Connie’s Civil War Cruise

Deb Luttrell is the owner of Stitchin Heaven, a quilt shop in a small town in Texas.  She is also the genius behind the extremely popular quilt cruise experi nice I was just on.  She goes on every cruise that her shop offers and makes sure that every quilter has the time of their life!  She is a lot of fun!!


Here is a brief overview of what you might expect on a Stitchin Heaven Cruise.

There are three sewing rooms and a “store” located in the ship’s conference center.


Each day at sea different classes are held.  The teachers move between the different rooms but students stay in one spot.

Kits are available if desired.  All are pre-cut!  All Bernina sewing machines and irons are provided.  The conference room is open 24/7 so if you can’t sleep, you just buzz down and sew up a storm!

Deb cruises with Royal Caribbean.


Of course there are the usual ports and excursions.  Ours was an eastern Caribbean cruise.  We were supposed to stop in the Bahamas but because of bad weather we headed to Puerto Rico, St, Thomas and St. Marten.  Roy and I chose 2 tours – snorkeling and a beach get away.  There are loads of options – these were just 2 that appealed to us.


The Country Threads gals on the cruise were Jane, Susan, Cathy, Monica,  Cindy and Louise.


We also got to know Carrie (Jane’s roommate) and 2 of Carrie’s friends.


Roy had a wonderful vacation.  He loves to work out in the gym which he did for 2-3 hours a day.  Then is I was teaching he would go to the sun deck and read, eat and drink until dinner.  He purchased an unlimited drink card….so he was a happy guy every day!  This was taken on our beach get away.


The best thing about a quilt cruise is reconnecting with old friends, sewing, talking books, talking Netflix recommendations, learning new quilt techniques, and don’t forget eating!

I’ve signed up to be a student on a 2018 Alaska cruise  along with Susan, Jane and Louise — oh, and our husbands!  I can hardly wait!  Also, a big thank you to Mary for watching our dog Hope.  I didn’t worry once.

15 thoughts on “Connie’s Civil War Cruise

  1. jane boyer

    It’s good to see people who have worked hard take time to enjoy life. I’m too much a homebody to go aboard a cruise but have gone on plenty of quilt retreats and had a good time.

  2. Sneed

    Never thought that I might enjoy a cruise, but this one looks like a winner. Thanks for sharing all of the pictures and info.

  3. Ann Barlament

    I know you had a blast….we’ve been on two Royal Caribbean cruise ‘s. 14 day from Florida, through the Panama canal and ended in San Diego. The second was Alaskan Inside Passage, for a week and then a week of checking out the interior. Wish we had, had time for more.

  4. Mary Ann Platt

    My friend and I are going on the Carol Doak cruise beginning on April 1st. We are so excited.

  5. Carol

    OH happy day! My Sew Charming book came today! Sewing should be complete in a week, but I’m itching to sew after so many months of living in chaos.

  6. Carol

    What a great way to spend the last week of January! Sewing, food and drink, good friends, new friends….

  7. Nancy Poole

    I know you had a wonderful cruise. The Weather was beautiful and warm. We Just got back when you left and were able to go to Nassau. We’ve been to Puerto Rico to and it’s a great stop and tour. How fun to quilt on a cruise. Certainly would occupy the days at sea and nights you can’t sleep. Thank s for sharing the pictures.

  8. Pat Smith

    Looks like a wonderful time. I went with Stichin Heaven on a trip to Sisters, OR to their wonderful outdoor quilt show held every July. We had a wonderful time and I’d love to go again.

  9. Martha Engstler

    That’s such a great idea that I hadn’t heard of before this. Sounds very special meeting new special people too.

  10. Doris M. Mitchell

    I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time, can’t imagine anything more wonderful than quilting and your husband. Blessings to you both.

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