A Crafter's Life, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Return to Sisters (Oregon)

The feature photo was snapped on my phone and is a section of the Three Sisters Mountains – I captured in the photo the “Middle Sister” and the “North Sister” mountain. Below is a snapshot from the information at the Three Sisters Viewpoint (you can stop here for a wonderful view of the Sisters Mountains, part of the Cascade Mountain Range on your way heading to Sisters or leaving Sisters, Oregon). 

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REUNITED

Last week in a series of posts I shared my adventures at the 2016 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS), held Saturday July 9, 2016. Friday, I took off from work and returned to Sisters, Oregon to pick up my favorite hat and vest I had left at the Stitchin’ Post during a class I attended at the end of May (see post Adventures in Appliqué).

So now you are thinking: “Tierney, why are you just now picking up your favorite knit hat and vest in the third week of July when the class was the end of May?” You are starting to suspect that the hat and vest are not really that dear to me, right?

Wrong. I did not realize the hat and vest were gone until a couple weeks ago. I did not connect/remember needing a hat and vest at the end of May 2016 (I forgot we had a cold snap at the end of May before it heated up nice and toasty in Central Oregon). When I realized they were gone a couple of weeks ago, I thought I had lost them during the late winter or early Spring, I grieved their lost (the hat was knitted by a friend of mine) and moved on.

While I was at the Men Behind the Quilts: Quilt Auction and Calendar Preview (see post Countdown to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show) I ran into my teacher from the appliqué class and she asked me if I had picked up the hat and vest I left at the end of May. I was overjoyed!

I tried to pick up the hat and vest on Saturday July 9th when I stopped by the Stitchin’ Post during SOQS, but it was a mad house there and one of the lovely staff members pleaded with me to try back the following week.

When we returned to Sisters on Friday July 15th and I was finally reunited with with my hat and vest (imagine a scene from a Disney or Hallmark movie where the animated hat and vest are running in slow motion into my open arms and I give them a loving embrace – queue sappy music and closing credits…).


A LITTLE MORE ON THE SOQS

I follow a wonderful blog Woolie Mammoth which focuses on “quilting happenings” in Central Oregon. It’s blogger Anna, also has a YouTube channel where she shares her adventures on the road quilting. Recently she posted a video of what it is like to drive down Cascade Ave (Highway 20 as it runs through the town of Sisters) before the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and then what it is like to walk around the show:

2016 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show  

Here are a couple random photos I wanted to share, that I do not think were included in the links I provided in previous posts to the Stitchin’ Post Facebook and the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Facebook pages.

First my blogger buddy Claire of the wonderful blog knitnkwilt.wordpress.com had one of her modern improv quilts in the show. It was fun to watch the progress of this quilt on her blog:

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Without Orange There Would Be No Blue (2016) by Claire of knitnkwilt

Here is another quilt I loved at the show of Our Lady of Guadalupe, it was tucked away in a sweet garden spot at the beginning of the SOQS. I thought the colors were so wonderful:

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At the SOQS we parked in one of the neighborhood in Sisters, Oregon and here is a wonderful stained glass insert a Sisters resident had in their fence:

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Here are the cute furry creatures we took with us on a day trip to Sisters, Oregon on Friday:

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While in Sisters, we stopped at the beautiful Sisters Coffee Company which looks like a mountain lodge. In the Fall and Winter (and in early Spring) it is nice to sit around the roaring fire in the stone fire place, sip your tea or coffee and read a book. They do not care how long you stay!

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And finally, here is another photo of the quilt I shared in my post Adventures in Appliqué. This quilt was made by women in Uganda in collaborations with the Sisters of the Heart Foundation which was run by my appliqué instructor, Janet Storten. This quilt along with other quilts by women in Uganda were hung around the Sisters Coffee Company.

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Okay, that is enough on Sisters, Oregon for now. It is a pretty special place to me!

A Crafter's Life, Quilt Shop Tours, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

2016 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Part IV

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!):

2016 Sisters Outdoor Show Part I

2016 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Part II

2016 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Part III


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!

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Facebook page

Stitchin’ Post Facebook page

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!

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Central Oregon is infused with creative people!

A Crafter's Life

Terry the Quilting Husband Update

(Check out Sassy the Highly Opinionated Miniature Schnauzer’s blog page SchnauzerSnips for her latest musings)

Five (5) of Terry the Quilting Husband’s quilts have been accepted into the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) for the 2016 show on Saturday July 9, 2016. He will be in the special exhibit, ManMade featuring quilts made by men.

One of the quilts he will be showing at SOQS is named Cozy Flannel Snuggle and has a special story.

Cozy Flannel Snuggle : The Story

Terry was very determined and ambitious as a new quilter that he could “mass produce quilts”. He thought why make blocks for one quilt, when you can make blocks for THREE quilts? He took my flannel scraps and did just that – chain pieced (for days and days it seemed) enough blocks for 3 large lap size flannel quilts.

Terry is the youngest of 7 kids and his Mom and two sisters are quilters. When we told his Mom and sisters in 2014 that Terry had become a quilter, I think they thought we were “pulling their legs”. We suspect they thought he was just helping me with a couple tasks here and there on my quilts, not actually making his own quilts!

So in early 2015, Terry surprised his Mom for her 96th birthday, with a quilt made by her youngest son!

She and Terry’s quilting sisters were very surprised and impressed. One of his sisters sent us a wonderful photo of Mom Hogan snuggled with her Terry quilt and her newly adopted little rescue dog (Terry’s sisters adopted for their Mom a senior rescued shelter dog for companionship).

Terry’s Mom received the first quilt he ever made on his own. He figured, since she brought him into the world, she should be the recipient of his first quilt!

The photo of Terry’s Mom and her dog all snuggled in the quilt, inspired the name of the quilt “Cozy Flannel Snuggle”. In addition to the one Terry gave to his Mom, we kept one of the three quilts ourselves and the last of the three Terry is showing (and selling) at the SOQS so someone else can have the snuggle experience! (Perhaps Terry was right about “why make one quilt, when you can make three?”)

(NOTE: This story was originally very briefly mentioned in the first post about Terry the Quilting Husband – This is the Story of a Quilting Husband)

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Cozy Flannel Snuggle (2014). Designed and pieced by Terry Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Postscript

I will have four (4) of my quilts in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show this year, but mine will be mingled in the “general population” of quilts at the show (smile).