Quilting in Harmony Cruise
April 8 - 15, 2017
Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise!
Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Amy Ellis, Karin Hellaby, & Jackie Kunkel!
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.
"The Batik 2015 trip exceeded my expectations and I would definitely consider another cruise, possibly within the next two years with Stitchin' Heaven Travel! I will also want to invite a few friends to enjoy the experience with again."
"This was my first cruise and obviously first quilt cruise, now I can't imagine doing a cruise without quilting! I loved it!"
"If you want a fun cruise, check out Stitchin' Heaven! They are organized, think of everything, and bring in great teachers. And provide laser cut kits so we are ready to sew."
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!
Amy Ellis is an author, pattern and fabric designer, quilter, blogger, wife and mom to four. She lives with her family in a small town in the Utah mountains, where the hot summers and cold winters are a great excuse to stay inside and sew! Amy loves to sew. She learned to sew garments as a girl, then taught herself to quilt as a young mom.
Amy has been writing books and patterns for the last 5 years. Her books include Modern Basics, Modern Basics II, and Modern Neutrals. She has also contributed to a number of other books. Amy writes a regular column in Quilty magazine about quilting on your home sewing machine. She also has a blog and loves encouraging the online community each week.
Karin Hellaby was born in the north-east of England to Norwegian parents. She now lives in Suffolk, UK and is the owner of one of the UK’s leading quilt shops – Quilters Haven. In 1998 Karin won the Michael Kile Award for International Retailer of the Year, awarded by the Houston Quilt Market/Festival organizers.
Karin loves traveling, and has enjoyed teaching at International Quilt Markets and Festivals in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, and the United Arab Emirates. She has taught many times at the largest outdoor quilt show in the world, an annual event in Sisters, Oregon where one year she had a solo display of her quilts.
Karin’s wonderful resource books bring quilt making into the 21st century offering students multi-techniques within new designs. Karin’s workshops illustrate her philosophy well – several types of patchwork taught and sewn in one class and then stitched into an original pattern design, very achievable and lots of fun!
Jackie grew up in Northern New Jersey, and as a 6th grader, 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, she took a quilting class. A second class was taken, 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 thereafter, 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 just released her book, Splash Of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black & White Quilts. 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.
The Dimensions quilt pattern is a lesson in value, or depth of color. Amy is a whiz at teaching you how to develop a sense of contrast when you are putting fabrics together. She will show you projects from some of her books to help you feel confident as you are selecting your fabrics. Simple hourglass blocks are placed in such a way to study the depth and dimension in the fabrics for this beautiful project.
The finished size measures 60" x 78". Pattern required if you plan to bring your own fabric. You can purchase the Dimensions pattern here.
Sail away with a quilt full of curved sails blowing in the wind! There is a beautiful HARMONY in this design as you stitch and then play with the variety of gorgeous batik pinwheel blocks. Making the block produces both the pinwheel sails and the border - two for one, from just one clever technique! Karin will show you some fun border variations and you get to choose which one you would like to use on your personal quilt. A beautiful memento of a fabulous Caribbean cruise.
The finished size measures 48" x 48". Book required if you plan to bring your own fabric. You can purchase the Sew Simple Pinwheels book here.
Meet Island Breeze... Ahhhhh.... can you hear the waves crashing around you yet? The amazing batik quilt was the cover of Quilt Magazine in July/August 2012. Jackie says it is one of her all-time favorite quilt designs and is really a fun one to make. We will use beautiful batiks that are similar to those used in the original quilt. These colors just speak Caribbean to us and are reminiscent of the sun, the sea, and the sand. With a little extra sewing time you might just leave the ship with this one finished!
The quilt measures 83" x 83". Pattern required if you plan to bring your own fabric. You can purchase the Island Breeze pattern here.
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 $400.00 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 $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 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. These can be purchased here: Dimensions pattern, Sew Simple Pinwheels book, Island Breeze pattern. We will not have patterns for purchase on board for the classes. Click here for the fabric requirements and cutting instructions.
A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure.
Day 1 Fort 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.
People have been flocking to Fort Lauderdale's beaches for decades. And with good reason. Fort Lauderdale Beach is a two-mile strip of beautiful beach featuring the recently renovated Promenade, which offers all sorts of bars, restaurants and shops.
Day 2 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Day 3 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 4 Falmouth, Jamaica
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.
Day 5 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
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.
Day 7 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Day 8 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
We return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
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.
Stateroom's are as follows:
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.
Travel to and from Destination
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 $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.
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