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2022 Fiesta Quilting Cruise

Quilting and cruising are better than ever so join Stitchin' Heaven on this 11-night Mexico Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: Jackie Kunkel and Michelle Hiatt
November 28 - December 9, 2022
Los Angeles - Cabo San Lucas - Mazatlan - Puerto Vallarta - Catalina Island - Ensenada
Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Ship


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Dear Friends,

I do love to offer cruises themed to quilts made from batik fabric that are taught by teachers who are knowledgeable of quilting with batik fabrics. I am delighted to offer two incredible teachers for our 2022 Mexico Fiesta Quilting Cruise. Both teachers have traveled with us before so you may know them from our cruises or perhaps you know they from fabric they design or patterns and books they write. They are both amazing women, teachers, quilt designers, and friends.

During this trip not only will we get to know more about the techniques used in making and designing these projects, but we will also enjoy the excitement of Mexico. What a treat! We will be on the Navigator of the Seas with a conference center to sew in! I sincerely hope you can join us on the educational and enjoyable cruise.

- Deb Luttrell, Owner - Stitchin' Heaven 

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. See reviews from our happy travelers here.

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

      • Pre-cruise communication from Stitchin‘ Heaven Travel
      • SHAG Bag (Stitchin' Heaven Amazing Gifts) valued at over $100 including an exclusive cruise shirt
      • Your own dedicated sewing space for the duration of the cruise
      • Optional pre-cut Sail ‘n Sew fabric kits
      • Every quilting guest can take all the classes offered
      • The classroom is open 24/7 for plenty of free time sewing!
      • Premier thread provided for onboard projects
      • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
      • Classroom support from Stitchin' Heaven Staff
      • Full-size irons and ironing stations will be available in each classroom
      • Post cruise guest contact list and group photo will be provided
      • A BONUS Grab' n Go project for our Fun Times Day at Sea
      • Prizes, surprises, and a boatload of fun! 

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a Bernina Series sewing machine!

That's right!  Each quilter will be provided a state-of-the-art BERNINA machine equipped with the extended table and a quarter inch foot.  There's no need to bring your sewing machine all the way from home. 

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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Jackie Kunkel

Jackie Kunkel

Jackie grew up in Northern New Jersey, and as a 6th grader, she learned to love sewing garments in Home Economics. She graduated college and moved to Connecticut, where she married her husband, Rod. She worked a "normal" job. In 1993, that changed. After finishing her Master's Degree, Jackie was working and pregnant with their first child. At that time, she decided to pick up a sewing machine and began to sew baby clothes for their new baby. At her husband's encouragement, Jackie took a quilting class. She took a second class, and Jackie was in love with quilting!  

 In 2000, she started a Long Arm Quilting business, Canton Village Quilt Works. In 2007, Jackie began a quilt blog. In her 9th year of business, she opened an online quilt shop. Shortly after that, designing quilts for magazines and fabric companies became a joy for her. Loving paper piecing, she became a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor and began to travel throughout the country teaching, lecturing, and showing quilts. Now she is also a Craftsy.com teacher. Jackie also released her book, Splash Of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black & White Quilts. She also has her pattern line and, in fall 2016, she launched her fabric line and coordinating patterns with Island Batik. Getting to teach, design, and run her quilt shop is Jackie's passion. Visit her website to see what she is up to in the quilting world.

Michelle Hiatt

Michelle Hiatt

Michelle Renee Hiatt is an award-winning Quilter, Designer and National Instructor. Michelle has been sewing since before she can remember, and fell in love with quilting over 20 years ago.

She is a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. She teaches throughout the United States at National Quilt Shows and Retreats and is knows for her humor, enthusiasm and encouragement!

Michelle is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go and her designs have appeared in several international Quilting Magazines. Additionally, she is a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design and many of her patterns have been published in their Modern 180 pattern line.


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Cactus In Bloom

Cactus In Bloom

Cactus in Bloom is a fantastic foundation paper piecing project for beginners. One of the most sought out quilting techniques, paper piecing helps you achieve more accurate and intricate quilt block patterns. It's simply amazing the way these blocks come out perfect every time! In this class, Jackie will walk you through all the steps in an efficient and methodical way. You will have all the tools and knowledge that you will need to create a beautiful quilt.

