My husband and I just got come from a vacation in Alaska. We saw whales, bears, eagles, sea lions and otters. We learned about the Tlingit and went on hikes and boat rides. Plus we did some serious fabric shopping in two Alaskan quilt store in Sitka and Juneau. You would love these shops, I know I did!
First place we visited was Sitka, a charming island town where our cruise began. We arrived two days early and the very first day I found a quilt store, Abby's Reflection Apparel and Quiltworks. It's a terrific place!
When you enter you feel like you have found your place in Alaska. Not only your place but your table cloth and dish towel by Moda. I bought both because I am hoping to have a book club and use them. Clever, yes?
The front of the store is mainly the apparel part, the fabric is in the back. But don't worry, the helpful and friendly clerk will assist you in finding just what you need, and then some!
I was shopping and weighing what to buy for so long that I had to run across the street and use the washroom at the Lutheran church mid visit. My husband stayed in his viewing chair and continued to make friends with the cheerful clerk.
I finally decided on quite a few Alaskan themed fabrics. Was I influenced because I was right there in Alaska? Probably. But I am already designing a quilt with a nature theme from this fabulous state.
I decided on a selection of fat quarters plus a couple of yards of fabric with a Russian theme. Why? Because Sitka was a Russian town before it was an American one. But each version reflects its Tlingit origins.
As I went to pay, I grabbed a 3 yard piece of Alaskan themed fabric for the back of this quilt that is yet to be made. I got a book on Alaskan quilts and a fabulous grouping of Dear Betty fat quarters. I already told you about the table cloth and dish towel.
I had to pack it all up and mail it home! It got here a day before I did. Easier than hauling it on the ship with me, don't you think?
Our small cruise ship stopped at one other city and that was Juneau. After visiting the Mendenhall Glacier we had some free time for lunch. We walked around and looked in shops after eating.
20 minutes before we were due back to be picked up I discovered a quilt store, Changing Tides. 20 minutes! Yikes! Who can shop in that amount of time? Well, I gave it a try.
I got some more fat quarters for the "still in my brain" Alaskan quilt I will make within a year. Or two. I also got a very cute t-shirt. I could have bought way more but my husband literally had to drag me out.
This was a second story two room store with tons of fabrics. There wasn't any time to really roll around and get creative in the fabrics.
Do you see this display of Blue and White porcelain? BLUE AND WHITE! My favorite color is blue and my absolute favorite china is blue and white.
Do you see the fabulous tea things in this display? Did I get any, you ask.
Here it is in my kitchen. I love it, just love it.
Having all these cool souvenirs from Alaska makes me sew happy!
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I visit quilt stores wherever I go. Here's the last post I wrote about one.