As you may have guessed from my last blog, I’ve been in Alaska! After a 7 day cruise on the Sapphire Princess traveling from Vancouver up the inside passage we then spent 3 days in Mt. McKinley, Denali and Fairbanks. I am a little overwhelmed with the 60 million pictures I took! And I want to share most of them with you. 😉 I have lots of blog material and potential titles (like the Elusive Moose) have been floating around in my head.
But since this IS primarily a quilting blog, I thought my first blog about Alaska should focus on the wonderful quilt shops I visited.
Silver Thimble in Ketchikan
This large shop is on the second floor of a little mall called Salmon Landing close to where the ship docked. Since it was one of the only rainy soggy days we had in Alaska, the location and the hot coffee was greatly appreciated!
They had lots and lots of gorgeous fabric – much of it was inspired by Alaska wildlife and culture. I was immediately and especially taken with the Barbara Lavallee designs. Here is one of her fabric panels called “The Quilters” along with a salmon fat quarter I couldn’t resist.
Changing Tides in Juneau
Another upstairs shop – just packed full of fun Alaska fabric and some gorgeous Alexander Henry Russian looking fabric called Nadya that they were just unpacking from the boxes and hadn’t yet priced. I drooled over it for a bit but ended up getting some native Alaska prints. I think they’d look nice in a bear claw quilt!
Oh, and with my purchase I received a free Forget Me Not thimble. That is the state flower of Alaska!
Rushin’ Tailor’s Quilt Alaska in Skagway
I found the cutest fabric to go with Barbara Lavallee fabric panel I purchased in Ketchikan:
Skagway is a fun little town and I will be blogging a lot more about our adventures there but I did want to show you the “limo” and the advertising on the back. Looks like a great way for quilters to get around!
Swift Stitches in Talkeetna (near Mt. McKinley)
Not really a quilt shop but a shop with lots and lots of cute little wall quilts for sale, although there were a few fat quarters available too. The shop is appropriately named as the owner was swiftly stitching a million miles per hour on her Bernina. I told dear hubby that if he ever heard me go at it that hard to bring me a glass of wine!
Northern Originals near Denali
This very cute shop was spotted by dear hubby from the bus as we pulled into the Princess Lodge across the street.
Lots of original and unique patterns as well as the Alaskan fabrics I had seen at my other stops. I really liked the colors of this blue 9 patch embroidery pattern but will probably make it a wall hanging rather than a pillow:
Fairbanks – I struck out in Fairbanks. 🙁 We had such a limited time and all the quilt shops were far away from the lodge and from the touristy downtown area. But I was assured by the locals that quilting is a big thing during those long, cold, dark winters.
I know there are lot’s more quilt shops in Alaska – I mean we didn’t even stop in Anchorage! But I did get to see a nice sampling of what Alaskan quilters are up to!
Have a great weekend, y’all! I’m going to sew!!!