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  • NEW January 19, 2010...

    Being an Introducing and Prologue—This book... Elepeth's Letters, all 139 booklet size pages in a 3.6 MB pdf... is designed, in my (Chris) own small way, as a suite of small series of little quilting books, all based on extensive historical fact, a bit of conjecture and a complete fictional accounting, to provide the dis-cerning reader a glimpse into the heritage of Alaskan and American quilting of the early 20th century, as practiced by a pioneer woman
    Online you may read it or download it if you choose.
    Your comments, suggestions and especially voluminous cash donatiions to be gladly accepted.
  • NEW December 20, 2008...Photos of jacquard woven coverlet "gifting" ceremony...It's back home in Lebanon. See photos, by Sam Bauman, of Mary and Giff Jones, of Seattle, Washington, gifting this 1840's era bit of Lebanon's heritage back to the people of Lebanon.
       Accepting this pre-Christmas present were Pat Dunn, Lebanon Museum; Denise Lee, Lebanon City Library; Noel (Moist) Storms, and her husband, Jerry, representing the Oregon Trail pioneer Joseph Moist family; Ray Weldon, Scroggin's Mill Rural Heritage Foundation; and Peggy & Chris Christopherson, Peggy's Alaskan Cabbage Patch B&B, ceremony hosts.
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ACQC News... March 2007

Would you come to “Blooms & Threads”– A fun, 3-day Flower & Quilt Show in Lebanon, Oregon in 2008?

2008 JUNE– STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, LEBANON, OREGON… A few local Lebanonites are considering developing this idea for June 2008. They are asking the following five questions –

  • Would mid-Willamette Valley gardeners and quilters enjoy a major, local, 3-day flower and quilt show with garden displays, judged flower arrangements, juried and judged quilt competition, art quilts, heritage quilts, local art, workshops, speakers, and a commercial vendors marketplace?
  • Would Lebanon benefit from a major new tourist event at Strawberry Festival?
  • Would Lebanon’s businesses and organizations like to have $5,000 to $8,000 new income?
  • Would Strawberry Festival like to appeal to a new type of visitor & expand its long term potential?
  • Would the City of Lebanon and Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce like to support an economic development event in the manner of Sweet Home’s Oregon Jamboree?
MEETING If you are interested in discussing this idea, Please come to a meeting about “Blooms & Threads” Flower & Quilt Show 3-days, workshops, speakers, vendors at 2008 Strawberry Festival Lebanon, Oregon
  • What– Lunch meeting – Informally discuss “Blooms & Threads”
  • When– Noon, Thursday, March 29
  • Where– Peggy’s Alaskan Cabbage Patch B&B, 194 S. 2nd St. Lebanon
  • Sponsor – Alaskan Chocolate Quilting Company.
  • RSVP– (541) 258-1774, (5410 451-4910
Attendees/ Market
  • 500-800 – Tourists & Locals – Gardeners & Quilters – Baby Boomers & others
  • Flower/Garden Displays with Awards– Personal & Business
  • Quilt Displays wish Awards– Personal, Heritage, Antique & Artistic– Juried & Judged– Open & Invitational
  • Commercial Vendors– Nurseries, Landscapers, Sewing Machine Dealers, Quilt & Fabric Shops & Dealers
  • Workshops– 4–6 Flower/Gardening & Quilting/Sewing
  • Professional Speakers & Artists
Funding & Support
  • Generate income– $5,000-$8,000 – Admission Fees, Vendor Fees, Sponsorships, Quilt Raffle–High quality, year long raffle, Flower & Plant Sales, Silent Quilt Auction
  • Tourism promotion grant– City of Lebanon “Bed tax”
  • Economic Development Support– Lebanon Chamber of Commerce
  • Technical Support– OSU/Linn County Extension Service & Master Gardeners. Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs, Lebanon Garden Club, Santiam Scrapper Quilt Guild
  • New Market– 3-day event targets new Strawberry Festival market – quilters & gardeners
Interested? Think this might be a fun tourist event for East Linn County? Give us a call – Alaskan Chocolate Quilting Company (541) 358-1774, (541) 451-4910 or email


