Cruising Alaska: Rushin' Tailor's Quilt Alaska

The final quilt shop on my vacation was Rushin' Tailor's Quilt Alaska in Skagway, AK. The first really neat thing about this shop is it has two locations! The one on Broadway Street is called Changing Threads and the second location is just off Broadway Street on 3rd Ave. and it's called Rushin' Tailor's Quilt Alaska. At first you might think these are two different shops but they are owned by the same person and they talk about their two locations being sister stores on their websites. Both locations are really neat and definitely worth checking out!

Changing Threads

Changing Threads contains a small selection of alaskan quilt fabric, a wonderful wall of over dyed yarn and wool from Alaskan artists, quilt patterns, quilt kits, and lots of neat small items like antler buttons, hand dyed alaskan panels, and needle felting kits. When I first entered this store I notice that it is sharing the location with another retailer. All of the fun craft stuff is on the left side of the store. This space might seem small at first, but there is a lot to look at! I spent quite awhile wandering up and down and I kept finding more and more things to look at and buy. I also met and had a great time talking to the owner of these stores, Trish, at this location.

Rushin' Tailor's Quilt Alaska

Rushin' Tailor's, on 3rd Ave., is very different from Changing Threads. As I walked up to it I immediately saw quilting stuff greeting me from their display window and once I step inside, I was amazed at how much quilting fabric, supplies, and notions were packed into this store. It was actually kinda tricky to take pictures of since there was so many things everywhere! I had a great time looking around and I really love the clever section of Alaskan themed fat quarters and half yards sorted by categories like bears, wolves, whales, eagles, northern lights, etc. and the really great display of panels with a number key so you could find the exact one you want to buy. Also fun, were all the beautiful and inspiring quilts hanging up high!

Check out both locations if you get a chance to go to Skagway, but if you can't, be sure to check out their websites for some online shopping and more pictures! Changing Threads and Rushin' Tailor's Quilt Alaska are great fun in the small town of Skagway, AK!

Moving On...

Well that wraps up my Cruising Alaska series of posts. Hopefully you found some inspiration for your next project or vacation! If you missed any of the eight posts, be sure to check them out and watch for my next fun post!

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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Cruising Alaska: Ketchikan

Ketchikan

Ketchikan-Docks

We had two nice long days in Ketchikan on this trip. The first day it was pouring rain and the second was overcast but beautiful. I had fun both days because there was so much to see and do.

We spent a lot of time wandering the countless shops looking at all the tourist souvenirs, jewelry, and fun food like flavored popcorn. I also stopping to take pictures of the beautiful flowers and flowering bushes along the way. They seemed to be everywhere!

Creek Street

Ketchikan-CreekStreet

Wandering off the main strip of shops near the cruise ship docks, we found our way to the historic boardwalk called Creek Street. All the buildings in this area are built on pilings clinging to the hillside over the banks of Ketchikan Creek. This use to be a Red Light District, but now holds totem poles, shops, galleries, restaurants and Dolly's House museum. It's a great place to explore the art and culture for the area. More information and pictures can be found here: http://creekstreetketchikan.com

Totem Bight State Park

We also took the local shuttle bus to Totem Bight Park to see their 15 totem poles and community house or clanhouse. Right when you get there, two totem poles greet you at the beginning of your tour. We wanted to keep things casual so we just picked up a self guided tour flyer and wandered the park trails. After a short walk through the tall cedar trees we came to the main area with lots of totem poles and the clanhouse. It was really neat to read about the meaning behind the symbolize on the totem poles. You can learn more about this fascinating place on their website at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/totembgh.htm

Burger Queen

Ketchikan-BurgerQueen

On both stops, we made a point to have lunch at The Burger Queen! A tiny little burger place that makes everything to order! The wait time on average was 45 minutes but it is so worth it. They also have mix and match milk shakes where you can pick your base ice cream (vanilla or chocolate) and then choose from over 40 flavors to add like Bacon, Kalhua, Irish Cream, Strawberries, Bananas, etc.

More Fun

And last, tucked away upstairs in the Salmon Landing Building is a quilt shop called The Silver Thimble that resides in two store spaces! I'll tell you all about it in my next update!

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Friday Photos - The Summer Colors are Coming

Summer Colors

I love this time of year! Here in Alaska we can't really start planting until after Memorial Day, but this year summer seems to be here early. So I've been visiting the local greenhouses, planning my yard, and just enjoying being out in the sun. After the long dark winter, the long sunny days just make me want to find any excuse to be outside. My camera becomes my constant companion and I store up all the beauty as inspiration for my art quilts. I thought I'd share some of my favorite shots from last year with you for this sunny Friday!

Photo Fun

daisies
daisies

The daisies are from a packet of wild flowers we sprinkled on one side of our yard. It's always fun to see what comes up and the number of flowers is amazing.

gazania
gazania

The Gazania was a new plant for me last year. It's an annual but it put on such a show. I got this beauty from our local Matsu Master Gardeners' Plant Sale. Love the annual Plant Sale. I always find great plants there.

orange lilies
orange lilies

My orange lilies come up every year and are always so bright and pretty. They don't have a strong smell but they make up for it in color.

purple pansy and alyssum
purple pansy and alyssum

My pansies are cross breeding and getting more intricate with each passing year. Can't wait to see what comes up this year. The small purple flowers are alyssum. Love how delicate these flowers are and great for keeping the bugs away.

black eyed susan
black eyed susan

My black eyed susans come up every year and get to about 4' tall! Love how the light hits the flowers in the early morning.

wesley in my begonia
wesley in my begonia

And last, never forget to care for your potted cats! Wesley loves to sleep in my angel wing begonia in the studio. I figure at least he's sitting still and the plant doesn't seem to mind.

What's the summer colors like in your area? I can't wait to see what comes up in my garden this year!