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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3 Responses to Memories of Sisters, Part 1. . .

  1. Thelma says:

    I’ve wondered what happened if it rained during that quilt show, sounds like they had a plan. I’m glad you’re home and happier still you had a wonderful time. Will be eager to read all about it in the coming days. Love all the quilts, I think Quilt Show in the Village is my favorite.

    • Dawn says:

      A quilt along those lines is definitely in my future, Thelma! I’ve been collecting pictures of house blocks for about a year now.

  2. Linda says:

    Glad you were still able to make your way around and enjoy many of the quilts before the deluge! Thanks for sharing photos – I was especially drawn to “Friendship Village” and “Random Crossroads” but can see why you chose to remember so many of these! (And thanks for posting mine!)

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