Showing posts with label SOQS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SOQS. Show all posts

Friday, July 10, 2015

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show! Unbelievable Photos Galore+Links!






It's that time of the year again!

Time for 20,000 people (from all over the world!) to suddenly converge on the tiny town of Sisters, Oregon for the famous Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Everyone should go to this show...at least once.....and if you go back again, you know you're a dedicated quilter or quilt lover; because the heat, the crowds, and the traffic, make for a challenging experience. It's challenging but it is also extremely unique and quite entertaining!






Sisters, Oregon is a very small 1880's styled 'Western' town in Central Oregon. It boasts a population of get this...approximately 1,500 people and most of them are probably not quilters ;-)

But for one amazing day in July...always the second Saturday of this month, up to 20,000 quilters swarm in and take over the town. 1,200 quilts are displayed,....on every single available surface that the eyes can see and the hands can reach. It is a one in a lifetime experience and yes, you really should add it to your bucket list if you quilt, if you just love quilts, if you own a quilt and if you just love color, and people, and fun, and new experiences!


























This year the temperature is apparently plummeting from our high 90s all week  to 89 degrees 79 degrees thundershowers!

I think it was high 90s last year. But like last year, there is a chance of thunderstorms. We like to announce events in a big way in Oregon!
So bring, a hat..for either sun or raindrops..and a shirt that can go on top of your t-shirt, or maybe even..gasp...a light jacket.

I needed a pair of sock for severe blisters one year and when I saw the socks were over $20, I walked right by them and kept going. cheap cheap.

Don't forget sunscreen..on you, or in your bag, the hat, your camera /cell phone, spending money for an ice cream cone and if  you're flush with $, a lunch, and then plastic if you have the extra moolah for all the fabric, books, gimmicks, and fun you need to label as Christmas once you've got in into your closet, under the bed, or hidden in the attic labeled 'grandma's favorites'.

You know the drill! As for the rest of it....


Enjoy a few of my photos from last year!!! I took hundreds and hundreds but picasa is not playing nicely today, so here's what comes up and stays put in the blog post!





























And then, here are all the things you need to know for 2015 and quick links for them, too!!!

And if you can't go, check out my previous posts from 2007 on and start saving your money for a trip next year! One quilt show you truly don't want to miss. But like potato chips..well, you know. Save even more for the next year after that!!!

Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands*: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2015
Photos Updated here!


Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Quick Links for July 11, 2015! 

Sisters, Oregon Cascade Ave, Sisters, OR 97759 
Saturday, July 11, 2015 9:00am to 4:00 pm

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Home Page and Office 

Address: 220 Ash St. Sisters Oregon 97759
Show Office Phone Number 541-549-0989

The Stitchin Post

Jean Well, founder and owner of the Stitching Post
Quilt Shop 

Monday - Saturday 9-5 | Sunday 10-4
(Summer Hours: Mon. - Sat. Memorial Day – Labor Day 9-6, Sun. 10-4)

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on Facebook

With Heart and Hands: Sister Outdoor Quilt Show 

Blog posts and photos from 2007-2015

Never Miss!

The Teacher's Tent! The purchase by donation postcards!  All of tge Challenge Quilts and other "off the main circuit" Group Challenges!

All of the Amazing Shops and Eateries in Sisters! And get an ice cream cone on you walk to your car! 

Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands*: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2015
Photos Updated here

Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands*: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2015
Photos Updated here!


 

2015
Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands*: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2015
Photos Updated here!


2014
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dreaming in Color...


While I love the rustic charm of Sisters, Oregon and the people watching is quite phenomenal, I must admit that it is the quilts hung from every storefront, store interior space, coffee shop, clothing and drug stores and of course, art galleries and centers, that totally captivate your attention!



And best of all, as an active blogger with her fingers always searching out the pulse of online quilters and new trends, the show has a very short lag time for incorporating the essential elements of each new direction or trend in the quilting industry, but even more so..what quilters are truly creating.


 It is after all, a quilt by quilters and the quilts that they enter into the show. Anyone can submit a quilt, and as long as it followed the submission guidelines, it will show, so there's a great deal of variety in that sense!  And this amazing variety is all by one group, within one exhibit, alone! And there are so many, many exhibits!!!



 




I loved seeing so many free spirited, artsy, and improvisational quilts this year. And I loved that more and more quilts tell stories..even if sometimes you have to 'go into the quilt' to feel the energies of that story.




  






 I saw, I felt, and I loved.  And the entire quilt show was quite lovely and great, great fun!

