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Harmony Of Quilting

Featuring Creative Grid Rulers

March 10 - 17, 2018

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise!

Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Terry Atkinson, Gudrun Erla, & Karen Montgomery!

Dear Friends,

The biggest and newest ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet is the Harmony of the Seas. We sailed on this ship last April and we were blown away with the up-to-date amenities, the food, and most of all the service of the onboard staff. Our Harmony of Quilting cruise will feature Creative Grids Rulers and all of the projects taught will include instruction on a ruler. You will not only learn how to make the project listed for the cruise, you will also go away with a plethora of ideas for future projects. Prepare to cruise the Caribbean, learn from world-class teachers, and leave with more education and inspiration than when you boarded. This one will fill up quickly so sign up right away!

- 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!

Instructors 


Terry Atkinson

www.atkinsondesigns.com

Atkinson Designs is known for having simple, clean designs and easy to follow instructions. Terry designs the quilts and writes all of the pattern instructions, and her husband Kirk is the business manager.

Terry taught Home Ec for four years, adult quilting classes for 15 years, and even taught preschool! This teaching background is the reason her instructions are so easy to follow — they are written as if she is right there explaining it to you in class. Terry's attention span is pretty short, so you know the quilts will be quick and easy. Terry always has new projects in the works, and her favorite quilt is always the one she is just starting. When Terry is not in her sewing room, you'll find her camping and enjoying the outdoors.


Gudrun Erla

www.gequiltdesigns.com

Gudrun Erla, the designer and owner of GE Designs was born and raised in Iceland. She started quilting at the age of 23 and became totally addicted to it right away. After owning and running quilt shops in her home country and designing patterns along side it, a career move brought the family to Minnesota in 2003. Since then Gudrun has been designing full time, publishing patterns and books from her home office in Chanhassen, MN; where the family has been living since the move to the US.

Gudrun loves everything quick and simple, so her quilts might look more complicated than they really are. She loves to find ways to do things quicker and use easier methods. Her “quilt as you go” patterns have been very popular, with easy to follow instructions and quick assembly and finishing. All her patterns are geared toward today’s quilt makers, easy and fast with a modern touch. Gudrun has also been designing fabrics for Red Rooster Fabrics since 2006.

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Karen Montgomery

www.thequiltcompany.com

Owner of The Quilt Company, a full service quilt store, Karen also designs fabric for Timeless Treasures and currently publishes a book and pattern line under The Quilt Company name. Karen is a nationally recognized quilt teacher and designer and her shop showcases Karen's fabric designs for Timeless Treasures, her original patterns and the Quick Trim Ruler she designed for Creative Grids. Karen's projects can be found in catalogs and magazines around the world and is a nationally known speaker and teacher. She has been married to Cary for 30+ years. They have 3 children Lauren, Brandon and Lindsay and have recently become a new grandma of twins - Grant and Madeline. 

Projects


Terry Atkinson

Birthday Presents

This fun project has been in a book by Terry but she decided to release it as a pattern spring of ’17. It is easy, it is fun, and it is a project you will probably finish while you are onboard. A voyage of color discovery awaits you within these blocks. Do you see birthday presents or ribbons of interlocking color?  Vicki and Susan have taken great effort to match these batiks to those Terry used in this photo just so there will be no surprises. Birthday Presents uses the 8 ½” x 12 ½” ruler – one of Terry’s favorites. Just like at your birthday party, you will be all smiles!

The finished size of this project will be 52” x 65”

Click here for a larger image of Birthday Presents.


Gudrun Erla

Amalie

Gudrun’s project is a pattern that uses 10” squares and is cut using her new Stripology Squared ruler. For our cruise, Gudren will demonstrate the use of the ruler but your kit will be cut for you should you choose the optional Sail ‘n Sew fabric pack. You will finish this easy and delightful quilt in no time and will be ready to make another. Yes, we will have lots of 10” square packs onboard for you to choose if you want to start another one while onboard. Really. It is THAT easy!

The finished size of this project will be 48" x 56"

Click here for a larger image of Amalie.


Karen Montgomery

Whirlwind

You can finish this lap sized quilt with a Whirlwind of perfection!  Perfect points, clipped corners and shapes that before this, you thought were only possible to make the hard way.  Karen works absolute magic with the Scrap Crazy 6” template set containing four unique shapes.  Let her show you how easy it is to stitch what look like complex blocks so that you can continue creating you own magic long after you get home.

The finished size of this project will be 59" x 71".

Click here for a larger image of Whirlwild.


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 $350.00 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 $290.00 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: Birthday Presents (Coming July 2017), Amalie, Whirlwind Cutting Instructions (Free Pattern Provided In Class).

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

 

Itinerary

 Day 1 Ft. 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.

 Day 2 Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

 Day 3 Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

 Day 4 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Beyond the glitz of its famous shopping district, St. Thomas enchants with a fascinating history and natural scenery. Explore the island's diverse heritage in Charlotte Amalie, or splash your way around at vibrant reefs or a gorgeous beach.

 Day 5 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Behind stone walls, Old San Juan charms with 500 years of history, colorful colonial buildings and streets lined with shops, galleries, and cafes. Experience Puerto Rico's enchanting natural side in the nearby rainforest. When you're in San Juan, don't miss the opportunity to witness the pinnacle of natural beauty by exploring Puerto Rico's El Yunque Rain Forest. It features more than 240 species of trees, hundreds of miniature orchids, and what was once believed to be the Fountain of Youth.

 

 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 Ft. Lauderdale, Flordia

Return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


 

The Ship

Harmony of the Seas

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.

Here is a video about the Oasis Class ships and all the amazing things they have to offer.


Learn more about this amazing ship here!

 

Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

Room Type

Price

Interior Stateroom

$1,499.00*

Oceanview Stateroom

$1,699.00*

Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom

$1,899.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $324.74 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

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 $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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