One of the nice things about the Sisters Quilt Show is that there's something for everyone. This post is all about animals in quilts. There were some really fun ones and many were made from patterns or kits, but the pink horse above was done freehand. Isn't it wonderful!
This post is all about the modern quilts. There were a lot of fabulous modern quilts including those by the Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild, the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, the QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit, ab-strakt-ed, the Kona Color of the Year collection.
The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is done for another year! It was a good one with nearly perfect weather (it was a little too hot), but a grand time nonetheless. Today's post will be about some overall shots of the show and a few special exhibits. Over the next week I'll also be posting some more detailed shots of various exhibits and categories according to my whims.
This year I took a lot more crowd photos. I thought I'd try to give more of a sense of what it's like to be here for the show. The morning is the most crowded and since quilts start to be hung before 8 am, most of the show is up by then even though the official start time is 9 am. It almost always gets really hot in the afternoon and this year it got up to 95. The crowds often thin by mid afternoon when it's that hot. People seek air-conditioned interiors, cool shady spots, and icy drinks.
Anyway, I didn't realize this until I got a look at my photos that I just happened to catch a photo of Jean Wells (above right). Jean is the owner of the Stitchin' Post and the one who started putting on this show 43 years ago. She looks like she has one of the quilts that's going to be hung in front of the shop.
My stats for the day:
- I walked over 6 miles.
- I drank four big bottles of water and one iced chai from here (yum!).
- I spent 5 hours walking and taking photos all over town.
- I slathered on the sunscreen three times.
- I hurt my back, took some Advil and shouldered on.
- I went home and crashed in the hammock.
All that is to say, if you ever have plans to come to the show make sure you are well rested, well hydrated, well fed, and ready for fun!
Enjoy the photos. I put in attributions when I knew them off the top of my head, but I didn't get photos of labels or make a huge effort to get names of quilters. It was just too much for such a busy day and over 1300 quilts to see.
PS- I hope you'll see from these photos why Sisters is my favorite little town in Oregon. It has enough charm to compete with the best of them.
Are you ready for Quilt Week? This is the biggest week of the year for quilters in Central Oregon and for thousands of visitors from all around the world leading up to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on Saturday July 14. Activities happen all week, starting with the Quilt Walk Kickoff tomorrow, Sunday July 8; through a week of classes, lectures and events; and even past the show itself to Quilt Show Sunday on July 15. It's sure to be a fun week. I will be in Sisters for the show on Saturday and on Thursday to go to some artist receptions and meet friends. It should be lots of fun! Here's a link to the Show Guide.
I will have 7 quilts in the show this year, including several for sale. I have quilts in the Storybook special exhibit, the Central Oregon SAQA special exhibit, and the Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild special exhibit "Periodic Table of the Elements". There are also 4 in the general show that are for sale. If you see something that you like here I suggest you contact the show directly as they already have my quilts.
I'll be posting here about all the activities, but here's a few photos from last year's show to whet your appetite.
Every now and then I get a really good idea when I'm in the hot tub late at night. Sometimes the ideas are really quite harebrained, but I do a lot of thinking in there. Last night I got the idea to do a Novel Idea quilt post so I hope you think this is a good idea too! Each quilt is labeled with the title of the quilt and the title and author of the book.
I've included all the Novel Idea quilts I've made over the past 8 years and a couple of extras. Imagine (above) was the first. It is completely hand stitched using cloth weaving and embroidery techniques learned from Jude Hill.
The Novel Idea program with the Deschutes Public Library is a community read program. The book is usually announced in December and we have about 4 months to read the book (less if you are going to be creating art, of course) and then there is a month of group activities offered by the library which culminates in the author visiting town to do a lecture. As a life-long reader and lover of books, this has always been one of my favorite things about our library. I was thrilled when Marilyn Forestell (also a book lover and owner of QuiltWorks) suggested starting the Novel Idea Quilt club which gets together just for the purpose of creating quilts and textile art for this program. Often the author has been able to visit the quilt gallery to see the exhibit and they've always been so thrilled to see it. That first year Teddy Wayne was able to see the quilts and I was there. It was so great to be able to meet the author and discuss how I was inspired to create this quilt.
