Yesterday I drove to Sisters, Oregon for the annual Outdoor Quilt Show. It’s the first quilt event I’ve attended (QuiltCon will be my second). I walked up and down all four streets, but definitely didn’t see all the quilts as there were over 1,300 and many were inside stores or down side lanes. Here are the highlights of what I did see.
Clearly I have a strong preference for improvised piecing using varied and/or salvage fabrics and quilted by hand. Carol Webb was a featured quilter, and her work was mostly hand-quilted and used hand-dyed fabrics. These things seem to give the quilts depth and keep my eyes moving.
Some of these look like sari fabric:
The streaky tie-dye background is totally working for me here:
This is Sarah Peery’s Fibonnaci Sequence Gone Wild. I like the colours and the over-the-top amount of quilting:
Christy Merritt describes her quilt, Ohio Wedding, as a mashup created for two quilt challenges (Ohio Star Made Modern and Double Wedding Ring challenge). She used a hand-carved linoleum block to print the Ohio stars, and used suiting fabric and curtains to construct the fragmented double wedding ring design. I love the texture of the block printing, and the improvised layering of multiple traditional designs.
Jodiy Rusconi’s quilt has islands off it’s shores (the orange is a blank to support the quilt):
Sometimes I liked the backs best… these two squares were on the back of the black cat quilt. The label didn’t make it into my photo, so if anyone knows who the maker of this quilt is, please comment on this post.
Caro Sheridan made a pixelated self portrait of her eye… and the back looks like a hudson bay blanket. Clever.
I learned that crooked will draw my eye from across the street (Cheryl Burnett, Squares a Go Go)…
… as will minimalist designs. This is Kirk Butts’ Crown Royal.
Here’s a cool modern quilt. I can’t read the label in this photo. If you know the maker, please tell.
A nice rendition of Kaffe Fassett’s rice bowls pattern. There was a group of Kaffe-inspired quilts on display because he has a new autobiography out. I’ve always liked this pattern, particularly the way the shadows are pieced in a slightly darker shade.
Diana Jackson’s Gee’s bend-inspired Red Square has great texture:
And, after looking at so many quilts, it’s nice to look at other things. Especially other things with pattern and rhythm:
So long, Sisters.