Friday, July 24, 2009

Sisters, Oregon

It has been a long time since I posted. So much is going on with the renovation that by the end of the day I just don't feel like doing much else than sitting down and zoning out for a bit.

The trip to Sisters was just a fabulous get away with my quilting peeps. We drove down to Portland the first day and spent the night very close to Fabric Depot. Had a nice meal at the Olive Garden. I've never been to an Olive Garden before and I would certainly go back again if I had the chance. I don't know if there are any in Canada.

The next morning we drove to Sisters - via the Pine Needle in Lake Oswego -- I was so excited what a fabulous little shop!! I bought a great kit there to make a Civil War basket quilts. Beautiful fabric!!

Then we spent two nights in Bend. What a lovely little town. We had a great meal at the Deschutes Brewery Restaurant. I bought Jim 3 -- count them 3 - T-shirts!! Jim was of course happy to be rewarded for his hard work as he had to spend the weekend painting the ceiling while I was having fun. I also rewarded him with one bottle - a large bottle of the Deschutes Red Chair IPA - which he said was "brilliant" For all you out there looking for a brilliant IPA.

The next day we spent at Sisters. What an amazing experience. The whole town does such a fabulous job of this show. I think it should be on the "to do" list for all quilters.

I uploaded a few of the pictures I took as we wandered about. The weather was amazing. There were lots of spots to get out of the sun for a bit as well.

Look at the crowds by early afternoon.

They did such a wonderful job of hanging the quilts - with like quilts hung together. I think this was a row of quilts that were classes done by Valori Wells.

These are two very beautiful quilts. The woman in the picture is reading all about the quilt.
It was great to have all the information about the quilts but it would be impossible to read it all in just one day.

These are the women from Gee's Bend - signing autographs for their book. When one member of our group asked them to sign her book they broke out into a song - she recorded it on her camera.

This was a group of quilters that belonged to a Barbershop Quartet and spontaneously sang a few songs.

A couple of lovely basket quilts. This is a close up of one - it is similar to a block I had in mind for some fabric I had bought last year.

I love the way this quilt was hung - tucked away behind a tree. The work that went in to planning this show must be a full time year round job. I was just so well planned and laid out.

A friend and I were admiring this quilt and the two sisters that made the quilt were right there and talked to us for a bit. This is their first quilt in the Sisters show and they had been to the show last year and were so inspired they wanted to enter their own quilt. So I got a picture of them together with their quilt.

And we got an opportunity to listen to a little talk about design and colour by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston.

It was a great day at the show. At one point in the day our little group was taking a rest in front of the Stitching Post and talking to various quilters. I guess the woman next to me was talking to someone in our group about where we were from and when she found out it was the Lions Gate Quilt guild she asked if they knew Pam - they said you are sitting next to her..... too funny .. she was a quilter from the Vancouver area that read my blog.... so Hello to Marge!!! - and yes I am still busy with those darn reno's!!

In the afternoon a small group of us left the show and went back to Bend so we could go to the High Desert Museum and have a look at the display of quilts from the 18's and 19's century. It was a wonderful collection and I was able to take quite a few pictures without my flash that turned out quite well. We wandered around the rest of the museum as well in the short time we had. Great place to visit - we saw the Birds of Prey exhibit - a couple of eagles and owls. I am glad we got to the museum as well. Bend, Oregon and area is a place that I think I need to go back and visit again..... maybe next July!!!!

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  1. WOWOWOW!! Your trip to Sisters has me convinced that I need to go ~ you've inspired me to go! It's on the vacation schedule for next summer! And you found something for my hubby to enjoy as well ~ the Deschutes Brewery sounds right up his alley. Glad you enjoyed your trip and found much inspiration for quilts to come. Hope the dust is settling on the home renovations. Thanks for sharing your trip!

  2. HI Pam,
    It sounds like you had a fantastic trip to Oregon- Too funny about meeting Marge who was looking for you!
    I just posted tonight and there is link to your blog- I was at my folks this past week and checked out the local quilt stores in Red deer. Found some nice deals- not quite so many buys as last summer but did find the things that I was specifically looking for.
    Hope the reno's are coming along nicely. I am sure you will be glad when things are back together - It will be worth it in the end.

    I will look forward to seeing your photos of the Museum quilts. I would have loved to have seen Freddy and Gwen and the Gee Bend Quilters- All such fun.

    Olive Garden is one of Kevin's favorite restuarants - he loves the salad and bread sticks. We have 3 of them here in Edmonton.

    Be well,

  3. Wow -- what an amazing sight Sisters must have been! The pictures are just stunning!
    No Olive Gardens in Toronto -- I just checked and the closest to us are in NYS.

  4. Thank you so much Pam for sharing your image and memories...this is just so impressive! I hope to do this show one year, but unfortunately next year won't be it!

  5. what an amazing day..........that display is so wonderful...........fancy sitting next to the person she was asking is such a small world.....

  6. Pam what a great day .......this pics are fantastic, many peoples, many quilts.
    ciao ciao.

    I love Hunter's photos.

  7. I need to go there Dear Pam! Marvellous!
    Talk to you soon, Hugs, Andrea

  8. What a lovely trip! Love the quitls! Thank you for taking the time to show us! It's on my list of things to do in this life time! How are you? I see you've been busy with renovations! Here life is busy, a good busy, but busy! I need to get my a couple of bad decisions taken care of and I will have more time to enjoy blogging again! Hugs!