SOQS 2017 : 5 : The Storytellers Book

Storytellers Book, photo by Marion Shimoda

Storytellers Book, photo by Marion Shimoda

The Storytellers Book was a new fundraiser for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show this year.  Dan Rickards, who designed the poster for the show this year, came up with this idea for a real oversized book (2' x 3')  with pages made of quilts.  Twelve quilt artists were asked to created pieces for the book, and one of them was me.  It was an honor to be included in the inaugural year of this project.

Rickards worked with leather artist Julia Zell to create this beautiful handtooled leather cover.  The pages were made with poster board and the quilts were attached with velcro.  Each quilt was offered on silent auction with a buy it now price.  

Contents Page, photo by Marion Shimoda

Contents Page, photo by Marion Shimoda

The book was located at Sisters High School in the week before the quilt show.  Unfortunately, I didn't realize that, so I never got good photos of it before quilt show day.  The first three photos here were taken by my friend Marion Shimoda.  The others below that were taken on quilt show day with poor lighting, but I hope you can appreciate how big the book is and what a cool idea it was. 

My Quilt!- Once Upon a Quilt by Kristin Shields, photo by Marion Shimoda

My Quilt!- Once Upon a Quilt by Kristin Shields, photo by Marion Shimoda

The people who turned the pages for folks to see the quilts were apparently quite exhausted by the effort to move the pages.  I'm not sure if they'll change the process for next year, but it was created with the intention of having this be a fundraiser each year now.  

What a treat it was to see my quilt in the book!  You can read the story about my quilt here.  I don't know who did the written pages, but they look amazing too.  The photos below were taken in the courtyard of The Open Door cafe on quilt show day.  Enjoy!

Quilt by Karen Shadley

Quilt by Karen Shadley

Quilt by Joanne Myers

Quilt by Joanne Myers

Quilt by Ruth Ingham

Quilt by Ruth Ingham

This is my friend Jan Tetzlaff turning pages on quilt show morning.  She gave a little spiel about each quilt as she turned the pages.  She can attest to the fact that these pages were heavy!  I'm sure all the extra embellishments on my page didn't help.

Quilt by Valori Wells Kennedy

Quilt by Valori Wells Kennedy

Quilt by June Jaeger

Quilt by June Jaeger

Each of these quilts tell a little story about their makers.  I wish I'd gotten photos of all of them, but trust me, this was a wonderfully unique idea and I hope it continues for many years to come!

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.