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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW - APRIL BANNER OF THE MONTH .... Stormy Weather......and a WINNER!!!!-

A little stormy weather doesn't bother Sunbonnet Sue. She's prepared! Here she is in our latest pattern offering....soon to make its appearance in our sales room. 

April Banner of the Month


Sunbonnet Sue knows "April showers bring May flowers!" In her mind, they're already blooming. This block, basically, a log cabin, is very easy to make, as are all of the blocks we include in our applique patterns.



The rain is coming down.....raining cats and dogs....well, dogs, anyway......


....but even her pooch is protected from the deluge!


On she goes....promises to keep. 

Our banner patterns include instructions for fusible web applique but you can do them any way you please. This sample was sewn with the web and machine appliqued.


Just right for our recent stormy weather!

Again, Joan, over at Moose Stash Quilting has done herself proud, testing our patterns. Thank you so much, Joan, for another gorgeous sample.

And on another note:

A little dust storm called a Haboob came through last week. Haboob is an Arabic word originally describing sand storms in the Sudan. It is pronounced hay-boob. As was the case last week. the Haboob preceded a thunder storm. You can read more about it here

And on a final note:

  It's time for a drawing and someone has won their choice of a Prairie Cottage Corner pattern!

And the winner is:  Linda H.

Congratulations, Linda







Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I Think We Need to Cool Down a Little......and a Give-Away!!!!

Well, we had Christmas in July - now we'll have Snow in August. I didn't get these photos posted during the winter, so I'm posting them now.....hoping it will cool us down a little.....at least, in our imaginations!

Last year, we had our first snow just before Christmas.  It was the day we were to take gifts to some friends who were living rough while building a house. We had a basket of food and goodies as well as presents and supplies for them.

So we bundled into the Explorer. It was snowing heavily. I'll tell you our route through the sage brush along Crab Creek, as we go.

Here we are turning onto Laney Brother's Road from Coyote Heights Road. I love the names of the places out here. That's my forehead in the rearview mirror. It's been so dry out here (alright, I know it's semi-arid, but there are degrees of semi-arid and we have been hitting a mark close to zero rainfall for weeks on end.); the snow was definitely a  source for excitement.


No one else was out on the roads. Actually, we don't often see anyone on this road, at any time. In fact, in our little town, three cars at the main intersection is considered rush hour.


Here, we're approaching the high point on the road, just south of Sylvan Lake and just west of the big meadow where there's a dairy.


Okay, we didn't photograph the dairy. Don't ask me why. The road goes right through it between the house and the barn, so I'm always busy watching for cows, equipment, calves, ponies, dogs, cats and, most importantly, children. Now we're almost to the crossing of the creek. Up to the left in the next two pictures, are eagles' nests.


Bald eagles are quite common along Crab Creek where the palisades line the flood plain. I didn't see one on this day.


These palisades were formed progressively over thousands of years from massive lava flows and eruptions, three different times. The basalt that we see here, can also be found on the seashore at Cannon Beach, Oregon.


Many of the palisades are high and massive. Now, we've made the turn and are on the bridge across the creek. In the background are the palisades we just went past..


 And another view of the palisades.


Then, at the top of the hill coming up out of the coulee, we turn onto Lamona-Kramer Road. It's a primitive road with no warning signs and very little traffic, ever. One of our favorite parts of the short trip. It runs, here, through sage brush and pasture land.....no wheat right here, but plenty of it a mile or so to the south (to the right).




There's our friends' building project in the distance as we're turning onto Downs Road. 


The house is coming right along!


Well, have you cooled off yet? Feel any better? I know I do. I turned up the AC! That, plus the snowy landscape, did the trick.

Hey, you can win a free pattern of your choice by leaving me a comment and telling me 

HOW YOU KEEP COOL IN HOT WEATHER.

I'll draw the winning name on Monday, August 18, 2014,
 at 5 PM PDT.

Thanks for coming by and visiting. We love to hear from you!





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hazy, Lazy, Summer Fare

Is the weather all I have to complain about? It's the (I don't know how many) straight day of 90+ temperatures with very little rain, and I don't want to cook. I don't even want to THINK of turning on a burner. I'm even shy of the microwave - that's how hot it is and how hard it is to keep the inside of the house cool. Yup.

So meals become different when you don't want to use heat. You think about using no heat or minimal heat to prepare food. Thus, today's menu:

Three Bean Salad
Hepped Up Deviled Eggs
Fresh Garden Tomatoes
Toast

How's that for dinner? Sounds good to me!

