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Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2017 — Part 3 of 3

And now . . . my final post on the quilts displayed for one day only (July 8) at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Central Oregon, starting with one of my favorites:

In Honor of Great Granny (82″ x 94″) by Tamra Dumolt of Bellevue WA, quilted by Laura Simmons

 

Doves in the Window (73″ square) by Sheree Lloyd of Eugene OR

 

Blue Plate Special (51″ x 64″) by Kathy Chism of Bend OR, quilted by Marilyn Littleton

 

Slaphappy in Sisters (97″ x 104″) by Sharon DeBoer of Bend OR

 

Best Friends Forever (48″ x 64″) by Marcia Jacobson of Prescott AZ

 

Wedding Ring for Samantha (60″ x 70″) by Brenda Sirignano, quilted by Corni Quinlivan

 

Cursive (34″ x 36″) by Paige Alexander of South Carolina

 

Man About Town (62″ x 78″) by Carol Croak of Bend OR, quilted by Tracy Mertes

 

Two for One Deal (62″ x 70″) by Tamra Dumolt of Bellevue WA, quilted by Laura Simmons

 

Mom’s Love (65″ x 88″) by Patty Six of Santa Barbara CA

 

When I saw the next quilt from a distance, my first impression was that it was inspired by Native American or perhaps Inuit art. Imagine my surprise to learn it was based on a winter vegetable garden!

Winter Squash (89″ x 73″) by Maren Johnston of Santa Barbara CA

 

Spring in Bloom (46″ x 56″) by Linda Reinert of Vancouver WA

 

Round the Bend (92″ square) by Kristi Willard of Camano Island WA

 

Sometimes the simplest quilt designs are the most striking. I love how the two quilts below, made primarily of blue and green batiks, make such a strong visual impact (despite the distracting effect of the sun’s rays):

Not Just Another Square (58″ x 66″) by Crystal Darr of Willamina OR

 

Welcome Home (51″ x 71″) by Dawn Williams of Terrebonne OR

 

Some of my friends have made quilts based on designs in Lori Holt’s delightful Farm Girl Vintage book. I know they will enjoy seeing these two versions:

Farm Girl (62″ x 76″) by Frances Drennen of Sisters OR, quilted by Sandy Lachowski
Farm Girl Feedsacks (60″ x 81″) by Carol Dixon of Sisters OR, quilted by Sandy Lachowski

Carol’s quilt was made with 1930s-era feedsacks. Check out the vintage fabric on the back of her quilt:

Back of Carol Dixon’s Farm Girl Feedsacks quilt

 

Fans of foundation paper piecing and the designs of Judy Niemeyer will appreciate the work that went into this beauty:

The Birth of Paradise (95″ square) by Mark Palmer of Richland WA

 

There was one quilt on display at the show that is very special to me: Lee Fowler’s Pickle Dish quilt. My photo failed to do Lee’s quilt justice, not only because the photo was taken in the harsh afternoon sun but also because I inadvertently included my thumb in the photo. This photo, taken in 2013 just after it was completed, gives you a better look at it:

Pickle Dish (65″ x 66″) by Lee Fowler and Friends, quilted by Janet Fogg

The quilt was made by Lee with the help of several friends and completed two weeks before her untimely death in July 2013. You can read more about Lee and the Pickle Dish quilt here. My favorite photo of Lee’s quilt is this one, taken in a park in Sisters in 2015:

Lee Fowler’s Pickle Dish Quilt

And there you have it. Over the last three posts I have shown you about 50 of the nearly 1500 quilts on display at the show. Though the percentage is small, you can see that the quilts cover a wide range of styles. That’s one of the things that makes a quilt show so enjoyable: there really is “something for everyone.”

I didn’t have a quilt in the 2017 SOQS show but I did have one on display for a few seconds one evening before the show. A few seconds? Yes! You see, during Quilter’s Affair (the week of classes and special events preceding the outdoor quilt show), quilters who’ve taken classes in previous years can show their completed work during an evening event that also features quilts made by this year’s group of teachers. Each quilt is walked across the stage so that audience members can get a good look at it.

In 2015 I took a class from Karla Alexander based on her design Rewind and made a quilt I named Where It’s @. When you see the quilt, I think you will understand the name. Since I was on stage when my quilt was shown, I didn’t get a photo. On my way out of town after a wonderful week in Sisters, I stopped at a particularly scenic spot and took this photo:

Where It’s @ (57″ x 72″) by Dawn White, quilted by Karlee Sandell

 

Thanks for taking a virtual stroll with me through the 2017 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. See you next year!

