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BROOKINGS QUILTER WINS TOP HONORS AT STATE FAIR

Beth Nufer shows quilt "Kaleidoscope" that won Best of Show award at Oregon State Fair in Salem earlier this summer.  (The Pilot/ Marjorie Woodfin).
Beth Nufer shows quilt "Kaleidoscope" that won Best of Show award at Oregon State Fair in Salem earlier this summer. (The Pilot/ Marjorie Woodfin).

By Marjorie Woodfin

Pilot staff writer

When Beth Nufer and her husband, Byrne Miller, moved into the Harbor home they purchased from Hartley and Marilyn Badger in 1997, Beth was happy to let Marilyn, a serious quilter, remove the special cabinets from what had been Marilyn's quilting room.

Beth said she had no interest in quilting.

Beth and Byrne came to Brookings from Colorado where they had moved when they decided to get out of Los Angeles. However, Beth just couldn't forget a "cute little town" she had visited earlier on the Oregon Coast. They came to look it over, found a home, and purchased the Dairy Queen, which they owned from 1996 to 2006.

In the last four years, ironically, Beth has become an enthusiastic quilter and Marilyn's former quilting room has become her quilting room.

In the past month, Beth received numerous awards from the Oregon State Fair quilting show for two of her king-size quilts. Her entry in the Art Quilt category, "Kaleidoscope," received First Place and Best of Show. For her watercolor entry, "Everlasting Promise," Nufer received Peoples' Choice, Best in Class, First Place, and Most Meaningful awards.

"Everlasting Promise" portrays a large cross with a flame running along beside it. Beth explained that the flame represents the Holy Spirit.

Beth said she received a call from the state fair that she had won the first place awards, but knew nothing about the other awards and was blown away when she discovered she had won Best of Show.

"I didn't know about the Best of Show until Mureen Walker e-mailed me photos and congratulations. I was tickled pink. I couldn't believe it," she said.

Her interest in quilting began four years ago when her mother suggested they join a quilting class at Southwestern Oregon Community College. That was all it took. "We took the quilting class with Cindy Golding and she's wonderful. She was a total inspiration," Beth said.

Three years ago she was confident enough to enter the quilt show at the Azalea Festival without winning an award. Last year she didn't bother to enter any shows. But, this year she entered the Azalea Festival show, the Curry County Fair Show, and the Oregon State Fair show. She won no awards for "Kaleidoscope" in the Azalea show. She did receive the Grand Marshal's and the Queen's Choice awards for "Everlasting Promise" and awards for other entries including Second Place for a quilt titled "Tumbling Blocks" and First Place for a lap quilt.

She acknowledged it was a thrill to go on to receive the Best of Show and the other awards at the state fair.

Today, she is an enthusiastic quilter who doesn't waste much time. She completed "Kaleidoscope" in four months and is already working on another watercolor quilt.

She admitted that her fingers do get a bit sore from quilting. She explained that she can't wear a thimble because she needs to be able to feel where those tiny stitches must go.

With all of those awards, it's obvious that her fingers do a wonderful job of placing the stitches.

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