Join Stitchin' Heaven Travel
and friends on a 7-night
Alaska Needlework Cruise featuring three incredible
- Alice Wilhoit, Erin Klein, and Robyn Pandolph
Most of us have had the experience of becoming
“all out excited” over a new
hobby or activity only to cool once the “new” has worn off.
leads to an unfinished project, or projects if the
excitement was really
great, being relegated to a forgotten box on some closet
shelf. That was
Alice’s story until some 20 years ago when she took a class
at a local quilt
shop and found herself immersed in a world of infinite
fabrics. She has never “cooled” or even looked back. In this
time, Alice has
produced something over 250 quilts, many of them of her own
have won awards in quilt shows and festivals. Her designs
and patterns are
sold in quilt shops around the country. American Quilter's
her book, Crazy Patchwork, in 2009.
In 1987, Alice began instructing, and soon coordinated all
teaching at the
leading quilt shop in her area. Now she teaches in the
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She travels to teach across the
U. S., Canada and has taught on
Although she designs both traditional pieced and appliquéd
quilts, her true
love, other than her husband, children and grandchildren, is
the art of appliqué, crazy patchwork and just about any kind
Through her years of experience she has developed many labor
and time saving
techniques to aid in the preparation portion of appliqué.
These she happily
shares! One of her greatest joys is seeing someone develop
into a dedicated
quilter regardless of the style or method chosen.
Alice is married to Bill, has six daughters, a son and six
three great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter. She and
Bill live in
McKinney, Texas, along with their Shih Tzu, Molly, the queen
Erin has been doing handwork, sewing and crafts since the
age of eight when her grandmother first taught her to
embroider. Since learning to quilt in 2003, quilting has
become a passion in her life. She has been teaching in one
form or another for the last 30 years – first in her
mother’s craft shop, then as a homeschooling mom and now as
a quilt teacher at her local quilt shop. She teaches
beginning quilting, hand piecing and classes of her original
Introduced to Inklingo in 2008, Erin uses various Inklingo
collections to create original quilt designs with the help
of Electric Quilt. Although Inklingo is suitable for both
machine and hand piecing, she prefers to hand piece most of
her quilt tops. If quilting is her passion, hand piecing is
her first love. Chocolate used to come in a close second
however that love is fast becoming overtaken by a new-found
love of appliqué!
Erin plans to introduce a series of Inklingo and appliqué
design leaflets of her original quilt designs soon. She is
the mother of four and grandmother to one. She divides her
time between Las Vegas and Pahrump NV where she house sits
(while quilting!) for a variety of furry friends.
Quilter, designer, author, teacher, and mother, Robyn
Pandolph came to the quilting world in a modest way. Like many of
us, she grew up with a mother and grandmother who quilted and sewed,
and she always had an interest in fabrics and design. Her life
really changed in 1997 when she brought her Folk Art Wedding Quilt
to International Quilt Market in Houston. With her soft pastel
colors, and original folk art hand-appliqué, Robyn took the quilting
world by storm. A successful fabric designer for over 10 years now,
Robyn is the quintessential creator of sophisticated floral romance.
Robyn has always been drawn to soft, romantic looks in her designs.
To achieve this feeling in her now famous Folk Art Wedding Quilt,
Robyn over dyed and bleached every single fabric she used, creating
a distinctly unique soft vintage look, which stood out from the
darker palettes popular at the time. Robyn's signature style took
off to great quilting acclaim and the rest is history. Robyn has
gained worldwide acclaim, including two awards as Australia's
"Favorite Fabric Designer". Robyn is best known for her use of
romantic colors and florals which all work together across
collections to blend beautifully in quilt designs and home décor.