 

 

 

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Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2017 — Part 2 of 3

Here you go: more quilts from “the biggest outdoor quilt show in the world,” held in Sisters, Oregon last month. The first ones you see were displayed in the Teachers Tent and were made by quilters from near and far (i.e. local, national, international) who taught classes in Sisters the week before the show:

El Vecindario (56″ x 40″) Hilde Morin of Portland OR

 

Deschutes (34″ x 44″) by Jean Wells Keenan of Sisters OR

 

Raven (30″ x 42″) by Karla Alexander of Salem OR

 

Crosscut Blues (60″ x 68″) by Pam Raby of Albany OR, quilted by Nancy Stovall

 

Great Blue Heron (24″ x 45″) by Ann Shaw of Camas WA

 

Orange Starburst (18″ x 52″) by Sheila Sinclair Snyder of Eugene OR

 

Counting Stars (62″ x 72″) by Tamra Dumolt of Bellevue WA, quilted by Laura Simmons

 

Power Play (31″ x 58″) by June Jaeger of Sisters OR

 

Here and Now (28″ x 50″) by Rosalie Dace of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

 

A few more quilts in the Teachers Tent were featured in my last post, in case you haven’t seen it yet.

The Portland Modern Quilt Guild had a special exhibit showcasing challenge quilts:

Persimmon Slices (77″ x 89″) by Cris Pera of Portland OR, quilted by Kazumi Peterson

 

Challenge Quilts by PMQG Members

 

Challenge Quilts Made by PMQG Members

 

PMQG Challenge Quilt Made by Kristin LaFlamme

 

PMQG Challenge Quilt Made by Maria Cardenas, Quilted by Nancy Stovall

 

Every year quilts made by employees of the Stitchin’ Post are hung on the side wall of the quilt shop:

The Stitchin’ Post’s Wall of Quilts

One of my favorites in this year’s group was this one:

Painted Ladies by Edie Hines

 

Speaking of the Stitchin’ Post, Helen Robinson of Sew Kind of Wonderful was invited by the shop to demonstrate the Quick Curve Ruler and the QCR Mini on the day of the quilt show. When I heard she would be in town, I just had to meet her!

Dawn and Helen

Check out the quilts behind us — they’re all Sew Kind of Wonderful designs.

My third post on the 2017 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is coming up in just a few days! Do come back for a look.

 

 

 

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Quilts Galore — SOQS 2017, Part 1 of 3

Almost 1500. Fourteen hundred and ninety-seven, to be exact. That’s how many quilts were on display Saturday, July 8, at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in the tiny town of Sisters, Oregon in Central Oregon. An all-time high. The quilts are up by 9:00 am and come down starting at 4:00 pm the same day. I did my best to see as many of those 1497 quilts as I could and to photograph the ones I found most striking.

We start with the ones featuring hand appliqué, as this was on my mind after taking an excellent class on needle-turn appliqué from Australian quilter Sarah Fielke, subject of my last post, during the week of classes known as Quilter’s Affair that precedes the quilt show.

I was in Sisters that week with my quilt group, the Quisters, and this is one of the very first quilts we saw as we headed out on Saturday morning:

Ruffled Roses (91″ square) made and quilted by Cindy Nofziger of Albany OR

There were plenty more.

The proud fellow in the the photo below is the husband of the quiltmaker, Nancy Payne-Schomaker. He was clearly delighted with the positive comments he was overhearing about his wife’s quilt, so of course I had to ask him to pose with it:

5½ Years (74″ x 73″) made by Nancy Payne-Schomaker of Bend OR and quilted by Sandy Lachowski

It was her first appliqué project; no wonder he is proud!

Detail of Nancy Payne-Schomaker’s Quilt
Detail of Nancy Payne-Schomaker’s Quilt

 

Christmas in July, anyone?

Christmas Medallion (104″ x 102″) made by Kathy Chism of Bend OR and quilted by Sandy Lachowski

 

This quilt by Carolyn Friedlander was part of the QuiltCon exhibit:

Rin (59″ x 73″) made and quilted by Carolyn Friedlander of Lake Wales FL
Detail of Rin by Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander was one of the teachers taking part in Quilter’s Affair. This quilt of hers was hanging in the Teacher’s Tent:

Wildabon (40″ square) made and quilted by Carolyn Friedlander of Lake Wales FL

 

This is another quilt in the Teacher’s Tent featuring hand appliqué:

Tea Party Time (43″ x 48″) made and quilted by Laura Wasilowski of Elgin IL

I took a class from Laura a  couple years ago and loved her whimsical style so much I bought one of her quilts. It hangs in my sewing room.

You saw this quilt in my last post but I have to show it off again. It was made by Sarah Fielke, inspired by an old quilt in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum:

Sweet Home (94″ square) made and quilted by Sarah Fielke of Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia

 

This quilt was made by a woman who took a Quilter’s Affair class in 2015 from Sally Frey (I wish I had taken it, too!):

Twistin’ Dresden Style (53″ square) made and quilted by Anne Zick of Hinsdale IL

 

Look at this beautiful Baltimore Album-style quilt:

High Desert Blooms (73″ square) made by Sharon Rosen of Redmond OR and quilted by Mardyth Peterson

Guess what? It’s not hand appliquéed! I couldn’t tell it was raw edge appliqué until I got right up next to it.

There were a few other raw edge appliqué quilts at the show that caught my eye, including this one by Deborah Boschert, another teacher at Quilter’s Affair:

Green Bowl (40″ square), made and quilted by Deborah Boschert of Lewisville TX
Detail of Green Bowl by Deborah Boschert

 

This quilt by featured quilter Tamra Dumolt (also a teacher at Quilter’s Affair) is from a forthcoming book:

All in a Row Again (48″ x 60″) made by Tamra Dumolt of Bellevue WA and quilted by Karen Burns

 

And look how cute this wool appliqué quilt is, instantly recognizable as a Bonnie Sullivan design:

Tuxedo’s Tales (40″ x 51″) made by Denise Kuppinger of Joseph OR

These quilts run the gamut from traditional to contemporary to modern. And there were so many more . . .

