Quilt Shops of Alaska

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!

I noticed they had a bowl of finger pincushions for sale on the counter and had to share with my friend Barb as this is her specialty (see her blog post My 2nd Retreat Project):

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!!!

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10 thoughts on “Quilt Shops of Alaska

  1. What fun, Cookie! LOVED seeing all those great Alaska shops. And too cool about the bowl of finger pincushions! Did you tell them you already had one of your own?

  2. Oh, Barbara, I’m so envious, I can’t even stand it! That had to be like rolling around in chocolate…well, you know what I mean. Omg, those shops looked amazing. I am packing my bags and leaving for Alaska right now. Goodbye.

  3. Cookie
    Last summer, my husband and I were blessed to go on an Alaskan cruise. We took the inner passage without the 3 extra days. He booked our excursions for the whale watching, the eagle watching, etc. No quilt shops…didn’t realize that they would have been there. We were disappointed in Ketchikan that we didn’t have enough time to explore the town. We got back from our excursion with only about 30 minutes left for boarding. I’m sure were so close that that quilt store!!!
    Can’t wait to see more pictures.

  4. Thanks for the info i am across the street from the shop in Denali right now. Will look for the others from our cruise next week..

  5. Hello~
    I have been a reader of your site for a short while. I am enjoying your adventures ! You are so blessed to have a fun group of Quilt Friends.
    I was surprised when I came to this “Quilt Shops of Alaska” post and the bowl of finger pincushions you included; my husband and I made these 🙂 How fun to be reading through you travel post and see the photo you shared ! Thank you for sharing our pincushions on your blog.
    I look forward to reading more of your adventures…

    ~Cheri
    http://www.blog.oodlesofpincushions.com/
    Our Thank You discount code: PINCUSHION20 is good for 20% off purchases in our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OodlesOfWhimsy

  6. I’m planning a trip to Alaska and so glad you posted about Northern Originals. I would have missed it otherwise! I can’t find them anywhere else online, but thanks to your post I’ve got their address and hours! 🙂

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