Donna Thomas & Lynn Roddy Brown!

September 24 - October 3, 2015

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

Where to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Royal Caribbean's Liberty 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, rock-climbing wall competitions, bridge play, art and craft workshops and films on the outdoor theatre screen.

Nighttime sees a similar variety of entertainment options. The gorgeous main theatre features Broadway-style entertainment or you can try your luck in the 6,459 sq ft, Las Vegas-style casino, with slot machines, dice games, and card tables.

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: Chris Hoover, Donna Thomas, & Lynn Roddy Brown!

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
  • Optional pre-cut Sail ‘n Sew fabric kits
  • Every quilting guest takes all the classes offered – no choosing classes and being disappointed you did not get the class you wanted
  • 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
  • Osilo Pro Smart Irons™
  • Emailed Group Photo and Contact List
  • Lots and lots of door prizes and other great surprises on every trip!

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

We look forward to our next adventure together with you!

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Instructors

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Instructors

Chris Hoover • www.whirligigdesigns.com

Chris Hoover • www.whirligigdesigns.com

Chris began quilting in 1989 when she made her first sampler quilt. Sewing a block a week quickly turned into sewing a block a day and sampler quilts and scrappy quilts became her all-consuming passion. “Quilting soothes my soul and has kept me sane many times over the years!” Her eclectic style is inspired by everything from color and texture to architecture and nature and she loves to share her passion speaking and teaching classes for quilt shops and guilds since 1999. Her designs have been seen in Quiltmania, Best Fat Quarter Quilts, Best Weekend Quilts and Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. She was a finalist in McCall’s 2012 Design Star competition.
“My designs may look complicated but they are easily broken down into simple elements. I encourage quilters to see beyond the color and fabric in a quilt and to imagine the possibilities of the design – how to make it suit their individual style.” Chris designs under the name Whirligig Designs and you can see more at www.whirligigdesigns.com.

Donna Thomas • www.donnalynnthomas.com

Donna Thomas • www.donnalynnthomas.com

Donna has been sewing since the age of four and passionately quilting since 1975. She began teaching in 1981, and while an Army wife, lived in Germany for four years and thoroughly enjoyed teaching at a German quilt shop and various guilds throughout the country. Long out of the Army, the Thomases have settled in Kansas for good. Donna still teaches nationally. The author of 14 titles with Martingale, one self published book, and one with Kansas City Star, she has also contributed articles on various quilt-related subjects to numerous publications over the years. You can see Donna on a couple of QnnTv episodes in recent years and she is the designer of the Omnigrip On-Point Ruler.

Lynn Roddy Brown • www.donnalynnthomas.com

Lynn Roddy Brown • www.donnalynnthomas.com

Lynn Roddy Brown is a sixth generation Texan who has always loved to sew. She took her first sewing lessons at the age of eight at the local Singer sewing-machine shop. When she was 10, she won the Singer regional dressmaking contest and received a sewing machine as her prize.

There was one beautiful quilt in her home as Lynn was growing up, made by Lynn's great-grandmother as a wedding gift for her parents. This quilt, which now belongs to Lynn, kindled a lifelong interest in quilting. In the early 1970's she began tearing pictures of quilts from magazines and did some patchwork with templates, but it was not until 1989 when she lived in Rochester, New York, that she began to quilt seriously.

For the past fifteen years, Lynn has been a member of a bee that trades blocks for scrap quilts. She loves scrap quilts because they give her the opportunity to use many different fabrics. She has had three of her quilts hung in the IQA juried show in Houston, two of which were scrap quilts.

Lynn currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, an economics professor at Rice University. She and her husband have also lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. They have three mostly grown children (Kim, Wes, and Nancy) and two cherished grandchildren (Lillian and Eli). Lynn has been a seventh-grade science teacher and computer programmer. She received a kidney transplant in January of 2002, for which she is truly grateful.

Projects

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Projects

Chris Hoover's Pandora

Chris Hoover's Pandora

57" x 68"

This gorgeous design by Chris uses just one block in many variations to give this luxurious feel. Set on-point these blocks really come together to give a calming, tonal feel that will have you ready to snuggle.

