Quilters Of The Caribbean
May 27 - June 3, 2018
Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise!
Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Jackie Kunkel, Daniela Stout, & Amy Walsh!
Ahoy Me Hearties! All hand hoy and avast ye! (Everyone get on deck and pay attention!) On this voyage into the Caribbean we plan to batten down the hatches and set sail for a week of pillage, piracy, and plunder. We for sure won’t be marooned and no one is planning any mutiny or we will have to walk the plank and become shark bait! Our Privateer, Buccaneer, and Bucko will teach us our lessons and sometimes run a rig (play a joke or trick on someone) so plan to be entertained and we will all say “Shiver Me Timbers” each time we finish a project. So gather yer doubloons and come aboard! Aarrrrgggh!
- 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.
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!
When Jackie was pregnant with their first child, 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, Jackie opened her business, Canton Village Quilt Works. Loving paper piecing, she became a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor and began to travel throughout the country teaching, lecturing, and showing quilts. She is a Craftsy.com teacher and just released her book, Splash Of Color. She just released her own fabric line and coordinating patterns with Island Batik. Getting to teach, design, and run her quilt shop is Jackie's passion.
Daniela is the owner of Cozy Quilt Shop in El Cajon, California. She has published many books and patterns under Cozy Quilt Designs. Her quilt shop called Cozy Quilt Shop opened in 2003.
Soon after they opened there doors, Daniela started to design patterns for a program she called Strip Club. The patterns were based on 2 1/2" strips and a new craze was born along with a crazy new publishing venture. Daniela has now published over 100 patterns, and many books, along with her Strip Tube Ruler and 10" ruler! So much happens at her shop that she is fond of saying.... "Never a dull moment at Cozy!"
Amy has been quilting since junior high when her mother and grandmother taught her to hand piece. A love of pattern and color kept her building her fabric stash throughout college and years as a junior high history teacher. Eventually, she left teaching and became a longarm quilter. In 2005, she became the co-owner and designer for Blue Underground Studios, Inc. Since then, she has published over 30 patterns and co-authored 2 books in addition to designing fabric for Riverwoods.
Two of Amy’s loves are teaching and quilting, so naturally she loves to teach quilting! She is honored to be part of the faculty on this quilting cruise and can't wait to meet everyone!
Dreaming Of Pyramids
Come and take this class with Jackie Kunkel and learn how to build your own pyramids, big and small, with ease! Getting the perfect points with some cool tips and techniques from Jackie is easily achievable. You will also learn about color and design. A truly fun filled class packed with all sorts of great information to add to you “treasure chest” of quilting information!
The finished size of this project will be 49 1/4” x 59 1/2”
Daniela has done it again with another pattern that turns 2 ½” strips into an explosion of stars, energy, and color. Once more, she feature the The Strip Tube Ruler™ to make the quilt fast and fun. Additionally, the pattern features a focus fabric, making it perfect to show off that striking multi-color print fabric you fell in love with and want to showcase. In our sample we use the same focus fabric in the border to beautifully tie the quilt together.
The finished size of this project will be 57" x 77"
Around The Block
Gorgeous fabrics and timeless design meet in this fabulous quilt constructed with squares and rectangles! Piecing is straightforward so you can use your fabrics to customize the look of your quilt. Beginning piecers will master quarter inch seams and accurate block construction while seasoned quilters will enjoy using this project for a color/fabric study. Sample quilts are set on point. However, we will discuss multiple setting options in class.
The finished size of this project will be 84 x 84".
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 $450.00 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 $390.00 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 choose to bring your own fabric, please bring it precut and ready as we do not allow time for cutting during class. You will find the cutting instructions in each pattern that can be ordered here: Dreaming Of Pyramids, Tropics, Around The Block.
A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure.
Day 1 Ft. 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.
Day 2 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Day 3 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Day 4 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Beyond the glitz of its famous shopping district, St. Thomas enchants with a fascinating history and natural scenery. Explore the island's diverse heritage in Charlotte Amalie, or splash your way around at vibrant reefs or a gorgeous beach.
Day 5 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Behind stone walls, Old San Juan charms with 500 years of history, colorful colonial buildings and streets lined with shops, galleries, and cafes. Experience Puerto Rico's enchanting natural side in the nearby rainforest. When you're in San Juan, don't miss the opportunity to witness the pinnacle of natural beauty by exploring Puerto Rico's El Yunque Rain Forest. It features more than 240 species of trees, hundreds of miniature orchids, and what was once believed to be the Fountain of Youth.
Day 6 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 7 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Day 8 Ft. Lauderdale, Flordia
Return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Allure of the Seas
Winner of the Best Overall Cruise Ship award for two years running, Allure of the Seas is a captivating adventure unlike any other. Explore seven distinct neighborhoods filled with awesome new features – like the first Starbucks® at sea, dance and jive with Broadway hit musical Mamma Mia! and enjoy favorite moments with Shrek, Po the panda, and more friends in the DreamWorks Experience. Spice up your sailing with Mexican-fare favorites atSabor, or with prime cuts straight from the skewer at Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse. And there's still plenty more Oasis-class WOWs to be had, from the classic carousel on the Boardwalk®, to aerial acrobats in the AquaTheater, FlowRider® surf simulators, plus zip line views over Central Park®—a meandering garden lined with shops and fine restaurants.
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