Quilting With The Stars
March 17 - 24, 2018
Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 9-night Western Caribbean Cruise!
Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Allison Harris, Cat Nix, & Donna Thomas!
One of our frequent cruises was asked why she travels with us on so many cruises and her answer was enlightening. She said “There is no way I could ever be treated to the quality and expertise of the instruction by teachers on the Stitchin’ Heaven cruises where I live.” And I realized that she is absolutely true. We have quilting STARS on our cruises! Our faculty is simply amazing as shown in this little video I put together for you:
So I invite you to treat yourself to some stardom and join in on this very fun, informative, and educational 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.
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!
Allison Harris is a Mom to 3 small children and the writer of the popular quilting blog Cluck Cluck Sew. She loves fresh and saturated color palettes, simple designs, and unexpected fabric combinations. She designs and publishes fresh, modern quilt patterns for her pattern company Cluck Cluck Sew, and has many published patterns in magazines as well. Her first book Growing Up Modern with C&T Publishing was released in 2013. Allison has designed two fabric collections for Windham Fabrics- Wallflowers, and Oh Clementine. "Quilting adds a little beauty to my everyday...even the crazy, hectic days when to-do lists are a mile long. I design for people like myself...who want to make something beautiful in a relatively short amount of time that will leave them inspired, proud, and excited for what's next!" Allison lives near Seattle, WA with her family.
As far back as she can remember Cat Nix has held needle and thread in hand. "I get such a charge from combining fabrics to create unique, dynamic designs! Absolute Joy fuels my creative expressions." Cat collaborated with Paula Nadelstern to develop the "Puzzle Quilt Block of the Month," which she has taught for several years.
“I have the best job in the world,” Cat says of her work with Anthology Fabrics. A self proclaimed "fabri-holic", she proudly states, “I work with the best people and best fabric in the industry!” As Creative Director, Cat works with pattern designers, publishers, educators, business owners and shop owners to promote the use of Anthology Fabrics. She also serves as in-house pattern and project designer, working with Anthology Fabrics artisans in Indonesia to develop new fabric designs that can be used in all facets of quilting and sewing.
Cat resides with her family in Kansas City, Missouri. She always enjoys hangin' out with her son, stitch-time with her sister, nieces & nephew, and spoiling her pets. Cat teaches and lectures locally and beyond the metropolitan Kansas City area.
Donna has been sewing since the age of four and passionately quilting since 1975. She began teaching in 1981 and continues to teach and speak nationally today. An author of over 25 years, she has written multiple titles with Martingale. She is also the author of Portable Patchwork under the Kansas City Star imprint of C & T. You can see Donna on Craftsy and several QNN-TV episodes.
Donna’s teaching and writing focus is always on mastering basic and precision skills not to please the quilt police but rather to help quilters reduce frustration and thus better enjoy the creative process. Donna designed the Omnigrip On-Point Ruler™ and its companion ruler, the On-Point Square™. These rulers are designed to allow us to cut squares, strips, rectangles, and half-square triangle units that measure neatly on the diagonal without any of the pesky and messy math usually associated with cutting and sewing on-point patchwork units.
Her greatest joy is her husband, Terry, and their two sons, Joe and Pete. Equally dear to her heart is Joe’s wife, Katie, and Donna’s most-perfect-in-every-way granddaughters, Charlotte and Alexandra. Donna and Terry provide staff assistance to their two cats, Max and Skittles, and a kiddie pool and ear scratches to one sunny golden retriever, Ellie. All the quilts in their house are lovingly “pre-furred”.
You will love making this fast, fun, and beginner friendly Dixie quilt! Every fabric looks great in this quilt, and you can make this pattern from start to finish in a weekend. Easy piecing and minimal trimming make this a great project for beginners, or anyone who wants a simple, no fuss project to work on. The solid fabrics of each block make this a perfect pattern for busy fabrics you aren't quite sure what to do with, and keep it from being too busy! You will want to make this Dixie quilt over and over again!
The finished size of this project will be 60” x 77”
Simple to construct, the tropical colors and spinning nature of the center blocks reflects the feeling of a balmy breezy day. Thus, the name TradeWinds. The "windy" feel continues through a set of borders (including a pieced border of Pinwheel blocks). This large throw is just the right size for a picnic or an afternoon "curl-up" with your favorite book or movie. “Pirates of the Caribbean” anyone?
The finished size of this project will be 72" x 72"
Let's set sail and have a boatload of fun learning how to make striped squares the easy way! Inspired by the colors of brightly colored jewel stones, the blocks in Gems are made four at a time from 12 sets of solids. Each fabric set includes one dark and one medium solid from the same color family.
What looks like a complex design is actually very simple and based on cutting and working with simple squares. We'll learn how to make triangle squares using Star Singles and then turn them into striped squares. The blocks are of a simple nine-patch construction so it doesn't get much easier than that. Donna's classes are always loaded with tips and skills instruction ensuring success for her students and this one is no exception.
The visual interest of the design comes from setting the blocks straight together and can be altered by arranging your blocks in different ways. We'll go over some of those possibilities in class.
The finished size of this project will be 54 x 64".
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 $430.00 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 $350.00 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: Dixie, Tradewinds (Coming June 2017), Gems (Patchwork Palette Book).
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.
People have been flocking to Fort Lauderdale's beaches for decades. And with good reason. Fort Lauderdale Beach is a two-mile strip of beautiful beach featuring the recently renovated Promenade, which offers all sorts of bars, restaurants and shops.
Day 2 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Day 3 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 4 Falmouth, Jamaica
If you don’t know Falmouth, it’s time you discover one of Jamaica’s most unique destinations. Ride horseback through Caribbean waters along a white-sand beach in Ocho Rios and climb the invigorating Dunn’s River Falls. Explore the mesmerizing Green Grotto Caves or drift down the emerald waters of the Martha Brae River on a bamboo gondola. Immerse yourself in vibrant culture as you tour the Good Hope Great House plantation and unwind on an award-winning beach in Montego. There are countless directions your vacation can take you. But in Falmouth, all roads lead to adventure.
Day 5 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Day 6 Cozumel, Mexico
The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.
Day 7 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Day 8 Ft. Lauderdale, Flordia
Return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Harmony of the Seas
Experience Harmony of the Seas®— the third of its kind to join the groundbreaking Oasis class of ships. Harmony of the Seas® will feature the cruise line's seven distinct neighborhoods for which Oasis class is known, and will offer the most amazing collection of experiences, amenities and activities at sea. Guests can test their mettle on the ship's three multi-story waterslides all of which twist and turn over Central Park, then let imaginations soar in the Youth Zone—the largest kids' area at sea. Harmony will also feature a new Bionic Bar on the Royal Promenade, first introduced aboard Quantum of the Seas® and featuring robot bartenders. Interior accommodations also will be outfitted with Royal Caribbean's exclusive Virtual Balconies which offer beautiful views in every stateroom. Additionally, guests onboard will enjoy RFID technology with Royal WOWBands that provide them access to their staterooms as well as make onboard purchases and reservations. Like her sisters, Harmony will also feature the fastest internet connection at sea.
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 $13.50 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