Monday, June 8, 2009
After a glorious day riding the rails from Anchorage in a domed sightseeing car, our group of seven arrived in Seward, Alaska, for embarkation on the Celebrity Millennium. Our next day was spent at sea, enjoying perfect deck weather and spectacular close-up views of Hubbard Glacier, harbor seals, moose, and bald eagles. Today we arrived—again blessed with sunshine and warm temperatures—in the capital city of Juneau, accessible only by air and sea. Just a few steps away from the pier I discovered Changing Tides, a wonderful quilt store and gift shop in the Senate Mall Building. Owner Jan Nardone is a longtime quilter and owned a quilt store in Skagway, Alaska, for nine years before opening this shop five years ago. Although stocked with fabric, notions, and patterns, the shop has more of an art gallery ambiance, with textile and gift items designed by many Alaskan artists. Jewelry, cross stitch, fabric art panels, and glass and caribou antler buttons are a few items that caught my eye. If you collect thimbles, select from a variety of these miniature works of art crafted of wood, ceramic, pewter, and moose antler. Changing Tides is open year round.