View Full Version : They make quilts in Alaska

September 10th, 2016, 11:08 PM
I'm back!

A girlfriend from church and I went on an Alaskan cruise. I'm not a cold weather fan, so Alaska wasn't on my bucket list, but it was on Debbie's. So we flew up to Anchorage, hopped on a train to Seward and cruised down to Vancouver on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas.

It was perfect weather most of the time. Warm sunny skies, temps in the 70's. The locals were all mentioning how awesome it was - I dismissed it thinking they say that to all the tourists. It was cold up in the Yukon, and it did rain in Ketchikan but we were prepared for it (and a little glad since we packed for it too). Every view was breathtaking. I was a bit miffed that I didn't stay up late enough to see the Northern Lights, nor did we see bear or moose. But that's okay, I'll have a reason to go again. hehehe

I came prepared too. I had a list of quilt shops in the ports we'd be visiting. If I had time and it wasn't too far, I was determined to visit the shops to pick up the Row by Row. Unfortunately I also bought a lot of fabric and patterns!

Some panels of Alaskan animals. I bought these for a friend who used to live in Alaska.

I liked this table topper, I thought it looked a bit like some of the designs on Philips Fiber Art

I couldn't get a good photo of this table runner, but I loved the soft muted colors. I bought the fabric for this and figured I could make the blocks without the pattern.

An ugly, but correct, salmon on a blend of blocks on point.

I liked the layout of this quilt. The brown is a tree, and the border with the footprints is a good idea.

I thought this was a good layout for blocks, plus I liked the little quilt at the bottom. And there's a pattern that looks like a filmstrip that would be good for blocks. Sorry it's a little blurry.

A simple sashing to look like Attic Windows. I like the way the panel blocks are twisted a bit.

more in the next post.

September 10th, 2016, 11:12 PM
sounds like you had a great trip

September 10th, 2016, 11:56 PM
a funny sign on the outside of a bar in Juneau.

Two signs posted on the bathroom stall door. I sat there perplexed. I pushed the handle down. Debbie didn't get it, so maybe I'm reading something wrong.

I liked this layout for a panel.

This is an old industrial Singer at a canning museum in Icy Strait Point. It was big; it looked like it was a treadle, but was electrified later. There wasn't any plaque near it to tell what it was used for in a canning factory.

I haven't completely unpacked yet, but I bought several fabric blocks of each port I visited. They can be purchased at https://www.zebrapatterns.com/stamps.html but I bought them at a shop there.

I looked for wool too. Most of the shops had them at the same high price as my local shop but one had a 50% sale of all their wool. I was so happy! I bought a bunch of pieces in some pretty colors. I can't wait to tear into them!

I was really amazed how many of the quilts were made with batiks. The mottled fabric was perfect for the scenery.

So, the trip was a great success. The ship was great, the company was great, the ports were great, everything was great. Even the embarkation and debarkation was easy.

At the ports we took the following excursions. Only two were purchased from the ship. The rest we arranged ourselves. I had bought a coupon book with many 2 for 1 coupons.

Anchorage - Train to Skagway - beautiful scenery
Seward - Kenai Fjords Wildlife cruise - glaciers, eagles, sea lions, puffins
Seward - SeaLife Center and Otter Experience - kinda small, could have skipped this
Juneau - Whale Watching Cruise - whale watching on a small boat
Skagway - Street Car City Tour - really good
Skagway - Iditarod Dog Sled Camp - met two mushers, one was in last year's Iditarod, watched the dogs and held puppies
Skagway - White Pass & Yukon Railroad train - oh my gosh, awesome and so much history
Ketchikan - Wildlife Walk & Eagle Sanctuary - beautiful rainforest walk and salmon running in the river
Ship - All Access Tour - enlightening tour of the ship's kitchens, laundry, waste management, engineering, and bridge.

I have some more photos of the scenery in this Dropbox folder (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1pk239wg2gqvclz/AACTtmYCuiWE8JmyuAsbuCz1a?dl=0)

Simply Quilting
September 10th, 2016, 11:56 PM
What a neat trip. Thank you for sharing. Glad you had a chance to get to quilt shops.

September 11th, 2016, 12:09 AM
Your trip sounds wonderful and thank you for sharing your pictures. I attended my first quilt retreat in Petersburg, AK. It's on Mitkoff which is very near Skagway but the straits are too narrow for cruise ships so it's a quiet island with the main industry being fish canneries. I went with my son to visit a friend of his and, as it turned out, his mom was an avid quilter. The scenery was magnificent!!! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip and got to visit some quilts shops!!

September 11th, 2016, 12:46 AM
I got to visit Alaska a couple years ago. It's a beautiful place. Glad you enjoyed your trip! Love the pics of all the quilts.

September 11th, 2016, 12:50 AM
Glad you had a great time. I have cruised Alaska twice, loved, loved it.
My sister was with me and she bought a nature inspired filmstrip quilt kit.

