The Largest Outdoor Quilt Show in the World!

We are home and the excitement is over, but memories of our Oregon vacation are vivid and sweet!

While I took quilting classes for a week, my husband entertained himself by riding his ATV (all-terrain vehicle) in the desert.

Our truck didn't fit in the motel parking area, so we parked out of the way.
I'll admit I was a bit worried at first, but there was no need to call Search and Rescue. I'm relieved to say that he found his way back every day. Whew!
In the evenings we "tasted" our way through town, enjoying frozen yogurt, craft beer, local wines, artisan foods, and gourmet meals.

We also poked through shops and wandered the streets, getting to know every nook and cranny of downtown Sisters.

Inside the clock @ Beacham's Clock Company
Classes were fun, but I'll save those pictures for another day. Today we'll jump right to the big finale... 

Quilt Show Saturday! 
First thing in the morning, local fire fighters brought out the ladder truck and climbed on the roof to nail quilts to the side of the Stitchin' Post

Yup, you read that right. NAIL.

The thought of nails puncturing these beauties gave me pause, but obviously they needed to be fastened securely. The quilts in this display were made by Stitchin' Post employees and I'm sure everyone knew how they'd be hung. It is a very special annual tradition!

Employee challenge quilts on display.
Not to worry...All other quilts in the show were secured with clothespins instead of nails!

There are plenty of verandahs in Sisters because buildings are required by law to reflect an 1880's "old west" theme. Not only are verandahs shady and charming, they are handy for hanging quilts!

Without further ado, here's a glimpse of the show as I saw it:

Sisters Art Works building

"Painted Forest", by Scott Hansen
Quilted by Angela Walters

"Live Oaks 4", by Lou Ann Smith
Special Exhibit by ab-strakt-ed

"Uptown", by Elizabeth Hartman

Gibson Girls, by Carolanne Olson
"Dreaming in Color" special exhibit by the Undercover Quilters Book Club

And the Flag Was Still There, by Rob Appell
Quilted in Honor special exhibit

Daybreak, by Julie Herman (shown here, with her quilt)
Quilted by Angela Walters

Pick Up Sticks, made by Nancy Kennedy
Quilted by Nancy Stovall

The Open Door courtyard

Snow Strings, by Pat Pease
Challenge: Unusual Materials

Silent Reflection, by Wendy Hill & Pat Pease
Challenge: Pass it Back and Forth (Do Not Speak)

Just a tad crowded!

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but how many photos can go in one post? It was tough to keep it reasonable, believe me!

Linking up with:

Whoop Whoop Friday, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fabric Frenzy Friday, at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

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  1. Holy wow!! Looks like SOO much fun!!! Love getting a glimpse of the quilts and of the off quilty time too :) Glad you made it back safely and that your husband made it back daily too! We do a good amount of Jeeping in the desert and getting home in one piece has been interesting on more than one occasion . . . makes for an interesting trip though! LOL

  2. Thank you for taking us on virtual tour! Great pics!

  3. Wonderful quilt show, thank you for sharing!!

  4. Loved every single quilt! Made me think how wonderful digital cameras are, how much film I used to have to take to quilt shows back in the day! LOL

  5. Wow, that must have been amazing. Thanks for sharing a bit of it with us!

  6. Sigh. Reminds me of 2007, when I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the show. I read Angela Walters' post showing her quilt walk and talk on the Sunday following the show, so I've had two doses of quilt pics from that incredible show. Thank you! Great post!

  7. Thanks for the peak at the show:) I so wish I could have been there, these were some truly amazing quilts!!! I know you are so full of inspiration right now you can barely stand it:)

  8. Wow - usually that street is filled with vehicles - they become secondary to the Quilt Seekers, it seems. What fun!

  9. Thank you so much for the virtual quilt show - I'm so envious here on the other side of the globe: we don't have such huge quilt shows anywhere near...

  10. Some really great quilts!! I wish we had something like that here.

  11. Thanks for sharing. What a lovely time it was!

  12. Thanks for posting the ones you did, they were all incredible and inspiring. I can only imagine how much fun it would have been, in person.

  13. Wow, what an amazing place to visit. Nails make me wince a bit, but they do look great on display like that. And I could happily have looked at even more photos!


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