I’ve been running here and there this summer and not taking the time to post about any of it. Let’s do some catching up.
After years of hearing about how fun the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is, I finally went to it. My traveling quilting friend and I rented a little condo right in Sisters, we signed up for a few activities and planned to spend the bulk of the time sewing in the condo. Done and done. Details are coming, I promise.
The show itself is a one day, outdoor show along the main streets of town.
Set up starts early at 7 am. The main road is blocked to traffic and a pickup zipped down the street dropping off bags of quilts along the way. Many volunteers were out with ladders and hung the quilts up all over town. There were wires mounted under the eaves of the buildings or along long walls and the quilts were hung with clothespins. It was amazing how quickly it all went up.
The local quilt shop does a challenge each year for the employees. Their quilts are hung by the firemen on the side of their building. It looked like they were nailed to the wall, but I think it was actually some sort of thumbtack.
It only took about an hour and the town was ready for the show to start.
The town has about 2,000 residents. On quilt show day they said about 12,500 come to town to see the quilts.
We did need a lunch break after all that quilt ogling. We had gotten a packet of show related flyers when we checked in, and one was for lunch at the local Lutheran church. It seemed like a more interesting option than trying to get into a restaurant with the crowds. It turned out to be a really delicious choice.
This log cabin was one of my favorite quilts. The colors really glowed. The light halves of the blocks were quilted with straight lines and the dark sides with feathers.
This little dresden plate was another favorite of mine.
About the time we’d seen all the quilts the weather took a bit of a turn.
It was impressive how quickly the quilts came down. There was a bit of hail as we made our way back to our condo but we beat the worst of it. The heavy rain and thunder and lightening kept us entertained for about an hour.
More pictures soon
- – marcella