First, the Salad Dressing Recipe


1/2 c. Cider Vinegar
1/4 c. Water
3/4 c. Olive Oil
1/2 t. Celery Seed
1 to 1 1/2 t. Italian Seasoning
1/2 t.Onion Granules
1/2 t. Garlic Granules
Salt & Pepper to Taste
1 - 2 T. Sugar or Sweetener (to taste)

Place all in a pint jar and shake well. Set aside.




Bean Salad Recipe
Mix together in a large bowl:

2 cans Black Beans, drained & rinsed
1 can Great Northern Beans, drained & rinsed
1 can Cut Green Beans, drained & rinsed
1 can Mushroom Stems & Pieces, drained
1 can Chopped Green Chilis (mild)
1 large Walla Walla Sweet Onion, chopped small
1/2 Green Bell Pepper, chopped small
1/2 bunch of Fresh Cilantro, washed and chopped, stems and all



Pour all of the dressing over the salad ingredients and mix well.


Chill.. You may want to let it stand at room temperature 1/2 hour before serving so that the olive oil loosens up a little bit. So, there's the salad. Now, for the protein side of the meal.....

Hepped Up Deviled Eggs Recipe


Place 6 to 18 eggs (not too fresh) in a soup kettle and cover to a depth of about 2" with cool water. Bring to the boil over medium high heat, covered. When the water is boiling, completely, shut off the burner and let the eggs stand for 15 minutes. Run under cold water to cool the eggs. Peel carefully and rinse in clean, cool water. Cut them in half, lengthwise and remove the yolks to a gallon re-closable bag. Mush the yokes up with your hands until smooth. Place the whites in a tray, ready to fill.


To make the filling, mix together in a small bowl:

1/4 to 1/2 c. Best Foods Mayonnaise
1 t. Gulden's Prepared Mustard
1 can Deviled Ham
1/2 t. Smoky Paprika
1/2 t. Garlic Granules
1/2 t. Onion Granules
1/4 t. Ground Black Pepper
1-2 T. Dried Parsley or 1/4 c. Fresh Parsley
Salt to taste (I don't add any because the ham is salty)


Add the mayonnaise mixture to the bag and mush everything together well. Snip off a lower corner of the bag, making an opening about 3/8" long. Squeeze the yolk mixture out, starting at the bottom of each white and swirling to almost cover the whole top.


Chill well. These should keep in the fridge for about 3 days.



Serve the Bean Salad and Hepped Up Deviled Eggs with fresh tomatoes and toast for a summer's delightful, dinner. Yum. We've been enjoying this since yesterday. The house is staying fairly cool and the cook is NOT frazzled (well, not over cooking, anyway)......AND, she has time to quilt.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Crazy 8 Shop Hop




Heads up, shoppers. It's time to hop to it in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho with the Crazy 8 Shop Hop.


Area quilt shops are offering all kinds of prizes and discounts in their annual shop hop 

August 7, 8 and 9, 2014; 9 am to 6 pm


If you would like a map, please write to me and I'll send one to you.



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Here's the list of shops:


Grammy G's
124 Main Street
Palouse, WA
208-301-8014
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Stitches and Petals
1016 W. Pullman Rd.
Moscow, ID
208-882-5672
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Palouse River Quilts
124 Main Street
Colfax, WA
509-397-2278
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Rather-Be's
382 Hwy 12 E
Pomeroy, WA
509-843-6162
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Patrick's Crafts
840 6th Street
Clarkston, WA
509-758-2110
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Becky's Fabrics and Bernina
Mall 21 - 1702 21st Street
Lewiston, ID
208-743-4448
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Emerald Garden
2125 14th Avenue
Lewiston, WA
208-743-1849
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Material Girls Quilting, Etc.
10492 Hwy 12
Orofino, ID
208-476-4646
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The Wild Hare
222 Johnson Avenue
Orofino, ID
208-476-3358
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Home Grown Quilts
207 Main Street
Grangeville, ID
208-983-0254
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Happy Shop Hopping, Everyone. Now, let's get out there and BUY!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer Trips - Lake Lenore Caves - And We Have A Winner!!!!

 We took a little trip recently over to Lake Lenore Caves, about 55 miles from our home in Odessa. The caves are situated in the Lower Grand Coulee. The Grand Coulee is a canyon that stretches from Grand Coulee Dam, south, to Soap Lake, WA. Entering from the south end, Lake Lenore Caves State Park is about 10 miles up into the coulee. You can find the map, below, at Metatropo. Metatropo also gives an overview of the hike and GPS.


From the parking lot at the park, looking south, you can see the north end of Lake Lenore. Lake Lenore is a highly alkaline lake where only one kind of game fish (Lahontan Cutthroat Trout) can be found. You can fly fish there througout the season. The lake is long and narrow and very pretty. To the south of it is Soap Lake, which is even more mineralized, supposedly with medicinal qualities.On the banks of Soap Lake is the town of the same name. Lovely spot.


