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June 21st, 2004, 07:58 PM
Anyone shopped at any of the quilt shops in Ketchikan, Juneau or Skagway as your shore excursion? I've got them mapped out for our trip in August but wondered if there are any other quilters on the board here that had to have their fabric fix while in Alaska? Any favorite ones? What whales - where's the fabric? http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif


June 21st, 2004, 08:14 PM

My type of question! I adore fabric shopping while travelling. What shops have you scoped out to visit?

Please share http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


July 19 - Dawn Princess

June 21st, 2004, 08:35 PM
Hi Lisa - well I found The Silver Thimble in Ketchikan, Dirce Ann's Fabrics, Crocus Creek Quilts, Changing Tides, The Rushin' Tailor in Skagway and RainTree Quilting in Juneau. Not sure if they all have web sites but I plan to check them all out....always take an extra suitcase or bag for the fabric...others can have their totems, jewelry and t-shirts...give me fabric. I've collected it in several places in Europe too and have my friends who travel bring it back. Someday I'll make a quilt using all those exotic fabrics.

Anyway, Looks like you'll be heading to Alaska before I will so can you put it on your list to check out?? http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif We're on the 8/22 Sapphire Princess cruise.


June 21st, 2004, 09:18 PM

WOW! This thread is making a great trip even greater...I did a few searches on the quilt shops. Check out the pictures (http://quiltersalaskancruises.com/photo%20gallery%20of%20our%20cruises.htm) of these shops - fabric here WE come!

Direct websites:
The Silver Thimble (http://www.thesilverthimble.net)
The Rushin' Tailor (http://www.rtailor.com/) - Broadway between 6th & 7th
Changing Tides (http://www.alaskastitching.com/) - 3rd between Broadway & State
RainTree (http://raintree.homedns.org/~raintree/)
Seams Like Home (http://www.akseamslikehome.com/) (Anchorage)

No website for Dirce Ann's

I will provide a review of the shops I visit when I return http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


July 19 - Dawn Princess

June 24th, 2004, 10:50 AM
Hi, quilters! I'll get there first--arriving Fairbanks June 28, cruising on Island Princess July 3-10, headed to Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Thanks for the great info on shops--I've made a list and expect to hit each of them. I'll try to save some fabric for you!

Will do a quilt shop review for you when I get back.

June 24th, 2004, 12:57 PM
Thanks for the info on the quilt shops! I'm planning on making a stop at the one in Juneau and the one in Ketchikan, but I'm not going to Skagway or Anchorage :( Our cruise is Sept 5th from Vancouver, so I'll be looking forward to all your reviews of the shops! Now, I have to hope that my mother doesn't find this thread, as I'm planning to try to surprise her with this special shopping opportunity! Here's hoping! ;)

June 24th, 2004, 11:57 PM
What a great thread!!

In Vancouver (actually Surrey), try Wineberry Fabrics (http://www.wineberryfabrics.com/)Its a bit of a drive BUT its an amazing store - I've seen tours from Australia and England visit the store. Imagine a tour of fabric stores. Ahhhh, the good life :)

I'll try to save some fabric for you!
:::gasp::: Please do ;)


June 25th, 2004, 01:58 PM
LOL! My mother would fit right in with you guys. On our trip last year I thought, "Ooo, mom would like this place," a lot. You're only missing shops in the interior. There's one in Glennallen in the basement of the outdoor equipment store. And then there's Calico Whale Fabrics in Valdez. This year we're going back and mom will be with us. We all can't wait! (only two more weeks)

June 26th, 2004, 02:21 AM
To my fellow fabriholics - I've spent tonight cleaning out my studio so I can make room for new fabrics....and patterns...like I really need anymore! But you all understand....will be anxiously awaiting the reviews of those of you who go first!! If any of you are going to be in Seattle before/after your cruise...we've got wonderful shops...I'd be glad to recommend a few. There is one at Pike Place Market that is great....Undercover Quilts.


Sapphire Princess 8/22

June 27th, 2004, 07:13 PM
Hi all!

I found a great website with some directions (http://www.kathkwilts.com/shops/alaska.html) to find these wonderful fabric stores. We wouldn't want to waste valuable browsing time trying to find these stores ;)


June 27th, 2004, 07:37 PM
There is a great quilt shop right behind the Sophie Station Hotel in Fairbanks. If I can find the name of the shop I will post it later. Our Celebrity Cruise/Land Package used this hotel and you could walk to the shop in a minute or less.

prarie cruiser
June 27th, 2004, 11:29 PM
Went to the Russian Tailor shop in Skagway and my Mom bought some quilting supplies and material. I am not a quilter but she was very pleased.

Kaylas Mom
June 28th, 2004, 11:38 AM
Hi fellow Quilters!

