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Longarm Quilting Summit at Sea, February 16 - 23, 2014

Stitchin' Heaven Travel invites you to join us on the...

 

Longarm quilting education from some of the top names in the industry and a vacation all at the same time!

The Teachers:

Linda V. Taylor

Linda V. Taylor has invested years of experience and talents into making some of the world's finest quilts and understanding the longarm quilting industry. Linda has made over 4,000 personal quilts, and been involved in the creation of over 16,000 quilts!
She is world-renowned for her incredible training workshops. She instructs small groups and gives individual attention at quilt shows across the nation. Linda has been awarded "Teacher of the Year" three times by her students. Her training facilities are Linda's Electric Quilters, LLC and Rocky Mountain Electric Quilters, LLC. Linda's award-winning quilts are awe inspiring. She has created many patterns that are now available for purchase. Linda has aired on several television shows with quilting personalities such as; Alex Anderson (Simply Quilts), Sharlene Jorgenson (Quilting with Shar), Georgia Bonesteel (Quilting Across America) and Donna Wilder (Sew Creative).

Now she hosts her own show geared specifically towards Longarm quilters. "Linda's Longarm Quilting" airs on PBS stations across the United Sta
tes, here on thequiltingschool.com or can be purchased through one of her training facilities. Linda has also written the handbook on quilting, "The Ultimate Guide to Longarm Quilting." Don't wait, subscribe to her T.V. series today through thequiltingschool.com.


Rick Taylor

Rick Taylor (husband of Linda V. Taylor) has been involved in the longarm quilting machine business since 1995. He has been one of the directors of Linda's Electric Quilters, LLC and Rocky Mountain Electric Quilters, LLC, authorized dealers for the Gammill machines. Through the years, his extensive knowledge and experience in working on the machines has earned him an impeccable reputation in the industry. He is able to impart his 'know how' to others with his easy going and easy to understand manner. He can be found roaming the country imparting his knowledge at quilt shows.
 
 

Kimmy Brunner

Kimmy Brunner, two time winner of the Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year award, is a third generation quilter who has made it her goal to bring her family's quilting history into the future. Her award winning work has been featured in numerous books, magazines and calendars. Known for her beautiful quilting and crazy sense of humor, her teaching style combines laughter with years of experience. The producer of top-rated instructional DVDs for midarmers and longarmers, digitized patterns for computerized quilters, and high quality quilting aids and tools, she writes for numerous quilting industry publications, including a regular ask-the-expert column, and is a frequent guest on quilting television and radio shows. A popular and sought-after teacher and banquet speaker at national and international quilt shows, Kimmy lives in Minnesota with her family and a rather alarming stash of fabric. Visit her web site www.Kimmyquilt.com or her blog http://afabricplayground.blogspot.com for more information.


Pam Clarke

Pam Clarke has been quilting since the late 1960’s and sewing since she could hold a needle. She lives in Spokane WA, has 3 children and 3 granddaughters; she grew up in Sacramento CA. Pam has been machine quilting and teaching machine quilting, piecing and appliqué classes since 1988. She is the owner of Homes Stitches a professional machine quilting business that was started in 1988. Her work can be seen in several published magazines and books. She has quilted for Debbie Mumm, K-P kids, Fiber Mosaics, Mary Lou and Company, Fabric Sales, Kaufman, Bernantix, Retta Weirheim and Martingale. To this date she has quilted over 7,000 quilts and has made several hundred. Pam has appeared on Quilt Central and with Linda Taylor for PBS. She has also been featured in Fons and Porter as a Celebrity Quilter.

Pam teaches all over the USA including IMQS, Innovations, Machines in Motion, The Home Machine Quilt IMQX in NH and several local shows in the Northwest. Her favorite type of quilting is appliqué mixed with simple piecing with a scrappy look that has won her numerous ribbons across the USA.

Designs with Lines is another business that was started by Pam Clarke in 1998. This technique was designed to help speed up the quilting process by using simple lines as a guide to create individual designs. Pam has been creating her own stencils for several years and this technique is used for the home machine quilter or the longarm machine quilter. She has available 11 videos From Beginning to the Advanced Machine quilter, along with Sketchbooks full of ideas to go along with her stencils.

In 2009 Pam was voted Teacher of the year for the Home Machine Quilt Show in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Pam is also very excited to be on board with Gammill Quilting Longarm.