Tea is No Minor Beverage is not actually a Novel Idea quilt, but it's here for a reason. During that first year everyone was so fired up about making book quilts we decided to do a second project that year and we chose The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I didn't realize until doing this blog post that I've done a tea cup before! After this one extra book we went to just doing the Novel Idea quilt each year. It was never a cohesive group to begin with and many of us are now in other small groups which make book quilts. Mine is The Undercover Quilters which I've mentioned many times before.
The third year we read Rules of Civility which was a favorite with many. One of the things I love about book clubs of any sort is that I am introduced to books and authors I don't know about. I became a fan of Towles with this book. His more recent novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, is one of my favorite books ever.
You may have noticed that this piece is made with silks. Also, many of these are hand stitched. One thing about the Novel Idea quilts is that there are no size restrictions. When creating for most quilt shows, your work must meet a minimum size. When I'm doing hand stitched art pieces I prefer to work small, so I love that I can work with any size that works for me. There also also many hand dyed fabrics in these pieces. I tend to use my most favorite pieces of fabric for these small gems.
Of all the books we've done for the Novel Idea Quilts, I think The Snow Child was the most loved by the quilters. It's such a visual book with themes that appealed to many. I had so much fun with this piece. I used hand dyes and vintage linens and it's all hand stitched. I did get to meet the author, but it was at the book signing rather than the gallery. She did see the quilts and was very touched by the whole exhibit.
If you haven't read The Dog Stars, it's a novel about a post-apocalyptic future. Many people I know in town as well as many quilters were put off by the theme, but I actually really loved this book. There were some lovely moments including a passage which included a poem by Kim Stafford, one of Oregon's past Poet Laureates. This quilt, which is quite small, was inspired by that poem within the book. I was able to meet the author at the book signing and to tell him about my quilt. He saw the exhibit and was so inspired he asked if any of the pieces were for sale. In the end he bought several of them including mine. What an honor!
A Tale for the Time Being was such an interesting book. The author talk was also fascinating. Like I said in the previous post I am always on the lookout for nature themes, wildlife and especially birds when I read a book for a quilt. This one did not disappoint with a Jungle Crow that keeps returning to visit one of the main characters. This one is machine pieced, hand appliqued, and hand embroidered using many hand dyed fabrics and some vintage linens.
In 2015 my sister, glass artist Cheryl Chapman, moved to town. She also loves books and is a quilter so I thought I'd better get her involved in the Novel Idea quilts. We both made quilts for the exhibit, mine is above. I was inspired by the cover of the book and also a passage about the rainbow gum trees. In addition to that Marilyn had an idea for folks to make masks as part of the exhibit. It was a theme that related to the book and many people did so. Cheryl came up with the idea of making glass masks. We had so much fun getting together to do this. We created the glass forms in her workshop and she fired them. Then we had a day in my studio creating the fabric additions for the top of the masks.
Last year the book was Homegoing which had a multitude of characters, time frames and locations. In end I decided to put this quilt in the exhibit even though it wasn't made just for the book. I had actually finished it a couple of months before with no other inspiration than seeing an old H quilt and thinking it would be cool to try it in an improv manner. Plus, my maiden name starts with H. As it happens, one of the main characters in the book was called, simply, H. How coincidental is that?
You can read yesterday's post to find out about Ranjana's Chai (below). If you haven't made a book quilt yet I highly suggest it as a jumping off point. My rule with them has always been that my quilts are inspired by the book. They are not necessarily illustrations of the book. You can take a feeling, phrase, sentence, word, color scheme, character, animal or object for your inspiration. It is really fun though and maybe you'll even meet the author some day! I have done 19 book quilts so far (wow!) and am making plans for my 20th for the Undercover Quilters. This year our book choice is Martin Marten by Brian Doyle. I can't wait!