Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Spring in Alaska

NeWell, we are well on our way in Summer but during what passes for Spring here my husband and I took a trip to Seward, Alaska, a few hours south of where we live. Just a note, the pictures I add are not black and white, they were just taken at a time when the colors had not come back to the land so it seems very shades of gray. Which it is for part of the year.
We went whale watching and were surrounded by Humpback whales. It was truly awesome. We drove around the area but were unable to do some of the hikes we had planned because the roads were closed due to ice. Will have to go back for those hikes.
We hit the shops up in the town, there is a sewing store, a knitting store and a book store. We had a good time checking them all out....well my husband liked the knitting and book store (he knits but doesn't quilt or sew). This year I am going to venture out of my comfort zone and do the Alaska Quilt Shop hop quilt. I am not much of a quilter but I love this one and have to give it a try. I love all the berries and blossoms of Alaska and that is what this is all about. It is gorgeous in my opinion. We will see what I can come up with. I started collecting the blocks with the block from the Seward shop.
Alaska Shop Hop Quilt

Seward Shop pattern
We drove around and found many areas where the water was overtaking the ice and starting to flow again. This picture doesn't do it justice.  The weather had been snowing as we drove down but the sun came up by the time we went out on the water.  We had supper after we got off the boat and had a lovely view from the restaurant. Overall a great weekend get away.
waterfall by the side of the road
view from our table at dinner

Next time I will have more stitching to share. Hope you have some stitchy time in your day. 



  1. Sounds like a fun trip! Love, love, love that quilt ~ very pretty!!

  2. It was so fun seeing and hearing about your trip around your home state Marjo. LOVE the quilt pattern you are going to attempt. I am often tempted by quilting - just means I have to stay away from the quilt shops. interesting to hear your husband is a knitter - I wish I could get my DH involved in needlework - I think it would do him good. My dad is a more prolific stitcher than my mom and me put together. Hope to see what pretty things you are stitching - take care Melody

  3. Gorgeous pictures! I love the scenery and the quilt. That looks like a complicated one, but it will be worth your efforts.
    love Shop Hop. Ours in Utah is next week. I'm getting all prepped up for it.
    Humpback whales surrounding you sounds amazing, and scary at the same time! Definitely an experience on my bucket list.
    Happy Spring to you!

  4. I would love to go whale watching - I can't imagine being that close to them. That sounds like a perfect town with three of my favorite things. :) What a beautiful quilt! Beautiful pictures, too!