Robyn is also an accomplished author of three books: Radiant Earth
which is now out of print; Stitched With Love by The Electric Quilt
Company; and Needleturn Appliqué Made Easy published by Landauer
Corp. When not traveling, Robyn resides in Galveston, Texas. Her
four children Zac, Eli, Josh, and Hannah are now grown and creative
in their own right, having grown up surrounded by their mother's
The Class Projects & Sewing Times:
Alice's Project: "Crazy Patchwork"
Alice loves crazy patchwork and she will share her love with you
during this workshop. In class you will have the right
fabrics, lace, beads, and other gems to complete a 12"
crazy patchwork block by hand. Once you do you might
just find that you are crazy over crazy patchwork as
Erin's Project: "Inklingo!"
Lucy Boston searched for just the right fabrics to fussy
cut to create secondary designs when she created
her Patchwork of the Crosses coverlet over 50 years
Today we have a large variety of fabrics to use in
an array of colors that are great for fussy cutting
give that perfect kaleidoscopic effect.
You will learn the basics of hand piecing and using
freezer paper templates for fussy cutting while
creating this sampler project.
Robin's Project: "Needleturn Appliqué"
Everyone knows what an incredible
artist and designer we have in Robyn Pandolph. Our
project for the cruise is one of the blocks from the
Bespoke Blooms BOM program. It is representative of the
city of Bath where Robyn once lived. This block of the
month was inspired by the charming villages found in
Somerset, England. Each of the 12 blocks represent a
specific village with historic information included in
the pattern. Once you take Robyn's needleturn applique
class you will look at needleturn applique in a brand
Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack:
This kit will have all the fabrics you will need for each of the three projects. Our incredible Sail 'n Sew fabric packs include all of the fabrics for your projects and they are pre-cut so all you need to do is sit down and sew!
Click here to pre-order your Sew Fabric Pack & Supplies
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.
A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days
prior to departure. Sail ’n Sew Fabric Packs will be
billed approximately 90 days prior to sailing.
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A Welcome Aboard Party
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
Optional pre-cut Sail ‘n Sew fabric kits
Lecture and trunk show with each instructor
Every quilting guest takes all the classes offered –
no choosing classes and being disappointed you did
not get the class you wanted
Classes are taken on days "at sea" so no port time
Classroom is open till midnight each day for plenty
of free time sewing
Bernina 330 sewing machines for each student
Free spool of Aurifil thread
Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing
Plenty of classroom support
Osilo Pro Smart Irons™
Photo of entire group
Lots and lots of door prizes and other great
surprises on every trip!
Also 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. Some of the features included are 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. We love this iron and you will too! You can view the full line of Oliso Smart Irons online at www.oliso.com
We begin our
seven-night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise out of
Seattle, Washington. While you’re in Seattle, why not get a taste of the local flavor?
Thanks to the fish-abundant waters, Seattle offers fabulous seafood restaurants ranging from fine-dining to casual eating. There's also a great selection of brew pubs, and of course, coffee shops. With lattes and cappuccinos on just about every street corner, Seattle's easygoing attitude seems to be fueled by caffeine.
We will cruise through the breathtaking Alaska Inside Passage. Millions of years ago, southbound glaciers carved out the Inside Passage, leaving majestic fjords, islands and bays in their wake. Today, the spectacular views will leave a lasting impression on you. From the lush greenery of Tongass National Forest - the world's largest and northernmost temperate coastal rainforest - to the brilliant blue glaciers, you'll see jaw-dropping beauty everywhere you look.
Our first port stop will be Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery. When you're in Juneau, you shouldn't miss the amazing glacial landscape. The best view available is from the seat of a helicopter (a shore excursion), where you can watch for bear, mountain goats, and moose. Then, once you've landed, take a once-in-a-lifetime dogsled ride. Flying not your thing, then be sure to explore Juneau on foot. With more trails than roads, Juneau features world-class hiking - through glacial waterfalls and the largest temperate rain forest in the state. And after all that exploring, don't miss the true taste of Alaska at an authentic Alaskan Salmon Bake with all the trimmings. You'll taste some of the freshest, most delicious salmon in the world.
