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Index for Feb-March 2014
Poulsbo • Forks • Port Angeles • Port Gamble..........................3
Quilting & Sewing Events................................ 3-6, 14, 16-17, 20
Bellingham • Anacortes...........................................................4
Lake Stevens • Marysville • Des Moines • Monroe • Duvall......5
Castle Rock • Vancouver • Buckley..........................................6
Puyallup • Maple Valley...........................................................6
Quilting & Needlework Services.............................................8
Antiques & Vintage in the Northwest..................................9-12
Features................................................................................ 13
Odessa.................................................................................. 14
Spokane • Spokane Valley • Wentachee................................. 15
Moses Lake • Omak • Lind..................................................... 15
Florence, OR • Bandon, OR • Portland, OR • Redmond, OR..... 16
Joseph, OR • Halfway, OR • Shoshone, ID................................ 16
LaGrande, OR • Athena, OR • Hermiston, OR • Pendleton, OR..... 17
Prosser.................................................................................. 18
Walla Walla........................................................................... 19
Tri-Cities.......................................................................... 19-20
Cover Artist
Dennis McGregor's "Fabric of the Forest"
Dennis McGregor is a talented designer, artist, author, and songwriter. He is from
Sisters, OR and his "Fabric of the Forest" artwork for the Piecemakers Quilt Club’s
Quilt Show, RainFest 2014 is featured on our cover this issue. Dennis is a well known
artist and has illustrated posters for many quilt shows including: Sisters Outdoor Quilt
Show, Quilts by the Sea in Newport, OR and Templeton
Oudoor Quilt Show.
He is also the author/illustrator of a children’s book,
Dream Again and will be reading at the Forks Library
during RainFest. You can enter to win your very own
signed copy of Dream Again on page 4. Dream Again, a
9”x12” hardcover book with 52 pages and 25 full-color
illustrations, sells for $29.95. To purchase this book, please
The illustrator-author is the featured artist at the
Piecemakers Quilt Club’s Quilt Show, RainFest 2014,
which will be held in Forks, WA, on April 25 to 27. He
will be autographing his book and posters during the show.
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Feb-March 14
Paulsbo • Forks • Port Angeles • Port Gamble
Book Giveaway
Dream Again Tells the Story
Of Young Girl’s Journey on Oregon Trail
by Patty Duncan
Although cataloged as a children’s book, Dream Again by Dennis McGregor will
be enjoyed by readers of all ages as it tells the story of a young girl’s journey along the
Oregon Trail. Annie’s adventure begins as her treasured family quilt slips off a covered
wagon into the icy Deschutes River.
“The only thing Annie has to remember her family is a patchwork quilt made from
their worn-out clothes. She knew that quilt by heart and she loved every story it told
in every piece. In this way, her family was with her night after night, mile after mile. It
brought sweet dreams from the hardships of pioneer life.”
Annie and her companion horse,
Grace, leave the safety of the wagon
train and follow the river for almost
three weeks in search of her lost quilt.
Through her determination, Annie
never loses faith that she will be
reunited with her beloved heirloom.
Author Dennis McGregor weaves
the story of this young pioneer and
her dreams of a future through his
wonderful storytelling and beautiful
illustrations that brings the story to
life in vibrant color. He shares, “The
story, set in 1845, was driven by the
notion that every antique quilt in
every home today would have some
kind of story to tell. I looked at my
old quilt and wondered what did this
quilt go through over the last century
and a half before it ended up in my
For his illustrations, Dennis
used friends for models and Central
Oregon’s landscapes as backdrops.
He explained, “I imagined the wagon floating in water and immediately thought of
a quilt falling from it. To see what the quilt would look like underwater, I asked my
photographer brother, Brent, to take some pictures. I dragged him up to Blue Lake and
he jumped in with his snorkel and waterproof camera. Many photos were taken as we
cast my quilt out again and again, reeling it in with the string we had attached.”
It was these reference shots that inspired Dennis to paint “The Crossing” on page
10 of the book.
Dennis McGregor is a graphic designer, songwriter and musician who is best known
as an illustrator specializing in poster design. His definition of a successful poster is
one that people like enough to buy, frame and hang on their wall. He concluded long
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WA, E. OR & S. ID
Bellingham • Anacortes
The Way It Was and the Way It Is!
Winter’s Light is Special
by James A. Nelson
We would like to take a moment to thank all our wonderful advertising shops and
events for making The Country Register possible. We’d also like to thank our loyal
readers who support these great local shops, visit the fun events and
use the paper as a guide to their travels.
Wishing you all a happy and bright 2014!
The Washtington Country Register
Barb, Lolly, Patty, Kayce & Nancy
Surprisingly, the sight that reminds me most of winter is not when leaves turn
golden and fall to the ground. It’s not the chill in the air as night approaches and the
days grow short. It’s not even the light wisps of snow mixed with rain. It’s the color of
the sky and surrounding area as evening approaches and at sunrise. It’s that blue-pink
color that turns to a purple glow all around us. When this starts, you know winter is
No other season produces this aura. My memories are always stirred by it. A picture
of an outdoor skating rink comes to mind along with crackling bonfires, warm sweaters
and sweatshirts. I look forward to that cozy feeling of cotton fleece next to my skin.
Laughter echoes through the sharp winter air as children play and shuffle in large
mounds of fallen leaves. This always brings a smile to my face. An aroma of cold air
lingers on my clothes as I step inside my home—never forgetting to stomp my feet
free from the messy wet snow. The smell and sight of wood smoke as it curls from
chimneys throughout the neighborhood completes this Norman Rockwell winter scene
in my mind.
Most of all it reminds me of families gathered around a fireplace, engaged in lively
conversation and the feeling of love as you tuck the little ones into bed at the end of the
day, their faces flushed the color of red roses from the crisp outdoor air.
I just looked out the window and saw a mule deer doe and yearling, belly-deep
in snow. They were unconcerned, but the excitement they caused in our house was
something to see and hear. The grandchildren pressed their faces to the window
and chattered excitedly as they viewed this winter mural created by Mother Nature.
Moments like these are always more memorable when shared with a child, especially
a grandchild, an extension of your own life.
Yes, the color of the sky does affect my mood. I always await the purple glow of
winter evenings with great anticipation. Perhaps it will add another memory to my life,
like the doe and fawn belly-deep in snow seen from the front window with the purple
aura all around them.
Jim Nelson enjoyed a career at the Spokane Review and retired in Spokane. WA.
His writings have been widely published in nationally known magazines, including five
times in Chicken Soup of the Soul books. His book, The Way It Was and The Way It
Is, can be found in the public libraries and school systems in Spokane. It is available
for purchase through and contains 46 nostalgic short stories. Jim Nelson
enjoys hearing from our readers and can be reached at 43 E. Weile, Apt. 214, Spokane,
WA 99208. Jim has been writing for over 50 years.
Dream Again, continued from page 3...
ago that if his advertising posters didn’t get stolen from store windows where they
were hung, he wasn’t doing his job. Dennis now proudly adds “author” to his list of
numerous accomplishments.
The illustrator-author is the featured artist at the Piecemakers Quilt Club’s Quilt
Show, RainFest 2014, which will be held in Forks, WA, on April 25 to 27. He will be
autographing his book during the show and is the illustrator in the Show’s ad in this
Dream Again, a 9”x12” hardcover book with 52 pages and 25 full-color illustrations,
sells for $29.95. To purchase this book, please visit www.dreamagainchildrensbook.
com. The Bulletin, Central Oregon’s largest paper, recently listed the book as one of
the top ten of the most popular media consumed by Central Oregonians in 2013.
Patty Duncan hails from Northern Virginia and now lives in Glendale, AZ, where
she spends lots of time spoiling her grandchildren. She enjoys quilting, photography,
small town history and is also an avid digital storybook maker. She works in the sales
department of The Country Register. Patty says, “As I get to know many of the authors
of our book giveaways, I find their back stories are often as captivating as the books
they write. McGregor’s thought process for both the story itself and his illustration are
as interesting as the author himself.”
Book Giveaway! Enter to Win!
One lucky reader will win an autographed copy of Dream Again by Dennis
To enter the drawing for his book, send an email to: [email protected]
com and put “Dream Again” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your name,
address and phone number. Or you can send a letter or postcard to: The Country
Register, 515 E. Carefree Hwy, #1128, Phoenix, AZ 85085.
The drawing will be held on March 1 and the winner will be announced in our
April-May issue.
