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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.

New for 2021: Return to the Wild Series & Other Designs

Return to the Wild: Northeast

The Return to the Wild series features a variety of my batiks from past years with Hoffman California Fabrics, as well as a few new colors. As always Alaska inspires me, but this year I also tried to pay tribute to other regions of the northern 48 States, and a special acknowledgement to one of the most beautiful places I've ever had the privilege to visit - Japan. The first six new Return to the Wild patterns all feature fauna of the north: the Black Bear, Wolves, Elk, Moose, Bison and Loons. These designs can be made individually or as a variety of grouped wallhangings (Return to the Wild: Northeast shown above).

The Piece the Wild group are for those of you out there that love piecing. The patterns themselves can be made as individual wallhangings/tablerunners or combined into a lap quilt. Each pattern includes a set of laser cut applique silhouettes (refill packs of these animal shapes also available).

And finally for something completely different - Japanese Elegance. These patterns are special to me because they are reminders of my travels to Japan. The first time I visited in the fall of 2007 during the changing of the maples leaves (momiji). I absolutely fell in love with the country and vowed to come back again, the next time in the Spring during cherry blossom season. My parents, husband and kids joined me in Spring of 2018, and we timed it perfectly to experience the Sakura blossoming all over Tokyo. I will never forget the overwhelming beauty of the cherry trees and so grateful to have gotten the chance to experience it with my family. Finally Koi Pond, which is really inspired by the Japanese gardens all over the Hawaiian islands. They have the same calming beauty of the gardens and temples I visited in Japan.

This series uses my newest Return to the Wild Signature Batik Line with Hoffman California Fabrics. These new designs are available as laser and/or fabric kits. View them all on my New Designs page, or shop here now to get your patterns or kit 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
21-Aug-2021