Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: The Alice Quilts and Other Wonders


 One of the most delightful parts of the entire Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show was the 'Cover to Cover' book club quilter's amazing challenge.....The "Alice" Quilts. In an effort to make more interesting quilts (and be motivated to get them finished) this unique group of artists decided to challenge themselves by reading books and making quilts based upon a common selection.


Inspired by the book club reading group of quilters selection of Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice in Wonderland" as their theme challenge, all members read their 'Alice' book and each of them then created their own version of a quilt using "Alice in Wonderland" and its characters, settings, and themes, as their inspiration.


 The Portland area quilters created an amazing assortment of art quilts in that process and it was great fun seeing how even a common theme might present itself very differently to different quilters.



 It really was impossible to pick a favorites, but I kept going back to a number of them noticing different features or ways of quilting them each and every time.



 And yep, pretty much they ALL made me feel happy and grinning from ear to ear! No wonder this has been a favorite of children and adults alike..and now, we can all see why!

From With Heart and Hands

Makes me want to reread "Alice in Wonderland"...from Cover to Cover 


  1. The one that really stands out for me is Alice with the House of Cards. That is amazing.
    Second one is the Walt Disney Cheshire Cat.

    I knew I should have gone to Sisters this year with DD. Alice is one of "my books". I have a 2nd edition of Alice in Wonderland handed down from my paternal grandmother.

    Thanks for your lovely comments on Blueberry Fool.

    xxxxx as always.

  2. Love the Cheshire Cat one!

  3. Magnificent! Such talent and fun in those quilts!

  4. what fun quilts, but a lot of expert work went into them!

  5. Oh my! Oh wow! What else can I say?

    Thanks so much for sharing them!

  6. They are all wonderful! I'm always amazed at the talent in the quilting world. The Alice quilts are such fun!

    Thanks, Michele, for giving us a peek into Wonderland!

  7. Thank you Michele for sharing photos and insights on the Sisters Quilt Show. Oh, how I'd love to go someday. Wondering about a bloggers meetup at Sisters in 2013.


  8. one slight correction: pretty sure this is the Vancouver WA book club your photos! what a fun time it was this year...

    1. I think you are right! Because there are some familiar Portland names I got confused, myself!

    2. Hmmm, but now I see that they do call themselves, Portland. I guess they are more Oregonian than Washingtonian and switched abodes. Since, I used their own link, I must have read that and therefore used that in the first place. Nice to be right once in a while, but now I think we are both right!

  9. What an interesting post! I've seen other pictures from the Sisters show, but no one explained the "Alice" quilts and I loved them! Thank you for sharing this.