SOQS 2017 : 4 : The Undercover Quilters

The Undercover Quilters- All the Light We Cannot See

The Undercover Quilters- All the Light We Cannot See

My small group, The Undercover Quilters, is a book and quilting club.  We read and discuss a book every month and once a year we choose a book to make quilts from.  Our special exhibit All the Light We Cannot See was shown at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show this year.  It looked really good on the shady side of the Hen's Tooth shop.  Luckily, Martha made these signs (below) to go with the exhibit so you can read something about us.

The orange and purple quilt you can see above was accidentally hung right in the middle of our exhibit, but was not part of our exhibit.  All the other quilts get highlighted below.  Enjoy!

Path of Souls by Jane Davis

Path of Souls by Jane Davis

Jane was inspired by the radio waves which are a major subject of the book.  She includes quotes from the book as well.

Radiation by Cindy O'Neal

Radiation by Cindy O'Neal

Cindy was inspired to show the light within all of us, the "inner light" we cannot see that is created from our life experiences.  She also breaks this light down into the full spectrum of colors.  

Delectable Mountain Waves by Wanda Barkhurst

Delectable Mountain Waves by Wanda Barkhurst

Wanda is the over-achiever in our group.  This small quilt is made from leftovers from her larger quilt you'll see below. She was inspired by the theme of movement of light and sound that runs through the book.

Marie-Laure's Shells by Susan Mondry

Marie-Laure's Shells by Susan Mondry

Susan created a quilt that depicts Marie-Laure's shelf of shells with real life shells she has attached to a pin-tucked ocean.

Wanda Barkhurst

Wanda Barkhurst

I didn't get a photo of Wanda's label on this one, but I believe the border pattern emulates the soundwaves that run through the book.

For the Watchers and Dreamers by Kristin Shields

For the Watchers and Dreamers by Kristin Shields

My quilt was inspired by a scene at the very end of the book where Frederick is visited by an owl.  I have long wanted to do a close up of a bird's eye and this was the perfect opportunity.  

Radio Waves by Lani Sanders

Radio Waves by Lani Sanders

Lani's quilt was inspired by the radio wave theme that runs through the book. 

Calm Yourself by Betty Gientke

Calm Yourself by Betty Gientke

Betty's improvisational design was inspired by her travels to Paris.

Murex Magic by Martha Sanders

Murex Magic by Martha Sanders

Martha's quilt is made with hand dyed and painted fabrics which are sculpted to create the French coastline where most of the book takes place.

A Touch of Paris by Sally Black

A Touch of Paris by Sally Black

Sally's quilt was inspired by the miniature village that Marie-Laure's father created for his blind daughter to learn to navigate the streets of Paris.  Sally's quilt is completely hand stitched and created with various textural scraps of fabric placed as if in a map.  

Shock Wave by Janelle Rebick

Shock Wave by Janelle Rebick

Janelle's quilt was inspired by the sound and radio waves in the book.  The Star of David represents the treatment of the Jews during World War 2.

SOQS 2017 : 3 : Teacher's Tent

Sujata Shah

Sujata Shah

The teacher's tent is a highlight of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  All teachers who are invited to teach at Quilter's Affair the week before the show are also invited to show a quilt or several under the teacher's tent on show day.  You will see the best of the best from these accomplished quilters.  Enjoy!

Tonye Belinda Phillips

Tonye Belinda Phillips

Sarah Fielke

Sarah Fielke

Sarah Fielke

Sarah Fielke

Rosalie Dace

Rosalie Dace

Maria Shell

Maria Shell

Lawry Thorn

Lawry Thorn

Karla Alexander

Karla Alexander

June Jaeger

June Jaeger

Jean Wells

Jean Wells

Deborah Boschert

Deborah Boschert

Deborah Boschert

Deborah Boschert

Colleen Blackwood

Colleen Blackwood

Colleen Blackwood detail

Colleen Blackwood detail

SOQS 2017 : 2 : Log Cabins, Journeys and QuiltCon

Mountain Meadows QG Log Cabin Challenge

Judy Johnson

Judy Johnson

There are many special exhibits at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  In fact, it can be quite overwhelming.  When there are well over 1000 quilts in a show it's impossible to see everything.  So, these days I use the show guide to plan my day.  It comes out in the local paper a couple of weeks ahead of time and it's like Christmas!  I set it aside to savor when I have more time.  Then I carefully mark down all the exhibits I want to see and note them on the map.  I may even plan my route ahead of time.  Luckily, in between all the special exhibits you are sure to come upon many beauties in the general submission part of the show.  In Sisters there is really not any spot where you won't see quilts.  

So, today I've posted some of the other special exhibits from the show.  The first one is the Mountain Meadows Quilt Guild Log Cabin Challenge.  This guild meets in Sunriver, Oregon, just south of Bend.  I have been a member for the past two years and this year I made a special quilt just for this challenge.  You may remember Dancing in the Streets from a little while ago.  It was quite a lovely exhibit and I only show a select few quilts, but you can see they range from old fashioned to modern with everything in between.  

LaWanda Richardson

LaWanda Richardson

Sarah Kaufman

Sarah Kaufman

Jan Tetzlaff (made with her father's shirts)

Jan Tetzlaff (made with her father's shirts)

Kristin Shields

Kristin Shields

Journeys

Journeys is a local art quilt group.  These are accomplished art quilters and their exhibit is always amazing.  I have many friends in this group and most of them are members of the local SAQA group as well.  You can read about their challenge on the poster above.

