Monday, July 14, 2008

Sisters Oregon Quilt Show


The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show was cooler, larger, more varied, and perhaps even more diversified this year. All in all, it was a visual and sensory delight. With the 1,200 quilts spread out over the small western town with a population of 1,460, it took between 400 and 500 volunteers to hang the quilts quilts (on every available surface in town!)


Locals tell me that one of the best parts is the hanging of the quilts. Volunteers work tirelessly to hang lines filled with clothespins from every surface in the town. Quilts hang from rooftops, eaves, awnings, shade trees, inside galleries, quilt shops, and outside on drive-ins, auto stores, feed stores, shoe stores and realty offices. It is a delightful sight for bright eyes and sore feet to observe.

Three of us met the 1pm roll call at the Sisters Library, Cher, Doni, and I, (Michele) and we set out to see all of the quilts we might have missed seeing earlier in the day, individually.



I found Dot's 'Citrus' and her 'Motorcycle Mama'...and I even have a newspaper that mentions the motorycle quilt...but I had depleted my third set of batteries before I got its formal photo! Sorry, Dot...hope this close-up, the newspaper article which mentioned it, and seeing it on the side of the Auto Parts store all count ;)

Other favorites will be showcased later, but these photos fill you with the true spirit and energy of one is considered the largest outdoor quilt show in the nation, and some believe in the world....

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Sisters Outdoors Quilt Show Photos
Butterfly Quilts
"Gyotaku" Fish Quilts
Jane Sassaman

UPDATED POST:Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2009

7 comments:

  1. I am going to cruise over to your Picasa album to look better. I have given you an award. You can read about it on my blog.

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  2. Thank you for sharing--- I've always wanted to go.....

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  3. Love all the pics. I have heard it is a great show.

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  4. Thanks for sharing. Could you possibly let me know what paper mentions my motorcycle quilt so I could find and read the article.

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  5. Whoo and a HOO!! Great pics! Now I have to head over and find the rest - lol. Thanks for the excellent reporting job!
    (I'm not jealous, really. No, seriously..... my skin always has that greenish tinge to it)

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  6. Omigosh, I SO want to go to this show someday...

    Used the Picasa slideshow to view your photos... WONDERFUL!!

    Thank you for sharing and I'm looking forward to others yet to come!

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  7. well done Michele! Lots of effort in all those pictures. I still believe you'd have to be there, but this is next best. Thank you!
    Hugs, Finn
    P.S. glad it was cooler this year.

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.