I just got back from a long weekend in Bend, OR, where I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show. Sister’s is a tiny town in the high desert and every year they hold what they claim is the world’s largest outdoor quilt show. There we so. many. quilts. it was pretty overwhelming, but the day was lovely and there was much inspiration to be had. I decided against carrying my DSLR on the trip, so I only have phone photos to show.
My absolutely favorite quilt was this one called Dressing the Part. It’s made up of 99 dresses, all made from dresses in the quilt maker’s family, including her mother’s wedding dress. I found the quilt on flickr, and you can see the full quilt in fabricgirl66’s photo stream.
I also loved how wild this quilt it. The flowers are entirely applique and then machine stitched down.
Most of the quilts at the show feel on the “traditional” end of the quilting spectrum, but it’s an open admission show and is first-come-first-served (up to 1,400 quilts!) which means there is a huge range of quilts. There was an incredible amount of skill on display, but it was also really clear to me that some people know how to use colors and others (I’d put myself in this category) are just learning. I saw a lot of circle quilts during the day, but this one by a Portland quilter was the most impressive. The use of color and prints looks deceptively simple, but is stunning when all put together.
There are a few more shots on flickr. I’m feeling inspired and have about a week of free time so am hoping that I can put some of that inspiration to use!
I haven’t forgotten that I promised a 100ish post giveaway. Perhaps by the end of the month there will be something fun. I got some of these kawaii bells at a toy store in Bend that are just calling for a project.