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and
warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a
talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
- Edith Sitwell
Feb-March 14
KISSed Quilts
Lake Stevens • Marysville • Des Moines • Monroe • Duvall
We Can Do It!—Part 1
by Marlene Oddie
I was already scheduled to make my first visit to the AQS QuiltWeek® in Des
Moines, Iowa, last October so I could experience my quilt, ‘Rosie’s BOMb,’ getting
juried into the American Quilter’s Society show. What made the trip even more fun
was getting the phone call telling me that my quilt had won second place in Bed
Quilts—Machine Quilted!
This journey started in 2011 when I discovered a quilting skill builder happening
online but chose not to participate because I didn’t think I needed to build skills—
plus I had a busy schedule at the
time. However, near the end of
2011, I realized the We Can Do
It! Skill Builder Sampler Quilt
Along (QAL), hosted by “Sewn
by Leila,” was using the iconic
‘Rosie the Riveter’ poster image
as her blog button for the project.
As a female engineer with a cando attitude, I relate to Rosie and
decided I had to jump in even
though they were six months into
the QAL. Making a ‘Rosie’ quilt
was a natural progression in my
thought process. It became an
interesting challenge—one that
made me realize I still had a lot to
Using my Electric Quilt 7
software to design a layout, which
included the Rosie poster as a
center medallion, I chose colors
that would coordinate with the
poster. I used colors within each block to create a layout to frame and mimic the
poster’s colors—blue/white backgrounds in the top area, yellow in the sides and red
at the bottom (dark and ‘anchoring’ to the whole quilt).
Mid-year 2012, I was away from my long-arm for several weeks while my husband
took a job out of state. I worked diligently to catch up on the QAL. Towards the end,
I drafted the feathered star through a paper piecing technique so no “Y” seams were
necessary, and was honored to be asked by Leila to draw up the butterfly pattern so
that all followers could use the necessary templates through an easy PDF download.
The whole idea of this QAL was to start out with basic techniques, building
confidence and moving on with more difficult ones. This included doing things
improvisationally, creating your own ‘crumb’ fabric and designing your own house
block. I laid them out in the quilt from start to finish, top row to bottom row, left to
right. There were typically about 3 blocks per technique.
Now I needed to create the poster on fabric. I tried a couple of times, after much
planning, to print it on an inkjet plotter on self-treated muslin. The ‘rinse’ process
took out all magenta and it looked quite ‘antique.’ The effect might have been nice,
but I had used such brilliant colors in the quilt, I really wanted a brilliant level of
color in the poster. I decided to try and got wonderful results.
My sashing details included finding a MODA fabric that had a row of buttons.
I fussy-cut many yards of it. Finding the red fabric that reads as a polka dot but is
actually various buttons was great for the border since it tied in with Rosie’s headband
so nicely. I then added appliquéd rivets to emphasize the original concept of what
was going on with ‘Rosie’ in WW II.
The bottom of the poster needed to be filled in. I had found a fabric with all the
different quilt block names and terms printed on it that seemed to be very appropriate.
In designing the quilting I wanted to be able to show my clients, in one piece,
different types of quilting. For example, one block might have a background fill and
the next one doesn’t. Some have formal feathers, others open feathers. Others have
an edge-to-edge design within a block following the piecing as a registration guide
and some just ignore the piecing.
The border quilting was designed to look like polished steel and I wanted the
rivets themselves to have a movement about them. I used some kitchen tools to help.
(Thank you, Martha Stewart, for your rubber rings made to put around a rolling pin
to get consistent pie dough depth!)
Quilting Rosie herself was the biggest challenge. So grateful to find Virginia
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Happy Valentine’s Day
The Country Register
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WA, E. OR & S. ID
APWQ 2014 Symposium Workshops
Will Be Held in Tacoma, 7/31 to 8/3
Three days of fiber, friends and fun is on the menu for the 2014 Symposium of
workshops being held by the Association of Pacific West Quilters (APWQ). The
Symposium will be presented July 31 to August 3 on the campus of the University of
Puget Sound in Tacoma.
The Symposium faculty includes Michele Byrum, Nancy Eha, Lyric Kinard,
Helene Knott, Cheryl Malkowski, Kathy McNeil, Cindy Needham, Barbara Olson,
Katie Pedersen, and Lura Schwarz Smith. A wide variety of class offerings will be
announced early February and online registration will begin March 1.
Visit for complete, up to date information or contact [email protected]
Knitting is very conducive to thought.
It is nice to knit a while, put down the
needles, write a while, then take up the
sock again.
Dorothy Day
Feb-March 14
Building Harmony
Raising Kane
by Jeff Cappis
His name is Kane, our latest grandchild. He is two and a half. He has deep blue
eyes, walks and runs, always smiles and knows exactly three words: “Papa” (that’s
me), “Truck” and “Ope.” “Ope” means you’ve dropped something, fallen down or just
unloaded in your diaper. Sometimes all three. “Ope” is never good. “Ope,” however,
is a fact of life.
In keeping with tradition, we’ve tried to
give him a cute little rhyme to go with his
name. The kids love that. It shows them that
you care. Kane has gone by various names in
his 2 1/2 years (so far) on this planet: Candy
Kane, Sugar Kane, Kane the brain, Kanerkaner-bo-bainer . . . You get the idea.
No one can explain it, but he has this
calmness. An old soul deepness. He is cautious
when he needs to be, but it’s like he knows that
no matter what goes on around him, he’ll be
O.K. This is good, because at the same time,
things do seem to go on around him, but not
to him.
Once, I had a whole Saturday afternoon
with him. I love this time. I find he is easy to
entertain. He finds everything funny, so when
I discovered an old clown costume in the back
of my closet, I thought I’d be a hit for sure. I had a pair of glasses with the nose and
mustache, big shoes, a frizzy wig, a red ball and a hat with a big sunflower hanging out
of it. I topped it all off with an old robe and a small umbrella.
“Ta-da!” I yelled as I stepped into the living room with my arms outstretched. I
expected lots of laughter. Nothing. He just sat there looking at me. My sunflower fell
off and I found myself somewhat embarrassed, having acted too childish for a two year
old. He noticed the ball in my hand and pointed at the front door. I was happy to play
catch outside if it made me look fun again. We went out.
“O.K.,” I said, “Toss the ball to me and I will catch it.”
Now, I’m not going to say how, but the ball landed up on the roof. Kane pointed
to it.
“Ope.” Then a slightly sad look came over his face.
Out of a sense of guilt (and because it was actually my fault the ball went on the
roof), I went and got a ladder.
It was an awkward climb. My big clown feet were clumsy on the rungs and it
wasn’t easy holding up that umbrella. On top of that, a breeze came up and blew the
hair in my eyes. I scrambled off the ladder to the roof, then made my way to the ball.
I was ecstatic when I finally got it in my hands. That changed when I heard the ladder
fall over.
I sat on the edge of the roof. Kane just watched me. I tried to show him a trick with
the ball, but I dropped it. After bouncing four times, it rolled to Kane’s feet.
“Ope,” he said shaking his head.
I guess he got bored because he picked up the ball and went into the house. (I think
I even heard him lock the door). I was frantic to get down. I even considered using the
umbrella as a parachute.
Luckily and just by chance, my nosey neighbor (Belinda the gossip) heard me. She
came running over, stopped and stared at me for a moment, then called 911 exclaiming,
“There’s some clown on my neighbor’s roof!”
Both the police and the fire department showed up. They tried to be good about it,
but I could hear them snicker when their backs were turned.
As it turned out, Belinda is a reporter, too. The pictures made the local newspaper
with a caption that read “Local Crackpot Caught on Roof: Claims he was entertaining
children.” Kane didn’t care; he was inside taking a nap.
Copyright by Jeff Cappis. Email: [email protected]
Easy Hamburger Vegetable Soup
Courtesy of
Economical, quick and easy, this wholesome and delicious soup is a satisfying meal
in a bowl. Serve with hot cornbread or crusty bread rolls to round out the meal.
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 medium bell pepper, coarsely chopped
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 large carrots, pared and sliced
1 pound lean ground beef
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
8 cups of water
2 1/2 tablespoons beef base* or boullion granules
1 large bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 tablespoon dried parsley leaves
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
Prep the first 6 ingredients and set aside.
In a large cooking pot, brown the ground beef over medium high heat; drain excess
Add the onion and garlic; cook until onion has slightly softened, about 2 to 3
Add the tomatoes, water, beef base, bay leaf, basil, parsley, Worcestershire sauce,
Tabasco, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
Add the bell pepper, celery, potatoes and
carrots and bring to a boil; cover and simmer until
vegetables are tender.
Makes 8 servings
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Ode to Spring
The skies are gray, the wind chills
The crystal snow still covers the hills
It’s February and the ground is hard
The sun turns it to mud in the yard.
