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Quilter’s Affair 2014

In the week leading up to the second Saturday in July, when the town of Sisters, Oregon hosts the world’s largest outdoor quilt show, the Stitchin’ Post quilt shop in Sisters puts on classes taught by local, national, and international quiltmakers and artists. This week of classes is called Quilter’s Affair. For several years my quilt group, the Quisters, has rented a house in Sisters and attended classes. One of our members, Vivienne, taught four classes this year.

I thought you might enjoy a look at what we started creating in some of our classes. Vickie took Vivienne’s class Rhumba, making some spirited blocks in a variety of batiks:

Vickie's blocks

The blocks are constructed using an improvisational piecing method, then trimmed to size. Vickie is going to set her blocks as above, with the stripes alternating direction in each block. Here’s a look at Viv’s original quilt top, employing a different setting:

Viv's rhumba quilt top

(That photo was taken last summer at my house, at a gathering of the Quisters.)

Peggy and Deborah took a class from Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, based on her pattern, Day Break. Deborah is making her quilt from a palette of dusty pinks and leafy greens . . .

Deborah's Daybreak blocks
. . . while Peggy’s version is made of lots of different batiks:

Peg's daybreak  blocks
I stepped way outside my comfort zone to take a class from Laura Wasilowski, known for her whimsical art quilts made using hand-dyed fused fabrics  and embellished with embroidery. In her class, Stitch After Fusing, we made a small flower quilt using her hand-dyed fabric. My flowers and leaves are a bit strange but I really like my little flower pot:

Dawn's flower pot quilt

(I tried a few different stitches, which is why you see those strands of perle cotton — hand-dyed by Laura – hanging down the front.) I’ve never been a fan of raw-edge appliqué but I may be undergoing a conversion.

Our Quilter’s Affair week sped by at lightning speed. Saturday, July 12, was a different story. It was the day of the 39th Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. We spent a leisurely day walking around town seeing as many of the 1300 or so quilts as we could manage between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. What a fabulous show!

I took lots of photos but haven’t had a chance to organize them yet. I’ve had family from out of town and now we are heading off to a family reunion in eastern Oregon. I’m planning at least a couple of posts showing off the quilts from the Sisters quilt show so I hope you’ll check back soon.

 

 

 

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More Quilts from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Picking up where I left off a couple of days ago, here are more of my favorite quilts from among the 1300+ displayed last Saturday, July 13 at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) in Sisters, Oregon.

Gypsy Kisses, 92 x 103, by Kathy Doughty of Sydney NSW
Gypsy Kisses, 92 x 103, by Kathy Doughty of Sydney, Australia

 

No Spurs Needed, 30 x 40, by June Jaeger of Prineville OR
No Spurs Needed, 30 x 40, by June Jaeger of Prineville OR

 

Daisies in Red and Black, 60 x 60, by JanniLou Creations of Philomath OR
Daisies in Red and Black, 60 x 60, by JanniLou Creations of Philomath OR

 

Contemporary Totes, 24 x 32, by Tonye Belinda Phillips of Camp Sherman OR
Contemporary Totes, 24 x 32, by Tonye Belinda Phillips of Camp Sherman OR

 

Neighborhood, 45 x 60, by Elizabeth Hartman of Hillsboro OR
Neighborhood, 45 x 60, by Elizabeth Hartman of Hillsboro OR

 

Storm Warning, 20 x 40, by Rayna Gillman of West Orange NJ
Storm Warning, 20 x 40, by Rayna Gillman of West Orange NJ

 

Sea, Sand and Sky, 67 x 80, by JanniLou Creations of Philomath OR
Sea, Sand and Sky, 67 x 80, by JanniLou Creations of Philomath OR

 

Pressing Matters, 41 x 51, by Laura Wasilowski of Elgin IL
Pressing Matters, 41 x 51, by Laura Wasilowski of Elgin IL

 

Bullseye, 54 x 60, by Ann Zick of  Hinsdale IL
Bullseye, 54 x 60, by Ann Zick of Hinsdale IL

 

Our View of Sisters-Friendship, 50 x 50, made for Anne Zick of Hinsdale IL by Joan Bratton, Maureen Creed, Joyce Freehill, Jan Johnson, Betsy Maloney, Marilyn Montgomery, Valerie Rodelli, and Coleen Walter
Our View of Sisters-Friendship, 50 x 50, made for Anne Zick of Hinsdale IL by Joan Bratton, Maureen Creed, Joyce Freehill, Jan Johnson, Betsy Maloney, Marilyn Montgomery, Valerie Rodelli, and Coleen Walter
50 Shades of Red, 62 x 72, by Terry Johnson
50 Shades of Red, 62 x 72, by Terry Johnson

 

Blossoms, 52 x 60, by Christine Day of Fallbrook CA
Blossoms, 52 x 60, by Christine Day of Fallbrook CA

