|Stitchin' Heaven and Anthology Fabrics invite you to join us on the...
|Join us aboard
Independence of the Seas,
for an 8-Night
Eastern Caribbean Cruise!
The Quilt Company, a full service quilt store, Karen also
designs fabric for Timeless Treasures and currently
publishes a book and pattern line under The Quilt Company
name. Karen is a nationally recognized quilt teacher
and designer and her shop showcases Karen's fabric designs
for Timeless Treasures, her original patterns and the Quick
Trim Ruler she designed for Creative Grids. Karen's projects
can be found in catalogs and magazines around the world
and is a nationally known speaker and teacher. She has
been married to Cary for 30+ years. They have 3 children
Lauren, Brandon and Lindsay and have recently become a new grandma of twins -
Grant and Madeline.
As far back as she can
remember Cat Nix has held needle and thread in hand. "I get
such a charge from combining fabrics to create unique,
dynamic designs! Absolute Joy fuels my creative
Cat collaborated with Paula Nadelstern to develop the
"Puzzle Quilt Block of the Month," which she has taught for
several years. "I recognize in Cat a kindred spirit with a
love for complex fabric," Paula writes. "She has a true
grasp of my design sensibility. She strives to be an artist
who uses the vocabulary of quilt making to create a
distinctive and deliberate personal response."
"I have the best job in the world," Cat says of her work
with Anthology Fabrics. "I work with the best people and
best fabric in the industry!" As Creative Director, Cat
works with pattern designers, publishers, educators and shop
owners to promote the use of Anthology Fabrics. She also
serves as in-house pattern and project designer, working
with Anthology's fabric artists to develop new fabric
designs that can be used in all facets of quilting.
Cat resides with her family in Kansas City, Missouri and
teaches at Quilter’s Quarters in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Lucy Sessions is a talented quilter and
a teacher. For her, it’s all about sharing the knowledge,
from focusing on quilting basics to utilizing her knack for
deciphering the most complex patterns. Her enthusiasm for
teaching combined with her natural wit and her extensive
knowledge of quilting techniques make her a hit in any
For the past five years, Lucy has
taught a large variety of classes at Stitchin’ Heaven in
Quitman, Texas. She hosts two retreats per year and is a
hostess on cruises for Stitchin’ Heaven.
Lucy’s teaching experience includes
everything from beginning sewing to advanced tailoring. She
has always had in-home sewing business including draperies,
tailoring and custom clothing.
In 1990, Lucy enrolled in an all-night
quilting class leaving the next morning with a completed
quilt top and a new passion.
During the 1996 Atlanta Olympics,
Lucy’s quilt “Bird of Paradise” was presented to the flag
bearer from St. Kitts.
In 1997, Lucy was commissioned by
Georgia’s Bibb County School Board to design and make a
quilt. The finished quilt measured 18’ by 6’ and hangs in
school board meeting room.
In 2009, Lucy’s husband bought her a
long-arm quilting machine…and so began another career.
Lucy and her husband, Dennis, currently
live in Quitman, Texas. They have five children and 13
The Class Projects & Sewing Times:
You will LOVE the way Karen teaches her original pattern Migrations as we migrate across the ocean to our tropical destinations! In this class you will get to select from a variety of Story Strip Sets from Anthology while using her Quick Trim Ruler for easy construction. This quilt measures 46" x 60" so you will be able to finish most of it in class.
Cat is teaching a project called ToPsy TurVy. Choose any Story Strip and matching Story Book sets from Anthology Fabrics to create this healthy-sized throw. It will add color and style to any room in your home.
Finished measurements: 69" x 72".
You will have great fun making this
really neat quilt with Lucy using the Curves For Squares
ruler from Creative Grids. Designed by Karla Alexander
of Saginaw St Quilt Company and made with batik fabrics
Our Sail 'n Sew Kit offers this quilt in brown (as pictured), aqua, purple or red. Choose your favorite!
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. You may even take home a great deal on your brand new Bernina, as we will have special duty-free pricing while at sea! Visit the Bernina website to see the amazing features of this great machine!
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.aurifil.com.
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
Creative Grids® began in 1989, when Sheila Waterfield of Leicester, England went to her first quilt group with a friend. Sheila and her husband were running a family business at the time that involved plastics. Although she had just taken an interest in quilting, she quickly recognized that the small off-cuts of plastic would make useful templates for the Leicester Quilters.
Later with some input from their knowledgeable and experienced quilting friends, she started to develop a small range of quilting rulers. She decided to print in black and white so the quilter could easily distinguish the rulers' measurements and markings on light and dark fabrics. Listening to the quilters has played a great part in their success story - they wanted a ruler that did not slip. Sheila then invented the non-slip, opaque gripper dots. This invention set Creative Grids® rulers aside from any other.
Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack:
Our incredible Sail 'n Sew fabric pack includes all of the fabrics for all three projects! All
fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be provided by Anthology Fabrics.
Click here to pre-order your Sew Fabric Pack & Supplies.
If you do not wish to purchase a Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack, please advise Kitsey at firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, please 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.
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 with lots of goodies inside
- T-Shirt for each traveler specific to our cruise
- Quilt Giveaway courtesy of Stitchin’ Heaven
- Optional 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 is missed
- 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 products
- 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!
When it comes to beautiful beaches and sparkling blue waters, the Caribbean is really in a league of its own! We begin our
8-night Batik Cruise from beautiful
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
We will then have two lovely days at sea and our first stop
will be Philipsburg, St. Maarten!
Experience this magnificent place by touring the undersea world of coral reefs and exotic fish as you take a snorkeling expedition through Shipwreck Cove.
Or, compete in an actual race on an America's Cup shortened course.
Grind a winch, trim a sail or just sit back and enjoy. Professional
sailors will give you a quick lesson, then you're off to compete on
Stars and Stripes, one of the most famous sailboats in the world.
Or, you can admire the dazzling colors of hundreds of butterflies as you tour St. Maarten’s popular Butterfly Farm. There are countless adventures within reach on this cruise!!. Next stop,
Basseterre, St. Kitts. With dormant
volcanoes, golden sand beaches and gorgeous green hills, St. Kitts
is a beautiful backdrop to your Caribbean adventure. Discovered in
1623 by the British and settled by the French in 1625, the island's
deep colonial history is reflected in the abandoned fortresses, as
well as its landscaped gardens, city squares and architectural
details. The following day, we will arrive in
San Juan, Puerto Rico. One of the largest islands
in the Eastern Caribbean, Puerto Rico's landscape encompasses
mountains, underground caves, coral reefs, white-sand beaches and an
incredibly massive rain forest that supplies fresh water to most of
the island. At the same time San Juan, the capital of the
commonwealth, is a big city with a bustling business district,
glitzy resorts and casinos, as well as one of the most stunning
examples of colonial life in the Western world. Finally, our
last stop will be
Labadee, Haiti. On the north coast of Hispaniola,
surrounded by beautiful mountain slopes and exotic foliage, sits
Labadee®, Royal Caribbean's private paradise. This exclusive
destination offers pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery and
spectacular water activities. We even have an amazing new Aqua Park
for kids. Regardless of where you go, you'll find yourself embraced
by the beautiful landscape. Labadee's native charm, along with its
natural beauty, make this a destination not to be missed, and only
Royal Caribbean can take you there.
Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas
is a masterpiece of naval engineering. At
160,000 gross tonnage and 1,112 feet long, this ship is
packed with spectacular features including; an ice-skating
rink, fitness center, and day spa, a FlowRider® surf-park-at-sea water park, a rock-climbing wall with eleven routes and a central spire, 9-hole miniature golf course, cantilevered whirlpools, extensive WiFi capabilities and mobile phone connectivity, flat-screen TVs in every stateroom and so much more! Your experience onboard will be nothing short of incredible!
Click here for a printable itinerary.
Activities - Entertainment & Exercise!
to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Independence 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.
Nighttime sees a similar variety of entertainment options. Enjoy a lively venue for nonstop gaming action, including blackjack, poker, roulette, slot machines and more, all within the Casino Royal. Get your 15 minutes of fame in the state-of-the-art karaoke “On Air” Club. Enjoy the five-story Broadway-style venue for contemporary musical stage productions, as well as an onboard state-of-the-art theater featuring first-run movies. Or simply enjoy a leisure stroll throughout the Solarium with its sparkling indoor/outdoor pool and lounge area featuring a retractable roof.
Spa & Fitness
is everything under the sun here. You can practice your figure
eights in the ice skating rink; 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 four pools, six whirlpools and a
On deck twelve you will find the “Independence Day Spa”. Receive such Spa treatments as relaxing ocean-wraps, aroma stone therapy massage, an exotic jasmine bath, and more.
And if working out is your game, you will enjoy a fully equipped workout facility and fitness center, with stationary bikes, treadmills, free weights and elliptical machines
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 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.
Staterooms are as follows:
Ocean View Stateroom:
Oceanview w/ Balcony Stateroom:
*Please note that non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.
*Prices are per person, based on
double occupancy. Please call for other occupancy pricing.
*Port charges, taxes & fees of $303.66 not included. There is a $350 per person deposit due at registration. which will secure your price and availability.
Travel to and from
Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
You will be responsible for getting
to and from the ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.