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2013! We hope you all had a safe and happy
holiday season and that the New Year will bring
many wonderful things your way! We’re definitely looking forward to some snow, and I
know many of you are already dreaming of the
We have some great things in store for 2013,
and we’re happy to share our first Quilting,
Sewing and Needlework special issue with
you. Winter is a great time to cozy up by the
fireplace with a warm cup of cocoa or tea and
work on all those projects that went untouched
during the holiday season or to get out and buy
materials to start new projects for the coming
year! I often use the downtime (if I get any!)
to start working on birthday, wedding, and just
because gifts for the rest of the year. It’s also
a great time to start planning out the trips you
want to take: shows, festivals and retreats are
all great ways to spend time with friends and
make new ones.
Don’t worry though, you’ll still get all your
favorite recipes, articles, and primitive, antique,
and country shops in this issue. We’re hoping
you use some of the recipes in these pages to
pre-make a warm and filling dinner, gather your
friends together for a winter road trip, and get
out to do some after holiday-shopping!
JAN-FEB 2013
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From the Recipe Box:
Corn Chowder with
1 (17 oz) can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 (17 oz) can cream-style corn
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
1 onion, chopped
Salt & pepper
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk
1/4 cup light butter
2 cups chicken, cooked and cubed
Combine corn, potatoes, onion, salt, pepper
and broth in slow cooker. Cover and cook on
low 7 – 9 hours, checking that potatoes do not
become too soft. Stir in milk, butter and chicken. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
Servings: 4
Courtesy of Janice Tosadori, Maryland.
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Random Acts
Craving Curiosity
by Maranda K. Jones
Happy New Year! What sacrifice for self-improvement will you be making this winter?
Some want to improve their finances by getting a better job or saving more money.
Others want to become more organized, reduce stress, and manage time. Many want to
improve their well-being and make a resolution to lose weight, exercise more, drink less,
or stop smoking. Did you know PEZ, the popular candy dispenser, was created as an
alternative to smoking?
In 1948, Oscar Uxa designed the first PEZ dispenser, called “Box Regulars,” to resemble cigarette lighters and to encourage people to quit smoking. PEZ candy was born a
breath mint in Vienna, Austria almost 20 years before the dispenser was introduced at the
Vienna Trade Fair. Its name also hails from German descent, using the first, middle, and
last letters of the German word for peppermint, “pfefferminz.”
PEZ introduced fruity flavors and character dispensers to the United States in the
1950s, hoping to reach adults and children alike. The first dispensers included Santa, a
Robot, and a Space Gun. Popeye soon joined the PEZ family, becoming one of the first
licensed characters, followed by Mickey Mouse in the early 1960s.
The popularity of PEZ continues to grow with variations of dispenser designs and
improvements. Interchangeable rubber heads, feet for standing upright, and more beloved
characters keep people wanting more bite-sized candy and its unique packaging.
In the 1990s, a Tweety Bird PEZ made a guest appearance on an episode of Seinfeld,
and PEZ graced the cover of Forbes magazine. Collectors enjoy the series of PEZ dispensers that have been released, featuring several characters from the same movie, such
as Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, and Snow White and Seven Dwarfs. Star Wars PEZ is the
most popular licensed assortment of all time. Collectible tins and limited edition dispensers have made this already distinct candy more appealing.
My children love PEZ. My five-year-old son likes loading the candy and sharing it with
friends. He studies the mechanics while enjoying a sweet treat. My three-year-old daughter likes that she can hold the dispenser easily in her small hands and have a favorite
character carry her candy for her. They both see it as a toy that gives them candy – what’s
not to love?
