Join Stitchin' Heaven
and friends on a 7-night
Western Caribbean Cruise featuring three incredible
Civil War quilt historians
- Paula Barnes, Denice Lipscomb, and Jerry Stube.
As one of two partners in Red Crinoline Quilts, a company specializing in Civil War, vintage and
reproduction fabrics and patterns, Paula is the exclusive
designer for the company. Her passion for fabric and quilts
of the Civil War era inspires beautiful reproduction quilts,
which incorporates today's simplified quilt making tools and
Using antique quilts as her inspiration,
Paula designs traditional timeless quilts. Her designs are
reproductions of actual antique quilts or are inspired by
them. Paula designs reproduction fabrics with Marcus
Paula has nearly 20 years of teaching
experience in Dallas and Houston quilt shops, and enjoys
numerous distinctions and guild affiliations throughout the
state of Texas. Paula's workshop and lectures include
"Designing a Quilting Studio", "History of the Quilts from
Red Crinoline Quilts ", "Exchange Quilts," and others.
Denice has been quilting for over 20
years and is the owner of Common Threads Quilting in
Waxahachie, Texas. She often says that she was born in the
wrong century (except for the luxuries of air conditioning
and indoor plumbing) and Common Threads reflects her love of
history with its emphasis on reproduction fabrics. She has
a collection of antique quilts and uses these as part of the
inspiration for her patterns. She also uses her knowledge
of antique fabric to assist her customers in dating their
Denice enjoys the challenge of
designing quilts and has partnered with Windham Fabrics to
present Blocks of the Month Programs that honor women
throughout history. The first one was called “Patriots in
Petticoats” and honored Revolutionary War women. The fabric
collection came from a quilt that is part of the DAR
Collection. Her second one is called “Women of Courage” and
honors women from three centuries of history. She was
privileged to be a part of designing the fabric used in this
quilt. She has also designed several other Block of the
Month programs that are exclusive to Common Threads.
Denice lives in Waxahachie with her
husband Kirk, her shop dog Nellie, and her anti-social cat
I made my first quilt in 1973 while pregnant with my
second daughter. My mother and grandmother both quilted but
had not taught me, so I really began from scratch. I wanted
a quilt to cover her bassinet, it was awful but it kept her
head from rubbing the woven bassinet. My next attempt was a
crib quilt for her but I had no one to tell me how large to
make it, so I measured the mattress and made it that size.
Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam with no room to cover the
baby, it just lays flat on the mattress. To say I have
learned a lot, is an understatement.
I continued to quilt over the next 23 years while moving
around the world with my military husband, holding down a
career of my own in hospital administration and rearing my
two daughters. In May 1996, I was diagnosed with gastric cancer; I decided that life was
just too short not to do the things we really love best. I
changed careers and opened The Quilter’s Quarters in
November 1996. Within the next 8 months my mother had cancer
and my sister died of cancer, so I knew I had made the right
decision. I continue to learn and share my love of quilting
to everyone with whom I come in contact. My special interest
is finding more ways to help in cancer research and
assisting local organizations through quilting. We have
raised thousands of dollars to this end.
I couldn't ask for a more supportive family,
given all the hours it takes to run a business, and I am
proud to say my granddaughter, Rowan, already loves quilts.
My mama always said, "Get them young and train them right,"
and it looks like Rowan will be the next quilt designer in
Jerry owns Quilter’s Quarters in Leavenworth, KS where she
lives with her newly retired husband, Jack. They have two
daughters, Brandy and Shannon and the most beautiful
granddaughter in the world, Rowan.
The Classes & Sewing Times:
Red Crinoline Quilts is an online quilt store specializing in Civil War reproduction designs from the 1800's. Paula Barnes designed Gettysburg specifically for our cruise. It features brown, indigo, and cream reproduction fabrics from the Civil War era. The striking Bears Paw design is made using Paula's favorite notion and secret weapon: Star Singles. You will love them! This quilt measures about 50" x 50"
Pioneer quilting techniques varied depending on the quilter, the theme and resources available. Many women created quilts before their trip, some quilted on the road and others made quilts once they reached the destination. The main purpose for all the quilts were warmth, resourcefulness of fabric and decoration. Pioneer quilts were most popular in the 1880's. The Pioneer Braid is one of Denice's favorites and you will enjoy learning the techniques to make this quilt. This 74" by 90" quilt looks complicated, but is easy enough for a beginner.
Jerry's class project, Riverboat, is an array of beautiful
and colorful Civil War fabrics featuring the star made using
Thangles, the no-way-you-can-mess-them-up paper for making
half square triangles. You will love making this quilt
because we all love fabric and there will be many different
designs in your bag of fabrics. Jerry is a hoot in class,
and out of class for that matter so she will keep you
laughing all day long
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!
Plus ... You'll be sewing on a
new Bernina 3 Series
That's right! 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
We will begin our journey out of Galveston,
Texas, on April 14, 2013 for a
seven-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!
On April 16th, we will make our
first stop: 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.
On April 17th, 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, on April
18th, 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 Mariner 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. Mariner 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 Mariner 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 Mariner 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 Mariner 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 quilting classes, group activities and parties.
Stateroom's are as follows:
Ocean View 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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with Stitchin' Heaven Travel,
will be your Cruise Consultant for this cruise.
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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
502 E. Goode St.
Quitman, TX 75783
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