Thanks for stopping by. Please check back in a few days for another post about the quilts of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2017.

 

 

 

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I’ve Got Sunshine

I took a needle-turn appliqué class last month from Australian quilter and designer Sarah Fielke. She was teaching at Quilter’s Affair in Sisters, Oregon. Quilter’s Affair? That’s the week of classes leading up to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, which is always held on the second Saturday in July. My quilt group, the Quisters, goes every year and we all take at least one or two classes.

Sarah created a series of contemporary quilts based on old quilts in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum, making both “a direct interpretation” and “a modern reinterpretation.” The class I took was called I’ve Got Sunshine, also the name of a quilt in her book Old Quilts New Life (CICO Books, 2015). Our class project was a block from that quilt.

We spent the day learning how to appliqué sunflowers, leaves, and hearts. Here’s my block, still under construction:

Sarah’s Book, Dawn’s Block

Here’s a look inside the book:

On the right you see Sarah’s quilt I’ve Got Sunshine and on the left the quilt that inspired it: Sunflowers and Hearts, made sometime between 1860 to 1880.

Sarah teaches the classic needle-turn appliqué technique in which shapes of fabric are attached to the background by hand, using a sewing needle to turn under the seam allowance. It’s a technique I have yet to master, despite having taken two other classes on it. This was by far the best of the classes I’ve taken. With the others we spent too much time getting the design ready and not enough time stitching. In Sarah’s class we had needle in hand within the first hour, and she circled the room several times to give us individual attention, gently correcting our techniques and providing tips as well as encouragement.

And I am encouraged. My plan is to spend a couple hours every week working on my practice piece. There are at least three quilts I want to make that require lots of appliqué; more on them in a future post.

Sarah had a couple of other quilts on display in the Teacher’s Tent at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Take a look at this one:

32 Is a Bushel (59″ x 76″) by Sarah Fielke of Chatsworth, New South Wales (2016)

It’s an improv quilt — no templates and certainly no needle-turn appliqué. The apples and stems are cut free-form and sewn by machine on different low volume background fabrics. I was totally charmed by the fabrics Sarah chose for her apples. The only thing these fabrics have in common is that they are mostly red. They couldn’t be more different:

 

Getting back to needle-turn appliqué, this is Sarah’s quilt Sweet Home, inspired by a Whig Rose Quilt made in 1857-58:

Sweet Home, 94″ Square, by Sarah Fielke of Chatsworth, New South Wales (2015)

It’s not the best shot as the quilt was backlit by the sun but here’s a charming detail that highlights Sarah’s hand quilting as well as her appliqué skills:

Detail from Sweet Home by Sarah Fielke

Having taken this class from Sarah two days before the quilt show, I found myself drawn to quilts featuring hand appliqué. In my next post I’ll show you several examples from the show.

 

 

 

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Home to a Heat Wave

The DH and I got home today from a week-long road trip that took us north into Washington State and British Columbia. Our goal was to watch a minor league baseball game every night. (Yes, I do love baseball that much.)

Mission accomplished: seven games, six stadiums, and about 1250 miles of total driving. The trip was fun and relaxing and totally enjoyable. We took our time each day, taking secondary roads when we could and really enjoying the scenery. I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life and never cease to marvel at its natural beauty.

Coming home to triple-digit temperatures was not part of the plan. The temperature is expected to hit 105 degrees in Portland today and 106 degrees tomorrow. My sewing room is on the second floor of our 1913 Craftsman house. Air-conditioned? Nope. Guess I won’t be spending much time up there the next couple of days.

The night before we left on our trip I finished the baby quilt top I’ve been working on:

This is a variation of the Pineapple Plus design by Karin Hellaby. Adding white sashing strips to lessen the intensity of the stronger colors was a good call. I added an outer border of the birdie fabric (Garden Birds by Pam Kitty Morning for Lakehouse Dry Goods) and love how it turned out. The top now measures 46″ square.

The only problem is I used up almost all of that birdie fabric. On a whim I decided to check the Internet to see if it was still available. You know, just in case. Not only did I find another yard of the fabric, I discovered it also came in a green background color called “lettuce.” Well, you know how much I love green . . .

Look what was waiting for me when I got home:


Do you ever like a fabric so much you search for more more when you’ve used it up? Surely I’m not the only one.

Our road trip involved stops at quilt shops in some of the smaller cities where minor league games are played. My sweet husband even made a list of shops for me to visit. Be it known: I did not come home empty-handed.

While I wait for temperatures in Portland to drop — the forecast is for another week of temperatures in the low to mid-90s — I’m going to hunker down in the basement where it’s nice and cool. Instead of sewing I’ll continue editing the photos I took at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show last month. The plan is to have a couple of posts about that in the near future. I hope you’ll check back.