I love PEZ too. I would not call myself a collector, but I may very well be one. I am
slightly obsessed with PEZ. When I opened the silverware drawer this morning, I did a
quick count of the PEZ dispensers waiting to be greeted. Twelve popular characters were
present. Those are just the ones in the drawer. I have more! I didn’t acquire them as an
alternative to smoking though, for that is one habit I have never wondered about. I have
however always wondered about the origin of PEZ and finally fed my curiosity. Now I
have a promising start on my New Year’s resolution to feed my curiosity more often. This
time my curiosity craved PEZ and fed on delicious details at http://www.pez.com/history/
And the beginning of a New Year!
by Barbara Floyd,
Founder of The Country Register
Goodness. It is only December 5th and by the time you read this it will be after the New Year. It is hard to
write about New Year’s resolutions when you haven’t had the pleasure yet of putting on extra pounds over the
holidays. But somehow that just seems to be a given, and by January 2nd, we are ready to cook healthier and eat
less. Usually we are more than delighted to throw out the leftover holiday goodies and get very disciplined with
our food for at least a week or a few days!
Recently I redecorated a bit in my kitchen-family room—if you can call it redecorating when you just take
a lot of things down from the top of the cupboards, take down some art work, put a small table and decorative fireplace screen and lots of other decor out in the garage, hopefully never to return. The leaf in the table
that seats ten came out and now it is a cozy table for four, possibly six, and has moved down by the fireplace.
Couches and wicker rocker are majorly moved and the room seems much larger. It is fun to have the table
moved far from the mess I always seem to create in the kitchen at mealtime. Best of it did not cost a dime but
feels fresh and clean.
I did take note that most of my cookbooks were on a lower shelf and easy to grab. But “on display only,”
very high up and not easily reached were all my low fat and weight watching type of cookbooks. Thinking
ahead to the New Year, I brought them to a reachable place with good intentions of cooking with fewer calories.
I wasn’t quite to that point with the pasta dish I fixed for company last night. I called my brother and his wife
at 4 p.m. and asked them if they wanted to come for dinner at 5. Oh, oh—they accepted. So, I threw open the
refrigerator doors and noticed two Cajun Chicken Sausages and my usual array of veggies. That is all it took to
remember I had recently bought some whole-wheat pasta shells.
My guess is there was about 3 cups of dried pasta that got put onto boil, the sausage got cut up and put into
a little olive oil in a frying pan and to that was added one cut up onion, five small sweet peppers, red, yellow
and orange in color, and—at the very last and for very few minutes—two large handfuls of fresh spinach. The
sausage had a lot of seasoning so the only extra I added was a little salt and pepper, both freshly ground.
In the oven prior to this I had a winter squash cut in slices drizzled in olive oil and a little coarse ground sea
salt roasting at 450 degrees for about half an hour. That was the perfect temperature to slip in a pan of inexpensive canned buttermilk biscuits overlapping in circle in a pie plate and a generous amount of melted butter on
top. This, then, was sprinkled with fresh thyme and dried dill. They baked in a little over ten minutes. By now, it
was time to get out the fresh salad greens and add some cherry tomatoes and homemade salad dressing. The last
thing to do was combine the well-drained pasta with the veggies and sausage—and wish I had some Parmesan
cheese. But, heavy whipping cream added to the mixture made a great binder for this concoction. My guess is I
used about 3/4 cup of cream—just enough to bind it together a bit and add flavor.
Now that you are into the New Year resolutions you can have the salad and the squash, but probably not the
rolls unless you use less butter and eat only one! You can adjust the pasta recipe to include a little more meat,
less pasta and more vegetables. Kale would be good as well as other colorful veggies. It will be mighty tasty
and a tad healthier just to add a bit of olive oil in place of the heavy cream.
For dessert we cleaned out the last container of ice cream, which made for small servings. To replace that just
serve fruit and you will still have a delicious meal and less guilt. Happy and healthy cooking to you in 2013!
Barbara Floyd, Founder of The Country Register, is enjoying semi-retirement and resides in Phoenix, AZ. She currently
is recovering from five months of overeating summertime fresh produce in the Great Northwest and cooking for family and
friends. She can be reached at [email protected]
JAN-FEB 2013
Kissed Quilts
Helping in Time of Need
by Marlene Oddie
How can we help victims of Sandy? For those who sew, there are ways we can help. There are
opportunities to donate individual quilt blocks or entire quilts to hurricane Sandy victims. Check the
equilter.com and quiltinggallery.com websites for information on how to participate in a goal of sending
5,000 quilts.
