Quilting With The Stars
May 28 - June 4, 2017
Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts straight from the heart of Texas: Chris Hoover, Gail Kessler, & Heidi Pridemore!
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.
"Such a great trip. Everything is planned out so well. Just a very easy, fun, exciting trip.
"This was my second cruise with Stitchin' Heaven Travel. Everything was well organized and very well run.
"It is always such a pleasure to travel with Stitching heaven travel. I have made new friends and look forward to spending time with them again on my next quilting cruise.
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!
Chris began quilting in 1989 when she made her first sampler quilt. Sewing a block a week quickly turned into sewing a block a day and soon sampler quilts and scrappy quilts became her all-consuming passion. “Quilting soothes my soul and has kept me sane many times over the years!” Her eclectic style is inspired by everything from color and texture to architecture and nature and she loves to share her passion speaking and teaching classes for quilt shops and guilds since 1999. Her designs have been seen in Quiltmania, Best Fat Quarter Quilts, Best Weekend Quilts and Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. She was a finalist in McCall’s 2012 Design Star competition.
My designs may look complicated but they are easily broken down into simple elements. I encourage quilters to see beyond the color and fabric in a quilt and to imagine the possibilities of the design – how to make it suit their individual style.
Gail Kessler is the owner of Ladyfingers Sewing Studio, a quilt shop and BERNINA sewing machine dealership nestled in the heart of Oley Valley, PA, and the designer of Andover’s ever-popular Dimples collection. Gail is also an instructor for Craftsy, an online education platform for all things handmade. Her Craftsy quilt-making classes have over 200,000 students enrolled, offering basic to advanced classes on various quilt making techniques.
Her quilt design work has been featured in countless publications and she lectures and teaches quilt making nationwide, and has appeared on QNNTV and Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting TV. Gail is known for her cheerful, warm, enabling, sharing nature and her mad skills with color and technique. When not consumed in fabric, Gail loves to cook, garden, raise chickens, practice yoga, weightlift, and bicycle. She is the mother of two grown sons and grandmother of the next in a long line of quilters: Matilyn, Miles and Marley.
Heidi is a partner and the main designer at The Whimsical Workshop. She is known for her fun and whimsical quilts and fabrics which she often makes in dramatic, bright colors. She also has an excellent reputation for writing clear and easy to follow instructions.
Heidi designs a large number of project sheets featuring fabric lines from national companies such as Andover Fabrics, Blank Quilting, Michael Miller, Timeless Treasures and Henry Glass. She also designs quilt patterns for a variety of popular quilting magazines such as Quiltmaker, McCall’s and McCall’s Quick Quilts. In addition she has completed five books; Quilted Whimsy, Bold Batiks, Dazzling Designs, Pop Up Paper Structures, and Fabric Jewelry-Wrapped, Braided and Sewn.
Heidi spends most of her time designing, giving lectures and running workshops. When not traveling she enjoys staying at home in Arizona with her husband Matthew and thier Great Pyrenees dog Cleo.
Ports Of Call
Ports of Call is all about choices because you can indulge in the dark colorway or you can choose the light. These fabrics will be from the "Tradewinds" fabric collection by Island Batik and are truly gorgeous batiks. If you choose to not purchase our Sail 'n Sew precut kit, you will need the Easy Angle and Companion Angle rulers. When you choose our Sail 'n Sew kits we will do all the work for you so the extra rulers are not required. Whatever you choose you will enjoy making this really fun project while sailing to our "Ports of Call".
The finished size of this project will be 69" x 82"
Gail was featured on Fons and Porter's TV show Love of Quilting, Episode is #1710, showing how to make this Dimples Rainbow Strata Quilt. Dimples is a wonderful fabric collection that Gail designed for Andover with a really neat textured print. Just as the name implies, this quilt is constructed by making stratas (sewing strips together) and some of might refer to this method as a "string quilt". Call it what you want and we are gonna call it "Fun and Done!".
The finished size of this project will be 64" x 64"
This workshop is designed to show any quilter some quick and easy shortcuts to making pieced quilts. This amazing project is made from beautiful batiks from one of our favorite fabric companies, Island Batik. Heidi will show you techniques she uses every day in The Whimsical Workshop. She will cover tips for setting up a sewing area, piecing techniques and finishing techniques. Heidi will also show you how to put a binding and sleeve onto your quilts completely by machine. Finished size: 50" x 70"
The finished size of this project will be 50" x 70"
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 $400.00 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 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. These can be purchased here: Ports Of Call Pattern, Rainbow Strata Pattern, Ribbon Twist Pattern. We will not have patterns for purchase on board for the classes.
A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure.
Day 1 Galveston, Texas
Galveston Island is Texas' top historic destination. Guests on cruises from Galveston can enjoy 32 miles of relaxing beaches, great seafood, tropical scenery, superb restaurants, marvelous downtown shopping, breathtaking Victorian architecture, numerous antique stores, incredible art galleries, plus tons of attractions, entertainment venues and world-class sportfishing. Probably the most charming way to discover this historic city is by carriage. Take a carriage ride through the Victorian-era streets and let your driver take you back through history.
Day 2 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Day 3 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Day 4 Roatan, Honduras
Roatán Island is the largest and most developed of the three Bay Islands of Honduras and lies not far off the northern coast. The majority of the population of Roatán originated from the Cayman Islands. The growth of tourism and travel awards has put Honduras squarely on the map. Today, the beautiful Caribbean island is a mecca for divers and snorkelers. Commercial fishing is one of the main economic drivers in Roatán and is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the Western Caribbean. Visit the Caribbean’s largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Lying just offshore, it's a favorite spot for divers and snorkelers to see colorful corals and an amazing array of marine life.
Day 5 Costa Maya, Mexico
Costa Maya, once a trading post for the Mayan Empire, is located in the Mexican Caribbean and is best known for its jungles, beaches, lagoons and Mayan ruins. Recent development and modern port facilities are making Costa Maya the perfect port of call. With so many activities, it will be hard to decide what to do first.
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. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulúm, majestically perched above the turquoise Caribbean. The site was occupied as far back as 600 A.D. However, it was most densely populated around 1200 A.D. You will be struck by the pyramid-shaped El Castillo, which dominates the city from atop a forty-foot cliff. The nearby Temple of the Descending God provides equally excellent insight into the architecture of the Mayan people, who gained considerable achievements in the arts and sciences, only to decline and vanish for no apparent reason.
Day 7 Cruising
Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!
Day 8 Galveston, Texas
Return to Galveston, Texas.
Liberty of the Seas
The newly renovated Liberty of the Seas® is packed with all the phenomenal onboard experiences you'd expect from our innovative Freedom class of ships, plus new offerings to stir your imagination. Share a high five with Shrek as part of The DreamWorks® Experience. Put on your boogie shoes for hit Broadway musical Saturday Night Fever. Catch a first-run movie in the 3D theater or poolside under the stars on the outdoor movie screen. And finish the evening with a selection of reds or whites at the renovated, now-more-intimate Vintages wine bar. Plus, enjoy all the revolutionary features Liberty of the Seas has always been known for – like the FlowRider® surf simulator, rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, Royal Promenade, cantilevered whirlpools, mini golf course, and much more.
Here is a video about Liberty of the Seas and all the amazing things it has 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 Galveston, Texas.
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