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.