Carol Doak 'n Friends Quilting Cruise 2014
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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 www.caroldoak.com.
Dana can't remember NOT quilting! Her quilting legacy extends for seven generations (and she has the physical quilts from each generation!). She loves to share her quilting knowledge and tips with all of her students.
When she is not teaching quilting classes, Dana is machine quilting on her longarm machine. She has had her longarm business for nine years and has won many awards and ribbons for her machine quilting. Besides longarm quilting and teaching quilting classes, she also enjoys being a hostess at the Stitchin' Heaven Quilter's Hideout Retreat that is held two times each year. Dana enjoys herself and makes sure her classes are great fun!
Marsha lives in the northern-most city in Wisconsin –
Superior, which is at the very tip of Lake Superior. She has
a wonderful husband and has 4 grandsons who live in
Kansas with their mom and dad. When not working (which isn't
often) she likes to play golf, bowl, camp, x-c ski,
snowshoe, and spend time with her friends. She also loves
spending time with her 91 year old mother who is her biggest
fan – she can't believe Marsha can even sew!
Marsha worked for 37 years in education as a teacher and school counselor. During the last couple years she started playing around with the idea of pursuing her love of fabrics. Being a quilt shop owner for the last 9 years she has tried to come up with various patterns
and items to keep her customers coming back. That was how the “Twisters” came about. She did them for her customers and then they traveled with her “Twisters” and she started to get calls from other shops and to make a long story short....after several prototypes and the help of 2 businesses in her area, along with good friends offering help and cheering her on, she came up with a marketable Lil' Twister and a Twister. That was followed by 2 books - “Let's Twist” and “Let's Twist...Again.” The 3rd book that she finished recently is “Let's Twist...One More Time!” The rest is history.
Enjoy a delightful day with Carol Doak making this delightful project using Mariner Star paper pieced blocks and beautiful fabrics. As always Carol will make you laugh till you cry and your class will be over before you can say "Ship Ahoy!" Quilt size is approximately 50" x 50"
entertain and educate you while she teaches this very cool
project called "Las Tortugas". This quilt is actually made
from "The Turtle" block and we all know how amazing the
turtles are in the Caribbean. Fabrics are all batik and you
will most likely finish this one before you get off the ship
as all the fabrics are pre-cut. This beautiful quilt will be
a nice memory of your time spent making new friends on our
cruise! Size: 65" x 78"
We have selected the quilt that started the Twister
revolution, featured on the cover of Marsha's first book
If you have never used this amazing and fun tool, you will
have a great time learning how to use it right the first
time as its creator will show you step-by-step what to do
and the different options you have with it. Marsha will have
lots of models to show you in class to get you inspired to
make many of these great quilts in the near future. Our
fabrics will be similar to the one shown on the cover of the
book and cut down to the size piece you need just prior to
cutting. Your Sail ‘n Sew pack includes the fabric, both the
Twister and the Lil’ Twister needed for this project, and
the book "Let's Twist". You’ll have great fun in this class
with Marsha! Quilt size is approximately 60" x 70".
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!
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
- 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 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!
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 make our first stop: Nassau, Bahamas. For a city now known for its warming sun and balmy breezes, Nassau has a tumultuous past. First settled by the English, the area was contested by England, France and Spain. For many years, Nassau was a home base for notorious pirates, and it was burned to the ground by the Spanish three different times. Since 1740, however, visitors from all over the world in search of both relaxation and adventure have made Nassau their favorite destination.
Our next stop: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. St. Thomas is known as an idyllic vacation spot today, but its history is not so peaceful. In the 18th century, the island was at the center of a bustling pirate culture, as swashbuckling pirates such as Blackbeard and Drake traded stolen wares in the port of Charlotte Amalie. This world-renowned Caribbean island is home to amazing beaches, gorgeous sea and landscapes and unbelievable duty-free shopping.
