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Wednesday, December 7, 2011


HIGH PRICED SPREADS: You never know where this blog will go, especially in the face of last summer’s strawberry shortcake season. Here I am standing in front of the 2011 First Place Quilt (see blue ribbon in upper right of photo) at the annual (July) Kutztown Folk Festival in Pennsylvania. Everything you see here was hand stitched by American fingers and the winner fetched $10,000 for her effort.

An entire barn was filled with quilts. As far as I’m concerned is the Super bowl of Americana, especially if you’re a quilter. Works displayed span not only the Amish community but the entire Pennsylvania Dutch region. If you hurry, quilts make a great holiday gift. In nearby Lancaster, PA, John and Arlene Volz’s sell and ship quilts and other handcrafts year-around, including those one-of-a-kind quilts that are perfect (and often lower priced) for those long San Diego winters.


Top Photo by Phyllis Shess. Shows prize winning quilt that auctioned off at $10,000. Yikes! But quilts on the rack (right) were all under $200. That’s Kutztown Exec. Director on Dave Fooks (right).

Lower Photo: Every year, Kutztown (PA) Festival in mid-July image shows offerings from various food vendors. As you see, I stopped to research dessert offerings. The signs were posted after I left. The Sundae in the middle was awesome. Brought back memories of homemade shortbread to go with those strawberries? Hated to leave. OK, it’s a bit out of season, but planning ahead for strawberry spring begins today by sending over your family shortcake recipe to be published on this blog at

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