A couple years ago, I bought the website name www.alaskanquilts.com (http://www.alaskanquilts.com) in anticipation of retiring to Alaska to my own shop. I'm not returing for a few years, but i hope you all will visit-- LOL:p

June 29th, 2004, 08:58 PM
I hope you all post here your experiences after return from your cruises and your visits to the quilt shops. I, too, am an avid quilter and have all the quilt shops staked out in the various ports. My mom and I will be on the Diamond Princess Sept 11-18. These discussion threads sure help in passing the time....I can't wait!!!!:)

Kaylas Mom
June 30th, 2004, 07:20 AM
I meant to add a short bit about what happened on my RCCI cruise in 2002. One of the more avid quilters aboard went to the cruise director and asked if they could add a note into the daily info sheet that quilters should meet in the bar at a certain time. About 20 of us showed up and did we have a whale of a time. A couple of us have emailed ever since. It was such a good idea that I am going to try it on my next cruise.

July 10th, 2004, 08:38 PM
It's July 10th and we quilters are patiently (ha ha) waiting your reviews of the quilt shops you found.... and if you had to buy an extra suitcase for your purchases!!

July 11th, 2004, 01:02 AM
I just picked up a pattern this afternoon and am going to plan a shopping list for fabric while in Alaska. Its helping pass the time until someone posts a review ;)

This is going to be a great part of my trip :)


PS: Saw Christmas fabric in the store today!

July 11th, 2004, 02:39 PM
Just finished rearranging all the fabric in my sewing room...wow, I really shouldn't be allowed to enter a fabric shop anywhere...much less in Alaska....:) I should be shopping for a pattern only in Alaska and make it from something in my stash...yeah, right!! I bet you are getting excited...don't you leave on the 19th or so?


July 11th, 2004, 08:27 PM
Yes, I leave on July 19 :)

And we are anxiously awaiting the first port (Ketchikan) though just found out this morning that we will be tendering there...geesh, first cruise and at the first port we tender.

I am ignoring the closet full of fabric and planning my fabric shopping spree accordingly...I see fabric, I buy fabric :) Also, I'd love to see the patterns. No one can have too much fabric or patterns. And I never can pass by a Christmas pattern.

I will post reviews as able :) Is there anything in particular anyone is looking for?


July 12th, 2004, 10:52 AM
As promised, I left you all some fabric. Only got to 4 quilt shops but enjoyed the visits. You won't need an extra suitcase--they'll ship it home for you.

These stores are all small and jammed full of stuff, lots of gifts was well as quilting supplies. They are designed for the tourist dollar, not full-service quilt shops like you might expect at home. The shops in Anchorage and Fairbanks may be more full service.

Skagway: best by far, The Rushin' Tailor, on Broadway, between 6th and 7th, right next to North to Alaska, a gift shop with nice things. She has many bolts of beautiful batiks, lots of flannels, lots of fabrics with Alaskan/Northern motifs. Many patterns and kits--especially kits of Mckenna Ryan patterns, block of the month and singles. I bought a kit of a block of the month, $199 complete--couldn't help myself.

Skagway: went on to Dirce Ann's Fabrics, 8th Ave, between Main and State--it was nice to get off the bustling Broadway to see actual homes and gardens--only a few short blocks from The Rushin' Tailor. The shop is upstairs in a small house next door to a church. She had lots of fabrics--mostly older things, not the latest and greatest. However, she had a shelf of orientals on sale for 30% off so I did a little damage there at $7.60/yd--these were mostly Hoffman Orientals. Books were all 40% off--you might find one you've been looking for.

Skagway: Changin' Tides, 3rd between Broadway and State, a couple short blocks from Dirce Ann's, back toward the main "gift shop row". Some batiks, same as Rushin' Tailor, some flannels, not as much selection, more jewelry and gifts. Back of the shop is cross-stitch--many Alaskan/northen patterns. I bought nothing here.

Ketchikan: The Silver Thimble, second floor of the Salmon Landing Market building, all the way at the end of the main street that borders the ship dock. More of a full-service shop, small but packed with many bolts of fabric. Some patterns, books, notions. I bought 3 pieces of light batiks--always hard to find. There is an elevator if you need that.

Bead shops: right across the hall from the Silver Thimble was a great bead shop! Newly into beads, I did a little damage there. The owner was very helpful and prices were reasonable.

Talkeetna: DH spotted a sign for a quilt shop as we entered town. Love him! Mostly, quilts for sale, but some bolts, and some patterns/books. Mostly, a 3 story gift shop with good gifts--locally made, not all from China like so many things we saw. Good prices. It's a small town, the shop is just before the "Welcome to Talkeetna" sign, on the right as you enter town.

Bead shop in Talkeetna--oh, my! Small shop, great stuff, bought a collection of beads in purples--could tell we were approaching it by the men standing around outside--not a "guy" store at all. Just before you get to the train station on the way out of town.

That's all I mananged to get to in 14 days but it was enough to prevent withdrawal. I had prepared many small 8-pointed stars to hand piece on this trip--only found time to do one--it took 1 hr, 45 minutes--there was so much to see and do in Alaska, I'll save my $ for a return trip and piece those little stars at home.

Enjoy your adventure!


July 12th, 2004, 11:30 PM
Thank you for the fabric store review :) I will keep your commentary in mind when I am visiting the same fabric stores next week.

