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Welcome to Wildfire Designs Alaska

Wildfire Designs Alaska

Welcome to my website. From this site you can view all my designs, find a store that sells my patterns, learn quilting tips and techiniques used in my designs and even order patterns and kits on my new online store.

Join me in January 2025 for a Hawaiian Quilt Cruise!

Deb Roberts of World of Quilts Travel has invited me to teach on another cruise! This time we're getting out of the cold Alaskan winter and heading south to Hawaii onboard Holland America's Konigsdam for a 17 day tour of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. This 17 day adventure is round trip from San Diego, California leaving on Jan 11th, and returning Jan 28th. During at sea days onboard quilters will have an opportunity to take classes from myself or the other two instructors, or just spend time in the designated sewing room, in addition to all the other onboard entertainment Holland America provides for it's guests. We will spend 6 days exploring the Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai before heading back to San Diego, with a day stop in Ensenada, Mexico. I hope you will consider joining me for some warmth and sun next January (the perfect time for an escape). Don't wait too long to sign up as the Hawaiian cruises often sell out fast! Non-quilters are also welcome to join. Check out all the details here - and don't forget to tell her who sent you!

A Note From Me, and Website Finally Updated!

So sorry for the LONG delay in getting these on my site. It's been a crazy busy couple of years and it's been hard to find time to sit down for a week or so and update my site. I'm a small business, but many of you don't know that small means just me. :-) Besides doing all my design work - from the first drawings, writing the pattern, testing them (sometimes I miss mistakes so please let me know if you find any) and doing all the graphics and printing - I also fold and package up all the patterns (I have had some family help here occassionally I must admit); cut, wash, prep, laser cut and package all the laser kits (also finally desperately needed help this past year keeping up with that); and process all my orders. On top of all that I also try to keep up with my email (which I can sometimes be terrible at), social media (very terrible at that) and finally at the end of the year when things start to slow I usually update my site. Last year that part didn't happen.

It's a lot for one person to do and I think most people out there think I have a lot more help than I do (and as I mentioned before I've often had help from close friends and family in the crazy busy summer months - and thank you so much to them because I would have drown without their help). So on that note, thank you to everyone who has patiently waited for an order, or to see my new designs, or understood when their package took a little longer than expected or when I didn't respond to an email right away. I put my hands on everything that leaves my studio and try to make sure that you receive quality patterns and kits. I will have more help this year (not just only me anymore) and hope to be able to keep up with demand better. I'm also planning some new designs, but won't have them out until early 2025, and have a new creative outlet that I'll be sharing with you all soon - stay tuned!

One last note: I've been having some trouble getting my shipping rates accurate in the secure shopping site I use for online orders. If you are purchasing over $350 worth of product I offer free shipping, which it's not letting me set up for some reason. So for now please use the code SHIPFREE for free shipping on all orders over $350 until I can get this corrected. Thank you again and sorry for the inconvenience.

2023: Along the Shores Series

The Along the Shores series feature ten new designs using my newest Signatutre Batik Line with Hoffman California Fabrics. Patterns and kits for these designs are FINALLY available on my website! Click here to go to my online store. Stores looking to order kits or patterns directly from me please email me at order@wildfiredesignsalaska.com. Design below features my Along the Shores: Sandpiper, Along the Shores: Starfish and Along the Shores: Blue Heron designs.

Along the Shores 3-Block Wallhanging

2022: Alaskan Arctic SeriesAlaskan Arctic Complete Quilt

The Alaskan Arctic series features some of my favorite arctic critters. These designs can be made individually or as a group as shown above. The kits and patterns are also FINALLY available in my online store! Click here to get yours today!

What makes WDA laser kits special? I pre-wash all the applique fabrics to shrink, block and remove excess dye and all my kits use Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 as the fusible webbing. This fusible is more expensive then other non-permanent fusibles out there, but the only one I use because of its permanent bond. When used properly there's no need to stitch down your appliques. See my Tips page for step-by-step instructions on how I use Steam-a-Seam fusible web.

Wildfire Designs Alaska Online Store

All Wildfire Designs Alaska patterns, available kits and other notions are available to purchase online! Although I am excited to have my own online store for those of you who do not have local access to my patterns and kits, I want to make sure to encourage everyone to check with your local quilt shops first and support your local small businesses! Click here to be directed to Wildfire Designs Alaska's online store now.

History of Wildfire Designs Alaska

I was born in Kenai, Alaska and raised in the family fabric store, the Kenai Fabric Center with my mother, grandparents, aunts, and later a sister and several cousins; all of whom taught me to sew, crochet, knit, and so much more. While in college I worked with my family at their fabric store, where I found a talent for creating samples of wallhangings and preparing kits. After several years I decided to try designing on my own. My first pattern, Caribou on the Kenai Flats, was inspired by my hometown.

After 50+ years my family's quilt shop closed in October 2020. I miss it all the time, it was more than a store, it was where my grandparents lived and where I grew up. No other shop will ever compare. Treasure your family and all your unforgettable local quilt shops.

Thank you for your interest and support for Wildfire Designs Alaska!
Dana Michelle Woodard, Designer/Owner

Updated by Dana Michelle