Although in quilting, we often use cotton, wanting something warm to snuggle with—whether you don’t
have electricity or it is just cold—wool comes to mind. This reminded me of experiences I had recently to
see raw wool made into beautiful finished products.
This past year I’ve had the opportunity twice to tour woolen mills—once while in Ireland as part of the
International Quilt Festival of Ireland’s country tour, and then during a local quilt shop hop that took my
small group through Pendleton, Oregon. The tours are well worth it and very educational.
Avoca Mill, Ireland, founded in 1723, is Ireland’s oldest weaving mill
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Pendleton Woolen Mill in Pendleton, Oregon
Through a little research via Google, I’ve also found other active woolen mills in the U.S., but they are
mostly in the eastern and mid-western states.
If you’re interested in getting your sheep fleeces washed, picked, carded, dyed, spun, woven, etc., or just
want someone else to take care of part(s) of the process, there are lots of places where it can be done.
Manta listed 458 yarn-spinning mills in the U.S.
There is so much to be learned by touring these facilities. I was amazed to see how the raw material was
converted into such beautiful blankets and finished goods. The automation aspect of the process is also
Woolrich Woolen Mill in Woolrich, Pennsylvania, was started in 1830 and is the longest continuously
running woolen mill in the United States. Watkins Woolen Mill in Missouri, established in 1860, is the
oldest woolen mill still using its original equipment.
I was particularly interested in the offerings from Northwest Woolen Mills (www.northwestwoolen.com)
that include pricing for humanitarian bulk purchases of blankets. Even if you don’t sew, there are ways
you can help those in need.
We use many different fibers today to provide warmth and comfort. Consider the blessings you have and
share with those in need during this holiday season. The blessing often comes from the act of giving.
Marlene Oddie is an engineer by education, project manager by profession and now a
quilter by passion. She enjoys long-arm quilting on her Gammill Optimum Plus, but
especially enjoys designing quilts and creating a meaningful treasure for the recipient.
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Stillness and Solitude
January always brings me a genuine sense of peace. There is a stillness to the month that
relaxes and renews me. It is during this time of year that I remember that this solitude has
power to recharge my creativity and provide me with all that I need to get through a true New
England winter.
Deepening Appreciation for Antiques
Shortly after the first of the year, my holiday decorations are safely put away and there
seems to be a shift that mirrors this quiet time of year. I always see this as an opportunity to
take stock in my home and within. I take time to rearrange my antiques, plan longer projects
and reflect upon the provenance behind the pieces I hold dear. My appreciation deepens still
as I ponder the antiques that have been touched by the people, places and events of the past.
My rearranging and planning are deeply satisfying to me and I always make sure to save
room for just “one more piece,” so winter weekends are spent venturing out to find treasures
to fill the winter gaps. Coming home with a perfect piece often takes time, but that’s always
fine with me, because as it should be, it is the quest that excites.
The Landscape Transformed
When winter is in full force I gaze out over the landscape and everything is blanketed with
snow. I am always delighted to see that our winter birds have once again found our feeder in
the magnolia tree and it gives me comfort knowing they will most likely return as our winter
friends. My herb garden is transformed into its sleeping state and as I look at it I dream of
the advent of spring when I will be able to work with my plants and create new ideas for their
use and care.
Looking Forward
The end of last year brought the completion of our eighteenth century tavern room and
cage bar. The tavern room at Milltown Primitives in North Stonington, CT was the source
of my inspiration and as I look ahead to the winter months I am happily planning our “New
England Tavern Suppers.” Consisting of three early tap tables set for two, I envision intimate
dinners after a cold, New England day with homemade stews or bubbling hot meat pies that
would be a most welcomed sight. Eating by candlelight, surrounded by early New England
antiques will inevitably provide a kindred connection to our past and a sense of warmth and
comfort perfectly suited for this peaceful and rejuvenating time of year.
For further information and inspirational tavern photos Facebook us at Milltown Primitives.
