Monday, July 28, 2014

The Fabulous "Wish Upon a Card" Project


Every year as I walk the many, many blocks of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, I make many wishes. Some of them are self serving as many of our wishes are...I wish my blisters didn't hurt so much, I wish it wasn't quite so hot (98 degrees) I wish I'd worn lighter clothing...

  

But the great equalizer, besides getting to see so many amazing quilts and really great and very fun people, is this one exhibit. you remember, just how lucky you truly are when you remember how so many others are facing so many bigger challenges.

"Wish Upon a Card" or "Wendy's Wish" has raised more than $70,000 in just the past 7 years at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, for "Wendy's Wish of St. Charles Foundation." This is a local non-profit organization that assists with non-medical expenses for people undergoing cancer treatment in Central Oregon.




 Fabric postcards are donated from across the the country ...many, many wonderful and amazing fabric postcards. This year over 500 were donated to this project. And a certain number of them are selected for individual custom framing and exhibition each year. The others are put out and available,unframed, for purchase, as well. All monies raised go towards the medical expenses of the cancer patients in the area.



Some of the framing is donated by the wonderful "High Desert Frameworks!" in Bend, Oregon.
The framing is quite magnificent and always so well chosen for each piece that they literally are transformed from beautiful fabric postcards into true works of art that are sold by silent auction, while on display, for hundreds of dollars.


Each one has a "buy now" price and/or there is a bidding sheet next to each one, where you list your name, bid, and a phone number.


I went back three times to the Sisters Chamber of Commerce. I wanted to see the exhibit again and again, plus frankly, they were air conditioned and I truly enjoyed that little extra as I walked the exhibit each time.



There were tiny pieced postcards, intricate applique and embroidery/needlworked pieces, liberated stars and hearts, and wonderful pets and animals, birds, and bees and many, many lovely flowers.








And below, is Marion Shimoda's charming this little bird. Marion's piece took first place this year
in the juried exhibit on display. Just delightful!



There were landscapes, man of the beautiful mountains and scenery of Sisters, which resides in the 'high desert' of Oregon...dry, and open, and filled with towering pine trees, lakes, mountain wild flowers, great inspiration for artists of all kinds and a wonderful setting for this amazing quilt show each year.





Here is one of Kristin Shield's house pieces, above.






 More birds....




Hearts of my own heart....












And here, below, the piece I was looking for...BetyAnn Shaver's intricate and quite beautiful postcard that she'd written and asked me to photograph for her. As an AAQI, blogging, and facebook friend, she asks me to look for hers each year, and it is great fun finding hers..they always stand out and are so lovely.



Here's an example of a bid sheet. The pink highlight means someone...Kathy..'bought it now" and ended the bidding. Good job, Kathy! It's a beauty!














Aren't they just so much fun???



Click HERE to view our photo album of all the cards selected for framing, every fabric challenge card submitted, and the Winners of the Postcard Challenge.
 


And speaking of fun, my friend Doni, originally of Nebraska who I met through her blogging and then met in real life in Sisters at the quilt show..what year was that, Doni?  Accidentally, and serendipitiously found me here looking at the art postcards!


We sat and talked and talked and talked and got all caught up, looked at the postcards again, and then she walked me on down to another exhibit, I hadn't realized existed.

Quilts hang in every nook and cranny of town, and some inner courtyards take either a very smart map reader (which I am not) or a good friend to lead you by the hand and say "Follow me!"  Thank you, Doni! I was happy to..it too, was an awesome exhibit..

***next post...The fabulous art quilts inspired by the National Parks of California...oh, they were sooo gorgeous!!   Don't miss seeing my next post!  ;-)


2014
The Fabulous "Wish Upon a Card" Project

Quilts, Quilts and More Quilts
Dreaming in Color... 
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2014
*Fabulous photos of the entire quilt show!  Daryl@Patchouli Moon's photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/patchoulimoonstudio/sets/72157645779800645/

2013

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2013: The Teacher's Tent
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: ab-strakt-ed, improvisational, or modern?