 

Blue Moon, 86 x 104, by Alice Besler of North Powder OR
Blue Moon, 86 x 104, by Alice Besler of North Powder OR

 

Garden Maples, 77 x 78, by Chris Jones of Sisters OR
Garden Maples, 77 x 78, by Chris Jones of Sisters OR

 

Garden of Leaves, 68 x 68, by Pamela Hylton of Grand Ronde OR
Garden of Leaves, 68 x 68, by Pamela Hylton of Grand Ronde OR

 

Light Up, 46 x 57, by Maron Johnston of Santa Barbara CA
Light Up, 46 x 57, by Maron Johnston of Santa Barbara CA

 

Senorita Hankie Ladies, 36 x 45, by Bonnie Guzman of Lathrop CA
Senorita Hankie ladies, 36 x 45, by Bonnie Guzman of Lathrop CA
detail of Senorita Hankie Ladies by Bonnie Guzman of Lathrop CA
detail of Senorita Hankie Ladies by Bonnie Guzman of Lathrop CA

 

Kristin Shields of Bend OR was a featured quilter. Here are a few of her wonderfully whimsical creations:

Castle Peeps, 32 x 44, Kristin Shields of Bend OR
Castle Peeps, 32 x 44, by Kristin Shields of Bend OR

 

In the Night Garden, 41 x 52, by Kristin Shields of Bend OR
In the Night Garden, 41 x 52, by Kristin Shields of Bend OR

 

Whimsey, 39 x 41, Kristin Shields of Bend OR
Whimsy, 39 x 41, by Kristin Shields of Bend OR

 

The Cover to Cover book club created quilts inspired by The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznic. My favorites from this group:

Clock Parts Mania, 61 x 46, by Pat Busby of Lake Oswego OR
Clock Parts Mania, 61 x 46, by Pat Busby of Lake Oswego OR

A peek at the back revealed that these kaleidoscope blocks were made from a focus print of . . . mushrooms!

focus fabric on back of Clock Parts Mania by Pat Busby of Lake Oswego OR
Focus Fabric Used by Pat Busby to Make Clock Parts Mania

 

Connectivity, 47 x 47, by Dianne Kane of Portland OR
Connectivity, 47 x 47, by Dianne Kane of Portland OR

 

Gears, 72 x 81, by Linda Reinert of Oregon City
Gears, 72 x 81, by Linda Reinert of Oregon City

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little presentation of the quilts that caught my eye this year. The quilts you see here and in my last post represent fewer than 4% of the quilts that were displayed. Simply astounding when you stop to think about it.

Is it any wonder that I have already marked my calendar for July 12, 2014 — the second Saturday in July — for the 39th Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show?

 

 

 

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“The Biggest Outdoor Quilt Show in the World”

Saturday, July 13. A perfect summer day in Central Oregon: temperatures in the low 80s with a light breeze. Thirteen hundred quilts hung just for the day on the fronts, backs and sides of buildings in the tiny town of Sisters. Dozens of other quilts hung inside businesses all over town. Thousands of quilt lovers and other spectators strolling the streets taking in the sights and sounds of the 38th Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS).

I was lucky enough to be there for the show and the week leading up to it. For the last seven or eight years (we’ve lost count), my quilt group, the Quisters, has rented a house for the week leading up to the quilt show in order to participate in Quilter’s Affair, a week of classes organized by the Stitchin’ Post Quilt Shop in Sisters. In addition to the talented teachers living in Central Oregon, instructors come from across the country and overseas to share their expertise.

This year I opted not to take any classes so I could continue to work on my ever-growing stack of Works-in-Progress. I was sorry not to have taken at least one class, especially after seeing how excited my fellow Quisters were about the ones they were taking, but I did come home with three completed projects — WIPs no longer! – and the show itself provided a plethora of ideas for new ones.

There was something for everyone at this year’s show: beautiful traditional quilts, edgy modern quilts, and everything in between. Below, in no particular order, are a few of the quilts that caught my eye:

Mid Century Modern by Brita Kimmerly of Seattle WA, 52 x 60
Mid Century Modern, 52 x 60, by Brita Kimmerly of Seattle WA

 

Glacier Star by Pam Nichols of Powell Butte OR, 98 x 98
Glacier Star, 98 x 98, by Pam Nichols of Powell Butte OR

 

In a Spin by Gill Miller of Cambridge UK, 30 x 30
In a Spin, 30 x 30, by Gill Miller of Cambridge UK

 

He Watches by Janie Adams of Bend OR, 56 x 62
He Watches, 56 x 62, by Janie Adams of Bend OR

 

Spring Surprise, 41 x 57, by Beth Rietveld of Corvallis OR
Spring Surprise, 41 x 57, by Beth Rietveld of Corvallis OR

 