If you choose not to purchase the Sail 'n Sew kit but would like to participate in this class, you can purchase the pattern and foundation paper separately. 

Finished Size: 74.5” x 74.5”

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. 

You can purchase your Sail N Sew kit when registering for the cruise.

If you do not purchase the Sail 'n Sew you will need to purchase the pattern here: Cactus In Bloom Pattern

Click here to order Carol Doak's Foundation Paper.

Majesty Lemoyne

Majesty Lemoyne

Featuring Michelle’s Majesty Lemoyne Star! Michelle alternated this fabulous Majesty Lemoyne with the first block she remembers her Grandmother teaching her to make, the Log Cabin Block. The combination radiates stateliness, especially with the Empire Border!

Remember Michelle’s philosophy; the more fabrics in the quilt the better! This quilt is extremely versatile, since the entire quilt is made with strips and is strip pieced! No Y Seams! It will come together easily with Studio 180 Design’s Rapid-Fire Lemoyne Star™ and Tucker Trimmer III™ Tools.

Finished Size: 66” x 66”

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. 

You can purchase your Sail N Sew kit when registering for the cruise.

If you do not purchase the Sail 'n Sew you will need to purchase the pattern here: Majesty Lemoyne Pattern

Studio 180 Design’s Rapid-Fire Lemoyne Star™ and Tucker Trimmer III™ Tools are required for this class.

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 $325.00 and it includes precut fabric for the quilt top for both projects including the borders, binding and pattern.  

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.

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. You can purchase the patterns here: Cactus In Bloom and Majesty Lemoyne

Note: A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure.We will not have a store onboard. Please bring all supplies you will need according to the supply list. We suggest you bring an extra project if you feel like you will finish the class projects and need extra sewing.


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Day 1

Los Angeles, California

Known as the City of Angels, Los Angeles could more accurately be dubbed the City of Endless Adventures. This West Coast capital has something for every kind of traveler — interesting history, a mind-blowing food scene, beautiful landscapes, and a unique mix of glitz, glamour and metropolitan grit. You’ll find it all here — sprawling mansions in star-studded neighborhoods like Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Calabasas, hanging red lanterns and sculpted dragons in Chinatown, traditional Mexican shopping stalls selling handmade crafts along Olvera Street — the list goes on and on. If you’re a film buff, wander down Sunset Boulevard and keep your eyes on the ground — the sidewalk is covered in stars dedicated to famous actors, actresses and celebrities. Head to the Santa Monica Pier for a sun-soaked beach day and a ride on the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel. Even if you only have a single day to spare ahead of your cruise from Los Angeles, it’s worth setting aside some time to get to know the best of LA.

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8:30AM - We will provide a demonstration of the BERNINA sewing machine. If you would like a lesson on the features of this machine, we encourage you to attend. 

9:00AM - The fun begins with classes in the Conference Center.

Day 3

Cabo San Lucus, Mexico

As Baja California's most electrifying destination and a playground for the rich and famous, Cabo San Lucas delivers a dreamy set of tropical wonders. Unspoiled shores like Lover's Beach paint the town in brushes of turquoise and white. Fertile ocean waters supply the seafood for fish tacos with adobo sauce. Cruise to Cabo San Lucas and head to Desert Park Natural Reserve to behold expansive cream-colored desert scenery. See soaring natural rock formations plunge into the Sea of Cortez at Land's End, only reachable by boat — the spot is also known for throwing the best beachside parties. Stride along a happy crowd while sipping on a margarita, taking in the impressive views and doing a little dancing while you're at it.

