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AROUND THE BLOCK FIBER ARTS STROLL Sunday, July 7, Downtown Sisters, Noon-4 p.m. The 10th annual fiber arts stroll throughout the town of Sisters. Local businesses will host textile artists displaying, demonstrating and selling their work. Refreshments and music from noon to 4 p.m.

AROUND THE BLOCK QUILT WALK July 1 - 31: Quilts on display in Sisters and other Central Oregon locations; July 5-21: Locations in the Old Mill District Quilt Show sponsoring businesses display more than 150 quilts by local quilters during their business hours.


Photo by Gary Miller

Monday - Friday, July 8-12, Sisters High School

Patchworks of Creativity Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show celebrating 38 years

Five days of quilting classes, lectures, a garden tour and evening programs highlighting the diversity of the art of quilting.


Tuesday, July 9, Doors Open at 6 p.m., Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd., Sisters

by Gregg Morris, for The Bulletin Special Projects

Dessert tasting, demos and door prizes, parade of award-winning quilts and an acclaimed documentary.

On a Saturday in July, 38 years ago, Jean Wells Keenan hung a dozen of her student’s quilts outside her quilt shop, The Stitchin’ Post. This seemingly small gesture quickly grew into an annual event in Sisters, the nation’s largest outdoor quilt show which now serves as the celebratory anchor of summer in the community. Annually held on the second Saturday of July, the 2013 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show will unveil hundreds of quilts and dozens of exhibits all throughout the community of Sisters. The free show, managed by a nonprofit organization, will take place Saturday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, though the festivities run throughout the week leading up to the main show. The 2013 edition of the internationally-known quilt show promises to inspire and amaze attendees. More than 1,300 quilts, ranging from hand-quilted heirlooms to contemporary art quilts, will line


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Thursday, July 11, 3:30 - 6 p.m., Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce, 291 E Main St. Reception to honor postcard donors.

ARTIST RECEPTIONS AT CLEARWATER GALLERY, SISTERS Tuesday, July 2, 5-7 p.m. buildings, fences and railings in the Western-themed town. It takes 550 volunteers donating more than 3,500 hours to put the event together. For their efforts, a 2009 economic impact study reported the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show brought in $1.7 million to Sisters. “We have the largest outdoor quilt show in the

Featuring poster artist Dan Rickards.

Thursday, July 11, 4 - 6:30 p.m. Featuring quilt artist Jean Wells. 303 W. Hood Ave. Contact Julia Rickards, 541-549-4994

38TH ANNUAL SISTERS OUTDOOR QUILT SHOW Saturday, July 13 , 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Downtown Sisters More than 1,300 quilts on display in the largest outdoor quilt show in the world.

SAVE IT FOR SUNDAY Sunday, July 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Black Butte Ranch h ®

Guest speakers at FivePine Conference Center and a limited selection of quilts downtown.


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Raffle Quilt: “Streams of Color” Sponsored by Bi-Mart

“Streams of Color” was designed by Jean Wells and pieced by the East of the Cascades Quilters. Laura Simmons of Sisters did the final assembly and the magnificent quilting. The Raffle Quilt echoes the wonderful artwork of Dan Rickards in this year’s show poster. Our signature “fish” block was designed by Stitchin’ Post employee Paige Vitek and has made an appearance in a number of our raffle quilts. Proceeds from the annual raffle quilt are shared

world,” says executive director of the event, Ann Richardson. “There is nowhere else in the world you can see the quantity and quality of quilts on display. It’s an all encompassing community event. And, it’s free!”

Quilting Extravaganza Week

The festivities begin during the second week of July with the 10th anniversary of the Around the Block Fiber Arts Stroll and Quilt Walk. The Fiber Arts Stroll, taking place

between the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and Kiwanis of Sisters. More than $4,500 has been donated to support Kiwanis programs, including the local Food Bank, and we are thrilled to be able to support our Community Partner in this way. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 — Quilt Show day — on the lawn behind Stitchin’ Post. The winner need not be present to win the quilt.