500 Gardeners, Quilters Attend 2008 Strawberry Festival Flower & Quilt Show — “Blooms & Threads”

New York Times
Published June 13, 2008

LEBANON, OREGON… Festival attendees enjoyed a new event for the 99th Strawberry Festival. The 3-day Flower & Quilt Show inspired them with 5 glorious gardens, 100 beautiful floral arrangements and over 125 colorful and unique quilts.
   In six scheduled classes and workshops they tried new quilting skills and learned helpful garden techniques. Local and regional artists and professionals led these sessions in exploring a variety of Blooms & Threads.
   For gardeners, quilters and general shoppers, the marketplace had many specials in gardening supplies, beautiful flowers, high-tech sewing machines, and a variety of special fabrics and quilting notions.
   All this fun and learning was under cover and air-conditioned inside Lebanon’s River Center. River Center has easy parking and is close to Strawberry Festival’s Open Air Country Fair and Carnival in Cheadle Lakes Park.

Sweet potato filling melts in your mouth...
With sweet, crunchy brown sugar topping 
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/3 c sugar
1/3 c canola oil
1 c fresh yams (sweet potatoes) cooked and mashed or 1 (15 oz.) can yams drained and mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp baking soda
1 c chopped cranberries
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Heat oven to 350. Coat 9x5x3” loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray & dust with flour.
In large bowl, mix eggs, sugar, oil, yams & vanilla.
In separate bowl, mix flour, allspice, cinnamon & baking soda. Make a well in center. Pour yam mix in well. Mix till moist. Stir in cranberries. In small bowl, mix brown sugar & cinnamon.
Spoon batter in loaf pan. Sprinkle topping mix over batter. Bake 1 hr or till a toothpick in center is clean.
Makes 16 slices.

It's the 1920’s… Elspeth and her husband are young newly weds on a great adventure to Alaska to seek their fortune. Elspeth wrote letters to her “Dear friend”. Each letter describes her adventures and some of the quilts she sewed. Elspeth (b. 1901) is from Calloway county, Kentucky.

Number 4 below Discovery, west fork Goodpasture river Febry 1st 1928, – Alaska. Weather mild – cloudy, gentle fall of snow, beautiful winter morning. It has snowed more than 3 feet on the level since before Jany 20th.