DeLoa Jones

"Teacher of the Year" at Machine Quilters Expo East.  DeLoa Jones has been an avid quilter for 33 years. She started her Longarm career with 20 years of teaching and handquilting professionally. Many of DeLoa’s designs are influenced by her sense of traditional quilting with a little twist added. DeLoa has had a machine quilting business for 12 years in which she has a running count of about 4,500 quilts. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and designs with her students. She has authored five books and has a line of rulers and stencils. DeLoa is also an APQS representative and Compuquilter dealer. DeLoa and her husband Dave live in Michigan and have eight children and four grandchildren.

 

The Classes & Lectures:


Linda's Topics

Feathered Dreams - Fancy Feathers for Beginners
Linda has been evolving with her feathers for more than 20 years. She will start from the beginning simple shapes and show you how you can tweak a feather to make it your own. You will draw along with her to be confident of your skills and she has a power presentation with examples of real quilts showing the application of each of the fancy feathers. 

Is there Life after Stippling? - Advanced Longarm Freehand
This fun class with Linda Taylor is a star sampler with a gorgeous peacock fern medallion in the middle surrounded with awesome freehand background designs - beyond the basics.  You will draw along with Linda and see beautiful examples of where to use the techniques in her power point presentation. 

Longarm Technical Skills - How to Approach that Custom Quilt
What does it take to be the best quilter you can be? A well-rounded longarm quilter knows as much about technical skills as she does about freehand quilting. Knowing the proper procedures for longarm quilting and how  to stabilize the quilt is essential for beautiful quilts.  Linda doesn't like following "rules" anymore than you do, but there are "standards" that we should all be aware of in order to do our best work. Linda also show you how to efficiently quilt a border design without marking, how to stitch in the ditch, stitch around curves and appliqué and how to rotate the quilt.  This is a class you don' t want to miss!

Star Gazing with Linda Taylor - How Do I Quilt?
: Stars gazing at you on those quilt tops? Come with stars in your eyes and allow Linda to give you plenty of ideas to quilt the milky way. Also see how to manage those volcanos in the middle of the star or anywhere else on your quilts. Beginners through advance students will find this class very helpful.  Go home with tons of ideas on how to quilt those blocks on your quilts. You'll be trailing stardust when you leave this class.

Rick's Topic

Quilting Machine Maintenance – Solve your tension headaches!
Rick will help you understand some of the common causes of poor tension or thread breakage. This understanding will ensure smooth operation of the longarm machine and solve any problems you may be having with tension. The back of your quilts should look just as good as the front. This class will help you understand how to maintain a well balanced, finely tuned quilting machine that will always make a great stitch and cover many of the areas for you to check and adjust on your machine. Questions are welcome. You won’t want to miss this class with Rick! Come away with renewed confidence in your ability to work with your machine to make your dreams come true. 

 Kimmy's Topics

Lions and Tigers and Templates, Oh My!
Beginning longarm and midarm machine quilters all seem to share one fear; templates. Templates can seem so scary at first, and yet there’s no other tool that can make a new quilter’s work look so good with so little effort. See for yourself just how user-friendly these fabulous tools can be once you know how to safely and effectively use them! Kim will show you how to creatively use an assortment of templates, enabling you to get the maximum bang for your template buck. After taking this class, your quilts will take on a whole new professionally finished appearance. Bring a notebook, pencil, colored pencils, and all of your questions. Cameras are always welcome in Kim’s classes.

Lions and Tigers Too!
Kim’s first template class, Lions and Tigers and Templates Oh My!, was such an overwhelming success that both students and show owners begged for a second class with even more cool designs. This is that class! If you’re a beginning level longarm or midarm machine quilter and you’re looking for ways to amp up your quilting, join us for a class filled with unique and interesting ways to use templates to create stunning designs. Bring a notebook, pencil, colored pencils, and all of your questions. Cameras are always welcome in Kim’s classes.

Twirly Whirly Feathers
Twirly, whirly, over the top feathers have been sweeping the quilting world and when our customers see them, they want them. While these designs look complicated and intricate, they are surprisingly simple to execute. If you've been struggling with learning how to do these beautiful feathers, this is just what you’re looking for! After taking this class and doing a little practice at home, you'll be amazed at how soon you’ll be turning out breathtakingly beautiful feather designs. **This is the classroom version of Kim’s bestselling Twirly Whirly Feathers Workbook/DVD, featuring excerpts from the DVD, and allows you to learn Kim’s feather designs in an interactive setting.** Please bring a sketchbook, pencil, and all of your questions. Cameras are always welcome in Kim’s classes.

Pam's Topics

Quilting Inside the Lines
 In this very informative class you will be provided a 30 plus page workbook of over 50 designs, two pre-cut registration line stencils, plastic sheet protector, dry erase pen and a pre-stamped muslin piece (a $25 value) that can be taken home for practice.