Sunday, July 7, includes 30 locations where visitors can view the work of local fiber artists, watch them work, and purchase their crafts. These crafts range from pine needle basketry to hand-painted fabric. The Quilt Walk runs from July 1-31 in Sisters with more than 100 quilts on display in show-sponsoring businesses. This year marks the fourth year the Old Mill District in Bend will participate between July 5-21. On Tuesday, July 9, the quilting documentary, “Stitched” will be shown at Sisters High School. The film, along with a dessert tasting and door prizes, fits in nicely with the Quilt Show’s goal of “educating and inspiring the public about the art of quilting.”

The Big Day (And After)

Bike Raffle If you liked the raffle bike before, you are going to LOVE it now! We have a spectacular, one-of-a-kind cruiser bike designed by Kathy Deggendorfer for our raffle this year. And, the basket is chock full of goodies! A portion of the proceeds from our annual bike raffle will be shared with our Community Partner, Sisters Parks & Recreation District, to support programs and scholarships that allow kids to particupate in arts, recreation and other enrichment activities. Raffle tickets are still only $5 each and can be purchased at the Stitchin’ Post, Sisters Parks & Recreation or on the lawn behind the Stitchin’ Post on Quilt Show day. The drawing for the bike is at 4 p.m. on Quilt Show day, and the winner need not be present. We will be happy to ship the bike if our winner is from out of town. Thanks to Kathy Deggendorfer and our friends at Blazin’ Saddles Cycle-N-Style for making this raffle possible! 4 | Sisters Magazine | 2013 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Edition

“The thing I like best about the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is seeing old friends and catching up on what we have been doing,” Wells said. As a true family event, the Quilt Show has something for everyone — even kids, who will enjoy seeing the quilts based on the book, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” Quilting fanatics should look for Wells’ quilts inside Clearwater Gallery, while her students’ work is displayed outside in the courtyard surrounding the gallery. A reception for the work in her new book, “Journey to Inspired Quilting,” will take place Thursday, July 11 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the gallery. The quilted car will be back again this year in all its colorful glory. There will also be a “Patchwork Oblate Spheroid.” The 8-foot weather balloon is roughly the same geometric shape as Earth and is covered with quilts. The annual featured quilters exhibits

highlight the best quilters in Central Oregon. This year’s “Featured Quilter” is Kristin Shields of Bend. Ruth Ingham of Black Butte Ranch received this years “Inspirational Instructor” honor, and Tammy MacArthur of Redmond is featured in the “Machine Quilter Showcase.” Back for a third year are the Save it for Sunday exhibits and events held Sunday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at FivePine Conference Center and downtown Sisters. At FivePine, Alissa Haight Carlton and Elizabeth Hartman, leaders of the modern movement in quilting, will lecture on Modern Quilt Design. A large selection of modern quilts will be on display throughout the grounds. Also on display at Sisters City Hall

2013 Quilt Show Poster: “Streams of Color” We are honored to present the artwork of Dan Rickards for our 2013 show poster, “Streams of Color.” Dan, a Sisters resident, has made his living as an artist since 1991, with a special focus on landscape and wildlife paintings. Most often, he uses acrylics and paints with fine, realistic style, “loose, with a small brush,” with stunning detail in the area of focus. His love and concern for the environment is evident in every work he completes.

is the 40-foot-long “Two Rivers, Three Sisters” project quilt. The Quilt Block Contest, including close to 100 blocks from Japan, will hang again on Sunday.

