Last year I went to the APNQ Quilt Show. It was amazing in the quilts that were presented. Every quilt was made for this show with outstanding piecing and quilting. The work put forward was cream of the crop, to put it lightly.
This year I had the chance to go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. One day of pure quiltiness was almost more than my poor husband could bear! He could complain little as it was his idea and he organized it.
We sat in traffic heading into Sisters for about 20 minutes. The scenery was so beautiful that we didn’t mind. Also, I had a binding project to work on so it passed quickly.
When we finally got into town we parked in a spot that conveniently opened up just as we pulled around a corner. Fortunately for us it was next to a gas station (water stop) and at the beginning of the show. After we got our water we discovered a quilt on the side of the building! Then there was a quilt on the next building!! We soon realized that there is no area sectioned off for quilts, rather, the buildings had quilts hanging on them! The whole town had quilts.
Talk about all sorts of fabrics, styles, designs! It was fun looking at peoples creativity!
These pictures really are not very good. What can one do with a poor digital camera? These last three quilts that I photographed were all made with Asian fabrics in different patterns. The last, Kimonos, was wonderful in details.
What I liked about the show was some of the quilts were for sale and some of them were not. They each had a paper that the creator wrote a short description about the quilt. Then it had on the top if it was for sale or not. If it did it had a price and an additional yellow tag stapled to the bottom of the page. If you wanted to purchase the quilt you removed the yellow tag and took it to the quilt show booth.
Animals are always items to be interpreted in fabric. These elephants are an excellent example.
This picture doesn’t do the creases on this elephants trunk justice! Nor its eyes!! Okay…how about these cats. It needs to be noted that there were at least two others of this fun cat quilt!
Of course, because of the bushes, I simply had a hard time get a better picture.
This little town seemed absolutely enormous as you wandered through it. I thought that we would see every quilt…how silly of me!
Barbara Copeland had several quilts on exhibit. Here is a stack ‘n whack that was pieced beautifully and superbly quilted.
I was astounded by her quilting. If only I could do such beautiful work!! (Need not worry. I’m practicing!) Absolutely awe-inspiring!
There’s so many more pictures I could show but I won’t. The ladies from Gee’s Bend were there with a few quilts and sharing their stories. We visited The Stitchin’ Post (which I didn’t get the name until I accidentally called it The Hitchin’ Post!) It was crowded. My brave husband helped me look for bunny fabric but quickly decided that he couldn’t handle being crowded into the shop with all those crazy quilting ladies!
If you visit Sisters we highly recommend Seasons Cafe & Wine Bar. The food is delicious, they are thoughtful and purposeful with the construction of the sandwiches. It was clean with tables indoors and out. You could purchase beer and wine as well as a variety of sodas and juices. Although busy it was never loud and the seating areas weren’t crowded.
All in all it was a pleasant day. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and even talked about one day moving there. One day…maybe…when children are grown?
Enough for today! Happy quilting!!