First of all there was a lot of color! In fact, I started out my day by "Dreaming in Color" with the Vancouver WA / Portland OR 'Cover to Cover' book and quilt groups always amazing exhibit. This one honored Kafe Fassett and his autobiography "Dreaming in Color. 




So much energy in these fun quilts. Many of them not your typical example of a bed or wall quilt but quilted ottomans, a fabulous quilted mobile and more!


The "Cover to Cover" Book Club quilts were a great deal of fun (as they always are one of my favorite exhibits!) again this year!  They stacked up to be mighty fine and a great way to start out seeing this year's show!!!!






And oh yes! Another group also based their quilts on a book! "The Language of Flowers"..so much fun here, even if it took me forever to find the "Blue Burro" import store...loved the owner, loved her stories about traveling to Guatemala to find the arts and crafts she sells within her store! I came home with some worry dolls and bookmarks and a tiny beaded chicken that I just had to have ;-)

I saw so many quilters spending hundreds of dollar at a pop on quilt show tshirts, posters, bags..cloth and recycled milk bottle plastic ones that Oregon is famous for, and so much fabric, and books, and patterns, and even purchased quilts and quilting accessories. Oh, they were having fun shopping as well as looking.

I guess if you only come here once, it is one very big, over the top good time! I come here almost every year and I still feel that way and look forward to it every single time....heat, sore feet, blisters, and all. I go home with one very big happy grin on my face!

And yes....I am still dreaming in very bright, very vivid, very beautiful quilted color!!

More photos to come!!

Links to my other posts about the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) :


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




Note"
For truly artistic, professional photographs of the quilts in the 2014 show, check Daryl@Patchouli Moon's photo album on flikr:https://www.flickr.com/photos/patchoulimoonstudio/sets/72157645779800645/

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!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2014


When quilters say they want to go to Sisters some day, and see the amazing little Western town that is transformed one day a year into a quilted wonderland, I tell them: "It's something a quilter needs to do at least once in their life!"



I'm fortunate to live just a couple of hours or so away, in Salem, Oregon. And I try my best to go each and every year that I'm in Oregon and not helping family in Alaska. And some years, I've returned to Oregon just to be sure not to miss this amazing quilt show.


Sisters, Oregon is a very small 1880's styled 'Western' town in Central Oregon. It boasts a population of get this...about 1,460. And for one day in July...always the second Saturday of this month, up to 15,000 quilters swarm in and take over the town.   Somewhere around 1,000 to 1,300 quilts are displayed,....on every single available surface that the eyes can see,  and the hands can reach!

 Quilts are hung inside of coffee shops, drugstores, grocery stores, apparel shops,...


...and of course the famous Jean Well's "Stitchin' Post',which is a pretty unbelievable quilt and fabric shop along with "Twigs" which sells unique giftware and home decor items.  


Here's a peek inside the store....


where a woman was buying a quilt that was for sale, the darling salesgirl turned and caught me taking the photo!






And lovely shoppers/readers/ purchasers who caught my eye and I couldn't resist taking a photo! Cute, cute, cute!



 Quilts both inside and out, range from traditional to folk, to liberated and improvisational, to modern, and everything in between!

They are made by both men and women, alike and this year there was a ManLand just for those quilts as well as one for childrens quilts. I'll show more photos in other posts, too much eye candy for one blog post, trust me!



 



Everyone should go to this show...at least once.....and if you go back again, you know you're a dedicated quilter, or quilt lover; because the heat, the crowds and the traffic, make for a challenging experience in some ways. But for the rest of us...it's the most quilting fun we can have in a year!

I once overheard a lady from Canada describe it as being..." a once in a lifetime experience" and she also added that she "absolutely loved it!"




Two Rivers Three Sisters is an amazing 40' quilt installation that has been called "A Masterpiece of Contemporary American Fiber Art."

Originally called the "Quilt for Two Rivers" after the National Forest Foundation’s Tale of Two Rivers conservation campaign.     The Two Rivers Three Sisters Quilt is a unique collaboration between the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the National True to its art form, the quilt tells a story. And each of its parts contributes to the whole as 19 artists share the love of two rivers... Whychus Creek and the magical Metolius River of Central Oregon in the Three Sisters wilderness area which surrounds the town of Sisters.

It now hangs in the Sisters City Hall, shown above, it is a true collaboration of art and beauty!

Bonus:
For truly artistic, professional photographs of the quilts in the show, check Daryl@Patchouli Moon's photo album on flikr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/patchoulimoonstudio/sets/72157645779800645/
And I will be featuring additional quilts, descriptions and impression in posts to come!

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: 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 

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Shows: 2009 -2012

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!