 

 

 

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Pine Needle Retreat 2017: Group Two

Aren’t these lovely? They are the first group of Mini Mod Tile blocks coming from the second group of quilters attending the Pine Needle Quilt Shop’s retreat in western Washington last month. (You can read all about the first group’s output in my preceding post.) The blocks you see above were made by Sandra and Dena (top row) and Linda and Barbara B. (second row).

Here are the second group of blocks:

These were made by Lorri and Barbara S. (first row) and Liz and Roxanne (second row).

The venue for the retreat was St Andrews House on Hood Canal near Union, Washington. In my previous post I showed you the view of the Olympic Mountains from the long porch at St Andrews House. Here are some photos of the house itself starting with the porch, which runs along the back of the house:


The view from the parking lot:


The herb garden:


A pleasant shaded seating area:


Such a lovely retreat and conference center!

Now for more blocks. These blue and white blocks were made by Joyce . . .

. . . and these were made by Sue and Lisa:


So far all the blocks you’ve seen measure 11″ unfinished and were made with the QCR Mini, the small version of the original Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful.  Kay was one of those making my “supersized” version of Mini Mod Tiles in which the blocks measure 18″ unfinished:

What about those three blocks on top? Kay was also working on a second project, making Ribbon Star blocks from the Missouri Star Quilt C0. It’s pretty clear Kay likes color!

Another quilter making colorful supersized blocks was Kristine:

Missy was making the mini version using a palette quite similar to Kristine’s:

Three of my students were using the original Quick Curve Ruler to make different designs by Sew Kind of Wonderful. Janna started with the free pattern Spring Fling from SKW but departed from the design to do her own thing. Here’s her first block:


Katie fell in love with the pattern Dancing Churndash designed by SKW for Cut Loose Press. Here are her first two blocks:

Delia chose SKW’s Chic Diamonds design:

With the second group of students I was much better at getting pictures of them with their projects toward the end of our time together. Here is Rosalie with her five beautiful blocks:

Barbara B. completed a runner . . .


. . . and had enough fabric left to make a mini Fun Poinsettia block:


Here’s Missy with her four blocks sewn together:

Do you see how there’s a fifth block in the center that is made up of partial blocks from the four? This is an example of a secondary block design being the same as the primary.

In addition to their blocks (shown behind them), Dena and Kristine made self-binding baby blankets in soft flannels:


Dena showed several quilters how she mitered the corners on her baby quilt. Joyce practiced the technique, making a square with mitered corners in addition to her lovely runner:

Another vision in blue and white is Roxanne’s quilt top:

Linda decided to change the 3 x 3 setting to 4 x 5 to make a bigger quilt. Here is half of her Mini Mod Tiles quilt sewn together:


Mini Mod Tiles looks wonderful in both traditional and modern fabrics. Here is Sandra with her four-block runner in soothing muted colors. . .

. . . and Lorri with her five-block runner using bright Tula Pink prints:

Lisa’s runner makes me think of pink lemonade:

Or maybe raspberry sorbet?

Liz completed her purple pansy runner and made a second one with a charming pinecone print:

Sue departed from the original design by incorporating sashing strips inside some of her blocks:

Remember Janna’s bright batik block? Here is her quilt top complete with narrow and wide borders:

Here is Katie with her four Dancing Churndash blocks:

Can you believe Katie is working on her very first quilt? Amazing! She has a bright future as a quiltmaker.

Katie’s sister Barbara S. was originally planning to make a runner but she liked her blocks so well she kept making them and wound up with a quilt top!

In this photo Kay has laid out her supersized blocks and is auditioning the scrappy connector strips between blocks:

Kay also made a few more fabulous Ribbon Star blocks:

During her time at the retreat Delia finished quilting a quilt begun in an improv class with Jean Wells:

The back is as interesting as the front:

It was all quilted on Delia’s domestic machine. She was on deadline: her quilt needed to be in the mail the following week to Sisters, Oregon where it will hang in the world’s largest outdoor quilt show on Saturday, July 7.

That’s the perfect segue to let you know I am in Sisters right now with my quilt group, the Quisters. We’ve taken classes this week put on by A Quilter’s Affair and we will all be at the quilt show tomorrow where a record 1,497 quilts will be hung for one day. Of course I will be keeping an eye out for Delia’s quilt.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the beautiful blocks, runners, quilt tops, and other projects created by my students at the two Pine Needle retreats!

 

 

 

 

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Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show — Part 2 of 2

Continuing my ramble through the town of Sisters, Oregon on July 11, taking in the quilts on display at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, now in its 40th year . . .

