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Canada & New England Quilting Cruise

Canada & New England Quilting Cruise September 11 - 20, 2014


Join Stitchin' Heaven
& friends on a 9-night
Canada/New England Cruise featuring your favorite 

Debbie Caffrey, Debbie Maddy, 
& Debra Gabel 
with your hostess Deb Luttrell!

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New England and eastern Canada have an unmistakable charm, history and natural beauty all their own, and there's no better time to visit than the fall. The foliage is brilliant in every imaginable color, lighthouses dot the coastline, and there's always an authentic lobster bake going on somewhere.

Meet the "Deb-utantes"

Debbie Caffrey• 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.

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…

Debbie Maddy• Debbie Maddy •

Debbie started quilting in 1982 and teaching in 1993. Her greatest satisfaction comes from introducing new people to the art of quilting. She designs patterns for quilts that look difficult to make but are really easy.

In 2002, she started her business "Calico Carriage Quilt Designs" and began presenting lectures and workshops for quilt guilds and shops. In 2005, she was invited to appear on "Simply Quilts" with Alex Anderson. Her episode was "Shining Star."

She specializes in traditional-style quilt designs that are made with her easy, accurate No Diamonds/No "Y" Seams technique! She has self published twenty seven patterns and six books. Find out what's new with Debbie at .

Debra Gabel• Debra Gabel •

Pattern designer, author, teacher, lecturer, Zebra Patterns business owner and award-winning quiltmaker, Debra Gabel has been featured as a "pioneer and rebel" in quilting by Fab Shop news in 2011. Her accomplishments include four published appliqué books to date, two cd’s and over 300 patterns in her Zebra Patterns line.

Many memory quilt makers love her signature “postage stamp” patterns and printed panels. She also has an impressive range of beautiful award winning quilts featured in several books as well as numerous magazines. Debra has a gift of sharing her inspiring ideas with her students in such a positive and unique way. Learn more about Debra by visiting her website at

Classes & Sewing Times:

September Sunset quiltDebbie Caffrey's Project:
September Sunset

62" Square

Debbie planned this beautiful project specifically for our cruise featuring the maple leaf found in Canada and New England.  Our beautiful fabrics will remind us of the wonderful sunsets we will experience while sailing the high seas.  Debbie will teach you many techniques while you are enjoying making this project along with two different options for the leaves. (image of quilt with fabrics coming soon.)

Josephine's Knot quilt
Debbie Maddy's Project:

Josephine's Knot

70" Square

One of our favorite projects of Debbie’s is the Josephine Knot. It is a simple project to put together with an exceptional result.  The beautiful fabrics are from Moda and will be laser cut for fast assembly.  You could not ask for a simpler pattern that makes up to be such a stunning quilt. Rows of squares and rectangles intertwine to add interest to this lap size quilt that measures 70” x 70”.

Cruise Memories Wallhanging

Debra Gabel's Project:

Cruise Memories Wallhanging

9" x 27"

You won't want to miss a chance to make this fabulous cruise memory! It is a tall vertical wall-hanging adorned with a decorative quilt hanger that Debra has designed especially for our cruise featuring our ports of call. We will piece, embellish with fabric glitter and buttons and cord trim. You will get to learn several fun embellishment techniques as well as Debra's one step binding with faux piping finishing! This will be a class filled with fantastic tips and lots of FUN! Debra's energy is boundless and contagious! Go home with a gorgeous finished project that will be a lasting memory of your Canadian Cruise!  Class kit required. Finished wall hanging is 9" x 27".



Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack:

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! 

NOTE: The kit for Debra Gabel's project is required at $100. If you want to bring fabric for the other two kits you are welcome to do so. Please let us know so we can provide fabric requirements/cutting instructions so you can come to class with your fabrics pre-cut.

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
  • 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 24/7 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!

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a
new Bernina 3 Series sewing machine!

Bernina logoThat'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

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


The Cruise

harbourWe'll sail from Cape Liberty, New Jersey aboard the Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas for a 9-Night Canada and New England Cruise.

New England and eastern Canada have an unmistakable charm, history and natural beauty all their own, and there's no better time to visit than the fall. The foliage is brilliant in every imaginable color, lighthouses dot the coastline, and there's always an authentic lobster bake going on somewhere.

