Yukon wild

Yukon wild
Wild rose

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sewing!

Yup, I did some sewing this weekend.  Ten blocks for my colours quilt.  All the greens, yellows and light blue blocks are done.

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Sorry the picture isn’t great.  I have eighteen blocks left to do, in orange, red, purple and dark blue.  I ran out of muslin.  Yes I am sewing these onto muslin.  I ordered backing fabric for this quilt and know exactly what I want to do for the back and the binding, but I’m not sure what to do for batting.  I don’t want the quilt to be too heavy.  I read on someone’s blog that they had made their quilt on muslin and it was heavy.  I have a roll of really thin batting which I use for wall hangings; I may use it in this quilt.

Last weekend I took a daytrip to Juneau, Alaska.  I went with my friend Kim on the Fjordland Express.  It was a fantastic trip.  The owner/operator, Glen, relays lots of information about geography, history, ecology, the animals and birds, and his own experiences.  Did you know that the Lynn Canal, where Skagway, Haines and Juneau, Alaska are situated, is the deepest fjord in North America?

I have lived in the Yukon for 35 years and sad to say my excursions into Alaska have so far been paltry.  This was my first trip to Juneau.  It was a grey and rainy day but the sea was calm.  We spent lots of time seeking out sea mammals and birds.  We saw Harbour Seals…

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Stellar Sea Lions….

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Hump Back Whales….

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Porpoises… no picture, they are much too fast….

Hundreds of bald eagles…

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We saw eleven bears, ten on the road trip to Skagway and one on the road into Juneau from our docking point.

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There were three of these brown coloured cubs with a black bear mama.

We also saw a moose and porcupine, as well as numerous other birds but no pictures…

As well as the boat trip and a couple of hours in Juneau, we had a side trip to the Mendenhall Glacier just outside Juneau.

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I didn’t realize it was such a wild hair day for me. Smile 

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If you ever take a trip to Alaska I would really recommend this tour.  You can turn it into a several day adventure if you want to stay overnight in Juneau and check out the gazillion touristy stores.  There is a quilt shop there too. 

Janet

24 comments:

  1. I loved my visit to Alaska... Juneau and Skagway and other places within. It's simply beautiful! Saw lots of wildlife too... absolutely wonderful time full of memories to last a lifetime! Thanks for taking me back again with you this time! :)

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  2. Your trip must have been so exciting,what a great day. And the quilt blocks, I so like the way the colours contrast as they run up the quilt. Looking forward to seeing all the others. Cheers from Jean

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  3. Beautiful pictures... what a fabulous trip
    Hugz

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  4. looks amazing, but cold. Love the baby bears, and your pretty rainbow of blocks its going to be a fabulous quilt.

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  5. thanks for taking us along on the day trip. Magnificent scenery and animals.

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  6. The tour sounds wonderful, thanks for sharing it with us.

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  7. Between Tokyo and New York, in the "old" days, Alaska was a great stop-over. I've been lucky to do some Scouting there as well. Your blocks are coming along nicely.

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  8. Wonderful photos Janet , this trip is on my bucket list , I so want to see Alaska .Your quilt will be gorgeous in all these range of colors as for the weight of the quilt , my crazy quilt is also on muslin and I just used a think poly batting and it is really not heavy but it is not a large quilt either . hugs

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  9. What a fabulous place to visit. So many great things to see.
    Oh the colourful blocks are looking great too.

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  10. the colourful blocks are a great contrast to the gray weather. I wouldn't mind a trip to Alaska ... but I guess I will have to make do with the nature in bicycle range around home.

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  11. what a wonderful trip!
    So lucky for you to live reasonably close to make it easier to do than most!
    Lots of great memories!
    Keep smiling! Take care, Leslie

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  12. Love
    Your quilt but the photos of your trip! Wonderful. One day for me, one day!

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  13. Seeing your photos has brought back memories of our trip to Alaska. Everywhere you turn, there is a photo just begging to be taken! I hope you enjoyed your shopping time.

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  14. Oh, memories of our trips to Alaska. And that quilt shop in Juneau is great! Love your color blocks - amazing how they look kind of misted over where the lighter colors come in.

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  15. What a fun trip you had. Thanks for sharing it with us. Your quilt is coming along beautifullly. I'll be anxious to know how the muslin worked or what you use for batting when it's all done.

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  16. What a wonderful trip you had!! I would love to take a nice long trip into Alaska!! enjoy!

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  17. Lovely blocks,Great trip. Many years ago ( maybe 1985??) our elder daughter and her then partner did a motorbike trip across USA, and had a 2 or 3 day boat trip from Vancouver to Juneau, they slept? on the outside deck that had huge glass walls, saw so much.I look at her marked map and can see they visited so many places where my blog friends now live.Yes, like the other readers,I too would so love to visit, I will dream!! Cheers from Jean.

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  18. I too love the pictures... My husband and I spent 2 weeks in Alaska but didnt get to Juneau or Skagway... too many places see and visit... hope to go again some time... the bear pictures are awesome... wish you had gotten a picture of the porcupine.... that would have been fun... glad you were able to have such a nice trip.

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  19. I would really love to see Alaska one day. What a nice trip that looked like! And I really love your color blocks. That's going to be spectacular when they're all done up!

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  20. Wow! That does look like an amazing tour! I'm jealous! I have been wanting to go on an Alaskan cruise for ages now. Also your rainbow quilt looks fabulous!

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  21. Alaska looks amazing... and the bears- so cute! Must put it on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing the great pics.

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  22. Wondeful place! We have in Argentina, Río Gallegos, with the same pictures!

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  23. Wow, all that natural beauty and the fabulous wildlife too - lucky you.

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