9-Night Canada Cruise

Heritage Quilting Cruise 2025


Cape Liberty, NJ

Boston, MA

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saint John, New Brunswick (Bay of Fundy)

September 4 - 13, 2025

Join Stitchin' Heaven on a captivating 9-night Canada Cruise, blending quilting with the excitement of travel! With quilting stars Barbara Black and Paula Barnes, enhance your skills as you visit vibrant ports like Cape Liberty, NJ; Boston, MA; Portland, ME; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Saint John, New Brunswick (Bay of Fundy). This journey promises creative inspiration against the backdrop of Canada's beautiful coastline. Experience the joy of quilting and discovery in one unforgettable cruise.

Royal Caribbean

Liberty of the Seas


Dear Quiltmates,

We're excited to announce a unique quilting adventure - a Royal Caribbean cruise to Canada with the distinguished instructors Barbara Black and Paula Barnes! Embark on this remarkable 9-night voyage aboard the beautiful Liberty of the Seas, where you'll have the chance to learn from two of the quilting world's finest talents.

Barbara Black and Paula Barnes are celebrated names in the quilting community, revered for their deep expertise and infectious enthusiasm. Throughout our cruise, they will host compelling lectures and demonstrations, offering their wealth of knowledge, skills, and pioneering techniques. Get ready to elevate your quilting skills and find new inspiration under their tutelage.

Our journey, though centered around quilting, also offers the delight of discovering stunning port cities. From the dynamic Cape Liberty, NJ, to the historical wonders of Boston, MA, and the scenic beauty of Portland, ME, each stop presents a fusion of culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes. Experience the awe-inspiring Bay of Fundy as we visit Saint John, New Brunswick, where the natural world is in perfect harmony. Our adventure concludes in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a city celebrated for its rich maritime history and welcoming atmosphere, before returning to Cape Liberty, NJ.

This cruise is not just an opportunity to enhance your quilting skills; it's a chance to forge lasting connections with fellow quilting enthusiasts from around the world. Enjoy the spirit of friendship, share your quilting journeys, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

With limited spaces available, we urge you to book your spot soon. Don't miss this extraordinary chance to join Barbara Black, Paula Barnes, and a vibrant community of quilters on a journey of creativity, learning, and exploration.

Reserve your place today and get ready for an unforgettable quilting 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.


Quilting Instructors & Projects

Barbara Black

Barbara, a passionate quiltmaker for over 35 years, is renowned for her intricate medallion quilts and dedication to teaching. Since 1989, she's shared her expertise in quilt shops, guilds, and shows across the US, even appearing on The Quilt Show. With numerous awards, including Best of Show honors, and five quilts featured in AQS shows, her talent is undeniable. In 2014, her quilt "Red and White—By the Numbers" was selected as the Commemorative Quilt for the 40th anniversary of International Quilt Festival Houston, now a part of the Quilts Incorporated Corporate Collection. Barbara's quilts have graced publications like McCall's and "500 Traditional Quilts." Explore her quilting journey on her blog, "My Joyful Journey." Beyond quilting, Barbara cherishes time with family, gardening, reading, and traveling.

On the Lily Pond

Embrace the timeless beauty of vintage quilts with this antique quilt replica kit, designed for quilters of all skill levels. Crafted to appear more complex than it actually is, this kit allows you to recreate the soothing feel of an original antique quilt using soft, old-timey fabrics, or personalize it with your favorite contemporary fabrics. With a variety of setting options included, you can customize the design to your taste. The size of the quilt can easily be adjusted by adding more blocks or borders, making it a versatile choice for any project. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced quilter, this quilt is perfect for creating a masterpiece that combines the charm of the past with the creativity of the present.

Finished Quilt Size: 75" x 75"

If you choose not to purchase one of our Sail N Sew Kits, 5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed.  

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need On the Lily Pond Pattern.

Paula Barnes

Paula is one of the owners of Red Crinoline Quilts, formerly Bonnie Blue Quilts, which specializes in vintage and reproduction fabrics and patterns. Paula is the exclusive designer for the company. Her passion for fabric and quilts of the past inspires beautiful reproduction quilts, which incorporates today's simplified quilt making tools and techniques.

Using antique quilts as her inspiration, Paula designs traditional timeless quilts. Her designs are reproductions of actual antique quilts or are inspired by them. Paula designs reproduction fabrics with Marcus Brothers.

Paula has over 20 years of teaching experience in Dallas and Houston quilt shops, and enjoys numerous distinctions and guild affiliations throughout the state of Texas.


The Homefront Quilt is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of women through history. This exquisite quilt celebrates the essential roles women have played during times of peace and conflict. From the Revolutionary War to the present day, women have stepped into roles traditionally held by men, taking on the responsibilities of maintaining homes, businesses, and farms while their loved ones fought in battles far from home. The Homefront Quilt is more than just pieces of fabric; it's a symbol of resilience, strength, and the critical contributions of women who have steadfastly supported their families and communities through every challenge. Crafted with care, this quilt is a poignant reminder of the bravery and endurance of women who have kept the homefront secure, making it a perfect addition to any home as a piece of historical homage and inspiration.

Finished Quilt Size: 67" x 67"

If you choose not to purchase one of our Sail N Sew Kits, 4.25 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed.  

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Homefront quilt pattern.


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 $404.90 and it includes precut fabric for the quilt top for both projects including the borders, binding and pattern.  

If you are interested in only one of the kits, you can specify which one on the registration form when you sign up for the cruise. If you would like a Sail ‘n Sew pack, simply select both kits when you fill out the registration form and we'll have it waiting for you on the ship.

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 or download the patterns here: On the Lily Pond Quilt Pattern and Homefront Quilt Pattern.


Note: View the preliminary 2025 Heritage Quilting Cruise supply list.  A finalized supply list will also 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.

Click here to see our general quilting supplies recommendations.

Stateroom Pricing is as Follows:

Room Type Price

Interior Stateroom


Oceanview Stateroom


Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom


*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. Port charges, gratuities, taxes & fees of $461.61are 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.