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Thread: moving to Rural Alaska

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    one more comment regarding Alaska - you'll find to your frustration that the vast majority of on-line shops will not do free shipping to Alaska - some don't ship here at all, but that is slowly changing as folks are beginning to realize that Alaska (and Hawaii) are actually part of the United States. We all have to learn that when we move here, but for the most part, we accept that as part of the cost of living here in the most beautiful state in the country...

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    I'm glad my Husband is firmly rooted in Missouri, the midwest. I love winter and summer if not too hot. I could not take the long nights Alaska has. I have a Granddaughter in law and two Great Granddaughters living in Fairbanks. I hear it is very pretty, but, I will have to take someone's word on that.
    Enjoy your adventure.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

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    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
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    Piedmont Virginia in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
    Wool batting is fabulous for handquilting!
    Use batting and fabric for packing material; great for filling in corners in boxes or laying on the bottoms or tops of boxes. Thread spools can be wrapped in small fabrics - folded fat quarters - and placed in drinking glasses before they are packed. There lots of ways to get your supplies to where you need to be without making extra weight, or boxes, or effort.

    Best of luck to you on this Alaskan adventure; I admire you, but honestly can't say that I envy you!

    Jan in VA
    Jan in VA
    Living in the foothills
    peacefully colors my world.

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    Senior Member PlanoDebbie's Avatar
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    Plano, TX
    Try checking out www.missouriquiltco.com

    $5 shipping for any order. Free shipping on orders over $100.00

    Jenny has a ton o wonderful FREE tuturials on YouTube. I've made so many quilts from her tutes. They also sell fabric by the yard, accessories, charms, jelly rolls, honey buns, fat quarter bundles, etc.

    We were in Alaska 2 years ago on a 2 week cruise. Did my research ahead of time and knew where the quilt shops were in almost every post. Bought something from every shop and hope to put together some awesome quilts soon. The night light Aurora fabrics are awesome. I loved all of the colors.

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    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
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    Jozefow, Poland
    Quote Originally Posted by riutzelj View Post
    Guess, rural Alaska can be an oxymoron, so let me add the qualifier, moving to 110 miles northwest of Bethel, Ak. No roads in, only boat and plane. I don't have enough blankets to take what is left at home, where husband is staying for the next two years.And he says i can't take the Poppy Quilt i bought in Texas or the Wedding Ring i bought here in Oregon. That means no quilts for me Guess i'll have to make some quickly. Oh, well, not a lot to do when it is still frozen and you don't own the outdoor play equipment, such as snow machine, snow shoes, skis etc. yet.
    Which online stores have the best deals on batting sales and shipping charges? Also does anyone know how the wool battings do for hand quilting?
    Some of what i need to go up in my household goods so if i have it already i don't have to pay shipping. Got enough fabric to make a couple of quilts but no batting.
    Definitely get MORE supplies to be shipped with your household stuff! Shipping once you get there will be outrageous! My DH is from AK and his whole family is up there--but not that far up! --his Dad, sis, and brother are in the Talkeetna area and sis is in the Palmer area.

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    Senior Member MamaHen's Avatar
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    North Florida
    Now I want to know "Does your husband know what you all are in for?" What small community are your going to be calling home for the next couple of years? All I can say is that the money better be worth it. Unless housing, fuel are included in payment it's going to cost you a small fortune. Take it from someone who lived in Alaska for over 54 years. I wouldn't have a comment if you were on a road system somewhere, but out in the boonies with only plane or boat (in the summer) all I can say is good luck.
    And YES most online retailers think Alaska is another country.

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    Junior Member Walter'sMom's Avatar
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    I do envy you your new adventure - we have been twice to Alaska for summers and would like to try a winter there sometime. There are some of the most amazing quilt shops in Alaska - so there must be lots of quilters there and I found prices comparable to the lower 48. Enjoy your adventure and let us know how you make out!

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    Greenwood, AR
    I just got a king size batting from Connecting Threads in Warm and Natural for $24.99. JoAnnes has it for that some times too. Make sure you keep us up on your travels....what an adventure!!

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    Super Member quiltmom04's Avatar
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    This may be a silly question, but why on earth would you move to Alaska when you're husband is staying out - wherever - for 2 years?? And not let you take your quilts??

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    Senior Member lfletcher's Avatar
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    Texas Hill Country
    Wool batting is excellent for hand quilting.

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