Dear Friend
  As I have written last fall, our family is now mining on the west fork of the Goodpasture river. Two years last, William and his friend had come here in late Jul. to do a bit of panning after hearing there was some good “color” on this beautiful stream. They found some and returned in the summer of ’26 to build this cabin.
  Since reaching here on May 15th last, William, the children and I have been industriously engaged in the preparation of our cabin and garden and working this claim.
  Sweet William is the very picture of health, strength and courage. He is my pride, my love, and the hope of my future. The four children are growing strong and so much enjoyment. We are both so very proud of our young helpers. They are such a big help as we make our new life here in the wilds of this far northern land beneath the northern lights.
   Jon, 7, and Mikel, almost 6 and a half, try to work right along side of their father in almost all of his tasks. They do cores with our nanny goat and small flock of chickens. Of course they are always bringing in firewood – the Alaska spruce and birch that William has stacked out back, does not burn as hot or as long as the good old Kentucky hardwoods.
  My babies, Dane and Jeanne Marie are just now a little more than four years old. They still mostly help me around the cabin. I do so love to see their dear sweet baby faces as they climb from their little bed. This past summer, they helped me greatly in our small garden.
  As an old “sourdough” in Chena, once told us, “Alaska is a land of great challenges, but the challenges of Alaska are the greatness we live for.” One of these “great challenges of Alaska” for our small family was growing a garden here on the west fork.
  When we arrived last May, here amidst the birch, spruce and cottonwood, we cleared a small garden with a few mining tools and our bear hands. We used wood ashes, horse droppings, bear “scat” and the humus of the forest to fertilize our little garden of lettuce, radishes, turnips, carrots, cabbage, and of course, flowers. We also have some “garden” on the sod roof of the cabin. That part is safe from the hungry snowshoe hares and field mice.
  We were amazed at the prodigious growth. It must be because of the almost 20 hours of daylight at that time of year. The long days make sleeping soundly very hard, but it helps the garden to grow so well. We even grew a few potatoes.
  In addition to my family, my passions are quilting and gardening. Here on the west fork gardening is one of my pleasures. I believe it was that Englishman Francis Bacon who said, “God almighty first planted a garden: and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasure.” I agree.
  In addition to our succulent vegetables, our Alaskan larder is filled with wild berries – blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and “Indian” berries. We even found some small strawberries which are delicious.
We have learned from the natives at Healy Lake to harvest other wild plants like black and red currants, "Indian potatoes," wild rhubarb, Labrador tea, rosehips, chamomile, and even fireweed.
  William and I have found it an interesting time to teach our children about where we came from in middle America. We try to prepare some of the meals we ate back home. Since the children are all Alaskan-born and have never been “outside,” it is a problem.
  Also many of the foods we had back home do not grow well here in this cold, northern land.
Yams, okra, grits, corn, apples, cherries, and pumpkins are some of the foods from Kentucky that they do not know. There are so many meals they have not tasted – hominy and hoe cake, red-eye gravy, mutton barbecue and burgoo, and so much more.
  While out on a moose hunt in early July, William and two of the Johanson brothers, Inggie” and Halldór, found wild mushrooms growing in a part of the forest which had been burned by fire a year or two past.
  When we lived in Fairbanks, the professors at the University of Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station had written an article in the Daily News Miner saying normally, the wildfire mushrooms were morels. The article mentioned two other kinds of wild mushrooms which grow in the forest that can be poisonous. It would appear that our morels were the good variety!
  This has been such a long letter, Dear Friend, but so much seems to happen here in this great northland and I want to tell you all the tales.
I have not been doing as much quilting these past months – the boys and William are so hard on their clothes that I am spending most of my sewing time on them.
  Then there is sweet Jeanne Marie – her clothes take so much more time to make. Plus I am starting to teach her to sew and even at her young years, she is doing well.
  Still, quilting is my passion and I am now working on a quilt that has pictures of this beautiful county and our life here nowadays.
Although the sun remains high in the sky, William and the older boys will soon be coming down from the claim, a fine caribou stew is cooking – no it’s not burgoo – but it will be a fine meal for our Alaskan family.
  Since William has been working so hard, I am going to make him a treat – we have one can of yams from his last trip downriver to Rika’s Roadhouse at Big Delta. I will bake his favorite highbush cranberry yam bread. The “Indian berries” or highbush cranberries are much more tart than the lowbush, but those we collected after the first hard frost are much better. Still, William seems to like those better than the sweeter lowbush. Of course, we add much more sugar!
   Sarah John, an older Indian woman from the Healy Lake village, told us when to harvest the sweetest highbush berries. Through signing and a bit of English and my few words of Tanana talk, she has told us so much about collecting the berries, rosehips and other wild plants. She has even tried to teach me how to cook “moosehead stew” but that is not a dish we are ready for yet!
   Goodbye for now dear friend. One of the Johansen brothers will take this letter to the post office at Big Delta next week. They are mushing across the frozen Tanana river and through the Clearwater county. That is if the temperature stays mild.
     Take care…. Elspeth

   P.S. You will find my recipe for William’s favorite highbush cranberry yam bread enclosed. El….

ACQC News... January 2007

Elspeth's letters all online
   January 15, 2007..t All eight letters in the Elspeth's Quilt Mystery game are now on the ACQC website. The letters are at the bottom of the six main pages. There are two letters on these pages—Oregon Quilting and Classes-Calendar.
  Elspeth's 20 blocks are hidden among the 40 quilt blocks on the sides of the six main pages.
Quilt Mystery Tip #1 added
  Peggy and Dawn have added a tip on the Quilt Mystery page. It identifies Elspeth's second block.

