Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Sewing in AK…

Each time I go to Alaska I like to take a project.  Generally it’s a big project.  Last time I took a quilt and I wanted to get the top done…beginning to end.  I got so close but I had to bring it home unfinished and…it still isn’t done.  {sigh} 

This year I just took a couple of little things to work on.

On the trip up, with all of our luggage in tow, we had 6-7 hours of waiting in a ferry terminal in Ketchikan.  The ferry is about 2 miles from downtown so I decided to walk into town…I thought that sitting there for that long just might make me a crazy-girl. 

Ketchikan is a beautiful place with a bit of a small-town feel.   Tourism is high during the summer months as the cruise ships fill up the harbor each day.

Ketchikan has a sweet little fabric shop, The Silver Thimble.

I quickly worked my way past the enormously, not-to-mention impressive collection of wildlife prints and found a beautiful yet small selection of contemporary prints. 

I love to touch and feel fabric and envision what this print would look like with that print.

can anyone relate?

As I was meandering {and taking my time doing so…because I had a lot of it} I saw an adorable grab bag made up as a sample {wish I had taken a pic}.  I noticed that there was a slip of paper attached with the website for a free pattern download for it.  I began to clumsily navigate my fairly new iphone to see if I could find the pattern.  I think the lady working there was feeling sorry for me so she went and got her laptop to see if she could find the pattern.  As she was looking, I put on my best whiny-yet-sweet face, telling her that if she found the pattern would there be any way {I may have added a kind of squinty-smile here} that she could also print it for me?????…I’m pretty sure that I told her I was heading to the ends of the earth for over a week and there would be no internet connection….AT ALL!  …and I would have no way to print the pattern once I left her store. 

Such a sweet lady that girl was!

She not only printed one for me but also one for her and a few more….not realizing that it was a 9-page pattern until after she picked them up from her printer.

Sweet lady, indeed! 

With my FREE pattern in hand {I LOVE free}, I picked out everything else I needed  to make these cute little bags {even with that FREE pattern these were not inexpensive bags…about $20 each}.

It added a little something special to the over-all look when I hand-stitched around some of the detail in the fabrics.

…and, I have to just say that everything is made better with polka-dots!

Here is that oh-so-wonderful {and easy to make} free pattern!  allpeoplequilt.com  and the pdf that takes you right to the pattern.

August 12, 2011 - Posted by | sewing


  1. Beautiful! We have a new Quilt Store in Deer Park, just opened and she has some beautiful fabrics too! Stop in and see, right behind Zips!

    Comment by Arlene | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  2. I am addicted to feeling fabric! I know it sounds impossible but I can actually leave a fabric store without buying any fabric if I get my dose of touchy touchy! I’m trying really hard not to buy fabric unless I have a pattern or project for it. I’ve worked really hard to “share” my stash with many gals or Goodwill’s. I love this bag and copied off the pattern before I commented. Priorities! Hope you are having a great day!

    Comment by junebug | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  3. Wow! I love the fabric and the bags. That is so my style! And I gotta say, I totally agree with you…I love polka dots!
    Love you,
    Andrea (Strum)Bruland

    Comment by Andrea Strum Bruland | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  4. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Boy would I ever love to be there.I love the blue and yellow one bag… cute. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Any more pictures??

    Comment by PAT | August 12, 2011 | Reply

  5. I’m just catching up on blogs & such after the summer and got most excited about this one! The bag is ADORABLE and I printed the pattern while I finished reading… I will be making a bag ~ or two ~ soon! I can imagine creative hours enjoyed putting fabrics together also ~ only problem is I may not need as many bags as the fabric combinations I find. Also love the idea of “embellishing” the fabric. thanks, Elaine!

    Comment by JoLynn | September 16, 2011 | Reply

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