Mud and snow, frost and ice,
Is the weather ever going to be nice?
Fear not! For Spring is coming our way!
Soon the warmth will be here to stay
The trees will leaf, and the flowers will bud,
And after a time there will be no more mud.
The sun will rise early and we will ride
Through the hills, our horses side by side,
Over green grass and flowers, sparkling stream
In our frigid state in seems like a dream . . .
And in August, in the garden that’s frozen now
We’ll pause and wipe the sweat from our brow
Look up at the hills baked brown with the heat
And wish for the snow, now under our feet!
Julie McCarty is from Yakima.
by Julie McCarty
WA, E. OR & S. ID
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Piecing Life Together
Another “Auld Lang Syne”
by Barbara Polston
Hard to believe, but here we are, welcoming another New Year. “Auld Lang Syne”
is the song associated with the New Year. The first line of the song means, loosely
interpreted, “for the sake of old times.” In singing Auld Lang Syne, we look back.
Another tradition associated with the New Year is the
writing of New Year’s Resolutions. In doing so, we look
forward, resolving to make the coming year better than
the last.
Are you a resolution writer? I don’t write resolutions
but I do set annual goals. At the end of each year, I revisit
them, asking how many I achieved, where I came close
and where I fell short. If I’ve fallen short of achieving a
goal, I also ask myself, “Why?” I’m not making excuses,
but determining if it was necessary to change the goal, if I
really put forth the effort to achieve it, or if circumstances
beyond my control made achieving the goal impossible or
unlikely. It’s important to do this analysis; how else will
you know if you’ve been successful?
Some of my goals from last year were achieved and, on some, I fell woefully short.
The ones I considered most important were, of course, the ones I worked on the hardest.
We staged a successful charity sew event, generating 120 quilts to comfort women and
children fleeing domestic violence. The committee worked hard for an entire year to
ensure this would happen. A check mark placed in the “achieved” column! On the other
hand, I still have those pesky 10 pounds to lose. A check mark made in the “failed”
Each year’s goals include some related to my quilting career. Last year’s quilting
goals were achieved and I was able to squeeze in a couple of projects for gifts,
commissions and pieces for auctions for causes I believe in. Most of my quilting was
taken up with a really big project that will culminate in the months ahead. I’m excited
that I’ll soon be able to talk about that.
This year, I’m thinking it might be fun to make something just for me, committing
to a project, or two, that has been sitting on my shelf and nagging at my brain for years.
I’ve added completing at least one of those projects to my goals. I wonder, by the next
“Auld Lang Syne,” if I will be able to put a check in the “achieved” column.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is
more important than any other.” I believe he means that those goals we work on are the
ones most important to us. Achieving them brings feelings of success. If you haven’t
already set your New Year’s Goals, put pen to paper, set some goals and get to work!
Barbara Polston an author, designer and award-winning quiltmaker. You can see
Barbara’s quilts, join her on Facebook or book her class and lecture offerings at www. She was inducted into Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame in September
2013. Barbara, who has lived in Phoenix, Arizona, for over 27 years, is calmly quilting
in Studio Narnia. ©Barbara Polston, Phoenix, AZ, December 2013
Spicy Friendship Tea
Makes Great Gifts for Friends
by René Groom
We Can Do It!, continued from page 5...
Graeves online—she provided me with some advice and gave me the confidence to
move forward with Rosie’s face, arms and blouse details.
(To be continued. In Part 2, I’ll tell you about my journey with the completed
‘Rosie’s BOMb.’)
Marlene Oddie is an engineer by education, project manager by profession and
now a quilter by passion in Grand Coulee, WA. She enjoys long-arm quilting on
her Gammill Optimum Plus, but especially enjoys designing quilts and assisting in
the creation of a meaningful treasure for the recipient. Follow
Marlene’s adventures via her blog at http://kissedquilts.blogspot.
com or on
Note: Modern block credits used in ‘Rosie’s BOMb’ include:
Breaking Out: Jennie Finch, Canandaigua, NY (generously
sharing); Starry Night: Faith @ Fresh Lemons (only for personal
use); and Circle of Geese: Beth McBride @ Piece by Number (see for usage details).
I wish we could sit down together,
And have a cup of tea,
But since we can’t
When you have this one,
I hope you’ll think of me.
William Gladstone
These cool winter evenings seem incomplete without a cup
or two of Friendship Tea. For years now I have made large
batches, placed smaller amounts into cute jars with ribbons and
left them in a basket by the front door to give to guests who
come and go from our home. In more recent years, my batches
have gotten bigger to meet the “demand” of friends and families who rush to claim
While Friendship Tea is also known as Russian Tea, historians agree that this drink
probably originated in America. One of the first references to the Friendship/Russian
Tea was in a 1925 cookbook. In that recipe, it called for Black steeped tea, orange
juice, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, cloves with a splash of cream. While this variety
of Friendship Tea is hard to make as pre-packaged gifts, it does make for a lovely sit
down tea party.
There are many varieties of Friendship Tea—all well worth researching to find
recipes that best suit you and your tastes and your friends. I have found that the
recipe below suits my friends and me well. Perhaps it has something to do with the
“spicy.” Yet, I have also made different varieties using lavender blooms, vanilla beans,
lemonade and lemon drops instead of the Cinnamon.
It is pure heaven to sit on the sofa with the fire crackling in the background, a cup
of hot Friendship Tea in hand as you reflect on all those you have been blessed with in
calling friends.
Spicy Friendship Tea
1 - 18 oz Jar Tang
2 c. Sugar
1/2 c. red cinnamon candy (Red hots)
1/3 c. instant Tea Mix
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
Mix well and separate into gift size servings.
René Groom is a freelance writer and public speaker who loves to share her
adventures, misadventures and the amazing people she meets down life’s dusty trails. She
and her husband, Tom, make their home in Prosser, WA. She is the mom of four amazing
men. Some of her stories can be found at
Feb-March 14
Savvy and Thrifty: Great Gifts
For Valentine’s Day and Beyond
by Mary Dessoie
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about
your gift-giving needs. Instead of patronizing the crowded malls and box stores and
paying top dollar for quite ordinary mass-produced trinkets and home accessories, why
not be remembered this year for your spectacular, unique and antique Valentine’s Day
My area of interest is antique china. In that niche, you will find everything you
need to fit all taste levels on your gift list. You are holding the best resource for your
antiquing jaunts in your hands. You can make your shopping easy and a delight by
patronizing the advertisers who appear in this paper.
Please make a point to attend auctions, shows, estate sales, visit your local antique
malls and shops and say “hello” to your neighbors. Have fun getting out and about
while crossing off the names on your gift list.
One of the best buys is a partial lot of china. These incomplete sets usually can be
found for great prices. Don’t overlook pieces that are dusty or have small imperfections.
They can be spruced up!
Everyone loves vintage teacups. Why not purchase several? Teacup sets are items of
enduring beauty that will get you through your Valentine’s gift list and on to birthdays,
get well or hostess gifts. Fill the cup with an assortment of individually packaged tea
bags. Place the cup and saucer on a large square of tulle. Bring the tulle up around the
cup and saucer and wrap with a long colorful piece of fabric ribbon. What a welcome
Try the same with butter pats! Place one large wrapped chocolate on a pat and
surround it with tulle and a beautiful ribbon. Don’t forget to set one of these delightful
treasures at each guest’s place setting at your next luncheon or dinner party and enjoy
your guests’ complimentary remarks. Butter pats are also great votive candleholders.
Buy several votive candles to accompany your bounty of antique butter pats. Voila!
You now have several inexpensive but delightful gifts for your special girlfriends, not
only for February 14 but also throughout the year ahead.
Bouillon cups always remind me of my transatlantic crossings on the QEII and
the mandatory “elevenses.” It is so rare to see these vestiges of gracious 19th Century
living. Bouillon cups are charming gifts. Place tiny color foil-wrapped bouillon cubes
in the cup. Use gift wrap with a nautical theme and surround your pretty package with
tulle. Use an extra long flowing fabric ribbon festooned with lighthouses.
For the mustachioed man in your life, a mustache cup is a must! These relics of
Victoriana will be treasured for years ahead. Antique shaving mugs are another terrific
present. Pack up a gift bag of shaving creams and lotions and you will be able to
present a gift that you are proud of and one that won’t cost you a bundle! Add a brush
to the mug and you will surely please the special man in your life.
A day of snooping around antique shops and bidding at auctions should provide you
with the opportunity to pick up several inexpensive soap dishes. Make a side trip to
your local discount store for a variety of decorative soaps. Pack a bar of soap with each
dish and wrap the ensemble in vintage hankies tied up with big red ribbon.
