Saturday, October 19, 2013

Quilting through the Yukon and British Columbia

... with a detour to Alaska.

I happened to stop by a few quilting stores on my way through Canada.
The first one I found is actually in Skagway, Alaska. The name is Quilt Alaska and holds a great selection of unique fabrics dedicated to the life up north. If you're ever on an Alaska cruise go there (I'm pretty sure all the cruise ships stop in Skagway ...) bring a fat wallet or a well covered credit card. I've seen many, many fabrics there I've never seen before.
In the end I narrowed it down to two kits, though, for sure I could have found a couple more.
Psssst, they do ship world wide ...
When we went through Whitehorse the second time, we stopped at Bear Claw Quilts on 2nd Avenue. It's in the basement of a fairly plain builting, so we almost missed it. They did have a couple of lovely stained glass style quilt kits, but I didn't get any. I only picked up some gradient sets and a fat quarter or two, but nothing special.

Next one up is Kathy's Quilt Shop in Prince George. This was more the standard fair, but super nice people there and I spent a happy half hour digging through the scrap bin filling a little plastic bag with scraps.
 (btw, the fabric photos are from all over the place ... for some I don't even know anymore where I got them from)

The smallest shop we found in Quesnel - Amelia's Cottons for Quilts. I know I picked up some black and white fabrics there (though not all of them)
 Vancouver, of course, also has a quilt store (and probably more than one). The one we went to was the Cloth Shop on Granville Island. Fairly standard fair, but a pretty good selection of it.
 Last, but not least was Satin Moon in Victoria on Vancouver Island. They, again went more Northern style and had also a selection of great original pattern and kits.

All in all, I could have spent much more money in any of those shops, but due to luggage limits I did hold back (and the fact that I already have too much stash already at home, which I should use up first)

Back home, I made this quick pillow from strippy scraps I had lying around. I didn't use a pattern, but pretty much copied from memory a pillow I saw in Kathy's Quilt Shop.

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