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Carol Doak Quilting Cruise!


Stitchin' Heaven and Carol Doak Quilt Cruise

7-Day Caribbean Cruise
March 6-13, 2011


Ahoy, Quilters! We are excited to offer a wonderful quilting cruise to the Western Caribbean featuring Carol Doak! We hope to give you the time of your life while you cruise the seas, and quilt in style aboard Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas.

Please note:
To attend quilt classes and participate in the activities, you must book the quilting cruise. Royal Caribbean

Join us for a 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise featuring Carol Doak and the staff of Stitchin' Heaven. We will depart from Galveston, Texas on March 6th, 2011, then travel to Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel. During your days at sea, you'll be 'entertained' with quilting classes, sewing, and the many fun activities aboard the ship.

The Ship & The Cruise

We will sail out of Galveston, Texas, on March 6, 2011 for a 7-day, roundtrip cruise through the Caribbean on board the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas. We'll visit Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel, with three exciting days cruising at sea.Voyager of the Seas Classes will be held during those three days at sea, but you are free to roam about the ship as you please, and take advantage of all the ship's wonderful amenities. The Voyager of the Seas is a revolutionary marvel of naval engineering. Enjoy features like an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade, a TV studio and concert arena, rock-climbing wall, and much more. How did they accommodate all of these innovative ideas? Simple. They built a bigger cruise ship. The 138,000-ton, 3,114-guest Voyager of the Seas became the world's largest cruise ship when it entered service in November 1999.

Punctuated by two atria, Voyager of the Seas' most compelling space is the Royal Promenade -- a horizontal atrium that has the look and feel of an upscale shopping mall. There are designer boutiques, a sidewalk cafe, a British-style pub and even a red Morgan sports car, which used to belong to Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean's chairman and

A fabulous space, The Royal Promenade is four decks high, longer than a football field and wider than three lanes of traffic. There are no windows, but it's always dazzlingly lit up and sets the scene for street entertainment and festive Mardi Gras-style parades -- complete with stilt walkers, a swaying inflatable dancer, streamers and confetti, and music from New Orleans, Rio and other cool places.

Click here for the detailed itinerary.

Classes & Sewing Time

Classes will be held during our three "at sea" days. There are three classes, and three teachers, so everyone will be able to enjoy a class with each of the teachers. Don't worry, students will not have to rotate classrooms, the teachers will come to you.

Kits will be available for $169.95
We don't want you to have to spend your class time cutting, so we're doing the work for you. Just let us know if you want a kit, and we'll have it ready and waiting when you arrive on board. Prior to departure, we will contact you regarding the specific fabric selections available for your kit.

If you do not purchase a kit, please remember that you will need to pack your own fabrics. We will not have fabrics available for purchase aboard the ship.

How can all this get any better? Here's how!

Sail Away with a FREE Quilt!

Did we mention the QUILT GIVEAWAY each night? You'll have the chance to win a free finished quilt each night of the cruise ... that's 7 chances to win!

PLUS ... You'll be sewing on a new Bernina machine!

texasquiltworks.comTexas Quiltworks, in Rockwall, Texas, has generously agreed to furnish everyone with a new Bernina sewing machine during the cruise! There's no need to bring your sewing machine all the way from home, and you may even take home a great deal on your brand new Bernina! So, travel light, and sew in style while you're there. Stop in at Texas Quiltworks' website and check out Bernina's latest machines, and get ready for some happy quilting days ahead!
During our sewing classes, we will only be using spools of Aurifil™ thread.
Each cruiser will be provided a free spool of 50wt. thread. Aurifil™ thread is perfectly suited for every quilt project. Learn more about this wonderful thread at

www.oliso.comAlso during our sewing classes, we will only be using Oliso® Pro Steam Irons. This ain’t your momma’s steam iron! This professional-grade steam iron features award-winning technology and was designed with quilters in mind. It’s features include a pointed detailer tip and flat pressing area, three-way steam, the ability to perform as a dry iron, and an extended auto shut-off.  View the full line of Oliso Smart Irons at

The Teachers

Carol DoakCarol Doak

As a best-selling author, celebrated teacher and lecturer and award-winning quiltmaker, Carol Doak has greatly influenced the art and craft of quiltmaking for more than a decade, both in the U.S. and internationally. Her accomplishments include a sizable collection of popular books. With over one million books in print, it is no secret that Carol has raised the popularity of paper piecing, her trademark technique, to heights never before seen in the world of quiltmaking. She also has an impressive range of beautiful blue-ribbon quilts have been featured in several books, such as Great American Quilts 1990 and The Quilt Encyclopedia and on the covers of numerous magazines.

Carol's lighthearted approach and ability to teach have earned her high marks and positivecomments from workshop participantsworldwide and at national shows such as the Houston International Quilt Festival and the American Quilter's Society Show. If you have ever taken a class from Carol, you know that her Belize Quiltenthusiasm for quiltmaking is infectious. Carol has a gift of sharing her inspiring ideas with her students in such a positive and unique way.

Carol's history in quiltmaking is nothing short of remarkable, and the future of quiltmaking will benefit from her generous knowledge, enthusiasm, and most of all from her love of quilts. Click on the quilt for a larger image.