The possibilities for great gifts are endless when you go antiquing. Add your own
touches to create truly memorable gifts. Why not bake up a storm and artfully arrange
the heart-shaped goodies on a 19th Century Havilland dessert plate? Surely someone
on your gift list would love a matching sugar and creamer. Do you have a dog-lover on
your gift list? Fido certainly would appreciate some doggy treats presented on a 19thcentury Staffordshire bone dish!
Always remember, it is the thought that counts. Gifts of antique china are packed
with memories and, by adding your own special touches, you will relay the message
that your gifts have been packaged with careful thought and love.
Mary Dessoie covers a variety of topics in the field of antiques and collectibles.
She founded the Butter Pat Patter Association for beginner and advanced collectors of
exquisite china butter pats from the Victorian through Edwardian eras and 19thCentury
to current-day transportation and restaurant ware pats. Butter pats are miniature
plates that were introduced during the mid-1800s for individual servings of butter. A
subscription to The Patter newsletter costs $22 and includes a mint-condition Royal
Doulton butter pat and 10 issues. Sample copies are available by sending $4 and a
LSSAE (66 cents) to: Mary Dessoie, 7950 E. Keats Avenue, No. 178, Mesa, AZ 852095025. Those who would like to start their subscriptions immediately and receive their
Royal Doulton pat by return mail, please send your check or money order, in the amount
of $22, payable to Mary Dessoie. Mention this article and you will receive an extra
butter pat. Please mention this special double china premium offer when you write!
Antiques and Vintage in the Northwest
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Lagenlook Is Free-Spirited Fashion,
Finds Home in Antique Faire World
by René Groom
Lagenlook continues to find a home in the U.S Antique Faire world. In large part
due to the famed Robin Brown of Magnolia Pearl fashion out
of Texas, who has been supplying Faire goers at Round Top in
Texas for a number of years. Rarely can one attend an antique
faire across the U.S anymore and not see someone, or a group
of someones, dressed to the nines in this fun loving, chic, freespirited fashion.
Coined “Lagenlook” in Europe, the word means “the layered
look.” Usually crafted in vintage linens of cream, white and
black or vintage lace and tatting—some with clean seam lines
and some with a tatted edge—this fashion has been described
as a cross between romantic Victorian and steampunk with a
splash of Gypsy for good measure. The uber-feminine look is often times balanced out
with chunky boots or even vintage cowgirl boots and belts.
The ability to layer the clothing is truly an art form, which is certainly made easier
with the foundational pieces of lightweight bloomers, long- bodied tank-top shirts and
shorty jackets. Unique looks can be created by combining different shades of creams
and white and mix and matching lace patterns.
While Lagenlook has been around for generations in Europe, often times those
looks were more Victorian and confining. But, designers like Magnolia Pearl, Paris
Rags, and Ivey Abitz has found fun and unique ways to loosen up the corset by bringing
the once undergarments out, exposing them for the beautiful coverings that they are.
It has been said that this particular look has to have a special person to carry it off.
But, in truth, there is so much that is precious about this particular style that I think
anyone could adapt parts of it into their every day wardrobe.
If one is looking to create this look for themselves, their best bet is to find costume
patterns for steampunk, Victorian, and Gypsy wear and go from there. If you are
looking to buy pieces to add to your wardrobe, you can check out MettaMarie, Ivey
Abitz, Magnolia Pearl and Paris Rags on the Internet or on Facebook.
René Groom is a freelance writer and public speaker who loves to share her
adventures, misadventures and the amazing people she meets down life’s dusty trails. She
and her husband, Tom, make their home in Prosser, WA. She is the mom of four amazing
men. Some of her stories can be found at
Greek Chicken-Lemon Soup
Courtesy of
A delicious rendition of the Greek pastel yellow, citrus-scented soup called
avgolemono. Fresh minced dill, basil, cilantro or tarragon stirred in just before serving
complements this soup nicely.
6 cups chicken broth
8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup long-grain rice, uncooked
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Lemon zest for garnish (optional)
In a large nonreactive saucepan or Dutch oven, bring the broth and chicken to a
boil over medium-high heat. Gradually stir in the rice, keeping the broth at a boil;
reduce heat and simmer, covered, until the chicken and rice are done, about 20 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat.
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs to blend. Gradually beat in the lemon juice. Slowly
whisk about 1 cup of the hot soup into the eggs. Stirring constantly, gradually pour the
egg mixture into the soup. Return the pot to the stove and cook over low heat, stirring
constantly, just until the soup is thickened slightly, about 1 minute. Do not let the liquid
come to a simmer, or the eggs will curdle.
Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
Serve immediately. Garnish servings with lemon zest,
if desired. Makes 6 servings.
Feb-March 14
Antiques and Vintage in the Northwest 11
Don't Miss The 2014 Vintage Faire
In Okanagan on Saturday, April 26
Looking for that special piece of furniture, yard art, wall decoration or that one
special knick-knack? How about junk in all its glory, an old air raid siren, one of
a kind purses or inspiration for
your own home? If yes, you won’t
want to miss the amazing shopping
experience at The Vintage Faire at
the Okanogan County Fairgrounds
on Saturday, April 26.
Hand selected vendors from
around the Pacific Northwest will
share their unique treasures, vintage
goods, antiques and handcrafted
items at this one day faire. In
addition to shopping, you can
spend the afternoon lingering in the
Blue Ribbon Bar, enjoying a cowgirl lemonade or a tall frosty. Or you can wander
towards premium food vendors serving artisan ice creams, vibrant espressos and an
extraordinary full breakfast or lunch—whatever your heart desires.
The Vintage Faire hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and tickets are available at the
gate for $5.
Come enjoy The Faire and the Okanogan Valley. The Okanogan County Fairgrounds
are located at 175 Rodeo Trail Road in Okanogan. This is a charming site that has a
rich history of entertaining crowds and drawing people. The show will take place in
three large barn -style buildings. Ample parking and RV hookups are available at the
This is the fourth year for The Vintage Faire and it continues to grow in both
attendance and vendors. This year, more than 75 vendors will be setting up. Response
has been nothing but positive—smiles abound during this spring day event.
Brian from Junk Nation Review (JNR) had this to say about The Faire, “The
Okanogan County Fairgrounds was transformed into a vintage enthusiasts dream! ...I
had not attended The Vintage Faire before but I left with a van full of treasure and a
huge smile on my face. You can count on JNR to be back.”
The website,, features information, such as directions,
lodging options and vendor applications. You can also contact The Vintage Faire
gals directly through their Facebook page: The Vintage Faire, or through their email:
[email protected]
Over les
37th Annual
Green River Glass Show and Sale
Saturday - February 22, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kent Commons
525 4th Ave. N., Kent, Washington
Winter Words Scramble
Selling Glass, Jewelry & Collectibles
from Early to Mid 20th Century Including:
Depression • Elegant • 50’s, 60’s & 70’s
Glass by: Cambridge • Fenton • Fostoria • Heisey • Northwood
Westmoreland and many more!!! Also: Pottery/China/Kitchenware
Glass Identification by Special Guests:
Randy & Debbie Coe Authors of many books on American Glass (2 pc. limit)
Roy’s Glass Repair Presented by Green River Depression Era Glass Club
Admission: $3 proceeds to benefit Selected Charities
For additional Info call:
Becki Ray (206) 295-6794, Kay Larsson (253) 852-5250,
Dave Ownbey (206) 246-2642, Terry Martin (table info) (206) 937-4104.
Lots of FREE covered parking!
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Your Best New Year’s Resolution
by Mary Dessoie
Here’s a thought for you! How would you like to make a New Year’s Resolution
that is easy to keep and will bring much joy to your life?
Why not join a collectors’ club in 2014? Joining a club will provide you with the
means to learn more about the antiques and collectibles that are of interest to you and
help you to keep up to date with pricing guidelines. Many of the collectors’ clubs have
newsletters and allow members to place complimentary ads in order to sell excess
items or advertise their wish lists. However, the greatest benefit of joining a club is
having the entrée to meet other collectors from around the country and make new
To broaden your horizons and learn new aspects of your current collections, joining
a club will surely bring you pleasure during the New Year and many years beyond.
Mary Dessoie founded the Butter Pat Patter Association for beginner and
advanced collectors of butter pats from the 19th-century to current-day transportation,
advertising and restaurant ware. For information about membership and a sample
copy of The Patter newsletter, please send a stamped (46 cents) self-addressed long
envelope with $1 payable to: Mary Dessoie, 7950 E. Keats Avenue, No. 178, Mesa, AZ
Walnut and Anise Biscotti
Courtesy of
Delicious and simple, anise seed adds a distinctive note to these walnut biscotti and
makes every bite a delight.
