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Legacy Quilting Voyage 2014

Join Stitchin' Heaven
and friends on a 7-night
Western Caribbean Cruise featuring three incredible
quilt historians
- Paula Barnes, Denice Lipscomb, and Jerry Stube. 

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The Teachers:

Paula Barnes

As one of two partners in Bonnie Blue Quilts, a company specializing in vintage and reproduction fabrics and patterns, Paula is the exclusive designer for the company. Her passion for fabric and quilts of the past inspires beautiful reproduction quilts, which incorporates today's simplified quilt making tools and techniques.

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 Brothers.

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 Bonnie Blue Quilts ", "Exchange Quilts," and others.

Denice Lipscomb

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 family heirlooms.  

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 another Block of the Month coming out soon that will be called "First Ladies."  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 Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Baxter, and her anti-social cat Millie.

Jerry Stube

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 the family.
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:

Simple Star

Simple Star is a quick and easy wall quilt or table topper. The project is great for a fast gift or to showcase a border print. Paula will guide you through some tips and tricks making this project with our beautiful fabrics from Marcus Brothers (similar but not exact to what is shown here).  The quilting possibilities make this a wonderful quilt for someone special. Quilt measures approx. 62" x 62"


For Emily Ann

For Emily Ann is a beautiful reproduction project designed by Denice in honor of her second Great Grandmother Emily Ann Todd.  It measures 65" x 65" and almost has a nautical feel with the beautiful selection of red, white, and blue fabrics. Of course it will be pre-cut so you can sit down and start sewing!  Denice will be there every step of the way to show you simple piecing techniques and tips.  


Lucky Stripe

"I began collecting old quilts many years ago after inheriting a few from family. The softness of the colors and patterns fascinates me. I also love the fact that they are not precise. We tend to think that every quilt must be perfect, it does not. When you study old quilts, you quickly see that most of them are anything but precise, however, we continue to cherish them.

In 1992, I purchased an old wooden cigar box with a broken lid at an auction for $1. The thing that made me bid was a small bit of patchwork sticking out of the corner. It was red and blue and just cute."  Read more about Jerry's Cigar Box Quilts here

Lucky Stripe, a Cigar Box Quilt, is a reproduction of an antique quilt made in 1885 by a friend's grandmother. The original has turkey red borders as does the new one. The original was hand pieced with the stripe machine appliqued on top of the block-she wanted you to know she had a machine! Finished size 66" x 66". 

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
  • 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!

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 Cruise:

We will begin our journey out of Galveston, Texas, on March 16, 2014 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!

We will make our first stop 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.  This is Royal Caribbean's newest port in the Caribbean and is only a few years old.

We will then 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, we will hit 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.


The Ship:

Guests of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas® Voyager of the Seaswill 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. Navigator 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.

The Navigator of the Seas also features a Boleros latin-themed bar, Casino Royale, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, British-style pub, 4 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 Navigator 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, onboard rock-climbing wallfrom 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 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.

Outdoor Mini GolfSpa 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.

Day 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.

Voyager of the Seas main Dining RoomThe 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 Navigator 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.

Johnny Rockets '50s-style restaurantCraving 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? Scoreboard sports barThe 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. The Windjammer CaféChoose 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.


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 $268.50 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 Galveston, Texas:
You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Galveston, TX

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Contact Information

Clay Luttrell
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

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

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