Using simple lines and a little chalk for marking discover tons of designs that will fit any pieced block or border. You will be amazed at how simple this is, leave class with the confidence in knowing Yes, I can do this and I don’t need to be an artist. Using the workbook provided in the kit follow along with Pam as she draws the designs using a power point presentation. This technique will truly change the way you approach your next quilt project.

Custom Sampler Machine Quilting Designs
Included in this class will be a 30 plus page workbook, dry erase pen, plastic sheet protector (a $7 value). Discover how to take the piecing of the block and design free motion custom quilting with very little marking. 9-Patch, Double Wedding Ring, Ohio Star and many more will be discussed. Follow along with Pam using the workbook provided along with several samples using a power point presentation. This class is for the serious quilter who is ready to step out of the box without a lot of fuss. You’ll be surprised at how simple this is.

This Old Quilt
Are you unsure of Machine Quilting those older quilt tops/antique quilt tops because it will lose it’s value? Pam Clarke, a longarm quilter since 1988 and a collector of antique quilt tops will discuss the how, why and when or if they should be finished. Using a power point presentation learn how to take care of problem areas such as full borders, blocks and loose seams, learn how to treat musty smells, remove old age stains, the correct batting, backing, thread and the correct quilting design. Whether you are finishing an antique top or a top of current fabric and style the lecture will give you the confidence to make the correct decision to finish “This Old Quilt.”
 

DeLoa's Topics

Machine Quilting Business
In this class, I want to instill in the student the joys of the machine quilting business, the ups and downs, and how to deal with problems. I will cover the following:

  • Dealing with customers
  • How to fix or quilt some of the problem quilts
  • Battings threads
  • Other services such as piecing backs, bindings, fixing quilts, pressing
  • How to set up your work area efficiently
  • How to work efficiently
  • Pricing
  • Different kinds of quilting
  • How to make the distinction with the pricing
  • How to make this business fit into your lifestyle.

    Design Elements for Blocks
    If you have ever wondered what to put into the middle square of that star block then this class is for you. I have been quilting many designs that fit into squares, triangles and rectangles that will attach to other continuous curve in your blocks. This class is beyond the basic continuous curve, it is all about filling the spaces with design but still getting around the whole block with one stop and start . There are over 25 free-motion designs for just a square alone. These designs will add spice to the ordinary continuous curve without adding a lot of time.
    (A workbook will be provided with this class)

    Border Patrol 2
    Here are 20+ designs that are a little more adventurous for the more advanced student. These designs are for the larger borders as well as the small ones. All are free motion and don’t require turning and repininng your quilt. Learn how they fit into , flip over, mirror image, and turn corners easily to adapt to any quilt that you may have. My braided border designs are included with this class. These are unique designs that can fit into small as well as large borders.
     

    Classes are subject to availability and selected when you register.  Register early for the best choice in classes!

 

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

  • Stitchin ‘ Heaven Travel communication updates
  • A Welcome Aboard Party
  • An artist sketchpad, pens, and pencils for use during seminars
  • Plenty of one-on-one time with the professionals to exchange ideas and discuss quilting strategies
  • All workbooks required by the teachers for a complete experience
  • Specialty products demonstrated by these designs will be availble for purchase so you can implement what you have learned in class once you return home
  • A state-of-the-art conference center dedicated to our event the entire cruise
  • A Stitchin’ Heaven Travel souvenir tote bag
  • T-Shirt for each traveler specific to our cruise
  • Quilt Giveaway courtesy of Stitchin’ Heaven
  • Classes are taken on days "at sea" so no port time is missed
  • Photo of entire group
  • Lots and lots of door prizes and other great surprises on every trip!


  • *Note: No longarm machines will be onboard. Instruction will be done via laptop and projector lecture style.

The Cruise:

We will begin our journey out of Galveston, Texas, on February 16, 2014 for a 7-night, roundtrip cruise through the Caribbean. When it comes to beautiful beaches and sparkling blue waters, the Caribbean is truly in a league of its own!

We will make our first stop in 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.

Next, we will visit George Town, Grand Cayman.  Grand Cayman is one of a group of three magnificent tropical islands Christopher Columbus called "Las Tortugas" (the turtles) for the sea creatures he found in the ocean water. The designation did not endure, however, for on later maps the islands were labeled the Caimanau, the Carib Indian word for "crocodile." The name "Caimanas" refers inaccurately to the iguanas native to the islands, which were perhaps at one point mistaken for crocodiles. Among other attractions, visitors to the island will enjoy learning about the turtles, visiting the town of Hell, exploring Seven-Mile Beach and enjoying the undersea world.