Jean Sewing Machine
September 11th, 2016, 01:20 AM
What a wonderful trip! We went to Alaska in 2003, cruised then took road trips out of Anchorage. Your descriptions brought back many memories of that trip! My friends from here are in Alaska as we speak!

September 11th, 2016, 02:00 AM
An Alaskan cruise is on my bucket list. Your post about yours makes me want to move it up closer to the top. Thank you for sharing.

September 11th, 2016, 03:27 AM
I've always wanted to visit Alaska....maybe a cruise someday.

September 11th, 2016, 11:21 PM
We did an Alaskan cruise several years ago. The scenery looks just as beautiful as it did then. Glad you had a great time!!!

September 11th, 2016, 11:38 PM
Alaska has been on my list for a very long time. I've never been able to talk DH into it. He is a warm weather kind of guy :(

September 12th, 2016, 02:17 AM
Lived in Alaska for nearly 30 years, 1970 till 1998, some in Fairbanks, some in Anchorage. It's beautiful and full of great people! It was a great place to raise four kids, all now in their 40's. Glad you had such a good time. It's a large, diverse place and difficult to really get a feel for in a week or two!

September 12th, 2016, 06:52 AM
DD lived in Anchorage for 3.5 years. Her husband was born there and grew up in Fairbanks. We visited twice. Once we went to Denali and that was absolutely gorgeous! Did the glacier cruise off Whittier and white water rafting near Denali. City street car tour in Anchorage. Of course having our own personal tour guides helped a lot. Unfortunately I never got to do the quilt shops. I would have liked to have gotten to Fairbanks where DD's husbands father lived and down to Homer where his mother was, but the state is truly so big maneuvering it in a car is challenging in short periods of time. They escaped AK for NYC, so don't expect to go back. Visiting there is really a unique experience.

September 12th, 2016, 08:04 AM
We did the Alaska Cruise a couple of years ago and I was very reluctant to go. I dislike winter and cold intensely and could not rationalize going somewhere cold in the summer time. My DH casually mentioned to an aquaintance that we might go and they told him it was a wonderful place to shop for fabric. When he told me that, I immediately agreed to go. I was not disappointed! The shops are really nice and the selection of fabrics is so much different that what we see here. The whole trip was magnificent and I highly recommend it to anyone!

September 12th, 2016, 10:26 AM
sounds (and looks) like you had an amazing trip!

September 12th, 2016, 11:06 AM
It's amazing to find out that so many people have lived in Alaska. Several people from my church have told me about living there when they were kids, or living later as adults. It's odd, because there aren't that many people in Alaska.

The fabric at the quilt shops were primarily the same as what I have near me locally, but they did have a lot of local things too. Flannel bolts were more abundant. And the patterns were varied too - more wolf, eagle, whale, Eskimo, and mountain scenery. I was really interested to see how batiks were used so much for the sky, mountains, rivers and oceans in a quilt. I'm looking at batiks in a different light now.

I was really happy that we went so late in the season too. Children were all in school so the ship and ports weren't so hectic. And the gift shops and tshirt stores all had massive sales - from 40 to 60% off everything! I did buy a t-shirt because I brought mostly long sleeved shirts and needed something cooler - and $7.00 for a nice shirt was irresistible.

September 12th, 2016, 11:22 AM
Looks like you had a great time - lots of interesting things (and fabrics) to see. :) A friend and I are planning an Alaskan cruise in 2018.

September 12th, 2016, 01:34 PM
If you go again, Sylvia's Quilt Depot between Palmer and Wasilla is a wonderful shop. She has lots of AK themed prints and batiks. So does the shop in Palmer, but I can't remember the name--Sew Something.
I grew up in AK in the Matanuska Valley and my family still live in various parts of the state.

September 13th, 2016, 07:26 AM
I think you were on the same cruise as my mom and sister! They got me the row by row at one of the ports with sled dodsband some batiks that say quilt Alaska.

September 14th, 2016, 01:34 AM
I think you were on the same cruise as my mom and sister! They got me the row by row at one of the ports with sled dodsband some batiks that say quilt Alaska.

It's possible.

When we were walking to the cruise terminal to get on the ship in Seward, we heard someone yelling our names. Weird. No one know us here, We turned around and it was a couple from our church at home! We didn't know we were going on the same cruise!

Juliet Taylor
September 14th, 2016, 06:34 PM
Sounds like a wonderful trip :) thanks for sharing :)

September 14th, 2016, 10:46 PM
Your trip sounds wonderful! We took an Alaska cruise in Y2K, but I wasn't yet a quilter. Guess there's a reason for us to go again--I know that my hubby would love it!

October 6th, 2016, 04:37 PM
Alaska must be 'the trip' this year. I also was on a cruise (out of Vancouver) with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, then train to Denali (and we did see Denali). And, YES, I found a quilt shop or two. I purchased a quilt kit that I was just in love with. (hope I attached it correctly). It's the glaciers (which were unbelievable and breathtaking). I did see the Northern Lights and they were spectacular!