Dreaming Juneau

When our ship docked in Juneau, the weather greeted us with a misty, cold rain.  No problem…we made lemonade from lemons…especially while on vacation!


Port of Juneau, Alaska

Since Juneau is the capital of Alaska, we decided the Alaska State Museum might be a good place to escape the rain and spend some time immersed in Alaskan heritage.  A recreated life size eagle’s nest greeted us just inside the entrance…nice start!  Things just kept getting better!


Alaska State Museum Exhibit, Juneau

The exhibits inside the museum include tributes to the Native peoples of Alaska who have rich, diverse histories and cultures.  The colors in these masks were striking and beautiful.


Alaska State Museum Exhibit, Juneau

These woven baskets were exquisite!  The colors and designs were bright, cheery and looked a bit quilty!


Alaska State Museum Exhibit, Juneau

After spending several hours in the museum, I found the Changing Tides Fabric & Needle ART Gift Store where I encountered the art of Barbara Lavallee for the first time.  After just visiting the museum and then seeing Barbara’s work, I was totally enchanted by her designs!  Her depictions of Eskimo women celebrating every day life events are colorful and joyful!

Barbara’s prints have been translated into fabric panels and complimenting fabrics for quilting.  The Changing Tides shop had a nice selection of Barbara’s panels and after much deliberation, I decided to make a wallhanging from the fabrics in the Eskimo Snow Collection. 

I can’t wait to start working on my wallhanging!  Every time I look at the fabric, I smile as I remember a rainy but dreamy day in Juneau.

Museum + Fabric…what a winning combination!  Here’s one more picture to bring color and joy to your day!


Alaska State Museum Exhibit, Juneau









Thanks to Sandy for holding down the blog while I put a check mark next to Alaska on my bucket list!


The scenery was breathtaking AND I was inspired by so many Alaskan artists from past and present.

This incredible work of art greeted us in the Vancouver Airport.



The colorful shipping  containers in the Vancouver Harbor are quilt inspiration worthy.

Shades of orange, blue, brown and white will show themselves in a future quilt!


A Study of Nature Inspired Colors!


Shore in Ketchikan, Alaska


View of Denali from Denali National Park


Sidewalk Planter in Skagway, Alaska

The Alaskan quilt community is thriving!  I’ll tell you more about it in future posts.  Meanwhile, be inspired by the scenery around you.  Beauty and inspiration abound, wherever you find yourself!