Annice Bradley Rockwell is an educator and owner of Pomfret Antiques. She is currently working on her book, New England Girl. [email protected]
Robin Rock is the owner of Milltown Primitives. www.milltownprimitvesshop.com
Holiday Helpers
JAN-FEB 2013
A Cup of Tea with Lydia
By Lydia E. Harris
Sweet Memories of Tea
I like to live in the present, sipping every drop from my teacup of life.
But as the New Year begins, I also want to remember past joys. That’s
why I decided to serve my husband Milt a “sweet memories tea” to remind us of tea outings we had shared. After all, he’s my Sweet-TEA.
It wasn’t hard to come up with ideas for this surprise tea-lunch, because
Milt and I have gone for tea dozens of times. And as we’ve shared tea,
I’ve collected tea tips, menu ideas, and tea ware from tearoom gift shops.
So while Milt went swimming, I looked through my refrigerator and
cupboard and prepared a spontanai-Tea using what I found.
Tea Table
I set a pretty table using tea items purchased from various tearooms
we had visited. For starters, I used floral placemats and matching cloth
napkins from a favorite tearoom and then added cute little napkin clips
from another. The glass cobalt-blue plates purchased on clearance looked
attractive with the Dutch windmill teapot we found en route to a writers’
conference. The flower vase, teacups, and teaspoons came from other
tearooms. All in all, the table setting brimmed with memories of happy
Tips for Serving Tea
When we’re out for tea, I glean tips for serving tea at home. At first, I
thought a proper tea could only be served from a three-tiered plate stand.
So I was surprised when a tearoom in Oregon served us individual tea
plates with an assortment of sandwiches, scones, and sweets.
Now I often serve tea this way, especially if only one or two guests are
coming. I bought glass luncheon-sized plates for this purpose from a tearoom that was closing. The assorted foods look attractive on the plates.
And once I’ve served my guests, I can sit and relax, simply enjoying our
time together.
Tea Foods and Menus
I’ve also gathered menu ideas from tearooms. One of my favorites is a
croissant sandwich filled with chicken salad. When I make chicken salad,
sometimes I add celery, grapes, mayonnaise, and a hint of curry. Other
times we enjoy chicken salad mixed with sliced black olives and chopped
artichoke hearts.
I’ve learned that tea plates look attractive with at least three foods on
them: for example, chicken-salad croissants, spinach salad, and a cluster
of red grapes. I also enjoy soup served in a teacup.
Tea for Two
For our “sweet memories tea,” I prepared a tea plate with a chickensalad croissant, grape cluster, small teacup of soup, and a square of cake
topped with lemon curd and whipped cream. And of course, we sipped a
tasty tea blend.
Milt enjoyed our surprise tea luncheon, and so did I. As we drank tea
and reminisced about special tea outings, we also made new memories.
As the year begins, it’s time to stir up warm teatimes. You’ll be glad
you did, because teatimes brewed today will become sweet memories
Happy New Year!
Lydia E. Harris, M.A., is the author of Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting. Copyright 2012, Lydia E. Harris. No reprint without author’s
From Lydia’s Recipe File: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
A comforting winter warm-up. (homemade noodles optional)
Soup ingredients:
1 chicken breast, cut into large chunks
6 cups water
1 small onion, diced (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
4 or 5 large carrots, sliced in 2-inch strips
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup, undiluted
2 cups homemade or purchased noodles, cooked
1 cup frozen peas
1. In a large kettle, cook chicken, onion, and parsley in water for 30 minutes. (If you plan
to make homemade noodles, mix them up while chicken is cooking.)
2. Add carrots, celery, and bouillon and cook for another 20 to 30 minutes until vegetables
and chicken are tender. (In separate saucepan, cook noodles to add later.)
3. Remove chicken and cut into bite-sized pieces.
4. Stir in the cream soup.
5. Add chicken, cooked noodles, and peas. Simmer a few minutes until heated through.
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve piping hot.
Makes eight 1-cup servings.
Variation: For traditional chicken noodle soup, omit cream soup and peas.
Homemade Noodles
Easy to make; taste more like dumplings than noodles.