What You See by Kathy Doughty of Sydney NSW, 47 x 67
What You See, 47 x 67, by Kathy Doughty of Sydney, Australia

 

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Cascade Kaleidoscope, 38 x 42, by Ann Richardson of Sisters OR

 

Two Color Mystery, 53 x 67, by Karen Shadley of Sisters OR
Two Color Mystery, 53 x 67, by Karen Shadley of Sisters OR

 

The Portland Modern Quilt Guild was represented by several beautiful quilts, including these three:

Spring String, 48 x 64, by Gail Weiss of Portland OR
Spring String, 48 x 64, by Gail Weiss of Portland OR

 

Sticks and Stones, 36 x 42, by Rachel Kerley of Hillsboro OR
Sticks and Stones, 36 x 42, by Rachel Kerley of Hillsboro OR

 

Gray Improv I by Cris Pera of Portland OR
Gray Improv I by Cris Pera of Portland OR

 

Every year the Stitchin’ Post Quilt Shop issues a challenge to its employees to make a quilt based on a theme, and all of the quilts are displayed on the side of the Stitchin’ Post building on show day. This year’s theme was “Streams of Color.” This shot captures most of the quilts:

challenge quilts made by staff of Stitchin Post
Challenge Quilts Made by Staff of the Stitchin’ Post

Two of my favorites are this one, incorporating hexagons . . .

one of the Streams of Color challenge quilts
made by Jean Wells, owner of the Stitchin’ Post and founder of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

. . . and this one featuring New York Beauty blocks:

Streams of Color challenge quilt
made by Paige Vitek, employee at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters

Continuing on with the show:

The King -- Elvis, 82 x 90, by Randall Cooper of Madera CA
The King — Elvis, 82 x 90, by Randall Cooper of Madera CA

 

J'Adore Paris!, 41 x 42, by Kristin Shields of Bend OR
J’Adore Paris!, 41 x 42, by Kristin Shields of Bend OR

 

Barbara's Baskets, 68 x 80, by Janet Storton and Barbara Fergusun
Barbara’s Baskets, 68 x 80, by Janet Storton and Barbara Fergusun of Sisters OR

 

Parallel Lives, 44 x 52, by Patty Six of Santa Barbara CA
Parallel Lives, 44 x 52, by Patty Six of Santa Barbara CA

 

Forest Path, 53 x 68, by Patty Six of Santa Barbara CA
Forest Path, 53 x 68, by Patty Six of Santa Barbara CA

 

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Green Orphan Blocks, 42 x 42, by Colleen Blackwood of Pendleton OR

 

Random Windows, 46 x 28, by Hilde Morin of Portland OR
Random Windows, 46 x 28, by Hilde Morin of Portland OR

 

Oh my! I just realized I’m not even halfway through my photos. I think I will end today’s post here and present another batch of quilt photos in the next day or two. I hope you will come back for more.

 

 

 

 

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Progress Report

After returning last month from a week in Sisters, Oregon, home of the largest outdoor quilt show in the world, I posted about the quilt show and the terrific class I took. Before I had a chance to write a third post about what I accomplished that week, my husband and I left on a road trip to California to visit our two youngest granddaughters (9 and 12). We brought them back to Portland to spend a few days with us. My sewing and quilting projects languished but I didn’t mind because I was having such fun with the girls.

They are home in San Francisco now. The house is quiet. Elfie the cat has come out of hiding. And I’m back in my sewing room taking stock of the projects I worked on in Sisters. Remember the sewing machine cover designed by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts that I posted about here? This is my version so far:

sewing machine cover, in progress

When it’s finished, it will look something like this:

Monique Dillard’s design

 

I finished binding my pink and green quilt, Framboise, made from my own 4-Patch Wonder pattern:

Framboise, bound but not labeled

When the label is on, I’ll declare the quilt finished and post a proper picture in my Gallery. That’s Elfie, by the way, who doesn’t seem the least bit interested in my quilt.

I’m very excited about my newest design, the Monterey Bay Apron. After making eight versions and tweaking each one, I’m finally satisfied with the cut and the fit. Here is a look at Number Nine:

Monterey Bay Apron

 

back of Monterey Bay Apron

The belt is secured to the back with buttons. In the photo above, the ends of the belt were temporarily pinned to the back, adjusted for my model, Geri. The ends can be positioned anywhere along the back, making the apron one-size-fits-most. Here is a close-up of the front:

detail, Monterey Bay Apron

The pattern should be available in just a few weeks!

 

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Memories of Sisters, Part 2 . . .

Free motion quilting is not a skill that comes easily to me. In fact, I really struggle with it. Because of that, I try to take at least one class a year from an expert. When I learned that Janet Fogg was teaching a day-long class called “Basic Drawing for Machine Quilters” during Quilter’s Affair, the week of classes leading up to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on the second Saturday in July, I jumped at the chance to register.

