Monday, November 3, 2008


It does not matter what part of the country you live, or what country you live for that matter, everyone has their own Northwoods. It is that area where we go for nature. We look for our trees, wildlife, fresh air, and, many times, water. My northwoods is Boulder Junction.

Boulder Junction is located in Wisconsin’s Northern Highland State Forest. It is the official Musky Capital of the world. These muskies are swimming in one of the 194 lakes within a 9-mile drive of downtown. Our little slice of heaven is on Oswego Lake, a 60 acre no motor lake located minutes from town. The area has scenic paved and rugged trail systems for hiking and biking. Being in the Lake Superior Snowbelt, snowmobilers enjoy the 130 miles of trails across the area. This forest and lakes helped Vilas County to be number one in the cleanest air in the state. The scent of pine in the air is palpable.

The town of Boulder Junction is at once charming and functional. We have noteworthy restaurants, shops, and accommodations. However, none of this would be as appealing without the people that live, work, and vacation in Boulder Junction. Going into town becomes more than errands, but a visit to catch up with news and happenings.

It is this breath of sweet pine air of the woods, fresh sauerkraut rye from the local bakery, bluest skies and darkest nights, and friendly community that settle my soul and becomes my muse for my northwoods quilts. After all, quilts and the northwoods go together. Whether it is a small postcard quilt to frame or say thanks for the weekend; and lap quilt to keep warm or a landscape wallhanging, these are all for sale on etsy site, Come take a look at these and the HOLIDAY primitive folk art quilted items presently for sale at Quilting Cafe.