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Moda Quilting Extravaganza Jan 26 - Feb 2, 2014

Join Stitchin' Heaven
and friends on a 7-night
Western Caribbean Cruise featuring three incredible
Moda Designers and instructors - Barb and Mary (Me and My Sister), Sherri Falls (This and That), and Karla Eisenach (Sweetwater)

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The Teachers:

Barb and Mary

Designers (and sisters), Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, of “Me and My Sister Designs” have had their hands in almost every aspect of the creative crafting industry.   These sisters and one-time shop owners have expanded their love of quilting and crafting into a business that now includes designing fabrics for Moda.  In addition they developed the SideWinder portable bobbin winder and produce and design patterns and books for their company.

They have great fun taking what they like to call “Everyday Color” and infusing it into their fabrics for Moda.  Moda Fabrics has been the leader in the quilting and notion industry for the past 30 years.  The sisters have been members of the Moda family for the past six years, and have designed 18 lines of fabric. In 2009, the sisters teamed up with Wrights and Simplicity to produce one of the biggest and most exciting new sewing notions to hit the industry, the “SideWinder” portable bobbin winder.  Due to its huge success, the “Deluxe SideWinder” was introduced internationally this spring.

They have been featured in several national quilting and sewing magazines.  The most recent being Better Homes & Garden’s Quilting August 2010 issue.  There is hardly a trade magazine that does not feature fabrics, designs or advertisements for their products.

Look for more exciting things to come from these two at

Sherri Falls

Sherri began quilting in 1994. She enjoyed trying to put patterns together in different ways and experimented with designing her own patterns. In 2000, Sherri started a machine quilting business with her mother who owns a quilt store in scenic Waconia, MN. It was at that store that she met Eileen Taylor, designer of the Holly Taylor fabric line from Moda. Eileen encouraged Sherri to try creating patterns with her fabric and This & That Pattern Company was born.

Since 2004, Sherri has designed many patterns and a book for the Holly Taylor fabric lines. In addition, Sherri has designed charm patterns and other fun patterns for jelly rolls and layer cakes under the “Little Scraps” and “Breakfast Club” lines.  Her newest designs include embroidery along with the piecing for quick and easy, take-on-the-go projects.

Sherri has been married to her husband, Paul, for 21 years. They have two girls and a boy, ages 18, 15, and 12.

Karla Eisenach

Karla Eisenach is a partner with her two daughters in the design company Sweetwater.  However, she initially started in the quilting industry in 1986 under the company name Farmyard Creations.  She has designed hundreds of quilt patterns in the past 25 years.

Sweetwater started as a scrapbook design company and  currently designs fabric for Moda.  They have created 12 collections to date which feature fresh, simple and modern designs.

They also create innovative graphic design in custom iron-on fabric labels and canvas art prints.

When not quilting, Karla loves interior design, going to flea markets and visiting her favorite design blogs.  She has lived in Colorado her entire life and is excited for her first cruise!

The Classes & Sewing Times:

Jamaica Me Easy!

Easy and FUN ... Just like a laid back Jamaican day!
This quilt is made using one of our favorite pre cut packs ... layer cakes. On our cruise, however, all the pieces will be laser cut for you so you can just start sewing! How easy!
The finished quilt measures 52 x 52 inches. The perfect size for that picnic at the beach.


Just Before Dawn

This easy quilt is designed for Jelly Rolls but it will be completely laser cut for you on our cruise so all you need to do is to sit down and sew.  Our fabrics will be from Kansas Troubles and everyone LOVES them so of course our finished project will be faaaabulous!  Sherri will take you through the construction process step by step.  You just might finish this one Just Before Dawn back in Ft. Lauderdale!





Karla and her design team have a knack for designing simple yet elegant/contemporary quilt projects of course always using their beautiful fabric collections.  Our design (shown here in “Noteworty” but subject to change to a newer Sweetwater collection) will be one that you will really enjoy working on while cruising.  It will be laser cut so all you need to do is sit down and sew!  What could be better?




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 Ft Lauderdale, Florida on January 26, 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: Labadee, Haiti. On the north coast of Hispaniola, surrounded by beautiful mountain slopes and exotic foliage, sits Labadee®, Royal Caribbean's private paradise. This exclusive destination offers pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery and spectacular water activities. We even have an amazing new Aqua Park for kids. Regardless of where you go, you'll find yourself embraced by the beautiful landscape. Labadee's native charm, along with its natural beauty, make this a destination not to be missed, and only Royal Caribbean can take you there.

Our next stop: 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.

Finally, our last 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.



The Ship:

Freedom of the SeasDebuting in December 2010, is Royal Caribbean's newest and most innovative cruise ship, Allure of the Seas! An architectural marvel at sea, she will span 16 decks, encompass 225,282 gross registered tons, carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms.

Allure of the Seas will tout Royal Caribbean's exclusive neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas which will include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place, and Youth Zone.

With it's revolutionary design, Allure of the Seas will fill your days at sea with wonder! Hop onto a full-sized carousel in the Boardwalk neighborhood, spend some quiet time in the adults-only Solarium, and let the kids' imaginations run wild in the Youth Zone. Jump right into the Pool Zone, where you'll find the famous H2O Zone, FlowRiders®, ten cantilevered whirlpools, and a thrilling zip-line view of the ship and sea below.    The entertainment never stops while onboard. You will love the ice shows at Studio B, dancing at the Blaze Nightclub, special jazz features at Dazzles, or enjoy a show at the Comedy Club. Your experience onboard will be nothing short of incredible! 

Onboard Activities, Entertainment, Exercise and Dining!

onboard Allure of the SeasWhere to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Allure 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.

Studio BNighttime 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:
ten on-board whirlpoolsThere 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.

Sea Spa
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.



the Samba GrilleWith 24 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 Samba Grille, a Brazilian steakhouse, is a signature fine dining destination you simply must try. This restaurant comes to life for dinner service in the Solarium and features authentic Brazilian-style meats and seafood dishes. This is an interactive experience where guests choose from a variety of meats, chicken and seafood brought table-side by servers, ready to slice and serve upon request.

Rita's Cantina is a vibrant new restaurant in the Boardwalk neighborhood featuring favorite Mexican fare such as shrimp ceviche tostadas, as well as entrées such as fajitas and fish tacos. The more casual setting will be a favorite lunch, snack, or dinner spot for guests seeking a flavorful fiesta onboard. Also new to Boardwalk's dynamic and engaging scene will be The Boardwalk Dog House, an outdoor hot-dog specialty counter. Guests can choose from traditional hot dogs, wieners, brats, sausages and other delicious linked meats and a variety of toppings to split a long bun.

Located in the Pool and Sports neighborhood, is the Wipe Out Café, a casual self-service buffet with pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and fresh salads; Solarium Bistro is a health-conscious dining option for breakfast and lunch; 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; and Vintages, a wine bar with pre-dinner tapas and cheeses along with a robust selection of fine wines.

General Information

Ocean-View Stateroom with BalconyWith 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:

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 $299.50 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 Ft Lauderdale:
You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Ft Lauderdale, FL

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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 Rachel

Stitchin' Heaven Travel
829 Cambridge Bend
Tyler, TX 75703

Stitchin' Heaven Travel is a division of Stitchin' Heaven, Inc.