This will be the last post in my series of posts about the 2016 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS). Here are the links to the previous posts if you are just visiting my blog for the first time today (welcome!):
A Taste of the Stitchin’ Post
The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show began in 1975 when it’s founder, Jean Well Keenan, owner of the Stitchin’ Post, hung her quilts around town. It has significantly grown until then and you can read its history on the About Us page of the SOQS website. If you are not familiar with Jean Wells Keenan, check out her website – jeanwellsquilts.com – she is an internationally renown art quilter, author, teacher and a very accessible and friendly individual. She has cultivated the Central Oregon Art Quilting community (please see my post Creative Inspiration: Quilting Mentors)
We have many awesome quilt shops in Central Oregon, but no shop compares to (or attempts to compare to) the Stitchin’ Post. It has the finest selection of unique quilting fabrics in the area and specializes in fabrics that appeal to art quilters. It also has art quilting supplies and a wonderful collection of books. It offers classes (in the “Textile Education Center”) that are geared towards the individual wanting to expand their quilting skills or the experienced art quilter desiring to develop new techniques.
I wanted to share some photos of what the Stitchin’ Post is like during SOQS – packed and crazy – and awesome! It is filled with the excited energy of out of town (and international) quilters, hungry to add beautiful new fabrics to their collections or plan a new project. You can barely walk around the shop and there are long lines of happy quilters smiling with their new finds in hand, visiting and making new friends while waiting on line.
I assume people I do not know, do not want their photos on my blog, so below I attempt to focus the photos on fabric displays with limited human subjects. Believe me this was difficult as the place was very packed!
Photos from the Show
I took a ridiculous amount of photos from the 2016 SOQS and I have not yet mastered using Smilebox to create a slideshow to post to my blog, so instead I will provide links from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Facebook page and the Stitchin’s Post’s Facebook page which are filled with images from the 2016 SOQS – enjoy!
And finally, here are some photos I had to post – an empty restaurant building in Sisters got an recycled-denim-jeans quilt makeover in honor of the 2016 SOQS with a “cowboy” stuck upside down in his jeans and boots in the building chimney!
Central Oregon is infused with creative people!