ACQC News... March 2006

"Alaskan Quilt in Oregon" as a BLOG is online
   March 2, 2006, Click here to open "Blog by 2" in a new browser window. Or just go to
   Peggy continues her active, involved life with quilting, quilting friends, quilting guilds, quilt shows, quilt shopping, grandkids, trips to Alaska next week (more grandkids & a Spring Fling with the Forget-Me-Knot Quilt Guild in Delta Junction, AK - she also says she will not buy any more fabric on the trip... Right!), and local things outside of quilting here in Lebanon, Oregon.
   Things such as local women's club, the Santiam Scrappers Quilt Guild, the garden club, a quilt show at a garden center, the downtown association, serving B&B guests, more (but much older) grand kids (over in Albany, Oregon).
   Plus her thoughts and feelings... problems with her husband, Ellie the dog and her shedding (hair) ways, her fat tabby cat, depression, love of planting (now that the rains have decreased), getting more mosquito fish, back pain, financial woes, hangnails, learning to use the Juki sewing machine on the New Joy Quilting Frame, cooking, needing to go swimming and lose more weight, and why a duck?
It will all be there in the coming weeks and months in her blog.
   Maybe there will be guest bloggings from Dawn and other quilting friends.
   And maybe not.

Yesterday is HISTORY...
Tomorrow a MYSTERY...
Today is a GIFT...
That's why it is called the PRESENT!
Rich Brownies
Chop and set aside 1 cut pecans or walnuts.
Place in blender or mixing bowl:
4 eggs 3/4 cup soft butter or margarine
2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla
4 oz melted, partly cooled unsweetened chocolate
Blend, using spatula to e sure all ingredients are completely blended.
Pour this mixture into a bowl in which you have placed:
1 1/4 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon salt the chopped nuts
Mix until flour disappears. Then spread in greased jelly roll pan
( 10 1/2" x 15 1/2") ( cookie sheet with sides). Bake at 350 degrees
for 20 minutes. Spread with frosting if desired.
Make this icing right on the stove in a saucepan on medium low heat.
2 T. melted butter 2 oz melted unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar 3 Tablespoons hot water
2 Teaspoons corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix all ingredients in saucepan and cook while stirring until
frosting is smooth.
Use more hot water if necessary to make spreadable. Frost brownies
while they are still hot. Cool frosted brownies and cut in squares.
Stays freshest right in the pan.
ACQC News... February 2005
Sewing Room coming together with help of friends
    Peggy's Alaskan Cabbage Patch B&B, Lebanon, Oregon... The ACQC Sewing Room is slowly being "patched" together down in the basement.

     Lately, on Wednesday afternoon, the Wednesday Ladies (of the Santiam Scrappers Quilt Guild) have been working to make the new ACQC Sewing Room (Oregon version) a reality. These very helpful ladies have been painting, sewing, painting, quilting, talking, drinking coffee, quilting, having an impromptu pot-luck lunch, and more quilting.

     With the help of JoAnn D, Gail, Marjorie, Claudina, Sharon, JoAnn P, Ginny, Carol, Leola, Rusty, and Ellie Bear (note the alaskan name) our Black Lab (she loves all the attention from my lady friends).

Read more about
Peggy & Dawn
click here

    All these wonderful ladies have been part of the crew on different days, at different times, all together. They have unpacked fabric that hasn’t seen the light of day forACQC Logo almost three years, scraped off old paint, primed and painted walls and arranged and rearranged furniture!.

   Thanks ladies. It has been fun!

    (Of course, there is much more FUN to come... Just wait 'til we get a bathroom where you can close the door in privacy and warmth!)

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces... and eat just one

What is ACQC Now?
    Once upon a time two quilters were stuck at the end of the Alaska Highway....and they had Lotsa Fun!

    Now its just me, Peggy. Three years ago my husband’s medical problems forced us to move to a warmer climate. So tearfully, Dawn and i closed our small quilt shop in Delta Junction Alaska and this web site went off line.