To read more about Carol Doak, you can visit her website at


Deb Luttrell
Deb Luttrell

Deb is the owner of Stitchin’ Heaven and has been active in the quilting industry for over 13 years. She started sewing at the young age of 13 and took her very first sewing lessons from her mother. In 1985 when her son was born she decided to make her first quilt and was not successful because she was not aware of the importance of taking classes. Some years later she attempted again and with the encouragement of friends and family completed her first quilt.

Gumball QuiltOver the years Deb has emerged as a designer of quilts as well as an instructor of those design. Many of her original patterns have been published in national magazines including McCall’s Quilting, Quilt, Quick Quilts, and others. “Gumballs” is one of her personal favorites because it is easy to make yet it looks complex.

During our cruise Deb will guide you through the steps and share with you the secrets she discovered while making her first. Of course, ”Gumballs” come in a variety of flavors so you can choose your own: Strawberry Parfait, Blueberry, Latte, and others. Our exclusive flavor for the cruise is “Voyager Treat” and it is wonderful!

Linda Vermillion

Linda Vermillion

Linda has been teaching in quilt shops since 1996 beginning with garment classes (pin weaving) and expanding to quilt classes. As a child Linda enjoyed hand work of any kind, knitting, needle point and sewing. Her mother was an avid seamstress and crafter so she observed her and wanted to do the same.

Linda always loved the look of hand appliqué but found some of the The Tall Ship Elissatechnique’s difficult. Through trial and error and a combination of products she found a way to take some of the frustration out of appliqué and change appliqué from the “A” word, as some quilters put it, to an enjoyable and rewarding technique. This method she teaches she calls “Appliqué with a Twist”. We thought it would be fitting to use this beautiful quilt by Sue Garman called "The Tall Ship Elissa", inspired by an 1877 fully restored tall ship that docks nearby at Galveston's wharves.

Activities - Entertainment & Exercise!

 EntertainmentWhere do we begin? It can be very hard to relax on Voyager of the Seas -- even on sea days -- because of the head-spinning array of activities that run from dawn to dusk and beyond! The ship's entertainment staff offers an intriguing blend of options, and everyone, from the most traditional passenger to the completely contemporary traveler, will find something to do.

During the day, if you don't want to sew, you'll find plenty of activities, such as bingo, dance lessons, horse racing, art auctions, Mr. Sexy Legs contests, rock-climbing wall competitions, bridge play, art and craft workshops and films in the tiny cinema. Poolside, throughout the day, a live band plays a blend of Caribbean and American songs, and parades take over the Promenade's main thoroughfare.

DiningNighttime sees a similar variety of entertainment options. The gorgeous La Scala Theater is a state-of-the-art show lounge inspired by the legendary one in Milan, Italy. There is an excellent Broadway-style production show with a cast of 16 singers and dancers, and the ice skating show is not to be missed! And, also, for those who want to catch the big game, Scoreboard on the Royal Promenade and the 19th Hole in the Viking Crown Lounge area have satellite TV.

Spa & Fitness
GolfWhere to begin? There is everything under the sun here. You can practice your figure eights in the ice skating rink; go in-line skating on the roller blade track; play basketball, volleyball or paddle ball in the full-length sports court; climb to 200 feet over the sea in the rock-climbing wall (if you've never tried it, no worries -- they give you a lesson before you set off); and practice your golf swings at miniature golf and a golf simulator. The ship also has three pools, six whirlpools and a jogging track (five times around equals a mile). One interesting note: One of the pools and a whirlpool have hydraulic lifts for the disabled.

Spa The 15,000-plus-square-foot, Steiner-operated ShipShape Center and Day Spa has 14 massage and treatment rooms; a relaxation area with sea views; full-service beauty salon; oceanview workout area with stereo and TV monitors; 66 Reebok machines including 20 treadmills; free weights; and an aerobics area with wood-suspended floor, mirrored wall, two large-screen TV monitors and wrap-around windows. One of the spa's nicest features is its round hydrotherapy pool.

General Information

With so much to do onboard, chances are really good that you will actuallyBalcony Stateroomjust 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 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 provided.

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 not included in your reservation costs. Royal Caribbean recommends $3.50 per person, per day to the dining room waiter; $3.50 per person, per day to the cabin steward (or $5.75 if you're in a suite); and $2 per person, per day to the assistant waiter. Royal Caribbean also recommends $0.75 per person, per day to the headwaiter, but we don't necessarily tip him or her unless the service was special. Gratuities can be pre-paid in advance, added to your onboard bill or paid in cash at the end of the cruise. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.

Pricing and Registration

Interior Stateroom
$990 per person*

Ocean View Stateroom
$1170 per person*

$1290 per person*

Please note that non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.

* Port charges, taxes & fees of $239 not included
**Each roommate must register separately

Make Your Reservation Here!

Cruise prices includes the Royal Caribbean Cruise, cabin, fine dining,
exciting on-board entertainment, all quilting classes, group activities and parties.
Port charges, taxes & fees of $239 not included.

Travel to and from Galveston, Texas
You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Galveston.

Contact Information

Clay Luttrell, with Stitchin' Heaven Travel,
will be your Cruise Consultant for this cruise.
Click here to meet Clay
For questions about this cruise,
please email Clay
or Call: 903-312-8591
or FAX: 512-628-3283

For questions regarding
the classes or kits,
please email Analiese

Stitchin' Heaven
502 E. Goode St.
Quitman, TX 75783

Stitchin' Heaven Travel is a division of Stitchin' Heaven, Inc.

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