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Land Ahoy! Lancaster, PA: June 4- 11, 2023

Lancaster, PA: June 4-11, 2023

Join us on our Land Ahoy! trip to Lancaster, PA. There is no shortage of unique and fun things to experience in Lancaster. Whether you are looking to take a step back in time and enjoy the peaceful pace of the PA Amish, do a little antique shopping, or visit the local art galleries, Lancaster has something for everyone. Oh, did we forget to mention the quilts? Lancaster County is famous for Mennonite and Amish quilts which are now regarded as works of art by many people worldwide!

We've selected the Eden Resort & Suites hotel for our stay in Lancaster. Even though Lancaster, PA, is known as the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Eden Resort & Suites hotel is a luxurious get-away offering unsurpassed on-site recreational facilities and outstanding staff. Even though cruises still haven't gotten back underway, with teachers like Michelle Hiatt and Barbara Dann on board, this cruise style Land Ahoy! will be "boatloads" of fun! In addition to the beautiful quilt projects, we are also planning a visit to the Sight & Sound Theater.

We hope to see you there!

All this for only $1999 Double Occupancy.

Register by April 5, 2023

The Teachers

Michelle Hiatt - Award Winning Quilt Designer and National Quilting Instructor

Michelle Hiatt

Michelle Renee Hiatt is an award-winning Quilter, Designer, and National Instructor. Michelle has been sewing since before she can remember and fell in love with quilting over 20 years ago.

She is a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. She teaches throughout the United States at National Quilt Shows and Retreats and is knows for her humor, enthusiasm, and encouragement!

Michelle is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go, and her designs have appeared in several international Quilting Magazines. Additionally, she is a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design, and many of her patterns have been published in their Modern 180 pattern line.

Barbara Dann - Quilting Instructor

Barbara Dann


Barbara began her quilting career as a longarm machine quilter on July 1, 2000. For 10 years, she quilted clients’ quilts and only made a few simple quilts for herself. Then, she started vending at most of the major quilt shows on the east coast and mid-west, representing a fabric cutting system. Her booth was next to Jeff and Deb Tuckers’ (Studio 180 Design) at one of those shows, and they became fast friends! Deb and Jeff introduced Barbara to the two tools they demonstrated – the Wing Clipper and the Hunter’s Star.

Having the right tools changed everything! Barbara began making quilts she never thought possible. Then, she began working at the quilt shows as part of the Studio 180 Design team. And what she enjoyed most was teaching quilters how to use the tools and share all the other quilting hints and tips she learned.

Barbara has been teaching at guilds, shops, retreats, and quilt shows for the past 10 years. Her teaching style is relaxed, informative, and fun! She enjoys teaching quilters of all skill levels and shares many tips and ideas that make piecing easier, faster, and more accurate.

The Projects

Lightning Quilt


By Michelle Hiatt

Michelle’s Lightning Quilt design puts a fun spin on Lemoyne Stars by creating electrifying Lightning design.

You will learn to master two different types of Lemoyne Stars; Lemoyne as Triangles which features as beautiful large print and creates the Lightning effect throughout the quilt and the Banded Lemoyne Star which is a stunning technique to “outline” the Lemoyne. This quilt would be fabulous with any color background. Lightning, was featured, in the full size version, in Fon’s & Porter’s Love of Quilting. Get out your Rapid Fire® Lemoyne Star and get ready to be electrified!

Finished Size: 58" x 76"

Click the image to view the quilt!

You can purchase your quilt kit on the registration form for an additional $209.95.

Note: If you do not intend to purchase a quilt kit, you will need to purchase the pattern here:

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Hunter's Star Quilt

Hunter's Star

Barbara Dunn


Is the Hunter's Star quilt on your bucket list? This beautiful quilt was considered challenging until now! Join me as you learn the streamlined construction techniques using the Rapid Fire Petite Hunter's Star tool. And choose from any design setting in the Hunter's Star - Hidden Treasures book. There are over 30 designs to choose from - some traditional and some contemporary.

