Posted July 12th, 2004, 11:52 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!