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Cruise to Hawaii 2013

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Join us on a 10-night
Hawaiian Cruise featuring three incredible teachers - Carol Doak, Charlotte Angotti, and Debbie Caffrey. 

The Teachers:

Carol Doak

As a best-selling author, celebrated teacher and lecturer and award-winning quiltmaker, Carol Doak has greatly influenced the art and craft of quiltmaking for more than a decade, in the U.S. and internationally. Her accomplishments include a sizable collection of popular books, with over one million books in print. It is no secret that Carol has raised the popularity of paper-piecing, her trademark technique, to heights never before seen in the world of quiltmaking. She also has an impressive range of beautiful blue-ribbon quilts featured in several books, such as Great American Quilts 1990 and The Quilt Encyclopedia, as well as the covers of numerous magazines.

Carol's lighthearted approach and ability to teach have earned her high marks and positive comments from workshop participants worldwide and at national shows such as the Houston International Quilt Festival and the American Quilter's Society Show. If you have ever taken a class from Carol, you know that her enthusiasm for quiltmaking is infectious. Carol has a gift of sharing her inspiring ideas with her students in such a positive and unique way.

Carol's history within quiltmaking is nothing short of remarkable, and the future of quiltmaking will benefit from her generous knowledge, enthusiasm, and most of all from her love of quilts. Learn more about Carol by visiting her website at

Charlotte Angotti

While shopping with her mother in 1978, Charlotte wandered into a quilt shop and everything changed form there. Educated in fine arts, speech and drama, she brings a variety of talents to the class in a most humorous way.

Charlotte has been teaching quilt making since 1979...because someone asked her to teach them. Her first quilt was sold right after making it and she has sold her quilts ever since. She owned a quilt shop in Virginia Beach, VA from 1981- 1999. She began teaching nationally in 1991 and has taught for many large shows as well as small groups. 

Along with her kit business, Quilt Maker's Studio, she now teaches and lectures full time and lives in Conway, SC.  She has 11 patterns, and a new book written with Debbie Caffrey coming out in May 2012.

Known for her humor, her way with fabric/color and her pre-cut kits, Charlotte believes her hobby is quilt making and her job is teaching others to enjoy it as much as she does.

Debbie Caffrey

Debbie Caffrey is a self-published author of thirteen books, dozens of patterns, and more than 200 mystery quilt patterns. Her fourteenth book, Surprise Yourself!, is co-authored with Charlotte Angotti. The new book will be released in May 2012.

Debbie began teaching energy-filled workshops in 1983 while living in Alaska. She has been teaching nationally and internationally since 1994. In 2000 she moved back to New Mexico.

Debbie brings efficient, precise, and contemporary techniques to making quilts. Her patterns reflect an updated look inspired by traditional pieced designs. While based upon tradition, her inspiration comes from many sources. Art, architecture, culture, nature, and cuisine are just a few of the things in New Mexico that inspire designs and fabric selections for her quilt. Another thing that inspires her quilts is her love for puzzles of all kinds: crossword, jigsaw, Sudoku, logic puzzles, “Whodunnit” mysteries, etc…

The Classes & Sewing Times:

"Stars Over Hawaii"

Carol has designed this beautiful quilt measuring 51" x 51" just for our trip together.  We will have not have a Storm at Sea while spending time with her laughing, sharing story (that's a Hawaiian term, y'all), and getting to know one another.  This quilt is made from some beautiful batik fabrics that you will make you fall in love.  Beautiful coral, teal, and purple - what could be better?


"Let Me Surprise You!"

Finally a class that you know you have brought the right things! A seam ripper, pins and thread. The machines are going to be there and I'll bring the fabric! Already cut and ready for you to start sewing. This kit is designed just for the cruise. No hints of color, pattern or size are's a surprise! Here are the only will have a very relaxing day full of fun and laughs, oh, and you'll make new friends! The quilt will be a fabulous bonus.  Due to the nature of this class the pre-cut kit is required.  The fabrics are all 100% top quality and you will have great fun playing with them.  These images shown are examples of quilts that have actually come from this very fun class by Charlotte.  Come on....Surprise Yourself!



"Pohihihi" means "mystery" in the Hawaiian language and mystery quilts is what Debbie Caffrey is all about.  She has designed this one exclusively for our cruise and we will offer it in several differnt and delicious color choices - Island Punch, Molten Lava, and Under the Sea.  (Fabric images shown are for color purposes only - actual fabrics will most likely differ)  You will just love making this beautiful mystery quilt with Debbie showing you the way!





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.

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 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 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
  • Oliso 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 sewing machine!

    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!>

    www.aurifil.comDuring 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.oliso.comAlso 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

    The Ship:

    Royal Caribbean cruise shipGuests of Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas® will embark on the course other cruise ships hope to someday follow. When you're not enjoying the magnificent ocean views, you'll be relaxing in the soothing Day Spa, swimming in one of the pools, taking a much-needed whirlpool or catching up with friends in one of eight lounges. 

    Onboard Activities, Entertainment, Exercise and Dining!

    Where to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Royal Caribbean's Radiance 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.

    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 full cast of singers and dancers that is not to be missed! Or, why not try your luck in the Las Vegas-style casino, with slot machines, dice games, and card tables.


    Spa and Fitness:
    onboard rock-climbing wallThere is everything under the sun here. You can 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 two pools, six whirlpools and a jogging track (five times around equals a mile).

    The 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 Radiance 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.

    Scrumptious salads, Juicy burgers. Spectacular views. That's only the beginning of what you'll find at the casual and convenient Windjammer Café buffet style restaurant. You won't be disappointed.

    At Latté-tudes, a modern-day coffee bar, you will relax with a frothy cup of cappuccino and a light snack while you watch the world go by.

    General Information

    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:
    Interior Stateroom:
    Ocean View Stateroom:
    Oceanview w/ Balcony Stateroom:
    *Please note that non-sewing guests
    will receive a $250 discount.

    *Port charges, taxes & fees of $324.92 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.

    This cruise leaves from Vancouver, BC and ends in Honolulu, HI.  You are responsible for travel to the ship in Vancouver and back home from the ship in Honolulu.

    Click here for a printable itinerary


    Sorry, we are at capacity at this time, please email if you wish to be notified of any future availabilities.

    A Cruise is always better with friends!  Print out the Itinerary, show your friends & sign up together!

    Contact Information

    Clay Luttrell
    with Stitchin' Heaven Travel,
    will be your Cruise Consultant for this cruise.
    Click here to meet Clay
    For questions about this cruise, please email Clay

    or Call: (903) 363-9810

    For questions regarding the classes or kits, please email Kitsey

    Stitchin' Heaven
    502 E. Goode St.
    Quitman, TX 75783

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