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Civil War Quilting Voyage

Civil War Quilting Voyage

April 22 - 29, 2018

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from quilting experts: Pam Buda, Julie Hendricksen, & Carol Hopkins!

Dear Friends,

Every year since we have been offering cruises we have offered one themed to quilts made from Civil War reproduction fabric taught by teachers that are knowledgeable of the Civil War era as it pertains to quilting. I am delighted to offer three incredible teachers for our 2018 Voyage who have not traveled with us before. Each of these instructors has written several books and produce patterns that are inspired by the Civil War stories and events. Join us for this 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!

  • 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!



Pam Buda

Pam Buda

If it is true what they say..."Do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life", then i go to play, not to work. Early in my career, i designed and patterend original soft cloth dolls, but now i devoted my trime to designing quilts and quilt fabric for Marcus Brothers. I started me company, Heartspun Quilts in 2004, featuring traditional blocks and quils. I have patterns for quilts large and small, with some using pre-cuts, as well as Block of the Month programs.

I joined the Marcus Brothers Fabrics family as a licensed designer in 2010, and have been designing fabric for them ever since. I'm presently working on new quilt patterns, fabric lines and writing my forst book for Martinglae Publishing company. I thoroughly enjoy traveling, giving lectures and workshops to guilds, quilt shops, and on quilting cruises all over the United States.

Julie Hendricksen

Julie Hendricksen

Julie lives in De Forest, Wisconsin. She is the owner of JJ Stitches in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and it's no surprise that her shop specializes in reproduction fabrics. She has been collecting antique quilts for over 30 years and at last count, owned more than 200 of them. Her antique quilts are the inspiration for the fabric lines she has designed for Windham Fabrics.

As a quilt shop owner, lecturer, designer, and antique quilt collector, Julie holds a unique position to share her love of antique quilts with others. She has presented many trunk shows around the midwest area to share both the antique quilts in her collection and the reproduction quilts made from them. She loves to help inspire other quilters and share her love of quilting with them. 

Carol Hopkins

Carol Hopkins

Carol Hopkins has been an avid quilter and fabric collector for more than 36 years.  She is the owner of Carol Hopkins Designs, a company specializing in quilt patterns for reproduction fabrics. Carol Hopkins Designs features Civil War Legacies quilt patterns and Vintage Legacies quilt patterns for making quilts that use 18th and 19th century reproduction fabrics. She has created more than 100 quilt patterns. In addition to having her quilts featured in numerous national and international quilt magazines, she is also the author of five books--Civil War Legacies (2012), Civil War Legacies II (2014), Civil War Legacies III (2016), The 4” x 5” Quilt-Block Anthology: 182 Blocks for Reproduction Fabrics, (2017) and the forthcoming Civil War Legacies IV available in spring 2018. Carol is known for her scrappy, pieced-quilt designs, each of which includes dozens of reproduction fabrics.



Stary Stary Nines - Pam Buda

Pam Buda

Stary Stary Nines

Classic Double Nine Patch blocks make up the striking center of this easy to piece quilt.  More Nine Patches tucked inside of Ohio Stars keep the traditional theme going.  A clever border that looks like Flying Geese is assembled in the setting triangles and looks much harder than it is!

The finished size of this project will be 51" x 64"

Click here for a larger image of Stary Stary Nines.


Broken Dishes - Julie Hendricksen

Julie Hendricksen

Broken Dishes

Quite often, broken dishes quilts are scrappy, and the blocks are set together side by side. What i found so appealing about this version is the setting. First off, each block uses just two fabrics, one colored print plus muslin. And then the blocks are set on point, seperated by shirting-print squares, crating the unusual vertical columns of different colors.

The finished size of this project will be 64" x 85"

Click here for a larger image of Broken Dishes.


Carol Hopkins - Carriage Wheels

Carol Hopkins

Carriage Wheels

This quilt is composed of 33 churn dash blocks arranged in a zig-zag setting to create a lap quilt. The 6 3/4” block, based on one that I saw in an antique quilt, reminds me of a wheel with a fancy hub, perhaps like one that might have been found on carriages in the mid-nineteenth century.

The finished size of this project will be 61" x 80"

Click here for a larger image of Carriage Wheels.


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 $485.00 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 $345.00 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: Starry, Starry, Nines; Broken Dishes, Carriage Wheels.

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



 Day 1 Galveston, Texas

Galveston Island is Texas' top historic destination. Guests on cruises from Galveston can enjoy 32 miles of relaxing beaches, great seafood, tropical scenery, superb restaurants, marvelous downtown shopping, breathtaking Victorian architecture, numerous antique stores, incredible art galleries, plus tons of attractions, entertainment venues and world-class sportfishing. Probably the most charming way to discover this historic city is by carriage. Take a carriage ride through the Victorian-era streets and let your driver take you back through history.

 Day 2 Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

 Day 3 Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

 Day 4 Roatan, Honduras

Roatán Island is the largest and most developed of the three Bay Islands of Honduras and lies not far off the northern coast. The majority of the population of Roatán originated from the Cayman Islands. The growth of tourism and travel awards has put Honduras squarely on the map. Today, the beautiful Caribbean island is a mecca for divers and snorkelers. Commercial fishing is one of the main economic drivers in Roatán and is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the Western Caribbean. Visit the Caribbean’s largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Lying just offshore, it's a favorite spot for divers and snorkelers to see colorful corals and an amazing array of marine life.


 Day 5 Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya, once a trading post for the Mayan Empire, is located in the Mexican Caribbean and is best known for its jungles, beaches, lagoons and Mayan ruins. Recent development and modern port facilities are making Costa Maya the perfect port of call. With so many activities, it will be hard to decide what to do first.


 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 Galveston, Texas

Return to Galveston, Texas.


The Ship

Liberty of the Seas

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.

Here is a video about Liberty of the Seas and all the amazing things it has to offer.

Learn more about this amazing ship here!



Stateroom's are as follows:

Room Type


Interior Stateroom


Oceanview Stateroom


Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom


*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $273.29 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


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 Galveston, Texas.


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

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


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