10-Night Caribbean Cruise

Island Batik Quilting Cruise 2025

Itinerary

Miami, FL

Puerto Plata, Dominican public

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Roseau, Dominica

Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

February 6-16, 2025

Experience the perfect harmony of quilting and cruising at its finest with Stitchin' Heaven on this extraordinary 10-night Caribbean Cruise! Join the creative journey led by quilting mavens Kate Colleran and Tammy Silvers as you refine your skills amidst the breathtaking Caribbean setting.

Royal Caribbean

Explorer of the Seas

Overview

Ahoy there, Cruisin' Quilters!

Are you ready to embark on a quilting journey like no other? Join us on the Island Batik Quilting Cruise aboard the magnificent Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas, and let's stitch our way through the stunning Caribbean islands together!

Quilting in Paradise: Imagine yourself surrounded by the vibrant hues of Batik fabrics, creating masterpieces as you sail across the azure Caribbean Sea. Your quilts will be like works of art, inspired by the paradise around you!

Learn from the Best: We're thrilled to announce that our esteemed quilting instructors for this cruise are none other than Kate Colleran and Tammy Silvers. These talented teachers will share their expertise, guiding you through the creation of beautiful quilts. Get ready to elevate your quilting skills to new heights!

Cruise Itinerary:

  • Departure: Miami, FL
  • Ports of Call: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Roseau, Dominica - Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Luxury Awaits: Sail in style aboard the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas, where you'll be treated like royalty.

Shore Excursions: Explore the charm of each Caribbean island, experience the local culture, and gather inspiration for your quilting projects. Whether it's the sun-soaked beaches or the vibrant marketplaces, you're sure to find new colors and patterns that will enhance your quilting repertoire. This itinerary also includes our most favorite stop in St. Kitts where we will be visiting Caribelle Batiks - a local batik factory on the island. We will be able to offer a special tour of the facility where each person will make their own piece of batik fabric. You will learn the process and the history of batik production on St Kitts. Spots are limited! Book Your Excursion

Book Your Spot: Don't miss out on this unique quilting adventure! Secure your spot today and be part of the Batik Quilting Cruise.

Cheers to the island vibes coming your way!

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

Kate Colleran

Kate Colleran is a renowned fabric and quilt pattern designer, author, Island Batik ambassador, and quilt teacher with over 20 years of experience in the quilting industry. Her quilt patterns have been featured in numerous quilt magazines, and she has online classes available on popular platforms like Craftsy and Quilting Daily. Kate has taught at local quilt shops, for guilds, and at national quilt shows, inspiring quilters across the country.

Kate's quilt patterns are known for their complete, easy-to-follow instructions with an eclectic design style that blends traditional elements with a modern twist. Her designs are both visually stunning and accessible to quilters of all skill levels. She is particularly well-known for her popular Braid and Mini Braid Templates, which offer a fun and easy way to create beautiful quilts.

In addition to her work as a designer and teacher, Kate is also a co-author of the book "Smash Your Precut Stash", which provides inspiration and guidance for using precut fabric collections in quilting projects.

Kate's creative talent has also led to exciting collaborations with Island Batik, and she released her first fabric lines with them in 2022. Her fabrics are characterized by vibrant colors, bold patterns, and playful designs that perfectly complement her quilt patterns.

Kate's ultimate goal is to help quilters make a quilt by finding the methods and techniques that work best for them. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced quilter, Kate's passion for quilting and her expertise are sure to inspire and delight.

Paloma

Indulge your passion for butterflies with Paloma, an exquisite quilt kit that presents a contemporary and vibrant interpretation of these enchanting creatures. Paloma features bold, modern piecing that artfully captures the essence of a butterfly in each meticulously crafted block.

This captivating quilt kit employs a palette of six different fabrics, enhancing the quilt's appeal with a delightful variety of colors and patterns. The careful selection of fabrics not only adds to the aesthetic charm but also makes the quilting process an enjoyable and seamless experience.

Finished Quilt Size: 72" x 72"

4.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed.

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


Tammy Silvers

Tammy Silvers is an accomplished quilter, designer, and teacher with over 30 years of experience in the quilting industry. She fell in love with quilting in 1991 and has been quilting ever since. Tammy has taught at various quilt shops and online, with her popular Quick Quilted Gifts class available on Bluprint.

As a Georgia native, Tammy currently resides in Acworth with her husband, children, one grumpy dog, and her favorite fat cat. With a background in art and literature, Tammy has a keen eye for design and loves to incorporate "words" into her work, whether in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece.

Tammy designs and self-publishes her own quilt patterns under the label Tamarinis, which are regularly featured in a variety of quilt magazines. She also works with major fabric manufacturers such as Northcott, Free Spirit, Maywood, Dear Stella, and Timeless Treasures, designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines.

Tammy's love for batiks led her to become an Island Batik ambassador and design fabrics for Island Batik, a perfect fit for her creative style. She even has her own thread line with Aurifil that coordinates beautifully with her current Island Batik line.

While Tammy enjoys designing, teaching and sharing her passion for quilting is where her true joy lies. She loves visiting different guilds, meeting quilters, and seeing all the creativity that makes the quilting world such a fun and exciting place!

Fizz

Unleash your creativity with Fizz, a captivating quilt kit designed to bring a burst of energy to your quilting projects. Using the Tucker Trimmer, you can effortlessly craft pointed blades that add a dynamic and uplifting quality to your quilt. The unique design allows these pointed elements to bubble up and away, creating a visually striking pattern that exudes modern charm.

As an extra treat, Fizz offers a bonus project that ingeniously utilizes leftover pieces from the quick piecing process to fashion a contemporary throw. While the Tucker Trimmer is optional, it is highly recommended for this project.

Finished Quilt Size: 51" x 68"

3.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed.

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Fizz 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 $434.90 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: Paloma and Fizz

 

Note: View the preliminary 2025 Batik 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

$1,899*

Oceanview Stateroom

$2,099*

Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom (Sold Out)

$2,499*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. Port charges, gratuities, taxes & fees of $480.48 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. 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.