The best part was . . . we didn’t have to bring our machines!  We were asked to bring a sketchbook and a pen, plus a quilt top that we planned to quilt ourselves. Janet led us through a variety of drawing exercises, showing us how to build a simple quilt motif, build on it, travel with it, and transition to other quilting designs. We did that all morning, filling pages and pages in our sketchbooks with motifs and notes. She gave us a fantastic handout which included many of the motifs she has used on her own award-winning quilts.

practicing spirals in Janet’s class

In the afternoon, Janet treated us to a slideshow of her amazing quilts, all quilted freehand, and then we took turns displaying our own quilt tops, getting feedback from her and fellow students on ideas for quilting. I am really excited now about putting my classroom learning to the test at home.

On the day of the quilt show I took special notice of quilts that had been machine quilted freehand. Here are some closeups, starting with Janet’s own quilt, Hippo Love. (I neglected to get a photo of the entire quilt but you can see it on her website:  http://janetfoggquilts.home.comcast.net )

detail of Hippo Love by Janet Fogg

 

detail, Hippo Love by Janet Fogg

 

detail, back of Hippo Love by Janet Fogg

 

detail, back of Hippo Love by Janet Fogg

 

Here are other examples of free motion quilting I admired:

quilting by Shireen’s Stitching

 

quilting by Shireen’s Stitching

 

quilting by Tammy Mac Arthur

 

Quilting by Loretta Orsborn

 

As you can see, the bar is set very high. Janet echoed the advice in every book I have on the subject: it takes a LOT of practice to become a proficient machine quilter. I’m on a road trip to California right now to visit my grandchildren, so all I can do is think about practicing. Does that count?

 

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Memories of Sisters, Part 1. . .

I hardly know where to begin to tell you about my week in Sisters, Oregon, home of the largest outdoor quilt show in the world. This year the unthinkable happened on Saturday, July 14, the day of the show: a BIG rainstorm in the middle of the afternoon! This is the first time in the 37-year history of the show that rain has forced an early closure.

It was midafternoon before menacing clouds rolled in and the first few drops spattered on the ground. By the time the rain was falling in earnest, thousands of people in the streets had taken cover inside shops or bolted for their cars, and scores of volunteers had already taken down the quilts that were not under cover. Luckily, quilt lovers had most of the day to enjoy the 1400 or so quilts hanging outside buildings in this charming little town in Central Oregon.

One thing I really liked about the show this year was the mix of traditional and contemporary quilts. Here, in no particular order, is a sampling of the quilts that caught my eye.

New Directions, 40 x 54, by Vivienne Moore of Salem OR

 

Heirloom Stars, 84 x 84, by Frances Jagodzinski of Salem OR

 

Fall Colors, 74 x 96, by Kitty Amaral of Napa CA

 

Diamond Lil, 84 x 104, by Mary Parsons of Milwaukie OR

 

Cercles de Soleil, 55 x 70, by Barbara Cook of Yakima WA

 

Orange Delight, 73 x 73, by Susan Denton of Redmond OR

 

Friendship Village, 39 x 38, by Deb Soren of Salem OR

 

Touch of Green, 67 x 81, by Lillian Walter of Redwood City CA

 

Random Crossroads II, 60 x 70, by Patty Six of Santa Barbara CA

 

Red Wine in a Floral Arrangement, 65 x 85, by Nancy Fischer of Sunriver OR

 

Bird Bath, 46 x 60, by Michelle McMicken of Bend OR

 

Bird Bath, 54 x 60, by Ruth Fidino of Kennewick WA

 

Lady Liberty Does Laundry, 50 x 50, by Tammy Mac Arthur of Redmond OR

 

Ultra Veggie, 54 x 75, by Barbara Lowery of Bend OR

 

Fantastic, 60 x 77, by Lynn Christensen of Livingston TX

 

 

Deep Blue Seas, 69 x 88, by Terry Potter of Eugene OR

 

It started to rain just as I came upon the display of quilts by Portland Modern Quilt Guild members. I was able to snap just a few photos, including this one by Linda:

Reflections, 60 x 70, by Linda Nussbaum of Portland OR

. . . and this one by Gail:

Villa Villa Kula Quilt, 63 x 84, by Gail Weiss of Portland OR

 

The employees of the Stitchin’ Post had their own display, and here are two of my favorites:

Patchwork Sisters by Terri Kirchart of Sisters OR

 

Quilt Show in the Village by La Cressa Sherrer

 

In my next post, I’ll tell you a bit about the excellent class on creating quilting motifs that I took from Janet Fogg and show you some amazing machine quilting on quilts at the show. I’ll finish up the report of my wonderful week in Sisters with a recap of what I did (and didn’t) get accomplished. Thanks for visiting, and please check back!

 

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