El Cerro by Hilde Morin of Portland OR (51 x 42)
El Cerro by Hilde Morin of Portland OR (51″ x 42″)

 

Grounded 2 by Rosalie Dace of Durban KZN South Africa (28 x 51)
Grounded 2 by Rosalie Dace of Durban KZN South Africa (28″ x 51″)

 

Center Stage by Sarah Kaufman of Bend OR (36 x 26)
Center Stage by Sarah Kaufman of Bend OR (36″ x 26″)

 

The Definition of Stitch by Sarah Fielke of Chatswood NSW Australia 69 x 60
The Definition of Stitch by Sarah Fielke of Chatswood NSW Australia (69″ x 60″)

 

Running Man by Jacquie Gering of Kansas City KS 50 x 40
Running Man by Jacquie Gering of Kansas City KS (50″ x 40″)

 

Lanikai Sunset by Sally Frey of Fortuna CA 54 sq
Lanikai Sunset by Sally Frey of Fortuna CA (54″ square)

 

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Jungle Abstractions: The Lion by Violet Craft of Portland OR

 

English Pathways by Betty Green of Baker City OR 80 x 87
English Pathways by Betty Green of Baker City OR (80″ x 87″)
Spinner Sampler by Deborah Rutledge of Merrill OR 88 sq
Spinner Sampler by Deborah Rutledge of Merrill OR (88″ square)

 

Whirligig by Sarah Fielke of Chatswood NSW Australia 64 sq
Whirligig by Sarah Fielke of Chatswood NSW Australia (64″ square)

 

Diamonds and Dots by Debbie Startt of Port Orford OR 54 x 75
Diamonds and Dots by Debbie Startt of Port Orford OR (54″ x 75″)

 

Spot On by Trina Jahnsen of Duncan Mills CA 65 sq
Spot On by Trina Jahnsen of Duncan Mills CA (65″ square)

 

detail of Spot On by Trina Jahnsen
Detail, Spot On by Trina Jahnsen

 

Window of Mystery by Pat Busby of Lake Oswego OR 42 x 50
Window of Mystery by Pat Busby of Lake Oswego OR (42″ x 50″)

 

A Tribute to Pucci by Linda Reinert of Vancouver WA 45 x 63
A Tribute to Pucci by Linda Reinert of Vancouver WA (45″ x 63″)

 

Around in Circles by Linda Reinert of Vancouver WA 60 x 55
Around in Circles by Linda Reinert of Vancouver WA (60″ x 55″)

 

Floral Lagoon by Kathie Leonard of Prineville OR 62 x 74
Floral Lagoon by Kathie Leonard of Prineville OR (62″ x 74″)

 

Primitive Patchwork in Modern Colors by Judy Johnson of Sun River OR 55 in sq
Primitive Patchwork in Modern Colors by Judy Johnson of Sun River OR (55″ square)

 

Stardust by Jill Antunes of Salem OR 98 in sq
Stardust by Jill Antunes of Salem OR (98″ square)

 

My Oregon Forests by Corni Quinlivan of Bend OR 86 in sq
My Oregon Forests by Corni Quinlivan of Bend OR (86″ square)

 

Peppers and Beans by Sandra Howe of Prineville OR 70 x 90
Peppers and Beans by Sandra Howe of Prineville OR (70″ x 90″)

 

Garden Party by Hope Wilmarth of Spring TX 36 x 49
Garden Party by Hope Wilmarth of Spring TX (36″ x 49″)

 

North by Northwest by Dawn Williams of Bend OR 75 x 95
North by Northwest by Dawn Williams of Bend OR (75″ x 95″)

 

It's All About the Bass by Jackie Erickson of Sisters OR 70 x 92
It’s All About the Bass by Jackie Erickson of Sisters OR (70″ x 92″)

 

Garden Secret by tamra Dumolt of Sisters 96 in sq
Garden Secret by Tamra Dumolt of Sisters OR (96″ square)

 

Tula Blue by Lois Wilson of Sisters OR 83 x 93
Tula Blue by Lois Wilson of Sisters OR (83″ x 93″)

 

Ruby Churned by Adrienne Carpenter of Manson WA 70 x 80
Ruby Churned by Adrienne Carpenter of Manson WA (70″ x 80″)

 

Who's the Fairest of Them All qm by Kathy Davis of Poway CA 48 in sq
Who’s the Fairest of Them All? by Kathy Davis of Poway CA (48″ square)

 

Falling Diamonds by Michele Beyer of West Linn OR 64 x 90
Falling Diamonds by Michele Beyer of West Linn OR (64″ x 90″)

 

antique quilt circa 1900, maker unknown, exhibited by Karen Gilsdorf of Redmond OR
Antique Quilt Circa 1900, maker unknown, exhibited by Karen Gilsdorf of Redmond OR (66″ x 76″)

 

Take another look at the quilt at the top of this post and then the one at the bottom. Quiltmaking has certainly evolved, hasn’t it?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this cross-section of quilts from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!

 

 

 

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Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show — Part 1 of 2

“The most vivid day of the year in Sisters” — that’s how one quilt group describes the second Saturday of the year, when the little town of Sisters in Central Oregon is covered in quilts. That’s the day of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, now in its 40th year.

Forty years! Little did Jean Wells Keenan know that summer day in 1975 when she hung a few quilts outside her quilt shop, the Stitchin’ Post, that a great tradition had just been born. This year some 1400 quilts were on display, extending far beyond the quilt shop to buildings up and down the main street and two blocks in on either side.

