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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!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Two Rivers


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.

Combining the many waterways, whether creek, river, or flowing waterfalls and the lush and ever changing scenery of different seasons along with the changing weather and varying elevations.


Each of the individual quilts blend into 17 panels showcased during the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show by the 19 quilters and these create blend a unified piece that can only be described as rich, diverse, and both individually and combined magnificence.





And what’s truly magical about the 40-foot quilt is the way it is going to live on. It began as individual quilts that became a traveling exhibit, showcased all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, following its display during the month of July at the 2012 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show where it was available, in its entirety for viewing in the lobby of the Black Butte Ranch Lodge.












Two Rivers Three Sisters was the product of a unique collaboration between the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the National Forest Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service as well as the support of its Presenting Sponsor, the US Bank Funders:National Forest Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, the Deschutes County Cultural Coalition, the Deschutes County Economic Development Fund and with a Discretionary Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Roundhouse Foundation, the Deschutes Land Trust, and the Deschutes River Conservancy.




Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska and all of her AAQI Quilting. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in the Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)
Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

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!