Finally, we are docked in Falmouth, Jamaica. Quaint Falmouth was an economic powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. In today's Falmouth, visitors still enjoy 19th-century Georgian architecture as well as river bamboo raft rides, arts and crafts shopping, flavorful local fare and horse-and-buggy rides. Falmouth is the gateway to the best Jamaica has to offer. Just east of Falmouth is Ocho Rios, known for its spectacular Dunn’s River Falls. Travel west to reach Montego Bay and the beautiful beaches of Negril. Thanks to its central location, Falmouth gives visitors the best tour experiences of the north coast of Jamaica.

The Ship:

Guests of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas® Voyager of the Seaswill enjoy a revolutionary marvel of naval engineering. This ship is filled with a rock-climbing wall, a miniature golf course, golf simulators, two Centrums, an ice-skating rink, a basketball court, theme bars and restaurants. Navigator of the Seas also features the Royal Promenade, a bustling boulevard four decks high and the length of two football fields, where you'll find charming shops, cafes, colorful street performers, and lively street fairs.

Royal Promenade

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.

The Navigator of the Seas also features a Vintages wine bar, Casino Royale, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, British-style pub, 3 swimming pools, 6 whirlpools, and of course a day spa and fitness center!

 

 

Onboard Activities, Entertainment, Exercise and Dining!

Where to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Royal Caribbean's Navigator 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 enjoy something.onboard rock-climbing wall

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 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.

on-board casinoNighttime 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! Why not try your luck in the Las Vegas-style casino, with slot machines, dice games, and card tables.

 

Spa and Fitness:
Outdoor Mini GolfThere 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.

Day SpaThe 15,000-plus-square-foot, Steiner-operated Ship Shape 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.

Dining:
Voyager of the Seas main Dining RoomThe onboard dining venues cater to any craving. Going hungry is not an option. To make your mouth water, here are just a small few of the options available onboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas®!

The elegant main dining room offers fantastic food and a supremely attentive wait staff. With world-class décor, heavenly entrees, delectable desserts and dining options to suit a range of vacationing needs, this is fine dining that everyone can enjoy.

For a delicious Italian meal in an intimate setting be sure to check out Portofino Italian Restaurant.  From the first bite of the antipasto to the last spoonful of tiramisu, dining in the elegant atmosphere of Portofino is an evening to remember. Sample some of the chef's new creations or have one of your favorites prepared the classic way. You won't be disappointed.

Johnny Rockets '50s-style restaurantCraving good old-fashioned burgers and fries?  Not a problem.  At Johnny Rockets® '50s-style restaurant you'll find onboard everything you'd expect from the shoreside restaurant - authentic 1950s décor, a menu filled with all-American favorites and, of course, friendly service.  Johnny Rockets is great casual dining that all will enjoy.

 

Scoreboard sports bar


Need a quick bite or a late-night snack? The Café Promenade, a casual sidewalk café on the Royal Promenade, features sandwiches, pizza, pastries and popular brands like Seattle's Best Coffee®! Open day and night, it's a great dining option for everything from a quick breakfast to a late-night snack.


The Windjammer CaféThe Windjammer Café is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before hitting the pool or enjoy a casual dinner to top off a day of adventure. Open almost around the clock, it offers great food, spectacular views and an attentive wait staff, all in a casual atmosphere. Choose from a wide variety of food and a seemingly never-ending buffet for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the day. Serving stations offer salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers, meat-carving and hot entrées. And for your sweet tooth, choose from a multitude of cookies, cakes and frozen yogurt.

General Information

Cabins:
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.

Dress:
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:
Gratuities are not included in your reservation costs. We recommend $3.75 per person, per day to the dining room waiter; $5.00 per person, per day to the cabin steward (or $7.25 if you're in a suite); and $2.15 per person, per day to the assistant waiter. Also recommended is $0.75 per person, per day to the headwaiter. Since we are classified as a group on the ship, Stitchin' Heaven Travel is required to pre-pay these gratuities for our entire group.  Once the cruise is complete we will charge your  fees to your credit card unless you tell us you prefer to take care of these charges with check/cash. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.

Prices


Cruise prices includes the Royal Caribbean Cruise, stateroom, fine dining,
exciting on-board entertainment, all longarm quilting presentations, group activities and parties.

Stateroom's are as follows:
Interior Stateroom;

$990*

Ocean View Stateroom;
$1,190*
Ocean View w/ Balcony Stateroom;
$1,290*
*Please note that non-sewing guests
will receive a $250 discount.

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $270.15 are not included.
*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Please call for other occupancy pricing.
*There is a $350 per person deposit due at registration. which
will secure your price and availability.


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

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Call us at: (903) 871-9836

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