Click here to download a Shore & Land Excursions Brochure.
Statue of Liberty(May take a while to load. This is a 53-page .pdf file)

We will begin our journey out of  Cape Liberty, New Jersey. Cape Liberty Cruise Port is located on the New York Harbor in Bayonne, New Jersey, and is just seven miles from New York City and three miles from Newark Liberty International Airport. Guests on cruises from New York can enjoy the port's waterfront location and convenience to the Big Apple. Visitors have easy access to everything New York City has to offer. As a symbol of democracy and freedom, the Statue of Liberty is recognized around the world and is synonymous with the United States. You can reach Liberty Island by ferry, departing from Jersey City, New Jersey.

Following a full day of sewing fun we will dock in Portland, Maine. Portland offers a unique combination of Maine's rich history and its own vibrant culture. Local artisans offer their handiwork along the streets of the Arts District and the Old Port Exchange. Colorful boats line the shores of Casco Bay, and wonderful freshly cooked seafood abounds in this charming seaside town. The Old Port Exchange is really the heart of downtown Portland. It's a collection of 19th-century brick buildings originally constructed to support the vast export and fishing industries. Today, this quaint, restored area houses specialty shops, restaurants and pubs.

The next day we will arrive up the coast in Bar Harbor, Maine.  Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island and surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor features some of the most spectacular scenery on the Eastern Seaboard. The rock-bound coast, soaring granite cliffs, majestic mountains and blue waters have attracted the Rockefellers, Astors, and Vanderbilts for over 200 years, and continue to enchant visitors today. Explore beautiful Acadia National Park. See Cadillac Mountain and the natural rock formations of Thunder Hole. Journey over bridges to arrive at Jordan Pond House, where you can take in the beautiful scenery of Penobscot Mountain and the Bubble Mountains while enjoying popovers and tea.

Saint John, New Brunswick will be our next port. Founded by Loyalists escaping the Revolutionary War in 1785, Saint John has emerged as a thriving port city. Its restored historic waterfront and surrounding natural beauty have made Saint John a wonderful destination. Experience the amazing Reversing Falls Rapids, Saint John's best-known attraction. Twice daily the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy rise faster than the river can empty. When this happens, the tide attempts to push the river back upstream, then the tide ebbs and the river appears to reverse itself and flow over the rocks, creating the appearance of reversing rapids.

Just when we thought it could not get any more beautiful we will be in Canada at Halifax, Nova Scotia.   The "City of Trees" offers the warmth and charm of a small town along with all the excitement you would expect from a great city. Peggy's Cove, Citadel Hill, Old Town Trolley in Bostonand the Acadian Country are just a few of the sights that will herald our arrival here.

Once more we will have a full day of sewing and then we will be back in the US at  our final port, Boston, Massachusetts. The cradle of the American Revolution and one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston remains the metropolitan center of New England. With an unrivaled history, old New England charm and cosmopolitan sophistication, Boston offers a fascinating travel experience to any visitor. Walk the cobblestone and brick of the Freedom Trail and you'll see many monuments to Boston's rich history. Beginning at Boston Common, you'll pass the site of the Boston Massacre and go on to Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's House and Charlestown, among many other places central to American history. You'll find out why they call Boston "The Walking City."


The Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas

There's never been a cruise ship like this. Enjoy one-of-a-kind features like an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade and a rock-climbing wall. There was only one way to accommodate all of these innovative ideas. We built a bigger cruise ship.

The 138,000-ton, 3,114-guest Explorer of the Seas offers more space for every guest - plus enhanced staterooms, expanded fine dining and exceptional recreational facilities. This cruise ship is so high-tech, it even features the University of Miami Ocean Lab, a state-of-the-art oceanographic and atmospheric science lab.


Onboard Activities, Entertainment, and Dining!

karaokeWhere to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Royal Caribbean's Explorer 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.

ice skating showNighttime 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.

spaThe 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 Explorer of the Seas®!

diningThe 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.  Johnny RocketsAt 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 Starbucks! Open day and night, it's a great dining option for everything from a quick breakfast to a late-night snack.

Windjammer CafeThe 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.


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 $385.03 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 the cruise:

You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

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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

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