Jean Wells

Jean Wells

Top Row: Helen Brisson, Sheila Finzer, Charlene Kenny Bottom Row:  Tonye Belinda Phillips, Jan Tetzlaff, Betty Gientke, Marion Shimoda

Top Row: Helen Brisson, Sheila Finzer, Charlene Kenny
Bottom Row:  Tonye Belinda Phillips, Jan Tetzlaff, Betty Gientke, Marion Shimoda

Best of QuiltCon 2017

Best of QuiltCon 2017

Best of QuiltCon 2017

I didn't manage to get the label information on these quilts, but if you are interested you can always look at the QuiltCon website or my own QuiltCon posts to read more about these quilts.  These quilts get a prime location on the main drag which is closed to traffic for the show.  It's so great to have this wide street to view the quilts.  The road was first closed to traffic several years ago, but I've lived here long enough to remember when the traffic drove through town during the show.  These quilts were quite popular with the viewers, especially Mr. Lincoln there.

Best of QuiltCon 2017

Best of QuiltCon 2017

Best of QuiltCon 2017

Best of QuiltCon 2017

Best of QuiltCon 2017

Best of QuiltCon 2017

SOQS 2017 : 1 : A Few of My Favorite Quilters

Tamra Dumolt, Featured Quilter

Tamra Dumolt, Featured Quilter

The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show has come and gone for another year.  The little town of Sisters was filled with about 1500 quilts today, more than I've ever seen!  It was pretty amazing. I've organized my photos into several groupings and will start today with the featured quilters and a couple of special exhibits.  

Tamra Dumolt

First up is my friend Tamra Dumolt who was the Featured Quilter this year.  Tamra is well known for her precise piecing and incredible color sense.  She worked at the Stitchin' Post for many years and has just recently moved to Washington.  We miss her very much, so it was great to catch up at the quilt show.  What a lovely exhibit in the shadiest spot in town. 

Corni Quinlivan

Corni Quinlivan is also a friend and member of Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild as well as the Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild.  Corni was the Featured Machine Quilter today.  Her work is exquisite.  She has the remarkable talent to be able to adjust the style of quilting to the quilt, from sweet 1930's to full out modern.  I had two hostess slots this morning and one of them was in the section with Corni's exhibit. It was great to be able to see her having such a good time chatting with all the visitors.  

Corni Quinlivan, Featured Machine Quilter

Corni Quinlivan, Featured Machine Quilter

Freddy Moran

Freddy Moran had a beautiful exhibit along this storefront.  I love her color sense and playfulness.

Sue Spargo

Sue Spargo (middle), Inspirational Instructor

Sue Spargo (middle), Inspirational Instructor

Sue Spargo was the Inspirational Instructor this year.  Her exhibit was just incredible.  I have seen many of her quilts in person over the years, but never so many in one place and there were a few that were new to me.  For those who don't know, Sue works mainly in beautiful hand dyed wool with smaller amounts of cotton prints.  I have always loved Sue's folk art style and use of animal themes.  It was such a treat to see this exhibit.  

Once Upon a Quilt

Once Upon a Quilt, 24x36

Once Upon a Quilt, 24x36

A few months ago I was contacted by Jeanette Pilak, from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, about a new fundraiser that they were planning.  It would be a quilt book.  An actual book made with quilts!  Sounds like a pretty cool idea, huh?  She asked if I wanted to make a piece for this book.  There would be 12 quilts and they would be displayed in a giant book July 3-8.  Folks would be able to bid on them in a silent auction.  I was intrigued.  The theme of the show this year is Storytellers.  

I accepted the challenge and went about working on this quilt which I call Once Upon a Quilt.  I wanted to make something that celebrates the history of quiltmaking, celebrates the anonymous quilters themselves, and shows what you can do with old quilts to repurpose them.  It all started with the vintage cutter quilt that I've been using on various small projects over the years. I used that as the base for this quilted flower garden.

Then I went on a search for some vintage grandmother's flower garden blocks, yo-yos, and some other old blocks to cut up to use for the animal applique.  I tea dyed all the parts and the cutter quilt to bring a sense of history to the grouping and to harmonize the colors.  I cut the flower blocks into circles and hand stitched them down.  They I added quilting stitches through those layers.  The vintage cutter quilt had become quite tender on the back, so I left knots where I sewed things down, knowing I would eventually add another back to the quilt after most of the stitching was completed.  

Then I added the birds and the bunny.  These were so much fun to do.  I used a raw edge technique inspired by the work of Mandy Pattullo in her book, Textile Collage.  Lastly, I added a bunch of vintage flower yo-yos, newly made flower yo-yos, and the hand embroidered bees and ladybugs.  This whole piece felt like an experiment from beginning to end.  I really like how it came out.  I added a little bit of hand quilting after putting on the extra backing.  The quilt is completely hand stitched except for the first stage of the binding.  I hope that it is appreciated by show goers.  I probably won't do more projects this big in this style, but I like the animal collage technique in a smaller format and I'm sure I'll do that again someday.  

Look for the Storyteller's Book in the courtyard of the Open Door Wine Bar in Sisters, Oregon July 3-8.  You can read more about the book in the Show Guide PDF.  You'll also find more about the various special exhibits around town on show day.  I have 4 quilts in the show this year.  Look for them in the following special exhibits:

  • 2017 Storyteller's Book- Once Upon a Quilt
  • Mountain Meadow Quilters Guild- Log Cabin Quilts- Dancing in the Streets
  • SAQA Central Oregon-Pathways- Oglethorpe Square
  • The Undercover Quilters- All the Light We Cannot See- For the Watchers and Dreamers

Hope to see you at the show!