1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups roughly chopped California walnuts
1 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries 1 teaspoon anise seed
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
In bowl beat butter and sugar with hand mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs
until well combined.
In small bowl whisk together flour and baking powder, walnuts, dried cranberries,
anise and lemon zest. Add to butter mixture and mix well.
Shape dough into a large log, about 4 x12-inches. Arrange on a parchment-lined
baking sheet and bake in center of preheated oven until golden, approximately 30
Let cool for 15 minutes and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices (diagonally for longer
cookies or straight across for smaller).
Return biscotti to baking sheet, cut side down, and bake for an additional 10
minutes. Flip to other side and bake 10 minutes longer, or
until completely dry.
Makes 24 biscotti.
Making a Conscious Effort
To Give Loved Ones a Quality Life
The holidays are now behind us and we look to Valentine’s Day and springtime.
2014 can be more than just “another year.” Let’s make this a “wonderful year,” full of
life’s beautiful experiences that, in turn, can lead to beautiful memories.
In order to turn our memories into positive ones, we must consider that our quality of
life and the quality of life for those we love, especially our seniors, is sustained.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take
our breath away”. (Author unknown)
Time goes by with lightening speed so we must make a conscious effort to make the
most of that time to help insure that our loved one is living a quality life. We may be able
to assist them in some of the following ways:
• Setting up and attending medical appointments
• Overseeing the interaction between the physician and our loved one to assure that
accurate information is being shared
• Ensuring that the physician’s orders and medication recommendations are being
• Handling food and nutrition requirements, assisting with medication management,
tending to housecleaning and laundry duties, maintaining safe living conditions
The list goes on and on, and sometimes, tending to these tasks can become
overwhelming and frustrating for us and for our loved one. Unfortunately, we sometimes
neglect to turn that time into actually connecting with our loved one on a more personal
level. Carrying out these and other responsibilities can be all consuming and can be a
detriment both our loved ones and ourselves in numerous ways.
You need to give yourself permission to ask for help from family, friends, support
groups or care managers. Help from others will offer you extra time, precious time, to
share the one thing that matters most to your loved one—you!
Provided by Senior Support Solutions, LLC,
Feb-March 14
A Cup of Tea with Lydia
Three Bears’ Tea
Who would have thought a fairy tale and leftover soup would inspire a tea party?
But they did.
When I looked into my refrigerator and found several leftover soups, I decided to
invite my sister Ruth and her husband Bill to “come for tea” and lunch. Bill was going
through chemotherapy and I recalled
that special touches had encouraged
me on chemo days.
I decided on a Three Bears’ theme
with soup served in three differentsized bowls. Since Ruth hangs a
teddy-bear quilt on her wall and
Bill could be described as a lovable
teddy bear with a generous heart, a
teddy-bear setting would suit them.
My Three Bears’ lunch began to take
Cozy Setting
Wintry weather and chemo call
A bowl of Hearty Baked Potato Soup
for a warm, cozy setting. A soft
fleece, blue-plaid blanket became the tablecloth, which I topped with a table runner
made from teacup-patterned fabric. Blue plates, china teacups and blue and white
cloth napkins created inviting place settings, and a handmade felted tea cozy warmed
my teapot.
For a centerpiece, Papa Bear sat in a doll-sized wicker chair with Baby Bear on
his lap. Mama Bear stood beside them. Surrounded by candles, a tiny tea book and a
miniature tea set, the three bears were ready to welcome guests.
Comfort Foods
e congratulate Lydia as
When Bill and Ruth arrived, I served
she begins her fifteenth
the soups in three courses. We began with
of writing “A Cup of Tea
Baby Bear’s choice of split pea soup or corn
We hope you enjoy
chowder served in small, colorful custard
as much as
cups. Bill chose corn chowder and Ruth
to you!
sampled split pea. “That was yummy,” she
“Would you like to try the corn chowder?” I asked. So, while Ruth ate corn
chowder, Bill tried split pea. Both Baby Bear soups hit the spot.
Next we sampled Mama Bear’s soup, served in medium-sized glass bowls. We
enjoyed my mother’s borscht, a tasty beef-vegetable soup made with cabbage, beets,
dill seasoning and sour cream.
Then we savored large bowls of Papa Bear’s baked potato soup, cooked fresh that
day. Men like this heart-TEA soup topped with grated cheddar cheese, bacon and
green onions. We felt stuffed like bears after finishing three bowls of soup.
The menu also included cornbread muffins, dill pickles (Bill’s favorite) and
Bigelow’s decaffeinated Earl Grey tea. I served the desserts in fancy blue goblets. Bill
by Lydia E. Harris
chose tapioca pudding with blackberry topping and Ruth selected
mini cream puffs stacked in a goblet.
Creative Touches
A Three Bears’ theme works well for all ages. For adults, all you
may need for a fun teatime is hearty homemade soups, tasty teas
and time to chat. But for children, invite them to bring their cuddly
teddy bears and read the story of “The Three Bears.” Bear-shaped
cookie cutters make un-bearably cute sandwiches for kids. Or bake
teddy-bear-shaped cookies for them to frost. And, at their place
settings, include inexpensive favors such as stickers, honey straws, gummy bears or
teddy grahams.
Two-for-one “Souper” Supper
With soup left over from our teatime with Bill
and Ruth, I invited an older widow for round two
that evening. I added a fruit parfait and served
green tea, her favorite. Together, we enjoyed a
hearty “souper” supper.
Serving a Three Bears’ Tea is fun and brings
a warm response. My guests expressed gratitude
and my friend emailed, “Thank you for dinner
last night. Good soups, good friends, good
It doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s
day. And you’ll be glad you did. Now, a year later,
my brother-in-law Bill is home in heaven. You
never know when “come for tea” will become a
“comfort tea” with happy memories of times you Three Bears Centerpiece (Papa
Bear, Mamma Bear, and Baby
Who can you invite for a cozy Three Bears’
Bear) I like this cozy setting.
Tea? The
winter season and Valentine’s Day are natural
times to warm hearts and share love over a
cuppa’ tea. Won’t you join me?
Lydia E. Harris, M.A. in home economics,
is blessed with five grandchildren and
is the author of Preparing My Heart for
Grandparenting. Known as “Grandma
Tea,” she enjoys sharing tea with family
and friends. No reprint without author’s
permission. Contact Lydia at [email protected]
Editor’s note: Find Lydia’s Recipe for
Place Setting for Three Bears Tea
Hearty Baked Potato Soup on page 14.
(lots of blue and softness)
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Ruthie’s Quilt
22nd Annual
Odessa Spring Fling Quilt Show
Not Just Another Small Town Quilt Show
April 25th-26th
Odessa High School Gym, Odessa, WA
Friday 10am - 7pm • Saturday 9am - 5pm
Admission is $4.00
Featured Quilter ~ Linda Reisterer
Hoffman Fabric Challenge • Quilting Demos
4th Annual Downtown Quilt Walk
For updates:
From Lydia’s Recipe File:
Hearty Baked Potato Soup
Enjoy this souper-duper soup. Add a heart-shaped piece of toast to make it hearty
in more ways than one.
4 large red potatoes
3 slices bacon
1 tablespoon bacon drippings
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 1/4 cups chicken broth (or water with one chicken bouillon cube)
2 cups milk, divided
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 slice of bread per person
1. Pierce potatoes with a fork. Microwave on high for 13 minutes or until tender.
Cut in half; cool slightly, and peel if desired. (Skins add fiber and nutrients.)
2. While potatoes cook, place bacon in frying pan and cook until brown and crisp.
Remove and place on paper towel to absorb grease. Cool; crumble into small pieces.
3. Save one tablespoon bacon drippings to fry onion. Add onion to fry pan, and
sauté for 3 minutes or until cooked. Set aside.
4. Pour chicken broth into 6-cup saucepan. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk in small
bowl; add to pan of broth, and mix.
5. Sautéed onions and the remaining 1 1/2 cup milk. Bring to a boil; cook two
minutes, stirring often.
6. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, salt and pepper.
7. Add potatoes and coarsely mash with a potato masher. On low, heat the soup
until hot.
8. To serve, top with cheese, green onions and crumbled bacon.
9. For a heart-y Valentine’s touch, toast bread; butter and cut into heart shapes. Top
each serving of soup with a toasted heart.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
by Nancy Hartley
Ruthie was my friend. I had known her since we were in grade school, all the way
through high school. We drifted apart, but two years ago, just before our 50th class
reunion, we became close again. We had pot lucks at each other’s homes, breakfasts
together with our husbands, laughed, exchanged stories, and shared our interest in
making quilts. Ruthie was one of the sweetest, funniest, most caring and bravest people
I have ever known.