2012
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: So Many Quilts to Want to Make!
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Two Rivers
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Small Wonders Abound

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Wonders of All Kind
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Rosalie Dace
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Teacher's Tent
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Peter and Wendy Quilts





Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes.   Help us change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Quilts, Quilts, and More Quilts

  
Quilting and service go hand and hand. Or perhaps, it's really heart in hand and then you quilt with it!

Patriotic quilts and patriotric quilt giving have always meant a lot to me.  So, it was just wonderful discovering this special exhibit at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.




"Quilted in Honor" sponsored by Island Batiks, is a collection of 50 celebrity quilters that pays tribute to our military personnel and their families.  And the Sisters Quilt Show was one of only 18 national locations to host this wonderful traveling exhibit!





Featuring quilts from Alex Anderson, Rob Appell, Eleanor Burns, Carol Doak, Pat Sloan, Ricky Tims, Angela Walters, Scott Hansen and others.



"Quilted in Honor" benefits Operation Homefront's fundraising efforts for military personnel and their families.

The sun was bright and beautiful, but so were the quilts. You'll have to guess which designer made each quilt. I was just too busy admiring them to read the fine print. But the overall impression.....Amazing, America, the Beautiful! ...







Just lovely, and of course, American flags could be found elsewhere throughout the town. It is July, this is a huge celebration of quilts and quilters everywhere. A big salute to one and all.




And here, the equally fabulous Teachers Tent! Featuring quilts designed and created by the wonderful staff of talented teachers that offer lessons throughout each day of the entire week preceding the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Called "A Quilter's Affaire" you can check them out on the Stitchin' Post Website, owned and operator and founder of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!

Here are some of the amazing teacher's quilts!



















And then, once you walk through the big top tent and all of these fabulous quilts, you are all super googley eyed and just see quilt after quilt after beautiful, fun, amazing quilts..on every surface, in every courtyard, in alley ways, on city buildings and in parks of all sizes and shapes.







And then, suddenly there is music...'barbershop" "beauty shop??" quartets of the most fabulous voices..I saw two different groups of ladies and I think another one of men and they were all amazing!!!!!!




And more and more fabulous quilts...all things so bright and beautiful.....









 And I have so many more photos, so bear with me, here and just look at these!

Portland Modern Quilt Guild:





And siding up to them all of these fabulous quilts and the most amazing iron? metal works you have ever seen in your life...including...get this, a Cinderella carriage..all metalwork!















Jaw draw dropping  For sure. It's one thing to see sooo many beautiful quilts, but Sisters is also now known for amazing art of all kinds. Just beautiful!

Manland!!!! and More fun and More quilts!



 The quilt below is Bill Volenkening's, a fun and colorful quilt with the most beautiful machine quilting by the amazing Jolene Knight. You have to see the quilting to believe it. Jolene captured Bill's energy and intent perfectly!





Wonderful quilts. I went around the corner and saw this great cat quilt. Bill has a black cat named Lulu who is so cute and does the cutest things. This could easily be his cat!



NOT.  DONE. YET.
MORE WONDERS ABOUND!!!
 Mary Lou Weidman, a dear woman and someone I am proud to call FRIEND. Mary and her zany Cow Parade.

If I wasn't smiling and happy before, I was grinning ear to ear by this exhibit!  Hilarious cute!














So much sunshine, inside and out. What a day. If you didn't want to go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show before..you absolutely have to want to by now!  



And I may look done in, but I'm still  not done. More quilts to see and see, and see. Hard to believe you can see this many, take their photos, walk a kazillion blocks and still have a smile on your face and a song in your heart!

 Pure bliss. Pure joy!

Next post: National Park Quilts and Wendy's Wish donation quilts for the Make a Wish Foundation.


2014
The Fabulous "Wish Upon a Card" Project

Quilts, Quilts and More Quilts
Dreaming in Color... 
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2014
*Fabulous photos of the entire quilt show!  Daryl@Patchouli Moon's photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/patchoulimoonstudio/sets/72157645779800645/


2013
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2013: The Teacher's Tent
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: ab-strakt-ed, improvisational, or modern?

2012
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: So Many Quilts to Want to Make!
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Two Rivers
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Small Wonders Abound

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Wonders of All Kind
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Rosalie Dace
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Teacher's Tent
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Peter and Wendy Quilts




Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes.   Help us change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!