    Dawn and I are still best friends and keep the airwaves humming with all our emails and thank goodness for cheap phonecards!

A best friend with chocolate is the big sister that destiny forgot to give you.

    With me in Oregon and Dawn still in Alaska I think we can give you a wide view of what’s happening in the quilting world.

    Your input to this website is still critical. We want you our readers and customers to get what you want and need.
    ...Peggy Christopherson

One might well ask
    The following and the rest of the pages are from the old site. We will be making changes in the next few weeks and months.
    So read a bit about who we were back in the late '90s... some things have changed a bit!
    Dawn's youngest son, Eli, is now 16 going on 17. He is a WHL defenseman with the Seattle Winterhawks. (He's 6' 3", over 200 pounds... definitely not the young boy on the Classes page.)     Dawn's youngest daughter, Annie, also is a hockey player. The rap on her is she is tough enough to play with, and beat the boys! She is now coaching her older sister who is just learning the game of hockey up there in Fairbanks, Alaska.
     In my case... I'm swimming three mornings each week... Lost a bucha pounds... Having fun being retired... And enjoying quilting with all my new friends here in Oregon.
    Although I still miss friends back at the End of the Alaska Highway... in Delta Junction, Don't really miss the 60 below weather!
If you have chocolate
on your breath,
people are more apt to listen to you

Watch This Space

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"Alaskan Quilt in Oregon — Blog By 2"
Coming soon on this site...
   In the near future, Peggy will be starting to blog. Soon there after, she will be relieved by her long-time partner... Dawn (And Dawn can really blog!).
Click here to read more about Dawn and Peggy

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Oregon Quilting
Shop `til You Drop!
We're Havin' a Retreat

Alaska Quilt Mystery

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Is it proper to eat Chocolate while driving a purple Lexus?

Delta Junction, Alaska

Two Quilters Stuck at the End of The Alaska Highway... But "We're Havin' Lotsa FUN!"

Dawn and Peggy, owners of ACQC!     Dawn and Peggy, owners of the Alaskan Chocolate Quilting Company (ACQC), are the company quilters, teachers, bookkeepers, sample makers, janitors, stock clerks, sales clerks, designers, cashiers and gofers!
       Click here to read more about us and our antics living on the Friendly Frontier in Alaska.

This site is For You! Please Tell Us How You Like It!

This is our first venture on the web.  Since you are our customers, we want your input. Please send your comments to us at
Thanks...Pegy and Dawn

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October 11, 2000


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Elspeth's Alaskan Quilt Blocks

    It's 1920 and Elspeth and her husband are young newly weds on a great adventure to Alaska to seek their fortune.
    Elspeth wrote a number of letters to her friends and relatives. Each letter describes one or more blocks she quilted.

    Win a prize by reading her letters and solve the mystery of the quilts she made.
    One or more letters are at the bottom of each web page. Read her letters, discover the block she made, and arrange them into her quilt.

Elspeth's Lost Needle

Elspeth's loses a precious needle. Read her letters to find out where it went.

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Things are bad. Send chocolate!

Elspeth's Letters

Letter One: The beginning...
William and I Arrive in Valdez, Alaska

Dear Friend,                                     

It is Friday, the 6th day of our journey to the North. Aside from the storm at sea the voyage went without incident. It has been a new adventure to be aboard ship so long and William and I have fared well. Today begins the hardest but most exciting part ... The Valdez Trail. June 11, 1920 is the beginning of our new life on the frontier and our quest for riches from the land.

Now begin also my journey quilt. As William loads our new wagon and hitches the animals, I must remember to organize our supplies so that I can reach my needles, spools and cloth. I wonder what I shall see and what memories these tools shall help me make as we travel this long road?

It is just before dawn and the farrier has warned us of the difficult trail over the pass. We have strapped the load well and are headed up the pass, bidding farewell to the ocean waves and the smell of the sea. My needlework shall continue once through these frosted peaks of delectable mountains.

Elspeth's Letter 1Your dear friend,