On Friday, we were supposed to get
together to finish a quilt she was making
for her son and his wife for Christmas.
She called me that morning and told me
she was going to the hospital, as she
could not breathe. She would reschedule
when she got home. Ruthie had been
battling cancer for almost 20 years.
I was unable to contact her and I
finally reached her husband on Tuesday.
He said Ruthie had passed away on
Monday, but told me one of the last
things she said was, “Call Nancy and
have her finish the quilt. I want my boy
and his wife to have it for Christmas.”
On Wednesday, Ruthie’s friend Carol
dropped the quilt off at our local quilt
shop and I picked it up later in the day.
It was in a brown cloth bag that I brought home and stuffed in my sewing room. I
couldn’t bring myself to open the bag, even for a look.
On Thursday, I had lunch with friends and did some shopping. I stopped by my
favorite quilt shop, Sew EZ 2, and bought a piece of fabric that had caught my eye out
of the hundreds of bolts of fabric there. I didn’t have any plans for it, but it was pretty
and I was sure I would eventually turn it into something beautiful. When I got home, I
still could not open Ruthie’s quilt bag. I worked on another quilt, walked my dog and
cried. Again, the bag lay unopened in my sewing room.
Friday was my 70th birthday. I was very busy, but by early evening, I decided I was
ready to open the bag. I laid Ruthie’s quilt top out on the bed. It was beautiful. I could
see all of the time and love she had put into the magnificent quilt top she had made for
her son Ray and his wife Lori.
Even as I pulled the bag from the closet and spread Ruthie’s quilt on my big double
bed, I wondered if I could finish this quilt. How big would the repair be? I turned the
quilt over and gasped as I recognized the fabric right away. The back of the quilt was
missing just one piece—but I already had that missing fabric. It was the fat quarter I
had just purchased from Sew EZ 2!
I felt as if my friend were right beside me as I sized the fabric, pinned it in place and
began to sew. Ahh, Ruthie, I wish you were still here.
Nancy Hartley, a member of the Washington State Quilters - Spokane Chapter,
shares this story in memory of her friend, Ruthie. Nancy graduated from Eastern
Washington University, majoring in English. She has always lived in Spokane. She has
been quilting for only four years, but considers herself a serial quilter. She has made
nearly 150 quilts—some for Quilts of Valor, some charity quilts, but most for family
and friends—for, as Nancy says, “Quilts tell you where they’re supposed to go.” For
more information about Washington State Quilters, go to
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Spokane • Spokane Valley • Wenatchee • Moses Lake • Omak • Lind
Let’s Get Together & Talk Quilting!
by Beth Camp
Lynda Burns, new president of The Spokane Chapter of The Washington State
Quilters (WSQ – SC), has declared 2014 as “The Year of the UFO.” With this new
vision to motivate us, we are all looking forward to an amazing year of speakers,
quilting bees and an early spring quilters’ yard sale.
Why not drive over to Spokane for one or more of these upcoming events . . .
Saturday, February 8. “Snow Ball” Quilting Bee. Come enjoy a fun-filled day of
quilting, door prizes, games and potluck lunch. Everyone is welcome! You need not be
a WSQ member to attend our Quilting Bees!
• Bring a project to work on. Space for sewing machines is available, but do bring
a power cord for your machine.
• See our website for directions on making the “Snow Ball” block exchange.
• Call to arrange for a quilting frame to baste your quilt.
• Bring a dish to share for our potluck lunch as well as a plate and utensils. Coffee
and tea are provided.
• Show and Share a finished or unfinished quilted item, and perhaps
• Win a door prize from a local quilt shop, including the “early bird” and “die hard”
Time/Location: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Country Homes Christian Church, 8415 N.
Wall (Corner of Wall & Country Homes Blvd.), Spokane. Mark your calendar for these
additional 2014 Quilting Bee dates: May 10, August 9 and October 11. Need more
info? Contact Donna at [email protected]
Saturday, April 5. 14th Annual WSQ Quilter’s Yard Sale with quilting goodies
galore! Come early for this morning yard sale featuring: fabric, patterns, notions,
quilting books and magazines, quilt embellishments, ribbons, threads, and UFO’s.
Time/Location: 8 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 5, at the West Central Community
Center, 1603 North Belt, Spokane. (located on the west side of Cannon Park off
Mission). Need more info? Contact Sherry at [email protected]
Thursday, April 24. Louisa Smith’s trunk show, “One Patch Plus,” at WSQ SC’s Guild Meeting. As featured speaker, Louisa will teach two workshops: “One Patch
Plus” and “Interlocking Circles with Strips and Curves.” Get ready to look at basic
strip piecing in a whole new light. Combine straight lines and gentle curves to create
zingy, easy-to-make quilts. You’ll be hooked before you know it! WSQ members free/
guests $10. Louisa Smith’s website is: Time/Location: 1
p.m. and 7 p.m. at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Need more
info? Contact Cindy at [email protected]
The Washington State Quilters - Spokane Chapter is a non-profit organization
formed in 1979. The group promotes and enhances the art of quilting with exhibitions,
lectures and workshops offered to the general public. Over 500 members are drawn
from the Inland Empire and beyond. WSQ members and friends make 600-700 quilts
each year for many charitable groups including: Sally’s House (foster children), Quilts
of Valor (wounded soldiers), Because There Is Hope (breast cancer patients), Wishing
Star (ill children), Operation Smile, Isabella House, and the American Red Cross. For
more information, please see our website:
A volunteer for WSQ’s library and public relations committee, Beth Camp, a
Spokane author, makes sure a quilt appears somewhere in her historical fiction. Her
latest book, Standing Stones (January 2014) is set in 19th Century Scotland. http://
Ann’s Lovin’ Ewe
One True Gift
by Ann Stewart with Christine Stewart
When my firstborn daughter turned one, our family planned a cross-country flight
to Grandpa and Grandma’s for the Christmas holidays. Before we arrived, Christine’s
grandpa shopped for her first doll. Grandpa wanted to purchase a pricey standup
porcelain doll with a frilly dress and long hair, but Grandma said it wasn’t practical
for a baby. And so Grandpa chose a soft baby doll with a bald plastic head and a blue
cotton dress.
Whenever we visited for summer or Christmas vacation, Christine packed her
dolly for a visit with Grandpa. Over the years, Baby Amy became a frequent flier with
thousands of miles. Years later, with her head sticking out of sixteen-year-old Christine’s
carry-on, Baby Amy became a friendly point of discussion with airport security.
Last September, when we learned Grandpa’s cancer had returned, Christine packed
Baby Amy to say good-bye. Before we left for this visit, Christine answered a writing
prompt about meaningful treasures that was posted in the Washington Post Magazine.
“I don’t value possessions as much as the rest of my generation. I have never
had the newest phone, my own car, or expensive clothes. My treasures have always
been sentimental objects - never costly, but priceless to me. For my first birthday, I
received a soft baby doll dressed in a pale blue dress from my Grandpa. “Baby Amy”
soon became my best friend, as I wrote stories about her, dressed her in American
Girl clothes, and took her everywhere. Although she no longer accompanies me to
preschool, she accompanies me each time I visit my grandparents. Over the years Baby
Amy has remained a constant presence in my room, reminding me of my Grandpa’s
love, generosity, and constant prayer. As my Grandpa’s cancer has now turned terminal,
Baby Amy has become more and more valuable to me. Although she is just a doll, she
represents my memories that I have with my cousins and grandparents, and will always
remind me of my childhood and the people I hold most dear. I hope that someday I have
a daughter or granddaughter whom I can give her to, and show the same kind of love
that was shown to me.”
Baby Amy remained at Grandpa’s hospital bedside and returned to Seattle for his
memorial service. The gift represented so much more than a childhood toy. It was the
story of a deep friendship between a grandpa and his granddaughter. For over the years,
it was Grandpa who took her to feed the ducks, out for ice cream and counsel at Tully’s,
taught her to waterski, and who counseled her when she fretted about grades. He was
always generous with his time, wisdom, love, and perspective.
Sometimes we get caught up with things, money, and how to generously give the
perfect gift. But the most meaningful gift we can give is the true and lasting gift of a
(Here is a link to Ann singing a lovely memorial tribute to her father: http://youtu.
Ann Stewart can be reached at 40101 Highland View Lane, Paeonian Springs,
VA 20129. Copyright Ann Stewart. Used by permission. No reprint without author’s
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Mountain Stars Quilters Guild Show
To Be Held in Medford, June 27 to 29
Mountain Stars Quilters Guild will hold its biennial quilt show on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, June 27, 28 and 29, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific
Hwy. in Medford. This year’s show theme is “Sisterhood of Quilting.” Show hours are
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and admission is $5.
