Polar Bears, Alaska National Wildlife Refuge
Quilt Notes: ALASKA (Variation) is illustrated in Rhoda Ochser Goldberg's alphabetical QUILTING AND PATCHWORK DICTIONARY, 1988. According to Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS (#2355), it first appeared in a periodical called Hearth and Home, published in Augusta, Maine, from 1885 until the 1930's. Compare at this site with STARRY PATH, another majestic design the ENCYCLOPEDIA classifies (#2352) as a "Four X with No Curves" block, but also, CROW'S FOOT, a surprisingly similar pattern and with a winter theme.
Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS lists five different blocks celebrating the state, the largest in the Union (#2130, #2296, #2615, #2667, #2778). Alaska is home to the incomparable Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which extends 19,049,236 acres. The ALASKA quilt design illustrated above imitates the pristine beauty and striking colors of the Arctic wilderness. Click here for a list of recommended pictorial books on the history and appreciation of quilt designs.