Just on the way into the park is a small lake called Alkali Lake.

From the Washington Trails Association (WTA) site - Lake Lenore Caves were formed 12,000 years ago when the area was flooded by melting ice.  The caves were used by native tribes thousands of years ago for shelter. Today, visitors may view petroglyphs inside the caves. Seven caves are accessible by the maintained trail.



Looking up toward the caves, a trail leads away from the parking area. It's a pretty steep walk and the trail is a little rough, though paved, sort of. Not a hike for invalids, but okay for seniors in good physical condition, on a cool day.

More from the WTA site - Prairie falcons nest in the sheer cliffs of the Grand Coulee, and this route brings you close to them. Watch the majestic raptors soar over the coulees as they hunt for birds, small mammals, and reptiles--yes, there are reptiles aplenty here. Rattlesnakes, rubber boas, and bull snakes can all be found in the vicinity. Be especially alert as you near the cave entrances as the snakes frequently use the cool cave environments to help regulate their body temperatures in the heat of summer.




Looking across the coulee, the western side is steep with cliffs and miles of basalt shale. The west side drops almost straight down into the coulee while, on the east, the sides are often broken, open and less precipitous.

 And a last little bit from the WTA siteThe well-marked trail from the parking area leads to the series of caves, but while the caves are the primary draw to the area, don't forget to pay attention to what's outside them. In addition to the birds and other animals, enjoy the flora of the area. Look for desert shooting stars, which are thick along the trail. Also in evidence are nine-leaf desert parsley and fern-leaf desert parsley.


Some of the caves can be seen from the parking area.


You can see how one might be able to climb along the wall horizontally here and there, if one were something akin to a mountain goat.


Very picturesque.


From inside one of the larger caves. This photo is by Susan Elderkin.



You can read more about Lake Lenore Caves.....



by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)


Prime hiking for fall, winter, and spring; organized by quick access from Spokane, the TriCities and other Washington places. You can buy this book from Amazon.

You can read more at Trails.com.

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And, Ta-Da, our winner! Susan, AKA, Suze! 

She won our drawing

 for a free pattern of her choice from Prairie Cottage 

Corner. 

Congratulations Suze!




Saturday, July 26, 2014

!!!!Christmas in July - AGAIN, Please!!!! AND A GIVE-AWAY

Patriotic Sunbonnet Sue has Arrived.....along with Christmas Sue.....

Joan, over at Moose-Stash Quilting has done it again....and again (see below). It truly is Christmas in July around here because our July and Christmas banner samples arrived just this past week Here's Sue with her patriotic banner, all decked out in red, white and blue.


I AM late with these, I admit it. But do you understand the CREATIVE PROCESS? Artists are famous for statements about the creative process, i.e., it can't be forced; it only happens late at night; it can't be interrupted; it can't be....this and that. Really great artists, however, MUST be disciplined. Yes, yes, all that is true. Truth to tell, though, I just DIDN'T FEEL LIKE finishing the July pattern until the end of June, see?




And, now, it's finished and available on our Etsy page as a physical pattern or a PDF Download.

My partner, Erin, and I design and write the patterns for Prairie Cottage Corner. We've been doing this since 2003. When the pattern is ready, we send it to one of our pattern testers, along with fabric, etc., and they make a sample of it, suggesting corrections and changes along the way.


Joan does our samples for us in ALL machine applique'. (Our instructions, in our patterns, include fusible web applique', hand stitched. If you want to do machine applique', use the instructions that come with your machine. I suggest using the button hole stitch, about 1/8" to 1/4" wide for the edges of the fusible. You could also make any of our applique' patterns using Needle Turn and Freezer Paper techniques.)

Here's the pattern cover for July's patriotic Sue.

When finished, the first sample belongs to the pattern tester, but we take it back for a while to photograph it and show it, where possible, in the first year after it's done. After that, the pattern testers get the samples to keep. That's how it works with pattern testers. If you would like to try pattern testing, please write to me, Kathie, direct: prairiestitcher at centurytel dot net and ask about it.

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And here's the sample for our December Christmas Sue, below.



Stars abound!



The block is easy (as are ALL of our blocks in these banner patterns)....Guaranteed no "Y" seams!


Here's the pattern cover.....


....and our Christmas Eve Pooch!



You can add lace and eyelet to our Sue's dresses easy as pie....

TO ENTER THE GIVE-AWAY TO   WIN THE PATTERN OF YOUR CHOICE    FROM PRAIRIE COTTAGE CORNER:

Just write a comment before Wednesday, July 30th 2014, at 5 PM PDT, answering this question: 

What's your favorite summer fun?

Thanks for stopping by. See you again, soon, I hope.