Our next stop is Skagway, Alaska, where you will enjoy experiencing one of Alaska's most breathtaking valleys while horseback-riding through historic Dyea. Or, cruise to a remote beach at Glacier Point, then get aboard a 31-foot canoe and explore spectacular icebergs. Or how about experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design and blow your own glass art in the Last Frontier - complete with real gold in your finished piece. You will also enjoy the unforgettable journey aboard the "Scenic Railway of the World" and travel 20 miles from tidewater to the summit of the White Pass - a 2,865 foot elevation. Ride in vintage rail cars as you retrace the original route to the White Pass summit. This fully narrated tour features panoramas of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites.
We will cruise through Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska. Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings. You will have ample time to admire the landscape. Perhaps you will catch sight of a few native animals as you cruise through this port. The glaciers are home to black and brown bears, wolves, deer and moose. Also watch for seals and whales in the fjord's icy waters, as well as bald eagles appearing overhead.
Finally, enjoy Victoria, British Columbia. Located on the southern tip on the island of Vancouver in British Columbia, the city of Victoria is probably best known for its mild climate and active outdoor lifestyle. (In fact, the city has been named the "fittest city" in Canada more than once.) As the capital of British Columbia, the city is very tourist-friendly. Among the many attractions are the world-famous Butchart Gardens, and the very lush and exotic Butterfly Gardens. Victoria is also a great culinary hotspot. In addition to the abundance of fresh seafood, its mild climate lends itself to a variety of locally grown produce. For a complete culinary experience, be sure to try a glass of wine from one of Victoria's award-winning wineries. And last but not least, enjoy sightseeing and shopping through historic Chinatown and Antique Row.
With dramatic walls of glass and a retractable canopy, Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the
Seas® has already embarked on the course other cruise ships will someday follow. When you're not sewing you will be enjoying the magnificent ocean views, relaxing in the soothing Day Spa, swimming in one of the two pools, taking a much-needed whirlpool, feasting a delicious gourmet meals, or catching up with friends over your favorite drink in one of eight different lounges.
This ship is going to dry dock in March, 2012 so it will
be very new.
Onboard Activities, Entertainment, Exercise and Dining!
Where to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody 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. The Rhapsody features some beautiful public rooms where you can sit and enjoy the ship while visiting or just relaxing. The Viking Crown Lounge sits atop the Centrum, and is a great place to watch the ship come in to port.
Deck Six features Boutiques of Centrum which includes luxury shops, souvenir shops and a general store. Deck Eleven houses the ship Library where you will find a wide selection of books and guidebooks. Stay in complete touch with family and friends through the onboard Internet café, which is located on Deck Eight. The Casino Royal on Deck Five, featuring card tables, roulette wheels, slot machines and more. And don't forget about Rhapsody's Broadway Melodies Show Lounge. It is both functional and beautiful with excellent sight lines from the floor and balcony. Seating is on fixed banquettes and has adequate space to enter and exit rows. The Showboat Lounge features live music, dancing and entertainment.
The Rhapsody has two large pools and six hot tubs that can be covered by a retractable glass dome for bad weather. There is a sunning area, and a gym with exercise equipment, and an aerobics room. Steiner's of London has the usual spa installation aboard for all your pampering needs after a long day of quilting. Deck Ten features the famous rock climbing wall which stands 200 feet above sea level. You can even pick up a quick golf game right on the ship. The small course doesn't allow for long drives, but it's a great place to perfect that short game.
The onboard dining venues cater to any craving. Going hungry is not an option. On Deck Four, enjoy the Champagne Bar; a quiet bar serving champagne and sparkling wines. Decks Four and Five houses the main Dining Room which 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. You will also enjoy The Windjammer Café which is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before hitting the pool or to enjoy a casual dinner to top off a day of quilting adventures. You can 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 reallygood 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 quilting classes, group activities and parties.
Staterooms 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 $386.03 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 Seattle, Washington:
You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Seattle, Washington.
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Clay Luttrell with Stitchin' Heaven Travel,
will be your Cruise Consultant for this
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or Call: (903) 363-9810
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