More than 250 quilted items will be on display. Featured quilters are guild members,
Cathy Penland and Kathy Medina. The two are friends who have been quilting together
for years, putting their own individual twists on identical quilts.
In addition, there will be a vendor mall, a guild consignment boutique and a daily
bed turning featuring historical quilts from the area. This year’s show will feature
challenge quilts from the guild challenge, “Home – What it Means to Me;” challenge
quilts from the Jacksonville Museum Quilters; and a special display from sisters who
quilt together.
Founded in 1984, Mountain Stars members hail from southern Oregon and northern
California. To learn more about Mountain Stars Quilters Guild, go to: www.msquilters.
com. For information on the show or to be a vendor, please email: [email protected]
Feb-March 14
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Quilting with Barbara
Looking Ahead
by Barbara Conquest
And suddenly it’s January! All the urgency associated with the holidays—finishing
projects, baking, wrapping, hosting, visiting—has vanished and we have a brief time to
reflect on the past year and anticipate the new one. No wonder the ancient god Janus,
after whom January was named, is pictured looking both backward and forward.
Some people make resolutions for a new year. I prefer to call them goals. Somehow
it seems less damaging to one’s self-esteem not to reach one’s goals than to break one’s
resolutions; breaking something is so final. My general goals for 2013 were to use large
quantities of my stash, thus reducing it, and to finish a number of BOMs, kits, etc., that
I had made or bought, but not completed, in previous years.
I worked diligently to reduce my stash, but somehow when I wasn’t looking it
replenished itself, so net loss is not as great as I had hoped. I haven’t given up, just
moved my goal a little farther back. I came closer to reaching my second goal; complete
sets of BOMs are no longer languishing in dark cupboard corners nor are there as many
unfinished kits as there were this time last year. Instead, they have become 8 completed
quilts plus 4 completed quilt tops awaiting quilting and binding. Some of the finished
quilts have gone to flood victims in southern Alberta; some await the next call for help.
This year, my minor goal is to quilt the four tops. My new and major goal involves
the extensive use of a recently acquired book called Panel Play (Barbara Becker, Four
Paws Quilting). For those of us who think that sewing two borders around a panel is
the ultimate finish, this book is a revelation. Like many quilters, I love to buy those
seductive pre-printed panels—cute, beautiful, topical and thematic. I bring them home,
pet and gloat over them for a week or two and then relegate them to a shelf, promising
myself that someday I’ll come up with a unique way to use them. That rarely happens.
Panel Play will change all that. It is a comprehensive book with practical information
for making the most of all sizes, shapes and number of panels. Ideas for framing and
enhancing panels range from “Why didn’t I think of that?” to “Wow! Fantastic! I’d
never think of that!”
Basic and specific techniques (e.g. measurements in inches) are given, but perhaps
more importantly, variations that lead the user to design original arrangements are
also shown, using ideas in the book as foundations. Information includes thorough
and specific directions for preparation, sashing construction, setting techniques,
colour combinations, diagonals, mitres, pieced borders and much more. The coloured
illustrations are profuse and clear. A gallery showing possible uses for orphan quilts and
worksheets for pieced borders of various types adds further value. It’s a long time since
I’ve been so intrigued by a new publication. Panel Play will fill a niche in the book
collections of many quilters.
My major goal for 2014 has emerged loud and clear: get those panels off the shelves
and onto the cutting table!
P.S. I have no affiliation. If you would like a copy of this book, it will be in some
quilt shops soon or you can order from the website
Barbara Conquest writes her column from Blue Sky Quilting in Tofield, AB, Canada.
©Barbara Conquest
Black Forest Brownie Jumble
Courtesy of
This chocolate brownie dessert will bring to mind a classic cake with roots in
1 (21-ounce) box fudge brownie mix
2 large eggs
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
16 chocolate cookie wafers, broken into large pieces
1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and halved
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Mix brownie mix, eggs, water and oil in a large bowl until well blended. Spread
batter in a 13x9-inch greased pan.
Scatter top of batter with cookie pieces, cherries, chocolate chips and walnuts.
Drizzle with condensed milk.
Bake for about 35 minutes or until topping is golden. Let cool and then cut 4x4 into
16 pieces. Makes 16 brownies.
Note: If using a glass baking pan, increase cooking time to 40
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Making Memories
Over Family Favorites
Corned Beef-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Courtesy of
This recipe for corned beef-stuffed cabbage rolls is a tasty way for using leftover
corned beef.
10 cabbage leaves, blanched
1 pound cooked corned beef, roughly chopped
1 medium onion, quartered
1 stalk celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large egg, beaten sightly
1 cup cooked brown rice
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
1 beef bouillon cube
1/4 cup boiling water
1 (12-ounce) can beer
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Place corned beef in a food processor and chop finely, remove. Add onion and
celery and finely chop.
In a bowl combine egg, rice and mustard. Mix in corned beef, onion and celery.
Place 1/2 cup of mixture on each cabbage leaf and roll up sticking in ends. Place seamside down on 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
Dissolve bouillon cube in boiling water, add beer and pour over cabbage rolls.
Cover tightly and bake 1 1/2 hours.
Remove from oven and reserve 1 cup of liquid.
Melt better in saucepan, add flour, stir and cook over low heat 1 minute. Add
reserved 1 cup of liquid, increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Reduce
heat and simmer until thickened. Pour over cabbage rolls
and serve with additional mustard.
Makes 10 servings.
by Barbara Floyd
The last column I wrote was about cleaning out my cookbook collection along
with a drawing for a Susan Branch Cookbook, which was
posted on The Country Register’s company home page at www. as well as in a number of Country Register
newspapers across the country. Every day now a few entries come
in for the cookbook drawing that will be held the end of February.
It is amazing to read of others’ interests and love of cooking and
collecting cookbooks.
Here is an entry that came from Anita Bell: “This is my first
time reading The Country Register (TN and KY edition). I found
my copy at a rest area and enjoyed it very much, as I like all
things domestic. I, too, collect cookbooks. So did my mother.
She probably had over 400 in her collection. Mother is now in a nursing home with
dementia, but she still talks about cooking. When she moved, my brother and sister
and I each took some of her cookbooks for ourselves. We donated the remainder to
the local library for their used book sales. I tend to be sentimental so I took mostly
ones I remembered from my childhood. My favorite is The Mississippi Cookbook,
a hardbound edition that is literally in pieces. I have many memories of Mother
studying that book for new dishes in the 1970s. In fact, some of the recipes she found,
I use today in my cooking. I keep my cookbooks in a white wooden cabinet that my
grandmother purchased upon her marriage in 1920 as a 15-year-old bride. I think your
idea is wonderful!”
And I just had to write back to tell her that I would probably be just like her mom
when my memory dims and be talking about cooking in the nursing home. No, I would
probably try and get into the nursing home kitchen and do the cooking! All kidding
aside, the kitchen used to be the heart of the home and so it is heartwarming to hear
many responses to a cookbook drawing that tell me for some people it still is.
This past weekend in Lake Havasu City, starting on January 9th, which was my
sister JoAnn’s 80th birthday, a group of 10 of the family (all cousins - three generations)
from AZ, GA, ND, CA and Canada spent four days together. I do like planning events,
especially surprises. Part of the fun was the food planning and preparing, much of it
ahead of time. I pulled out some family favorite recipes such as JoAnn’s Rum cake.
She also made a great carrot cake for years and years. (Some of you may remember
that cake from Gooseberries Tea Room when we first opened it. JoAnn used to make
the carrot cake and was a part time hostess.)
I did not have JoAnn’s recipe so I made carrot cake loaded with coconut, crushed
pineapple, walnuts and substituted half the oil for applesauce and, of course, cream
cheese frosting. Of the three cakes served on antique cake stands at a friend’s home on
the Friday evening, the carrot cake was voted best with the rum cake a close second
and the wine cake came in third. The wine cake tastes a bit like eggnog with the
nutmeg in it. Serious dents were put in all three moist Bundt cakes, ice cream and a
few other goodies by the twenty-four guests. A few family members did not like the
loaded carrot cake but the rest of us were glad to eat their share. My sister’s recipe
calls for only the walnuts and the shredded carrots.
Another family recipe, which everyone loves but I am afraid will die with my
generation, is our Danish grandma’s Floating Island dessert. I must admit, it is more
work than some desserts. There is the fluffy white egg whites folded into a thickened
lemon mixture and over that is served the thickened egg yolk, lemon rind, milk sauce
that you can’t boil and it takes forever to heat it to the point where it coats the spoon.
