The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is billed as the largest outdoor quilt show in the world. It's pretty impressive to see over 1200 quilts hanging along the streets of this quaint little town in the High Desert of Central Oregon. They say that there was only one time in the past 32 years where weather interfered with the show and I think that was at the end of the day. It's always held on the second Saturday in July and is a huge money maker for the whole area. Hotels and campgrounds are booked well in advance, so if you plan on coming sometime, make your reservations early! This year they closed off the main street in town and I thought that was really great to not have to worry about all the traffic and the engine fumes.
This year I decided to take it easy and not to try and see it all, as I have for the past 3 years. I was on my own this time which was actually more relaxing as I could go at my own pace and only stop when I wanted to. I did miss having my mom, Chloe and my sister there and I hope that some or all will be with me next year.
The quilts are pretty spectacular and there are special groupings around town for highlighted quilters or the quilt teachers at the Stitchin' Post. Most of the quilts are there only for display, but they also have a special theme contest each year. I didn't enter the theme contest which was, "Inspired by Nature", but I really enjoyed the entries. There are notes on each quilt stating the name of the quilter and other info about the quilts, but I didn't take note of the quilter's names. If you see yours here and would like me to identify you, please let me know!
I entered three quilts in the show. Two were in the regular part of the show, the witch quilt and the Christmas cabin quilt which I showed earlier. The third one was a sponsor quilt and spent all week in one of my favorite shops in Sisters, Paulina Springs Bookstore. I was thrilled to find it was in there!
Over the next few posts I'll show you various quilts that appealed to me. I've got loads of photos so it may take a while, but I hope you enjoy this virtual tour of the show.