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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
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 States, 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
Rick Taylor (husband of Linda V. Taylor) has been involved
in the longarm quilting machine business since 1995. He has
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.
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 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
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
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
"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:
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. As part of the class, each student will be given a
stabilized dream catcher to practice the feathers on your
own machine when you get home.
Is there Life after Stippling? - Advanced Longarm
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. Each student will also go home with a
stabilized wall-hanging ready to proudly stitch out your
newly acquired techniques when you get back home.
Longarm Technical Skills - How to Approach that Custom
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
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 volcanoes 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 and you will have a
wonderful stabilized star wall-hanging to take home and
practice all the ideas that you drew out in class with
Quilting Machine Maintenance – Solve your tension
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.
Lions and Tigers and Templates, Oh
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
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.
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 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.”
Machine Quilting Business Dealing with
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:
How to fix or quilt some of the problem quilts
Other services such as piecing backs,
bindings, fixing quilts, pressing
How to set up your work
How to work efficiently
Different kinds of quilting
How to make the distinction
with the pricing
How to make this business fit into your
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
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
- 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
- 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 with lots of goodies inside
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Guests of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas®
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.
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.
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.
Nighttime 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:
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.
The 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.
The 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.
Craving 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.
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 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.
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.
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. 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.
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:
Ocean View Stateroom;
Ocean View w/ Balcony Stateroom;
*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.
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For questions about this cruise, please email Clay
or Call: (903) 363-9810
For questions regarding the classes or kits, please email Kitsey
1118 N. Pacific St.
Mineola, TX 75773
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