Cruising Alaska: The Silver Thimble

The Silver ThimbleKetchikan Quilt Shop

The Silver Thimble, established in 1984, is the place to visit in Ketchikan, Alaska if you're in need of quilting supplies. It's located on the second floor of the Salmon Landing Market. I easily found it by following all the beautiful quilts hanging from the second story railings. After wandering up the stairs, I was greeted by a large store full of Alaska themed fabric, kits, patterns by local designers, needle work kits and patterns, red work patterns and more, but that's not all. Around the corner is the second half of this great store and it holds all the other types of fabric like batiks, asian prints, flannels, kid prints, and countless others. Over 2,000 bolts were waiting for me to explore. Plus I found books, batting, tools, thread, and Pfaff machines for sale. There's so much to look at it was like visiting two stores!

If you're not needing any supplies, you can definitely find your fill of inspiration by looking at all the quilts hanging up inside and out of both locations. I spent a lot of time admiring them all.

Learning More

After my gleeful shopping, I had a lot of fun talking to employee Winona about the shop and she told me that during the summer the two locations are setup as I've described but in the winter the Alaska shop space becomes their classroom and open sew space. That's right, this shop is open year round! The local guild members, of which there are about 100, will come and sew all day enjoying the close proximity of drinks and food from the vendors in the shopping center.

The Silver Thimble - An Exciting Opportunity

I also had the pleasure of spending some time talking to the owner, Betty Gale, and after running this wonderful shop for 30 years, she's decided to retire and is selling the store! If you or anyone you know is interested in an adventure and an exciting opportunity contact the shop! And if you can't visit in person, definitely check out their website!

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