The 37th Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Trip

The sun rising over Fabric Depot on the early morning of the 37th Annual Sisters Quilt Show.

Before dawn they came, their anticipation and enthusiasm all packed up and ready to go. The travelers brought straw hats, umbrellas, sunglasses, water bottles and snacks. The 112 eager passengers boarded the two Fabric Depot tour buses, and traveled 3 hours to Sisters, Oregon and the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

On July 14th, over 1400 quilts from around the world were hung for view in Sisters Oregon. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is a unique exhibition. Being a free non-juried quilt show, anyone who is interested in showing a quilt can enter.

The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is more than a quilt show. It is a phenomenon! Although the primary focus is on quilts, so much more is going on. It is a grand appreciation of beauty, crafts, and nature. The show is a great coming together of people from around the world with a common interest in fabrics, quilting, and sewing.

One of the most dramatic aspects of the quilt show is how the quilts are displayed. Instead of traditional quilt racks, the quilts are hung throughout the town, inside and outside. This type of display combines charming architectural features with the natural settings, and beauty of the quilts.

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Here a little quilter ponders the Westminster Quilt Block Challenge.

Some examples of quilt blocks made for the Westminster Block Challenge.

There was so much more to see than quilts. Little shops line the streets filled with goodies, antiques, fabrics, yarn, hats, purses, toys, caramel corn, and smoothies.

Not a fence nor a wall were left bare of quilt adornment.

Of course, The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show would not be complete without the traditional quilts that paved the way, including the Zig Zag Log Cabin, The Baltimore Album, and the Dear Jane Quilt.

The day started out as a scorcher, with bright blue skies and fluffy white clouds. Before long there were signs of things to come. It began with a few droplets that went unnoticed. In a short time, a thunder cloud was unleashing a huge down pour. This hasn't happened during the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in 37 years. In 30 minutes, over 1400 quilts were rounded up and rushed to the quilt head quarters building, with the aid of volunteers and the Sisters Fire Department. Not a single quilt was misplaced. This Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show will be one to remember.

A day at the Sisters Quilt Show!

There's more than one way to make a rainbow!

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July 21, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Wow! Look at the stacks of quilts! It was a lovely quilt show and you did a wonderful overview. PS, That's my Dear Jane quilt!!


Paula Chipman

July 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Loved your movie! It really captured the feeling of the show.


Charlotte Noll

July 30, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Great pictures and video - oh my rain!
Love the picture of the 3 ladies taking a closer look at my quilt ... makes me happy when people want to look at the details. Thanks for sharing!


Charlotte Noll

July 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Wow! Love your Dear Jane!
The colors are so bold and the edging is lovely!