A Patchwork of Support

Richardson took the helm as director of the show from Wells in 2002. Three years later, the show obtained its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit status while continuing to grow with the addition of part-time staff and the creation of a board of directors. “I never imagined the quilt show would grow to what it is today and affect so many people,” says Wells,

who currently serves as chair of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Board of Directors. “I still get the chills on quilt show morning when I see our sleepy town come alive with colorful quilts.” “There is a sense of pride that a community our size can put on a worldrenowned, quality event,” Richardson said. “When Sisters residents travel the world, people mention, ‘Oh, that’s where you have the quilt show.’” Wells concurs. “Without all of the support we get from the sports teams and volunteers quilt show would never happen,” she said. “I think most everyone in Sisters knows what a quilt is and that does not happen in every community.” For more information about the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, including times and ticket information, please visit www.SistersOutdoorQuiltShow. org or call 541-549-0989.

“Rivers have always been a source of inspiration for me — the movement, color, variations and sound all enhance my creative senses,” he says of his painting. “Rivers conjure up strong memories of time well spent with my father. Mostly, I just love walking the banks and watching the water move and change.” “Streams of Color” captures the essence of the river and the idea of water and fabric merging together expresses the fluid blending of art and quilting.

In Remembrance: Chris Jones Our 2013 show is dedicated to the memory and inspiration of our friend and fellow quilter Chris Jones. Chris was a brilliant, dedicated and powerful force in our community. She lived her life with passion — for our schools, students and for her quilting. She passed away in May after a nearly yearlong battle with leukemia. “Sisters brought the very best out in Chris,” said her husband, Chuck. Chris, you brought out the best in all of us and we miss you.

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Sunday, July 14

Sponsored by U.S. Bank and FivePine Lodge

A Touch of Modern by Bridget McGinn, for The Bulletin Special Projects Simply too much to see and do in just one day at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show? “Save it for Sunday!” suggests Ann Richardson, executive director of the show. Back for the third year, Save it for Sunday is designed for those quilters and quilt lovers who didn’t have enough time to see and do it all at the Saturday quilt show. “We want to encourage people to experience Sisters--our galleries, shops and restaurants--in a way that they might not have had a chance to do on Saturday,” said Richardson. “Sunday’s activities offer a more leisurely pace for enjoying your surroundings as well as the quilts.” Special exhibit quilts are re-hung and many quilts remain hanging at area businesses on Sunday — more than 200 quilts will be on display. In addition, a special guest lecture event and walking

tour of quilts will be offered. Alissa Haight Carlton and Elizabeth Hartman, both leaders in the modern quilting movement, will share some history on the movement as well as their own creative processes and elements of modern quilt design. “Elizabeth and I will both be talking about our individual design process and how we work,” said Carlton. “We’ll be showing examples of our work and providing some context in terms of modern quilting.” Inspired by modern design, the modern quilting movement is relatively new and has expanded rapidly in the last decade, particularly in the last five years, according to Carlton. And the art form seems to resonate with many who may not have previously shown interest in the more traditional forms of quilting. “We have found that the modern quilting movement is particularly appealing to new and younger audiences,” said Richardson. “It is really

Save It For Sunday to feature exhibits and speakers discussing modern quilting

Alissa Haight Carlton (left) and Elizabeth Hartman

attracting new people to the art of quilting.” Carlton, who is a co-founder and executive director of the Modern Quilt Guild, encourages anyone who is interested in design of any kind to consider attending the lecture to learn more. In addition, Carlton and Hartman will guide three walking tours of approximately 30 quilts representing their own work as well as the “Best of QuiltCon” traveling exhibit. The quilts in the traveling show were selected by

jury and represent a rare opportunity to see award-winning quilts with a modern aesthetic. Shown in limited venues, the exhibit will travel to France following the appearance in Sisters. While tickets for the guided walking tours have been sold out for months, the exhibit is open to the public for self-guided touring. “The quilts will be hung within the FivePine Lodge area among the pine trees,” said Richardson. “It is a short walking loop and very beautiful, quiet and peaceful.” The lecture with Carlton and Hartman will take place on Sunday at 11 a.m. at FivePine Lodge and Conference Center. Tickets are $20 and available online (, by phone at (541) 549-0989 or at the door. A list of all of the Save it for Sunday activities will be available at the Sisters Chamber of Commerce, the Stitchin’ Post and other area businesses. For more information visit www.