My Canadian cousin had just flown across country and landed in Phoenix to spend the
night with me. Tired as she was, she made the mistake of asking if she could help in
the kitchen. So, she got the job of overseeing this “coating of the spoon” job. What
she failed to realize is my gas burner and the short handle on the whisk was working
together to roast her whole right arm to well done.
When this dessert appeared for the family dinner the next night (at another friend’s
home in Lake Havasu), it created a lot of excitement. There was no problem cleaning
up the tad bit that was left over. I think the last time any of us had this dessert was at
a family reunion years ago. A newly tried cookie recipe for Baklava Cookies was also
a big hit. (Google it and see what you come up with. A buttery crisp cookie with lots
of chopped walnuts and a honey, lemony, cinnamon glaze—or write to me if you want
the exact recipe.) It is my thinking that family favorites from the past should not be
forgotten, but trying new recipes can add a lot to this thing called food, family and fun.
Check The Country Register’s company website homepage at www.countryregister.
com for another cookbook drawing to start in February. Winners will be posted there
as well as personally notified.
Barbara Floyd, Founder of The Country Register, The Antique Register of Arizona,
and Love of Junk, Walla Walla’s Vintage Market, resides in Phoenix, AZ, and still loves
the kitchen. She can be reached at [email protected] and will soon celebrate
two years of semi-retirement.
Feb-March 14
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SEW-Q Quilt Auction to Benefit Hospice
Held along with Tri-Cities Antique Show
The Southeastern Washington Quilters (SEW-Q) Guild’s quilt auction to
benefit Hospice will be held on Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m., at TRAC facility in
Pasco. (Take Exit 9 off I-182.) The quilt preview is Friday, March 14, from 4 to 8 p.m.,
and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The quilt preview and auction will be held in conjunction with the popular TriCities Spring Antique Show on March 14 and 15. This is the first antique show of the
year—the largest in Eastern Washington—and promises to provide a full spectrum of
antiques and collectibles. Admission is $6— with $1 off if you have a Sew-Q flyer—
and is good for both days. Parking is free.
The variety of quilts at the SEW-Q auction will be astounding—from baby
“blankets” to king size “man quilts,” contemporary to country, wall hanging to
comforter and practical to heirloom. SEW-Q is pleased to present a quilt for every
home, need and décor. The auction offers the added bonus of supporting an outstanding
community resource, Hospice House, while you enjoy your one-of-a-kind treasure of
handcrafted fabric art.
See the SEW-Q ad on page 20 for a schedule of events. The live Auction featuring
30+ quilts will start at 2 p.m. in Conference Room #2 of the TRAC facility. Immediately
following the auction, the winner of the SEW-Q raffle quilt shown in the attached
picture will be drawn. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each during the Friday and
Saturday quilt previews.
The Tri-Cities Spring Antique Show, With a Twist of Vintage, extends the welcome
mat to traditional antique show dealers and those who are drawn to vintage, repurposed
treasures, unique home decor, painted (or not) furniture and industrial elements for the
unique and personal home. The Bistro at TRAC is serving fresh sandwiches, beverages
and Northwest wines to enjoy during your visit.
SEW-Q’s connection to Hospice dates back to 1996 when The Tri-Cities Chaplaincy
was preparing to open Hospice House and the guild was preparing for its first auction.
Hospice receives 25% of the entire auction proceeds and, to date, SEW-Q has donated
over $50,000 to Hospice.
Each year, SEW-Q members create handmade ornaments and a tree skirt to
decorate a Christmas tree for use by Hospice House. These items are then auctioned
the following year as one lot with 100% of the proceeds going back to Hospice. This
year’s decorations consist of whimsical felt ornaments featuring owls, snowmen and
penguins, to name a few, and an embellished tree skirt.
The quilt auction is SEW-Q’s primary fundraising event. The remainder of the
auction proceeds funds the guild’s activities and community service efforts. Annually,
SEW-Q members make and distribute 60 to 70 baby, lap and wheelchair quilts to a
variety of organizations.
This non-profit guild was founded in 1995. The auction allows the members to
fulfill the group’s mission statement: “SEW-Q is focused on expanding the art of
quilting through fellowship, encouragement of creativity and promotion of self-esteem
of SEW-Q members. We will strive to create community awareness of quilts and quilt
related articles through the presentation of history, design and past, current and future
construction techniques.”
For more information regarding SEW-Q and the auction, contact JoBeth Zerb at
509-521-5163, email [email protected] or visit: See ad on page 20.
Tri-City Quilters’ Show in March
Explores Techniques and Territories
Tri-City Quilters’ Guild will present its 31st Annual Quilt Show and Merchant
Mall on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, at the Three Rivers Convention
Center in Kennewick. Admission is $5; parking is free; and food and beverages will
be available.
The theme, “A Quilter’s Journey,” chosen by chair Jean Keaveney, speaks to “the
individual ways we develop our own unique styles within the craft and the collective
way quilting, as a whole has changed historically.”
As a fairly new convert to quilting, Jean says, “I have noticed an irony: I am
buying new (and not inexpensive fabric) to cut apart and sew together again. It seems
extravagant when my frugal patchwork forebears sewed with recycled scraps.”
A special display will celebrate the changing, yet-unchanging trends in quilting.
“Everything Old Is New Again” features new quilts inspired by vintage or antique
Guest featured artist Carolyn Barnes is the author of Color: The Quilter’s Guide
and The Quilter’s Color Club. On Friday, she will lead a gallery tour and analyze
the color palettes in guild members’ quilts; on Saturday she will lecture on her own
journey as a quilt artist.
Member featured artist Faye Notch will exhibit her favorite and most successful
quilts. Her many experiments and adventures in surface design are often executed in
her favorite colors—cool blues and lavenders.
The raffle quilt, ‘Wine Country Dream,’ will go to the owner of the winning ticket
at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Sue White, the guild’s featured artist in 2012, collaborated
with local photographer John Clement and Jean to choose a picture to execute as a
quilt. She chose batiks in gold and lavender to render the Red Mountain vineyard in
the foreground, the Yakima River in the middleground and Rattlesnake Mountain in
the distance. “So appropriate to the theme,” Jean comments, “because every journey
begins at home.”
The challenge to guild members also took up the idea of itineraries—entries must
contain a traditional Drunkard’s Path block. Travelling quilts from the Hoffman
challenge will also hang in the main hall.
The vendor mall will feature more than 35 sellers of quilting and fiber arts
merchandise. Similar sorts of previously owned items will go to the winning bidders
in the guild’s silent auction.
Tri-City Quilters’ Guild was established to promote the growth, knowledge and
appreciation of quilting—and to contribute to the community by providing quilts to
agencies and individuals in need. Profit from the shows helps to accomplish the Guild’s
For more information, visit: See ad on page 20.
8th Annual Teddy Bear Tea & Show
Will Be Held in Walla Walla on 2/22
The Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees’ Association will present its 8th Annual
Teddy Bear Tea and Show on Saturday, February 22, in the St. Francis Social Hall, 722
W. Alder St. in Walla Walla.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants will enjoy a high tea, exhibits, store,
photographer, coloring table, story corner and silent auction. Admission is $6 and
tickets are available at the door or from an Association member. Children must be
accompanied by an adult.
Proceeds from this extremely popular event support scholarships awarded by the
Association for future teachers and related education personnel.
Giveaways and Winners
When you enter our contests, please share with us how you use The Country Register
in your travels and shopping trips around the state. Be sure to thank the advertisers who
bring you The Country Register each issue.
We have two giveaway winners from the last issue. Carol Gibbs of Enterprise, OR,
will be sent The Christmas Cowboy by Shanna Hatfield and Reflections of a World War
II Coast Guardsman by Jim Jesson will go to Michelle Morton of Spokane.
Carol wrote, “Really like The Country Register. Pick it up at our local quilt store,
Cattle Country Quilts in Joseph.
Blanche Dames of Pilot Rock, OR, wrote, “I love The Country Register. Since there
is no place to pick it up in Pendleton, I now drive about 30 miles on the first of each
month to go to Athena to pick one up before they are gone. Keep up the good work,
you are great!”
Wow, that is a devoted reader! We will have to see about finding a location in
Pendleton to distribute the papers. If any of our other readers are having a difficult time
finding The Country Register, let us know where you live and we will see about getting
it into your area.
We have more giveaways in this issue so be sure to enter. We love hearing from our
readers, so please remember to drop us a note with your entry. We are grateful to all the
authors, publishers and advertisers who provide the prizes for our drawings throughout
the year.
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