Allison started her blog in 2007 as a way to keep record of the things she was making. She also started quilting around that time, so this blog has followed her journey from a brand new quilter, to a quilter that sort of knows what she’s doing. Blogging is one of her loves, but she also writes and publishes quilt patterns, is an author and contributes to quilting books and magazines, and designes fabric sold in quilt shops with Windham Fabrics.
She lives a ferry ride away from Seattle with her husband and four kids. She works as a Dental Hygienist here and there, but mainly she stays home with her family and enjoys quilty stuff. She also loves visiting beaches around their house, anything with sugar, wandering around Target alone, raising bunnies, and long lazy naps (but who doesn’t?).
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 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 use of Anthology Fabrics. 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.
Donna Lynn Thomas 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 Thomas’ have settled in Kansas for good. Donna continues to teach 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 Craftsy as well as several QNN-TV episodes.
Believing that piecing quilts should be a pleasure, not a fight, her focus is on skills mastery and techniques that enable her students to enjoy frustration-free sewing. She presents the essentials of these skills in her Craftsy class, Piece Like a Pro, and her two most recent books Quiltmaking Essentials 1 and 2. Donna is also the designer of the Omnigrip On-Point Ruler™ and its companion ruler, the On-Point Square™, which allow us to produce squares, strips, rectangles, and half-square triangle units that measure neatly on the diagonal without any math. Donna and her husband provide staff assistance to three cats and a sunny golden retriever.
You will love making this fast, fun, and beginner friendly Dixie quilt! Every fabric looks great in this quilt, and you can make this pattern from start to finish in a weekend. Easy piecing and minimal trimming make this a great project for beginners, or anyone who wants a simple, no fuss project to work on. The solid fabrics of each block make this a perfect pattern for busy fabrics you aren't quite sure what to do with, and keep it from being too busy! You will want to make this Dixie quilt over and over again!
The finished size of this project will be 60” x 77”
Simple to construct, the tropical colors and spinning nature of the center blocks reflects the feeling of a balmy breezy day. Thus, the name TradeWinds. The "windy" feel continues through a set of borders (including a pieced border of Pinwheel blocks). This large throw is just the right size for a picnic or an afternoon "curl-up" with your favorite book or movie. “Pirates of the Caribbean” anyone?
The finished size of this project will be 72" x 72"
Let's set sail and have a boatload of fun learning how to make striped squares the easy way! Inspired by the colors of brightly colored jewel stones, the blocks in Gems are made four at a time from 12 sets of solids. Each fabric set includes one dark and one medium solid from the same color family.
What looks like a complex design is actually very simple and based on cutting and working with simple squares. We'll learn how to make triangle squares using Star Singles and then turn them into striped squares. The blocks are of a simple nine-patch construction so it doesn't get much easier than that. Donna's classes are always loaded with tips and skills instruction ensuring success for her students and this one is no exception.
The visual interest of the design comes from setting the blocks straight together and can be altered by arranging your blocks in different ways. We'll go over some of those possibilities in class.
The finished size of this project will be 54 x 64".
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 $430.00 and it includes both 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 choose to bring your own fabric, please bring it precut and ready as we do not allow time for cutting during class. You will find the cutting instructions in each pattern that can be ordered here: Dixie Pattern, Tradewinds, and Patchwork Palette Book (Gems).
A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure.
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.
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
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.
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.
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
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.
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
We return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Experience Harmony of the Seas®— the third of its kind to join the groundbreaking Oasis class of ships. Harmony of the Seas® will feature the cruise line's seven distinct neighborhoods for which Oasis class is known, and will offer the most amazing collection of experiences, amenities and activities at sea. Guests can test their mettle on the ship's three multi-story waterslides all of which twist and turn over Central Park, then let imaginations soar in the Youth Zone—the largest kids' area at sea. Harmony will also feature a new Bionic Bar on the Royal Promenade, first introduced aboard Quantum of the Seas® and featuring robot bartenders. Interior accommodations also will be outfitted with Royal Caribbean's exclusive Virtual Balconies which offer beautiful views in every stateroom. Additionally, guests onboard will enjoy RFID technology with Royal WOWBands that provide them access to their staterooms as well as make onboard purchases and reservations. Like her sisters, Harmony will also feature the fastest internet connection at sea.
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom
*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.
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.
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.
You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
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 are a part of your cruise expense and total $13.50 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 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