Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Quilt Heaven!


I was in Sisters, Oregon for the 2012 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show this past weekend. My daughter, Melissa and I drove down to Sisters from Issaquah with 7 month old Anelie...a long 8 hour trip with a baby! My parents live in Sisters, so it was fun to go see the show with them and with my BFF from high school days who flew up from L.A. to join us. It was wonderful to see her again and to share such a delightful weekend together!


If you don't know about the Sisters Quilt Show, it's an annual event that takes place on the second Saturday in July. People come in droves by the bus, plane and carload from all over the country to see approximately 1,000 quilts which hang from every building in town! They close the main street for the day so that you don't have to worry about getting run over by a car as you gawk at all of the amazing quilts.

Here are quilts hanging on the side of the famous (to quilters) Stitchin' Post fabric store...


...and here is a close-up look at a quilted "Starry Night". It's hard to see, but the quilter used metallic thread throughout the quilt that made it sparkle and glitter in the sunshine. Beautiful!


Quilts lined every street of every building in town and it was just about impossible to see every single one.


Here are just a few of my favorites, like this quilt of the town of Sisters...


...and quilts that incorporated traditional quilt blocks,



and clever quilts like this "dress" quilt,


and my personal favorite, "Grandma's Kitchen" quilt...


...with charming vintage fabrics, 


and loads of charming detail!


Some quilts looked just like paintings that glow, 


and mesmerize with beautiful color, texture, 


and incredible detail. 


Watching people watching quilts was part of the fun too!


I couldn't resist taking a peek into this wonderful western wear shop and especially loved all of these cowboy boots lined up. I want a pair!


In the afternoon, the sunny skies clouded over and thunder crackled above us. The rain poured down, but all 1,000 or so quilts were safely inside in less than 30 minutes. Hats off to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show of 2012!! 



















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