Here is a representative sample, shown pretty much in the order I snapped them:

Swirling Sea by Karen Oster of Sisters OR (57 x 63)
Swirling Sea by Karen Oster of Sisters OR (57″ x 63″)

 

Elephants on Parade by Crystal Darr of Willamina OR (51 x 61)
Elephants on Parade by Crystal Darr of Willamina OR (51″ x 61″)

 

Oriental Shimmer by Betty Green of Baker City OR (71 x 85)
Oriental Shimmer by Betty Green of Baker City OR (71″ x 85″)

 

Chateau Rouge by Jeannie Wiggins of Redmond OR (71 x 87)
Chateau Rouge by Jeannie Wiggins of Redmond OR (71″ x 87″)

 

vintage quilt circa 1930, maker unknown, 67x82
Vintage quilt circa 1930, Maker Unknown (67″ x 82″). Exhibited by Sally Rogers of Bend OR.

 

vintage quilt, maker and date unknown. Quilted in 2014. Exhibited by Randy Danto of Scotts Valley CA (72 x 75)
Vintage Quilt, Maker and Date Unknown, Quilted in 2014 (72″ x 75″). Exhibited by Randy Danto of Scotts Valley CA.

 

Hot Lips by Roxanna Hill of Redmond OR (86 x 96)
Hot Lips by Roxanna Hill of Redmond OR (86″ x 96″)

 

Robot at the Whitehouse, exhibited by Gee's Bend Quilters 76 x 94
Robot at the Whitehouse, exhibited by Gee’s Bend Quilters (76″ x 94″)

 

Day of the Dead Dresdens by Opal Cocke of Camano Island WA (65 x 77)
Day of the Dead Dresdens by Opal Cocke of Camano Island WA (65″ x 77″)

 

Day of the Dead Dresdens, detail, by Opal Cocke of Camano Island WA
Detail, Day of the Dead Dresdens by Opal Cocke

 

Chain of Fools by Candy Wood of Bend OR (67 x 750
Chain of Fools by Candy Wood of Bend OR (67″ x 75″)

 

Jackie's Log Cabin on Point by Sally Rogers of Bend OR (70 x 84)
Jackie’s Log Cabin on Point by Sally Rogers of Bend OR (70″ x 84″)

 

Freddy Moran of Orinda CA in front of her quilt Houses on Point (80 square)
Freddy Moran of Orinda CA in front of her quilt Houses on Point (80″ square)

 

Circles of Life by Andrea Baloskey (80 in sq)
Circles of Life by Andrea Baloskey (80″ square). Exhibited by Jean Wells Keenan.

 

Labyrinth by Patty Six of Santa Barbara CA (57 x 62)
Labyrinth by Patty Six of Santa Barbara CA (57″ x 62″)

 

Joseph's Coat of Many Colors by Pam Goecke Dinndorf (48 x 62)
Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors by Pam Goecke Dinndorf of Rice MN (48″ x 62″)

 

Pumpkin Pie and Ice Cream by Sarah Kaufman of Bend OR (33 x 38)
Pumpkin Pie and Ice Cream by Sarah Kaufman of Bend OR (33″ x 38″)

 

Woolie Garden by Anna Bates of Sisters OR (70 in sq)
Woolie Garden by Anna Bates of Sisters OR (70″ square)

 

Woolie Garden, detail, by Anna Bates of Sisters OR
Detail of Woolie Garden by Anna Bates

 

Rip Tide by Karla Alexander of Salem OR (60 x 74)
Rip Tide by Karla Alexander of Salem OR (60″ x 74″)

 

Concentricities 2015 by Sue McMahan of Bend OR (43 in sq)
Concentricities 2015 by Sue McMahan of Bend OR (43″ square)

 

Eccentric Circles by Tonye Belinda Philips of Camp Sherman OR (51 x 67)
Eccentric Circles by Tonye Belinda Philips of Camp Sherman OR (51″ x 67″)

 

Eccenctric Circles, detail, by Tonye Philips
Detail, Eccentric Circles by Tonye Philips

 

Eccentric Circles, detail, by Tonye Belinda Philips of Camp Sherman OR
Detail, Eccentric Circles by Tonye Philips

 

Windmills or Squares q mark by Sarah Kaufman of Bend OR (23 x 35)
Windmills or Squares? by Sarah Kaufman of Bend OR (23″ x 35″)

 

Out of Focus by Colleen Blackwood of Pendleton OR (66 x 72)
Out of Focus by Colleen Blackwood of Pendleton OR (66″ x 72″)

 

Flower Pops by Alex Anderson of Livermore CA (58 sq)
Flower Pops by Alex Anderson of Livermore CA (58″ square)

 

Bird Dance by Sue Spargo of Uniontown OH (37 x 43)
Bird Dance by Sue Spargo of Uniontown OH (37″ x 43″)

 

Bird Dance, detail, by Sue Spargo
Detail of Bird Dance by Sue Spargo

 

Something for every taste, wouldn’t you say?

I took so many photos at the quilt show that I’m dividing my show-and-tell posts into two segments. I do hope you’ll come back for more.

 

 

 

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Lee Fowler and the Pickle Dish Quilt

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Lee Fowler

Two years ago today my friend Lee Fowler died, succumbing to a rare form of cancer called leiomyosarcoma. Lee was a nationally recognized quilt artist, designer, and teacher who also loved to knit, craft, hike, garden, and travel.