I found an adorable Christmas pattern on the weekend that has many fabric needs <heehee> Did you notice if there were many Christmas prints?


July 13th, 2004, 09:39 AM
Lisa, there were some, mostly at Dirce Ann's, I think. Happy Shopping!


July 14th, 2004, 10:23 PM
Thanks for the great review, Barbara. I have it printed out and put in the file with our cruise docs. Can't wait to see the shops...now that my fabric is re-organized I have room for more!!! And Lisa, we'll be waiting for your review too when you get back. Have a great cruise! (Lots of Christmas fabric out in the Seattle shops already too).

July 16th, 2004, 09:44 PM
what a great idea to have the ship's paper arrange a quilter's meeting! great idea! will have to do that on Amsterdam August 8th. both myself and my best friend are quilters and on the cruise...anyone else?
also...does anyone have any other quilt or bead shop suggestions..I think there's one in Sitka near the russian church. but what about Juneau..anything near the cruise docks?
anniecat and her MOM
Amsterdam August 8

July 17th, 2004, 04:33 PM
I was sufing the web today and found some pictures of three of the quilt shops in Alaska...which of course makes it even harder to wait for our cruise!!. There are also some pictures of quilt cruises....



July 21st, 2004, 03:55 PM
Michele and I just walked out of the Silver Thimble....it is wonderful! We saved some fabric for the rest of you ;)

Lots of Alaska motif fabric!!! Lots of Christmas prints....and great prices. Across from the fabric store is a bead store. Then down the hall is the Internet cafe. Its a dangerous area for us fabric-holics.

I'll try to report on Juneau fabric stores tomorrow :)


July 21st, 2004, 06:09 PM
Hi. I went to the Rushin' Taylor in Skagway last August. It was a very nice shop and the service was excellent in spite of a fairly big crowd. The shop is not as big as the shops I've been to in the midwest, but the selection of fabrics and patterns were nice, and the prices were right in line with what I'd find when there wasn't a sale going on at home. I got a great packet of fats with moose and other Alaskan-type themes and made my husband a wall hanging the month after we returned. I also bought several pieces of batik fabric with Alaskan themes for myself and my quilting mentor. The packaged patterns I bought were all by Alaskan artists. I'm sorry to say (and a little embarrassed) that I haven't used those yet. I only quilt when I can't be out in my gardens, but did get 5 other quilts done after the wall hanging as gifts for family members.

I'd like to check out the other Alaskan shops listed next time we go back.

July 22nd, 2004, 07:33 PM
Raintree Landing is terrific! Still prefer fabric store in Ketchikan but the store in Juneau is very goodl. We took the city bus and got out to the store in no time at all. Its near the airport. Lots of interesting fabrics with Alaskan motifs. But even more Christmas fabrics (I'm adoring these) and some designers I'm not familiar with.

Michele and I are really enjoying the patterns available up here.

Tomorrow we will be in Skagway but sadly, we do not know how many fabric stores we will be able to visit as our shore excursions take up most of the day and we so want to visit Dirce Ann's :::sigh:::

The fabric sightseeing is a highlight of our trip...what a great thread this has been.


July 22nd, 2004, 11:31 PM
Lisa - thanks for the reviews....you're making it even harder to wait....!! Princess should add a fabric shop shore excursion to the list....it would fill rapidly I'll bet! Can't wait....hey, we could have a cruise ship quilt challenge..or round robin...would be a way to use up some of the fabric we're all bringing home!!

July 23rd, 2004, 09:16 PM
Today, I was only able to visit two stores :::big sigh::

Rusin' Tailor - amazing Asian prints and of course, Alaskan prints. I bought an adorable Alaskan animal motif print with the animals wearing Christmas themed scarves, hats, etc. Too adorable.

I quickly went to Changing Tides - needlearts and quilting fabric. Very nice also but I had to rush through the store.

Dirce Ann's - I would have loved to get to this store but I took the rail/bus trip to White Pass (amazing tour BTW if you can drag yourself away from fabric sightseeing) and couldn't make it to the store before its 5pm closing ::sniff:: The store is located at almost the far end of the main street.

The other two stores close around 5:30/6pm.

Sadly, I ruined someone's entire cruise. What did I do....merely mention that I took this trip yesterday to a fabric store. The look on her face was priceless - fabric? she replied. We all know that feeling....her husband quickly piped in that the store has now gone out of business, closed, and no longer has fabric available. I quickly went to my room and gave her the information about the Skagway fabric stores....one was to support fellow fabric-holics in these times of need ;)

This has been a fabulous thread and I thank all of you for your input and hope that my reviews have helped you in return.

We're heading now to Anchorage and I won't have time to check out fabric stores....can you imagine....a few days without fabric stores.


July 24th, 2004, 09:57 AM
While I don't quilt, I fould a really neat quilt shop right behind Sophie Station in Fairbanks. Their fabric and patterns were beautiful and its a shop not to be missed. Don't remember the name of the shop but its in a very small strip mall. There was a garden shop next to it that had many nice gift items available.