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    One more point of interest - for such a remote area, Alaska is very technologically advanced. In visiting the lower 48 in larger areas (cities, etc.) I have found that we're pretty lucky on that score. Sure, because of the terrain we have dead spots for cell transmission, can't really get XM radio in our cars, and we're limited to slightly over 200 some satellite stations (not including XM), but we live with it, and they're improving all the time.
    You'll get used to finding companies that ship free, or like Sheila says, call the company and have them flat rate it.
    By the way, we're all planning one or two or more quilting retreats, and that helps keep us sane in the winter - having fun with our quilt sisters!!

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    This style of sewing/embellishment is specifically that of the tsimshian people, who are generally around southwest Alaska and north west Washington and Canada in between. Each segment of the Alaska Native population has a fairly unique style of native clothing which is still used for formal occasions and some casual occasions. The area around Bethel (and northwest) is primarily Aleut/Eskimo and as such have traditions that are wonderful and many are unique to them.

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    Forgot to tell you about buttons. The beautiful quilts, robes, etc. I saw in Alaska were made with applique and many, many buttons. Looked like the old time pearl ones from shells and the designs were raven, totems, and often times red and black. I'll try to upload photos.
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    You sound like an awesome person! What you are doing is wonderful! They will be blessed to have you in their community, and you will have an unbelievable experience. I wish you all the best and hope you will be able to post now & again & let us know how you are doing.
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    As several other Alaskan members have said, we have a great quilting community here in AK. I have never done any research on this, but I'm guessing that given the population of the state as being a little over 500,000, we have more quilt shops per capita than any other part of the US...we routinely ship to the bush...we encourage and support one another...and we all understand the frustration of shipping quirks...but we, for the most part, stay here because in spite of some of the things that might be "less favorable", there are many more things that are more favorable...Tho the winters are dark and long, I wouldn't give up the beautiful snow and scenery - northern lights frequently - attitude of "we're all in this together" - and in the summer? well, the average temperature in Anchorage is low 70s and well, I could go on.

    My special thanks go to those of you who don't like Alaska, or wouldn't move here, since it gives me space to live here and means that I don't have to live in Florida, Arizona, etc. Different strokes for different folks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow2Sew View Post
    I recently finished a book, "Alaska Bound: One man's dream...One woman's nightmare" by Tammy Jones. It is a true story about the author's trials when her DH talked her into going to AK in March to build a cabin. It was a free Kindle download at the time.
    Good luck on your adventure. Let us hear from you and please send pictures when you can.
    I just looked this book up on Barnes & Noble. It sounds like something I would enjoy reading. They don't have it in ebook form & the cheapest they had was $73! Guess I will be looking at the library. Years ago I read one by an actor who moved there with his wife. Can't remember his name, but I do remember his telling about taking his wife to have her baby (she was in labor) to the hospital on a snowmobile.
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    We lived in Anchorage, Alaska (AK) for 14 yrs and we loved it. It is a beautiful state. God bless you on your big adventure!!
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    st. mary's though my villages four others right there along the Yukon.

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    thanks for that info

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    As an Alaska resident it is AK for Alaska and AL for Alabama

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C View Post
    I see many posts here referring to Alaska as 'AK'....the O.C.D. in me has to make a correction here. The abbreviation for Alaska is 'AL'......I am very excited for you - this sounds like an amazing opportunity. Please keep us up to date on your experiences there!![/QUO
    You are so wrong--Alaska is AK--those of us who live in Alaska should know---AL is Alabama. Before you correct others you should get your facts straight.

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    I don't know where you are moving from, but it you have ever suffered from depression the long periods of darkness can create problems. One way to combat this is with light therapy. They didn't know it when I was growing up in Seattle and had bouts of depression every winter, and no one knew why, but put me on medication. My husband was in the Navy when we got married and stationed in San Diego, and I have not had the problem since. Our longest period of over-cast weather is 2 weeks. It can creep up on you, so don't let it get to you.

    The rest of the family had no problem with the depressing weather just me.

    Your adventure sounds great to me. Not sure what you will encounter but it does sound like it will be an adventure and so have a good time.

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    Thank you I could not remember if it was Bethel or Nome that she went to. We all have different things that we like in our life take this move for what it is a great experience. You have lots of quilters who are willing to help if you just ask. If it were not for people like you who are willing to take that chance some of the services that these remote areas need would not happen. Many people come here like you and end up staying because they end up liking it. Those who are on the fence or don't like it usually leave. Its not for everyone but give it a fair chance.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarleneC View Post
    I live in Kenai, AK--3 hours south of Anchorage. My son lives in Bethel. My Viking dealer visits Bethel for classes. I don't know if they have a fabric shop but she says there are a lot of quilters out there. I do not know where they buy their fabrics. I do know that a lady who lived about an hour drive from me used to own a fabric store and she lives in Bethel now. Hope you can meet up with some of these folks. Good luck with your move.