The first quilt blog I ever followed was Lee’s. It was called The Polkadot Debutante, so named because she absolutely loved polkadots and because she actually had been a debutante — in the true Southern tradition in which a young woman on the threshold of adulthood is formally introduced to society at a ball or cotillion. That experience was decades removed from the woman with the hearty laugh who collected ceramic monsters, loved the color orange, and dressed up in outlandish Halloween costumes she made herself.

Lee was also a professional longarm machine quilter. I met her in 2009 when she was recommended to me as a longarmer especially skilled in free motion quilting. I didn’t know it at the time but she was already fighting cancer. She quilted three quilts for me before the progression of the disease forced her to retire from longarm quilting for clients. However, she continued to quilt, knit, craft, and enjoy the great outdoors right up to the end of her days.

For the last two years of Lee’s life, she was a member of our small quilt group, the Quisters (short for Quilt Sisters). Lee and I represented the Portland contingent; Peggy, Deborah, Vickie, and Vivienne were the Salem contingent. Every month or two, the six of us would get together at one of our homes to sew, chat, laugh, eat homemade desserts, and share our latest crafty and quilty creations.

I well remember the last time all six Quisters were at my house. It was June 28, 2013, two weeks to the day before Lee died. A few weeks earlier, with time running out, Lee had put out a request to her many quilting friends asking for help in creating a quilt she had always wanted to make: a Pickle Dish quilt.

Now, this pattern is not for the faint of heart. Take a look at the basic block:

Pickle Dish block
Pickle Dish Block. Image from Flickr.

 

A block is made up of four quarter blocks, each usually featuring nine rings made up of wedges (trapezoids). The rings are joined to other curved pieces. One block typically contains 88 pieces.

Lee had seen a Pickle Dish quilt made by Australian designer Kathy Doughty in the Fielke/Doughty book Material Obsession 2 (STC Craft, 2009). The quilt pictured in the book hung in the 2013 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show:

Gypsy Kisses (92" x 103") by Kathy Doughty of Sydney NSW
Gypsy Kisses (92″ x 103″) by Kathy Doughty of Sidney, New South Wales

 

Lee started planning her own version. She figured that if enough friends agreed to make a ring or two using fabrics from their stashes, she could combine the rings with fabrics from her stash and create a scrappy Pickle Dish quilt in reasonably short order. Her request was that those of us making blocks choose fabrics with bright colors and – of course – polkadots.

Before long Pickle Dish units by the dozen were flowing Lee’s way and she was at work putting the blocks together. With a bit more help from a close cadre of friends working at her home, she completed the quilt top in June. Janet Fogg quilted it and finished the binding the day before the gathering at my house.

The Quisters were among the very first to see Lee’s finished quilt. The big reveal:

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Lee Fowler’s Pickle Dish Quilt, 66″ Square (2013)


Isn’t it stunning? Lee took a vast array of blocks made by 25 different people and created a colorful, cohesive quilt that sparkles with the kind of energy and vibrance that characterized her quilting – and her life, for that matter.

The ring I made for Lee’s quilt is the fuchsia and lime green one in the top center of this picture:

Lee's Pickle Dish quilt detail
Lots of Dots

 

At the service in August 2013 celebrating her life, Lee’s Pickle Dish quilt was on display. Most of us who worked on it were at the service, and Lee’s husband Rick LePage managed to round us all up for a photo:

The Pickle Dish Gang Aug 2013
The Pickle Dish Gang, August 2013

Rick dubbed us the Pickle Dish Gang. Then he announced that Lee’s quilt was going traveling. Each one of us would have Lee’s Pickle Dish quilt in our own home for a month. Can you imagine how thrilled we all were?

Ever since then, I have been patiently waiting my turn. And now it has come. Lee’s quilt was delivered to me last Sunday when I arrived in Sisters, Oregon for a weeklong getaway with my Quisters, and it will have pride of place in my home until it’s time to hand it off to the next member of the Pickle Dish Gang.

A small park at the east edge of Sisters served as a backdrop for some pictures of Lee’s gorgeous quilt. Here’s my favorite:

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Lee’s Quilt in Creekside Park, Sisters OR

 

I treasure my memories of Lee and will always treasure the time that her Pickle Dish quilt was mine for a month.

 

 

 

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2014 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Walking the Streets

In my last post I showed you a few of my favorite quilts made by the artists and quiltmakers who taught at Teacher’s Affair, the week of classes preceding the 2014 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon. Now I want to show you — in no particular order — a sampling of the 1300 or so quilts that lined the main and side streets of Sisters on July 12, the day of the quilt show.