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Day 4

Mazatlan, Mexico

Cradled by mountains and lapped by the cerulean waters of the Pacific, Mazatlán is one of the most interesting resort towns on Mexico’s wild western coast. If you’re planning a cruise to Mazatlán, you’re in for a real treat. You’ll find it all here — stately plazas and shaded streets lined with restored landmarks in the city’s Centro Historico. Beautiful white-sand beaches dotted with lively cafes, bars and plenty of space to sunbathe. And endless ways to dive into the region’s unique history, which is filled with Spanish conquistadors, buccaneer battles, and Gold Rush-era prospectors.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta — or simply Vallarta, as the locals call it — is a romantic's dream, with its cobblestone lanes, beachfront eateries and an old city center filled to the brim with charming boutiques. Jump onboard a Puerto Vallarta cruise and head to the shimmering waters of Yelapa beach for a dream-like escapade, or pop into Cafe des Artistes for a romantic meal in a candlelit garden. Then check out the landmark Los Arcos, a set of Roman-style arches by the waterfront, for a perfect photo of Vallarta's official symbol. For a break from the city life, head to Jardin Botanico Vallarta and enjoy the delightful scents of orchids and bromeliads and the refreshing waters of a boulder-filled river.

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9:00AM - The fun continues with classes in the Conference Center.

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9:00 - Our Fun Times Day begins in the conference center. We will work on our cruise projects as well as a free BONUS project. Today will be packed with demos, tips, and tricks from our instructors. Don't miss it!

Free time sewing in the conference room. Sew as much or as little as you want!

Day 8

Los Angeles, California

Return to Los Angeles, California to prepare for the next half of our trip!

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Free time sewing in the conference room. Sew as much or as little as you want!

Day 10

Catalina Island, California

Located off the coast of California, Catalina Island is a little paradise, perfect for a day of unwinding and exploring. Everything is within walking distance, so have fun with the family exploring the town of Avalon or grab your hiking shoes and hit the trails. If you're looking to relax by the seaside, head to Descanso Beach Club, which is considered the nicest beach on the island, or set sail on a catamaran to circle the island and take it all in.

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Ensenada, Mexico

As you prepare for your trip to Ensenada, Mexico, you may wonder what awaits you in addition to the golden, palm fringed shores of Estero and Mona Lisa beaches. Ensenada offers a bevy of activities and experiences, whether you hike to the towering waterfall of El Salto canyon, or take to the sea on a whale watching boat. Ensenada is also one of the premier culinary hubs of Baja California, whether you crave tacos made with fresh-caught local fish, or pan-Mexican favorites such as torta sandwiches.

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Day 12

Los Angeles, California

Return to Los Angeles, California.

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The Ship

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The Ship

Navigator Of The Seas

The newly amped Navigator of the Seas® delivers a maxed out adventure in just a few short days. Take on record breaking thrills, like the longest waterslide at sea. Soak up bigger, bolder, splashier pool days. Swap going out for going all out with next level nightlife and new dining for every craving. This is your short vacay, turned way, way up. Only on Royal Caribbean®

Conference Room Setup:

Our Conference Center is amazing! Over 4000 square feet of space for tables (2 people to a table), our ironing stations, and demo area. You will love being just a few steps away from free coffee, tea, and cookies located in the Promenade. Our room is open 24/7 so you can sew at 2:00 in the morning if you want!

Note: A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure.We will not have a store onboard. Please bring all supplies you will need according to the supply list. We suggest you bring an extra project if you feel like you will finish the class projects and need extra sewing.


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Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,599.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,799.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,999.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.  

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $533.66  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.  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


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

There are so many options for travel to the port that we feel it is best for you to make your own travel arrangements to the port. 


You can see what the cruise line suggests for dress code while on the ship here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com...


Gratuities are a part of your cruise expense. This fee covers everyone who serves you while you are onboard including all onboard staff, dining staff, and your cabin steward. Stitchin' Heaven Travel will pay these gratuities for our entire group prior to sailing.  Therefore, you will be charged for them at the time of final payment. Please be aware that an additional gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs. We encourage you to add additional tip for superior service.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included, but is available for your protection from Royal Caribbean in the form of their Travel Protection Program. The cost varies by room type and cruise 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 are due in full when you choose to add it to your reservation

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

The cruise ship companies have worked diligently with the CDC and government officials in order to continue cruising from the US. Our commitment is to provide an enjoyable event with the utmost safety to our guests. Ship protocols will need to be observed at all times and are subject to change at Royal Caribbean’s discretion. These protocols are changing quickly so please check the Royal Caribbean website for the most current information. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate through these uncertain waters.


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