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    I have lived in AK, but in the very 'civilized' areas - Juneau, Ketchikan, Homer. I know where you are headed, and wish you the best, and many many hours of happy quilting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreadHead View Post
    Wait until he freezes his ars off and then he will want those quilts.
    He didn't ask her this to be mean....

    This is what " riutzelj " said....
    He is very high level Asperger's and change happens SLOWLY so my going up and his visiting is the process for that to happen. He wants the quilts to stay because that is how he stays connected with me.


    He wants them around to remind him of her. Since they are a part of her, this is how is coping with her being away.
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    I think you will have an interesting - no fascinating - 2 years in the boondocks of Alaska. You seem to have the right attitude and know what you are facing. Quilting may not be the main thing in your life while you are there, but you're smart to be thinking of it as an outlet when you need it! I'm wishing you happy times in Alaska!

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    I agree with ktbb. Alaska has a wonderful quilting community. We lived in Eagle River for 14 years and miss it terribly. I kept very busy with my quilting.

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    You sound like an amazing person. Wish you were moving next door to me! Enjoy your adventure.

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    i love wool batting and it works up beautifully by machine so i just can't imagine it not working beautifully by hand. you will fall in love with the wool batting!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nygal View Post
    We lived in Anchorage, Alaska (AK) for 14 yrs and we loved it. It is a beautiful state. God bless you on your big adventure!!
    My daughter lives in Eagle River now and loves it. The military personnel are so friendly and helpful. She has two babies to keep her busy. Can't get her interested in quilting...wish that I could .
    I have visited twice and had a wonderful time on both trips.
    Alaska is truly a beautiful state and the people are warm and so freindly.

    However, I can't wait until she gets back into the lower 48 so that we can hug those little ones.

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    I must correct myself for my attached statement. I went back and checked and found I'm old and my brain isn't working. I don't often make such a dumb whoops, but when I'm wrong I have to own up to it. I apologize for correcting what was already correct! Now I'm going to crawl back under my rock and be quiet!![QUOTE=Debbie C;5858261]I see many posts here referring to Alaska as 'AK'....the O.C.D. in me has to make a correction here. The abbreviation for Alaska is 'AL'......I am very excited for you - this sounds like an amazing opportunity. Please keep us up to date.

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    breaks my heart to think of you leaving yr quilts behind. Do you have a dear friend you can leave them with for the time being? I sure hope so. If I lived closer, I would keep them for you til you were ready for them again. Really think this all thru. I do like the idea of the space bags, may ck them out myself. Best to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum View Post
    Do you have a dear friend you can leave them with for the time being?
    She's leaving them with her very dear husband.

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    Sounds like a great adventure and it appeals to my pioneer spirit. I envy you and hope you have a great experience,
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    Alaska

    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C View Post
    I see many posts here referring to Alaska as 'AK'....the O.C.D. in me has to make a correction here. The abbreviation for Alaska is 'AL'......I am very excited for you - this sounds like an amazing opportunity. Please keep us up to date on your experiences there!!
    You'd better look again. AL is Alabama. AK is Alaska.

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    Alaska is my home. I lived there 32 years, longer than anywhere else. I lived in Fairbanks, Kenai/Soldotna, Kodiak, Anchorage, and even Bethel. My kids were born there and my first two grandkids. Two of my kids still live in Wasilla. I made the mistake of following my daughter (the one with the grandkids) to Georgia when we retired. Now we have bought a house and are STUCK. The daughter (and, more importantly, the grandkids have moved to OK. Oh, how I wish we were still in Alaska. Having said that, good luck to you. I lived in AK for 24 yrs. prior to moving to Bethel. I had lived in Kodiak for 6 yrs. and that remoteness did not prepare me for Bethel. Of course, I had heard all the horror stories about Bethel. Most of them are true. You have to be one tough individual to survive life in the bush. I made a lot of friends in Bethel, and did a lot of quilting. There were 2 stores that carried some fabric, but I was fortunate in that I could get into Anchorage fairly often and shop. We had a super guild in Bethel and had some great times, even did "retreats" in the FAA housing community center. People in Alaska are divided into two groups: those who love it, and those who hate it. Those of us who love it wish those others would just leave or shut up.
    Best of luck to you. I would love to hear about your adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewCrazyinGA View Post
    Oh, how I wish we were still in Alaska.....People in Alaska are divided into two groups: those who love it, and those who hate it. Those of us who love it wish those others would just leave or shut up.
    Hear! Hear!...about the two groups of people, especially. (I felt the same way about a few places I've lived and that's why I left them....) You never really know what you'll like till you try it...
    Kate

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