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Land Ahoy! San Diego, CA: August 7 - 14, 2022

San Diego, CA: August 7 - 14, 2022

San Diego is such a fun city! Not only does it have the Balboa Park, which is home to the San Diego Zoo (and just a few minutes from our hotel), you have well-known attractions like Sea World, Old Town San Diego, La Jolla Shores, and an abundance of beaches, museums, and other attractions. We all know that it never rains in southern California, which is why it makes it so beautiful with an average temperature of 72 degrees year-round.

We’ve got such a fun trip planned. We are planning to make a stop at the San Diego Zoo, have a picnic lunch. Our instructors for this Land Ahoy! will be Wendy Mathson and Donna Thomas. Should be a really fun week!

We hope you can join us!

All this for only $1999 Double Occupancy.

The Teachers

Donna Thomas

Donna Lynn Thomas has been sewing since the age of four and passionately quilting since 1975. She began teaching in 1981, and while an Army wife, she lived in Germany for four years and thoroughly enjoyed teaching at a German quilt shop and various guilds throughout the country. Long out of the Army, the Thomas' have settled in Kansas for good. As a teacher for 40 years and the author of 20 books since 1987, she has also contributed articles and written columns on various quilt-related subjects to numerous publications over the years. You can see Donna on Craftsy as well as several QNN-TV episodes.

Believing that piecing quilts should be a pleasure, not a fight, her focus is on skills mastery and techniques that enable her students to enjoy frustration-free sewing. As someone who has a family of BERNINAs, she is always excited to see BERNINAs on Stitchin' Heaven cruises and retreats.

Donna and her husband provide staff assistance to one sunny golden retriever, Ellie, and a miniature apricot poodle, Buddy, whose real name should be Trouble.Needle in a Hayes Stack.

Wendy Mathson

Wendy is a teacher, pattern designer, lecturer, inventor of quilting tools, and the author of A New Light on Storm at Sea Quilts – One Block, an Ocean of Design Possibilities (C&T Publishing). She taught for Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California, in 2012 and was a quilting instructor for Palomar College in San Diego for eight years. Wendy is also a founder and past president of Prayers & Squares, The Prayer Quilt Ministry, an interfaith non-profit organization with about 1300 chapters in 13 countries.

When Wendy started developing patterns for prayer quilts, she found she had a knack for writing simplified instructions and developing streamlined construction techniques. Her background in graphic design and printing was a natural fit, and she soon started working for publishers of quilting books as an editor and illustrator.

She loves to share many of her quilting tips and tricks in the classroom, developed over almost 30 years of teaching. Many of her students agree that they learn as much from these tiny “pearls of wisdom” as they do from the class itself. Long-time residents of southern California, Wendy, and her husband own and cultivate a small vineyard that produces three varieties of wine grapes.

The Projects

Sunset On The Water

Donna Thomas

This super-simple quilt is lovely in the colors of marble but would be equally striking
in all manner of fabrics, from batiks to solids to multiple color combinations. Let your
creativity loose!

Finished Size: 48.5" x 64.5"

Click the image to view the quilt!

You can purchase your quilt kit here:

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

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Beach Bracelets

Wendy Mathson

The Beach Bracelets quilt pattern works perfectly with 2.5" strips. Wendy makes this intermediate level pattern seem so easy!

Finished Size: 59” x 71”

Click the image to view the quilt!

You can purchase your quilt kit here:

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

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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

Required Tools for Beach Bracelets:

  • 6" Diagonal Square Ruler or 8.5" x 11" sheet of template plastic and a fine-line Sharpie Marker

Optional Tools for Sunset on the Water:

  • Creative Grids 8.5" Square Ruler or your favorite ruler for squaring up 8.5" blocks

The Hotel

Double Tree By Hilton

The DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley is ideally situated in Mission Valley, which puts guests within reach of the city's most popular attractions, beaches, largest corporations, universities, and shopping centers. The nearby Mission Valley and Fashion Valley shopping centers, San Diegos largest outdoor shopping centers feature more than 250 department stores, specialty shops, restaurants, and movie theaters. The hotel is conveniently located between three major freeways only three miles east of famous old town, five miles from the San Diego Zoo, six miles north of downtown San Diego and six miles (10 minutes) from the San Diego International Airport.

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 San Diego Zoo

Land Ahoy! San Diego, CA

All this for only $1999 Double Occupancy.

" 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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