Donna Thomas's Shimmering Leaves

Donna Thomas's Shimmering Leaves

60" x 76"

Make a luscious fall lap quilt full of colorful leaves while we see the real thing on our cruise. This stash-busting quilt is fun and easy to make, all while learning all kinds of new skills, tricks and tips you never knew you needed to know! Each of the 24 leaves is one of a kind in color. Go home with a wonderful keepsake reminiscent of this glorious cruise!

Lynn Roddy Brown's Endless Possibilities

Lynn Roddy Brown's Endless Possibilities

54" x 78"

A delightfully scrappy quilt made using a wide assortment of 3" half-square triangle units. The 54" x 78" size is great for naps.

I want this class to be a fun, no pressure day of sewing. I will cover scrap quilt theory, designing on a wall and my method for the precise piecing of half-square triangle units. Tips will be given for alternate settings, pieced borders, machine quilting and bindings.

Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack:

Our 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 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

The Ship

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The Ship

Say hello to one of the world's biggest and most imaginative maritime marvels - Liberty of the Seas®. This second addition to Royal Caribbean's Freedom class of ships comes fully loaded with an unlimited supply of onboard adventure.

The newly renovated Liberty of the Seas® is packed with all the phenomenal onboard experiences you'd expect from our innovative Freedom class of ships, plus new offerings to stir your imagination. Share a high five with Shrek as part of The DreamWorks® Experience. Put on your boogie shoes for hit Broadway musical Saturday Night Fever. Catch a first-run movie in the 3D theater or poolside under the stars on the outdoor movie screen. And finish the evening with a selection of reds or whites at the renovated, now-more-intimate Vintages wine bar.

Plus, enjoy all the revolutionary features Liberty of the Seas has always been known for – like the FlowRider® surf simulator, rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, Royal Promenade, cantilevered whirlpools, mini golf course, and much more.

Canada and New England Quilting Cruise
 

On Board Activities, Entertainment, and Dining

Rest & Relaxation

  • VitalitySM Spa with extensive treatment menu including medi-spa treatments and acupuncture
  • 4 pools including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat*
  • 6 whirlpools, two of them cantilevered whirlpools overlooking the ocean
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Center, with classes like yoga and tai chi
  • Library and Card Room

Action & Adventure

  • FlowRider® surf simulator
  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Ice-skating rink
  • Mini-golf course
  • Full-sized basketball court
  • Full-sized boxing ring

Dining

  • Main Dining Room with complimentary, multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • More complimentary options including Windjammer Café, Jade Sushi and Asian-fusion cuisine, Sorrento's Pizza, Café Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks, and room service*
  • NEW! The Cupcake Cupboard, a vintage-style gourmet bakery with 30 types of cupcakes*
  • Casual dining and snacks at Johnny Rockets and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream*
  • Specialty restaurants Chops Grille steakhouse and Portofino Italian restaurant, where for one low cover charge you can choose any items off the menu from appetizer to dessert*

*Late night service charge applies to room service orders between midnight and 5:00 a.m. Additional charges apply for specialty dining venues. Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soda are charged separately and are offered at current bar menu prices.

Kids And Families

  • DreamWorks® Experience - memorable moments including parades, meet & greets and character dining with favorite characters from Shrek®, Madagascar®, and Kung Fu Panda®
  • Complimentary Adventure Ocean® Youth Program 
  • New! Royal Babies & TotsSM Nursery
  • Royal Babies® and Royal Tots® program
  • Teen lounge areas and disco
  • H2O Zone kids’ water park
  • New! 3D movie theater
  • New! Outdoor poolside movie screen
  • Family-friendly activities including games, contests, enrichment classes and lectures

Entertainment & Shopping

  • New! Complimentary Broadway hit Saturday Night Fever: The Musical in the Main Theater
  • Complimentary Ice-skating shows in Studio B
  • 10,258 square foot Vegas-style Casino Royale® with 304 slots and 18 tables
  • 22 bars, clubs, and lounges that never have a cover, including Boleros Latin-themed lounge and Hoof & Claw English Pub
  • New! Enhanced, more-intimate Vintages wine bar
  • Variety of name-brand, duty-free shopping on the Royal Promenade including jewelry, perfumes, apparel and shopping for teens and kids

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$1,290*
Unobstructed Ocean View Stateroom$1,490*
Unobstructed Oceanview w/ Balcony Stateroom$1,690*
*Please note that non-sewing guests
will receive a $250 discount.

 

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $406.88 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 Cape Liberty, NJ.

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.