Deconstructed Peacock (65 x 83) by Kim Graham of Boise ID
Deconstructed Peacock (65″ x 83″) by Kim Graham of Boise ID

 

Quiet Village (50 x 50) by Anita Johnson of crooked River Ranch OR
Quiet Village (50″ x 50″) by Anita Johnson of Crooked River Ranch OR

 

Rose City Skyline (54 x 55) by Cheryl LaRobadiere of Beaverton OR
Rose City Skyline (54″ x 55″) by Cheryl LaRobadiere of Beaverton OR

 

Meandering Thru Greece (96 x 96) by Anne Zick of Hinsdale IL
Meandering Thru Greece (96″ x 96″) by Anne Zick of Hinsdale IL
Meandering Thru Greece detail (96 x 96) by Anne Zick of Hinsdale IL
Hand Quilting Detail on Meandering Thru Greece by Anne Zick

 

Uncle Sam's Bow Ties (88 x 64) by Jodi Nelson of Sandy OR
Uncle Sam’s Bow Ties (88″ x 64″) by Jodi Nelson of Sandy OR

 

New Yellow (84 x 84) by Carol Webb of Sunriver OR
New Yellow (84″ x 84″) by Carol Webb of Sunriver OR

 

Standing Together #2 (51 x 50) by Patty Six of Santa Barbara CA
Standing Together #2 (51″ x 50″) by Patty Six of Santa Barbara CA

 

A Ribbon Runs Through It (84 x 84) by Linda Cloudas, Bend OR
A Ribbon Runs Through It (84″ x 84″) by Linda Cloudas of Bend OR

 

This Little House of Mine (84 x 84) by Jan Tezlaff of Bend OR
This Little House of Mine (84″ x 84″) by Jan Tetzlaff of Bend OR

 

Feathered Star (92 x 92) by Polly Sepulvado of Roseburg OR
Feathered Star (92″ x 92″) by Polly Sepulvado of Roseburg OR

 

Economy Quilt -- Garden of Eden (70 x 85) ca 1900. Maker unknown, exhibited by Diane Zalman of Bend OR
Economy Quilt — Garden of Eden (70″ x 85″) ca 1900. Maker unknown; exhibited by Diane Zalman of Bend OR

 

Night Star (86 x 86) by Marsha Savage of Manteca CA
Night Star (86″ x 86″) by Marsha Savage of Manteca CA

 

Midnight Stars (80 x 90) by Bev Viner of Prineville OR
Midnight Stars (80″ x 90″) by Bev Viner of Prineville OR

 

Sisters Summer Meadow (81 x 95) by Kim Graham of Boise ID
Sisters Summer Meadow (81″ x 95″) by Kim Graham of Boise ID

 

Ahoy Shannon! (55 x 72), a round robin quilt made by Blockin Robins, exhibited by Shannon Poe of xx
Ahoy Shannon! (55″ x 72″), a round robin quilt made by Blockin Robins, exhibited by Shannon Poe of Bend OR

 

Northwest Journey (54 x 65) by Patti Stewart of Bend OR
Northwest Journey (54″ x 65″) by Patti Stewart of Bend OR
Northwest Journey (detail) by Patti Stewart of Bend OR
Bottom Left Block on Northwest Journey by Patti Stewart of Bend OR

 

Kaleidoscope II (84 x 94) by Elayne Logan Currie of Bend OR
Kaleidoscope II (84″ x 94″) by Elayne Logan Currie of Bend OR

 

Poppy Blaze Big Bang (90 x 90) by Sheree Lloyd of Eugene OR
Poppy Blaze Big Bang (90″ x 90″) by Sheree Lloyd of Eugene OR

 

Pickup Sticks (60 x 60) by Nancy Kennedy of Portland OR
Pickup Sticks (60″x 60″) by Nancy Kennedy of Portland OR

 

Pantone 18-3224 Two (41 x 55) by AnnMarie Cowley of Hillsboro OR
Pantone 18-3224 Two (41″ x 55″) by AnnMarie Cowley of Hillsboro OR

 

Mayan Midnight (63 x 68) by Swan Sheridan of Vail AZ
Mayan Midnight (63″ x 68″) by Swan Sheridan of Vail AZ

 

Midnight Harvest Garden (86 x 86) by Anita Johnson of Crooked River Ranch OR
Midnight Harvest Garden (86″ x 86″) by Anita Johnson of Crooked River Ranch OR

 

Modern Crosses (80 x 80) by Shannon Poe of Bend OR
Modern Crosses (80″ x 80″) by Shannon Poe of Bend OR

 

Roots in the Hood (37 x 42) by Debbie Groshong of Bend OR
Roots in the Hood (37″ x 42″) by Debbie Groshong of Bend OR

 

For the Love of Country 64 x 67by Jacquie Gering
For the Love of Country (64″ x 67″) by Jacquie Gering

 

Remember (48 x 42) by Mary Hoover and Barbara Persing of Fourth and Sixth Designs
Remember (48″ x 42″) by Mary Hoover and Barbara Persing of Fourth and Sixth Designs

 

There you have it — just a few of the quilts that caught my eye. A mere two percent of the total number of quilts exhibited! Despite the fact that my friends and I walked the streets for upwards of seven  hours, there were sections of town, and a few hundred quilts, we didn’t manage to see. Still, it was a thrill to see so many kinds of quilts — and the efforts of so many quiltmakers — displayed on the streets of Sisters, Oregon on a single sunny summer day. A huge shout out to the owners and employees of the Stitchin’ Post, the  merchants of Sisters, the sponsors, and the many volunteers that made this year’s show such a spectacular and memorable event.

Next year the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show celebrates its 40th year. I’m already looking forward to it!

 

 

 

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