In medium-sized bowl combine:
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
Add 1 1/4 cups flour and mix. Knead on floured surface until dough is smooth. Cover and
set aside for 30 minutes. Roll dough very thin. Dough will be about 8 x 12 inches large. Cut
into 1/3-inch strips with pizza cutter. Then cut crosswise to make 2-inch-long noodles. Dust
with flour so they don’t stick together. Place noodles in pan of boiling water, and cook a few
minutes, until noodles float to the top. Drain in a colander, rinse with cold water, and add to
chicken soup shortly before serving.
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Pieces From My Heart
the country, but it’s Christmas in a lot of workrooms! Now is a great
time to sign up for a class to learn a new skill or improve upon the
skills you may already have, but here is another thought. Do you
have a skill that you can share with others? Perhaps you are a terrific
baker? A master knitter? A skilled jewelry maker? No doubt there
are people that would love to learn from you! Organize a class of your
own. Determine what you would like to offer, make your own schedule, advertise and enjoy! If you are so inclined, senior centers and
after-school programs are often looking for people to teach classes.
Having a hobby you enjoy is a gift; sharing your hobby or talents with
others can be priceless. © Susan Tipsord 2012
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by Jan Keller
Everyone is talking about Steven Spielberg’s movie ‘Lincoln’ and many, including
me, say it’s, “Great!” A great film about a beloved President is a fitting tribute. But
the film zeros in on a very limited time span so it might be good to also reflect on
the life that helped to form the character of Abraham Lincoln.
Surprisingly, Lincoln’s story is full of the irony of failure, hardship and disappointment.
When Abe was seven-years-old he had to work to help support his family
because, due to a legal technicality, they were forced out of their home.
He was a shy and diffident nine-year-old when his mother died.
It was a youthful Lincoln who shared a love with pretty Ann Rutledge—only to
endure heartache and grief because of her untimely death.
At 22, Lincoln was fired from his job as a store clerk. He dreamed of going to
law school but couldn’t because his education was not adequate.
He went into debt to become a partner in a small store when he was 23. Three
years later his business partner died, leaving him so deeply in debt it took years for
him to repay his resulting financial obligation.
At 28, after a four-year romantic relationship with a young lady, he asked her to
marry him. She said no.
He married Mary Todd, a well-educated 23-year-old woman from a wealthy
Kentucky family, when he was 33.
He ran for a seat in Congress twice and failed. On his third try, at age 37, he
was successful. Two years later he ran for reelection and once again failed and
endured the agony of defeat.
Although he is regarded as a man of strong character, about this time he had
what some today would call a nervous breakdown.
When he was 41, his four-year-old son Edward died, heaping additional stress on
an already troubled marriage.
The following year he applied to serve as a land officer, but was rejected.
He ran for the Senate and lost when he was 45.
Two years later, he was defeated for a Vice Presidential nomination.
At 49, he ran for the Senate again . . . and lost again.
Lincoln suffered periods of deep depression, was the target of an endless
barrage of false and malicious rumors, criticism and misunderstanding. Snubbed
and despised by many of his peers, he was hardly the envy of his day.
At 51, however, he was elected President of the United States and successfully
reelected to a second term. It was during his second term that he was assassinated.
He died in a little rooming house across the street from Ford’s Theatre, where he
was shot. Edwin Stanton, who was present, proclaimed, “There lies the most
perfect ruler of men the world has ever seen . . . and now he belongs to the ages.”
Mankind is a shortsighted, inconsistent and fickle lot!
We chase after those in the spotlight who have earned
success and public applause. Seldom do we trace the
path that led to a lofty pinnacle.
Bitter hardships, unfair abuses, loneliness, humiliating failures, disappointments and agony suffered
along the rocky and difficult path of life are treated
as enemies, not friends. We like to forget that those
who are worth of emulation and praise have paid
their dues.
Greatness isn’t inherited. It is earned at great cost.
