We moved to Oregon two and half years ago, and while it wasn’t a factor in choosing Oregon as our home, the quiltiness of this state amazes me. (Yes, quiltiness is a word. I use it daily!)
There are many, many quilt shows throughout the state, but only one is known as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show, and that is the annual Sisters show. This was my first year attending Sisters, and my husband and son drove the two hours from Corvallis with me. After dropping me off in town, they headed for the lake with poles and bait. I have no idea why anyone would choose to spend a day fishing when there were hundreds of quilts awaiting oohing and ahhing, but I wasn’t concerned with them. The quilts were waiting!
Here’s the main stree of Sisters, OR, closed down for the largest portion of the show:
See that huge crowd at the other end?
If you’ve read anything about this years show, you know that a huge thunderstorm hit Sisters mid-afternoon, ending the show early. I ran into The Stitchin Post when the rain started — along with seventy million others, it was packed! It seemed like the rain was letting up (haha!) and so I paid for my fabric and left. Wouldn’t you know it — at that moment, a fire truck was pulling up outside, ladder and all, to pull the quilts down from the side of the quilt shop! I didn’t get a picture of the firemen, unfortunately. Do you think this job is written in their contracts? About five minutes later was when the downpour started.
I had planned a very methodical exploration of all the quilts, but that didn’t happen. Instead, I wandered, guided by the crowds who would gather around particularly popular quilts. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a quilt hanging, and to watch the people as they viewed your work? Some quilts attracted quite the crowd!
The following pictures are of quilts that caught my eye. They are small for loading purposes, but you can click on them to open a larger image. None of them are mine, and I didn’t take the time to get the quilter’s info because there were just too many quilts to see! If you do know whose they are, I would be happy to add a name and/or blog link, just let me know!