Finally, our last stop: Philipsburg, St. Maarten. When the Spanish closed their colonial fort on St. Maarten in 1648, a few Dutch and French soldiers hid on the island and decided to share it. Soon after, the Netherlands and France signed a formal agreement to split St. Maarten in half, as it is today. Philipsburg displays its Dutch heritage in its architecture and landscaping. The island offers endless stretches of beach, beautiful landscapes and great shopping.
Experience the ship that revolutionized cruising, Oasis of the Seas®— its groundbreaking design introduced seven distinct neighborhoods built for ultimate enjoyment. Hop on a classic carousel on the Boardwalk®, then watch acrobats splash down in the AquaTheater, the first amphitheater at sea. Let imaginations soar in the Youth Zone—the largest kids' area at sea—or at the Pool & Sports Zone, where you'll find FlowRider® surf simulators and zip line views. Unwind with a stroll in Central Park®—a meandering garden lined with shops and fine restaurants—or melt away stress at Vitality Spa. Jazz up your evening with Broadway hit Hairspray, or hit the Royal Promenade for memorable moments with DreamWorks® Experience characters. Join us onboard the ship that changed cruising – a world where innovation rules.
Where to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Oasis 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, bridge play, and art & craft workshops.
Nighttime sees a similar variety of entertainment options. Enjoy a lively venue for nonstop gaming action all within the Casino Royal. There's also Studio B, featuring ice shows; the five-story Broadway-style Opal Theater; Blaze Nightclub; and Dazzles, featuring musical spectacles ranging from big band to disco. Or simply enjoy a leisure stroll throughout the Solarium with its sparkling indoor/outdoor pool and lounge area featuring a retractable roof.
Spa and Fitness:
There is everything under the sun here. You can play basketball, volleyball or paddle ball in the full-length sports court; enjoy four pools and ten whirlpools; A tranquil poolside Solarium area; mini-golf; and a Zip line. Feel like working out? Then you will enjoy a fully equipped workout facility and fitness center, with 158 state-of-the-art cardio and resistance machines. Also available are palates, kickboxing, yoga, and spinning classes.
Another "must do" while cruising is to make your way to deck twelve where you will find the Sea Spa. You can indulge in spa treatments such as relaxing ocean-wraps, aroma stone therapy massage, an exotic jasmine bath, and more. Plus, complete hair and makeup services are available.
With 25 onboard dining venues to cater to any craving, going hungry is not an option. To make your mouth water, here are just a few!
The new Solarium Bistro: On Oasis of the Seas®, let the starlit ocean sky set the mood after dark, when the Solarium pool transforms into a fine dining destination. Explore a menu of inspired, sumptuous dishes that embrace healthful living through healthy eating.
Dive right in to a hearty, seafaring meal on Oasis of the Seas®' Boardwalk at Seafood Shack – start with appetizers like crab cakes, coconut shrimp or sweet potato fries, then dig into fish and chips or the fresh-off-the-hook catch of the day. A la carte pricing.
Located in the Pool and Sports neighborhood, is the Wipe Out Café, a casual self-service buffet with pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and fresh salads; Chops Grille is Royal Caribbean's popular signature steakhouse, featuring grade-A premium cuts of steak cooked to your specifications, plus fresh seafood, hearty side dishes and signature desserts in an upscale, contemporary setting; and Izumi Asian Cuisine features a sushi bar.
Favorites among the Central Park neighborhood include: Giovanni's Table, an Italian trattoria with both indoor and alfresco seating featuring Italian classics served family-style; Park Café, an indoor/outdoor gourmet market featuring salads, sandwiches, soups and pastries; 150 Central Park serves up an intimate five-course experience of leading-edge cuisine in a modern setting; and Vintages, a wine bar with pre-dinner tapas and cheeses along with a robust selection of fine wines.
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 lighting and artwork on the walls. Each stateroom has a private bath, telephone, 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;
Oceanview w/ Balcony Stateroom;
*Please note that non-sewing guests
will receive a $250 discount.
*Port charges, taxes & fees of $295.41 are not included.
Travel to and from Ft Lauderdale:
You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Ft Lauderdale, FL
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