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by Barbara Conquest
I like January! It’s our coldest month, snowiest month, and often seems
to be the longest month. We contend with blizzards, icy roads, clumsy
snow boots and wind-chills well below zero – whether Fahrenheit or Celsius. So why do I like January? Since I am no longer a skier, snowshoer
or curler, there is little temptation to venture outdoors and I can hunker
down indoors without guilt. As a quilter, January is my organizational
month, enabling me to be more efficient and productive the rest of the
First job: Organize or re-organize the stash. Everyone has his/her own
system for this, even if it consists of piling new fabric onto old. What
would help you most? Sorting by colour? By size? (e.g. fat quarters,
pieces larger or smaller than one meter/yard) by type? (batiks, repros,
floral prints, stripes…) By project? (placing everything required for a
planned project – pattern, thread and notions – in a clear plastic bag)?
When you’re ready to start you needn’t spend precious time looking for
the elusive pattern you know you put “somewhere safe.” By function?
(potential quilt tops here, potential backings there) By age? Think: Do
you really plan to use that fabric you loved in the 90s? Be realistic. If you
don’t have concrete plans for it, jettison it! Or, better yet, put at least some
of it in your scrap box and then organize your scraps!
Speaking of scraps, there are as many ways to organize them as there are
quilters. Any method that works for you is the right one. But if you don’t
have a pet method, here are some suggestions. Some quilters cut large
scraps into 2-inch strips, in effect making their own jelly rolls. There are
literally hundreds of patterns for jelly roll quilts. What a great use for former scraps – and what a great feeling to have a quilt top instead of a pile
of miscellaneous scraps!
Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville (website) is the queen of scraps, and many
people use her method of scrap organization. She has determined the most
common dimensions used in making blocks, so she cuts and sorts scraps
into strips of various widths, and cuts and sorts squares and rectangles into
these common dimensions. These precut scraps accumulate, and when she
is ready to sew her blocks she has a head start because most of the cutting
is already done. For more detail, see Bonnie’s book Leaders and Enders
or any recent issue of Quiltmaker Magazine where she writes a regular
column showing readers easy blocks that can be made from these pre-cut
pieces. Imagine reading that a scrappy pattern requires eighty-five – or
a hundred and eighty-five – 3 ½ inch squares and you already have them
cut! Joy!
While you’re in organization mode, consider the notions you’ve accumulated. Would it save time later if your thread were grouped by color or
size or type so you could quickly put your finger on the exact thread you
need? And your applique scissors, snips and shears – what about hanging
them so they’re always visible? All you need is a few cuphooks.
The last step might be to clean your sewing machine(s). Ideally, you’ve
remembered to take them to your machine professional for maintenance
early in January because you wouldn’t be using them while you were organizing, but even if you haven’t, pamper them with a thorough cleaning,
brushing or vacuuming out the lint and applying a good machine oil. Your
machine manual will tell you what to do.
By the end of January you won’t have much sewing or quilting done,
but you’ll have a tidy, organized sewing area, a sewing machine ready to
handle anything and the rest of the year to make use of both. There’s an
old adage, “Practise what you preach.” Gotta go! I have a date with my
Barbara Conquest is owner of BlueSky Quilting in Tofield, Alberta, Canada.
JAN-FEB 2013
National Quilting Day
Piecing Life Together
March 16, 2013 will be the 22nd annual National Quilting Day. At the Annual Meeting of the National Quilting
Association, in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1991, a resolution
was passed marking the third Saturday in March as National Quilting Day. The first celebration was held in
1992. Over the years, many quilters have created ways to
observe their passion during the entire month of March,
rather than to just celebrate for one day.
The theme for 2013 is “Celebrate America”, coordinating with the show theme for the 44th Annual National
Quilting Association Quilt Show. A Nine Patch Stars and
Stripes quilt was designed by Kathy Lichtendahl, National
Quilting Association Communications Chair. This free
pattern can be obtained by accessing the National Quilting
Association web site www.nqaquilts.org under NQA Day
Pattern after January 1, 2013, or in the Winter 2013 issue
of The Quilting Quarterly.
Use the free pattern to create a donation to any organization supporting our veterans and/or people serving in the
military as well as their families. The quilt will look great
in any colors, and in any size, and not just as featured.
Get inspired and get quilting.