Finished Size: 58” x 72”

Click the image to view the quilt!

You can purchase your quilt kit on the registration form for an additional $169.95.

Note: If you do not intend to purchase a quilt kit, you will need to purchase the pattern here:

Sold out

Supply List

Rulers & Templates

  • Basic Rulers: 6" x 12"

Basic Sewing Supplies

  • Small scissors or thread snips
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Rotary blades
  • Seam ripper
  • Quilting Pins
  • Small cutting mat
  • Marking pens and/or pencils

Optional (recommended)

  • Quart & Gallon size Zip-Loc baggies
  • Task Light
  • Small personal craft iron
  • Small ironing surface
  • Small spray bottle

Tools for Hunter's Star:

  • Rapid Fire Hunters Star Petite ruler
  • Hunters Star - Hidden Treasures book
  • Invisigrip
  • Cutting Ruler - 4"-6" wide and at least 18" long
  • Masking Tape
  • Best Press

Tools for Lightning:

  • Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star
  • Tucker Trimmer III
  • Quilter's Magic Wand
  • 3.5"x18.5" Ruler
  • Invisigrip

The Hotel

Eden Resort & Suites

Nestled in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Eden Resort & Suites offers a luxurious experience just minutes from downtown Lancaster. This independently-owned hotel offers unique, upscale guest rooms and suites with amenities including on-site dining, a heated outdoor pool, a heated indoor pool, a fitness center, and much more. Looking for an outing in Lancaster, the Eden Resort & Suites hotel is located just a short drive from local boutiques, art galleries, antique shopping, of course, Amish-made quilts, and furniture galore! Add some chocolate, and it’s every quilter’s dream! If you’re in the mood for some extra pampering, the local spas and salons have got you covered. Once you've had your fill of fun, how about a relaxing evening of dinner and drinks? Visit Arthur’s, the on-site restaurant, and enjoy. Prefer to stay in for the night? Order room service where and enjoy the comfort of your room.

Want to know more?

This quilting retreat is a quilt-cruise-style event held at luxury hotels on land. You will spend an entire week at a luxurious hotel where you can sew on the BERNINA sewing machine that is yours to use for the whole trip. You will learn from two excellent instructors, and as always, we will provide Stitchin' Heaven support staff. As with the cruises, our two beautiful projects will have optional pre-cut kits available for purchase. Also included is a Fun Friday project with a complimentary kit, a SHAG (Stitchin' Heaven Amazing Gift) box, and sew much more.
  • Welcome Reception (with light snacks and beer/wine/champagne)
  • 7-nights lodging in a beautiful and luxurious 4-star hotel
  • A BERNINA sewing machine assigned just to you for you to sew on all week
  • Your own 6' table, so there is no need to have to share your space
  • Two world-class instructors in each location
  • Evening lectures and trunk shows with the teachers
  • Tips and tricks to make your quilt making easier.
  • Stitchin' Heaven support staff.
  • Two sewing projects that were selected so that you can have fun and you can FINISH!
  • Optional pre-cut fabric kits so you can begin sewing on the first day.
  • Fun Friday Projects with the kit included.
  • SHAG Bag (Stitchin' Heaven Amazing Gifts) valued at over $100
  • Exclusive event shirt
  • Excursion to local quilt shops and attractions on a luxury motorcoach
  • Three breakfast and four lunches included at minimum. Each hotel will have customized food options. And chocolate.
  • Many other hotel-specific amenities (see each location for more information)
  • Prizes, surprises, and a boatload of fun
  • Excursion to Sight An Sound Theater

Land Ahoy! Lancaster, PA

All this for only $1999 Double Occupancy.

Register by April 5, 2023

" It is fun and regardless if you are an older beginner or an advance quilter you will learn and pass your experience on to others. You will not be disappointed."

- Land Ahoy Traveler

"Loved Erin, Amy, and Erika as well as Nancy and Sandy. All amazing people and would definitely travel with them again in the future. The projects were also amazing because I learned something new and challenging."

- Land Ahoy Traveler


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