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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:

6-13 Lee's Pickle Dish quilt
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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2014 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: the Teachers Tent

Where does one begin when faced with the prospect of trying to view 1300 quilts in the space of a single day? Saturday morning, July 12 — the day of the 2014 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon — my quilt group, the Quisters, and I headed straight to the Teachers Tent. On display were dozens of quilts made by the talented men and women who taught during Quilter’s Affair, the week of classes preceding the quilt show.

Among my favorites were these:

Gertie by Vivienne Moore of Salem OR 43 x 45
Gertie (43″ x 45″) by Vivienne Moore of Bend OR

 

Yellow by Lynn Koolish of Berkeley CA 34 x 34
Yellow (34″ x 34″) by Lynn Koolish of Berkeley CA

I’m sorry that the image above isn’t sharper.

 

Winter's Promise by Laura Jaszkowski of Eugene OR 29 x 49
Winter’s Promise (29″ x 49″) by Laura Jaszkowski of Eugene OR

 

Cannery Pier Hotel, Astoria by Sarah Kaufman of Bend OR 47 x 29
Cannery Pier Hotel, Astoria (47″ x 29″) by Sarah Kaufman of Bend OR

Sarah made Cannery Pier Hotel, Astoria by paper-piecing fabric onto 2″ and 3″-wide strips of calculator paper. I learned her method during Quilter’s Affair in her “Cityscapes” class — what fun! I’ve put my little project on hold for the time being but will definitely return to it.

 

Fringe Benefits by Sarah Kaufman of Bend OR, 17 x 39
Fringe Benefits (17″ x 39″) made by Sarah Kaufman of Bend OR

 

Nina by June Jaeger of Prineville OR 23 x 35
Nina (23″ x 35″) by June Jaeger of Prineville OR

 

Goat Ya by June Jaeger of Prineville OR 30 x 39
Goat Ya (30″ x 39″) by June Jaeger of Prineville OR

 

Blood Orange Marmalade by Hilde Morin of Portland OR 30 x 21
Blood Orange Marmalade (30″ x 21″) by Hilde Morin of Portland OR

 

Haystack by Ann Shaw of Camas WA 25 x 42
Haystack (24″ x 42″) by Ann Shaw of Camas WA

 

Folklore by Sue Spargo of Uniontown OH 48 x 46
Folklore (48″ x 46″) by Sue Spargo of Uniontown OH

 

Bright Hopes 2 by Pat Pease of Bend OR 46 x 52
Bright Hopes 2 (46″ x 52″) by Pat Pease of Bend OR

 

Shades of Gray by Judy Sisneros of Rocklin CA 49 x 66
Shades of Gray (49″ x 66″) by Judy Sisneros of Rocklin CA

 

As you can see, the morning sun was shining behind the quilt above. By the time I got to some other quilts, including those of Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts and Sheila Sinclair Snyder of licensetoquilt.com, they were completely backlit by the sun. I planned to return to the Teachers Tent later in the day to get photos of their quilts. When midafternoon rolled around, I was on the opposite side of town. The temperature was in the mid-90s. I was hot, tired, and thirsty, and — yep, you guessed it — I didn’t make it back.

I did take many more pictures throughout the day, though, as my friends and I strolled around Sisters. I’ll post them soon, so please stop back by. In the meantime, I’d love to know which of the quilts above you like best — and why.

 

 

 

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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 “Stitch After Fusing” class, 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 whipped 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. My twin sister Diane is visiting from Atlanta, Georgia, 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 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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