CELEBRATE AMERICA! Please send photographs
and short stories of your completed NQD projects, so that
we may showcase our collective efforts at the 44th Annual National Quilting Association Quilt Show. The show
will be held June 27-29, 2013 at the Greater Columbus
Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Pictures and stories should be sent to Freda Jones, National Quilting Day
Coordinator at [email protected] Make sure
that you include your name, e-mail address, and phone
number with the e-mail, and thank you for being a part of
the celebration of quilting.
by Barbara Polston
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Reflecting on Happiness
Have you ever been so happy that you
thought you would burst? Wouldn’t it
be lovely if that feeling would last and
last and last?
I entered two quilts into Rim Country
Quilt Roundup held each year in Payson, Arizona. I planned a Sunday day
trip to see the show and bring my entries home. As an added bonus, I would
visit the show with a dear, long-term
friend now living in Payson. The show
opened on Friday and several quilting
friends let me know there was good
news waiting for me. I was nervous and
excited driving up.
My two quilts garnered six recognitions. One was named Best of Show.
For a quilter who enters her work in
competition, this is a dream come true. I don’t think I felt the floor under
my feet as we drifted around looking at all the beautiful quilts. My friend,
although not a quilter, was appreciative of the show and I happily introduced her to my friends living in her community.
I’ve needed a new chair for my studio for a long time. Sitting on a folding chair to sew is a challenge to the back and the posterior. That’s what
I’ve been doing for years. It just so happens that there was a raffle for a
beautiful, nicely padded sewing chair going on. My friend and I entered.
Because she doesn’t sew, she laughingly told me that, when she won, she
would gift me with the chair. Long story short, not only did my quilts
come home with me, the chair did as well. Yes, she won and kept her
What a day! I felt so appreciated. I felt, literally, so loved. My happiness
extended into Monday. I described being on a “quilter’s high” to anyone
who would listen.
By Tuesday, the feelings were fading and by Wednesday, I was back to
normal, dealing with challenges in my editing work and longing for the
happiness of the weekend. Why doesn’t happiness last? Why does the
glow fade over time? Why can you remember being so happy, yet not feel
the same elation in remembrance?
Perhaps this is just part of the human condition. Maybe it’s nature’s way
of making us grateful for moments of sheer bliss. I know that, if I were
on a “quilter’s high” 24/7/365, I wouldn’t be as productive as I strive to
be. I wouldn’t keep inching the bar ever higher and setting new goals for
myself. I would be content rooted in my happy state.
I’m so very grateful for this particular Sunday in November and for
the friends that shared it with me. I believe this day has made it onto my
“Top Ten Life Experiences” list. In the words of Robert Frost, “Happiness
makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”
Vermont Adventures
with Olive
Destination: Stowe
Hello and Happy New Year! It’s been quite the exciting
year for me and my family and I’m still stuffed from all
the treats and goodies I got in my Christmas stocking. I
also got quite a few toys to help keep me occupied on the
way to our newest destination: Stowe.
Of course there is no better place to travel for the winter. Stowe has it all: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing
(although as of this time they haven’t taken me up on my
suggestion to make dog-friendly snowshoes), ice skating,
and even the chance to ride a snowmobile (by now I’m
sure you’re sensing a theme)!
There are plenty of places to stay: from slope-side resorts to cabins available to rent, depending on what kind
of atmosphere you’re looking for. Personally I enjoy a
nice bowl of water by the fireplace while my owners sip
hot cocoa in a hottub overlooking the slopes. And if you
need a day to rest your sore muscles from all those winter
sports Stowe has a variety of great shopping and dining
spots. And don’t forget to stop by The Wooden Needle
during your visit!
©Barbara Polston, Phoenix, AZ, November 2012. Barbara is a writer by vocation
and a quilter by avocation. You can see Barbara’s quilts, join her on Facebook or
book her class and lecture offerings at www.barbarapolston.com. She is the editor of
The Quilting Quarterly, the Journal of The National Quilting Association, Inc. Barbara, who has lived in Phoenix for over 25 years, is calmly quilting in Studio Narnia.
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2. Brandon.....................................pg 5
3. Johnson....................................pg 10
4. Stowe..........................................pg 9
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