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Save it For Sunday Events Sunday, July 14, 10 am to 3 pm

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Featured Speakers: Alissa Haight Carlton and Elizabeth Hartman – “Modern Quilt Design” at FivePine Conference Center Lecture - 11 a.m., $20 — Noted authors and Modern Quilt Guild leaders, Alissa and Elizabeth share what’s happening in the modern quilting movement and host a tour of beautiful quilts from around the country. Their lecture will get inside the design process and the visual elements of modern quilt design. On the walking tour, they will exhibit their own work, collaborative projects from online quilting bees, and quilts from the QuiltCon touring show, which will include the category winners from this modern-focused quilt show. Have you read about modern quilting and wondered what all the fuss was about? This is a great chance to find out more about the process of modern quilt design and to see work from a wide variety of modern quilters. Tickets for the guided Walking Tours are sold out, but the quilts are on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the public to view. The Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild will have a display of quilts titled “Make It Modern” inside the Lodge at FivePine for the entire month of July.

Other Exhibits & Locations for Sunday: Featured Gallery Artist: Intuitive Quilts by Jean Wells – Clearwater Gallery Two Rivers, Three Sisters Quilt – Sisters City Hall “Hugo” Quilts by Cover to Cover – Heritage Building Lawn Area Stitchin’ Post Employee Challenge Quilts – the Stitchin’ Post Quilts from Uganda – Sisters Coffee Co. “Make It Modern” by Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild – inside FivePine Lodge Quilt Block Contest - Including blocks from Japan! – Stitchin’ Post Lawn Area Ab-strakt-ed: Santa Barbara Quilters Working in a Four-Way Dialogue – Three Creeks Building WOW! White On White Quilt Family Treasures – inside Beacham’s Clock Co. Love to Water My Soul by the Undercover Quilters – Mackenzie Creek Mercantile Quilting Meets Couture & New Vision: Seeing, Sewing, Living Differently – Sisters Library (Opens at Noon) A Tribute to Chris Jones – Beacham’s Clock Company Kathy Deggendorfer and Friends Open Studio – Sisters Art Works There’s an App for That – Captstone CPA’s

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Around the Block fiber arts stroll and quilt walk by Catherine Ware

by Lois Olund

Kick off quilt show week with a stroll through Sisters to visit local fiber artists by Gregg Morris, for The Bulletin Special Projects

and the artists’ manual labor into the spotlight during this event. “It is a little more interactive between The 38th annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt the public and the artists,” says Sisters Show officially invades the town of Outdoor Quilt Show Executive Sisters on Saturday, July 13, but Director Ann Richardson. the quilting festivities last “There will be many artist the month of July and, for demonstrations. In many the last four years, have cases, they will be expanded into Bend. working on a piece Two events that have while the public become main arms of watches.” the Sisters Outdoor Quilt This year’s fiber Show, the Around the art pieces include Block Fiber Arts Stroll and pine needle basketry, the Quilt Walk held in Sisters sculptured fiber bowls, and the Old Mill District, fly tying, hand-painted increase your chance of seeing the fabric, spinning, weaving and by Jean Nave works of many talented artists. adorable felted creatures.

The 10th Annual Around the Block Fiber Arts Stroll

Sisters Quilt Walk

The 10th annual Around the Block Fiber Arts Stroll takes place Sunday, July 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at participating businesses throughout Sisters. As one of the most original art strolls in Central Oregon, the Fiber Arts Stroll bridges the gap between artists and viewers. Fiber art thrusts both materials

The 10th annual Sisters Quilt Walk will showcase more than 100 quilts inside quilt show-sponsoring businesses during the month of July. The showcased quilts are stitched by Central Oregon quilters. Some businesses will display one quilt while others will have multiple quilts. “The ladies that come to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show are very nice

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people,” says long-time participant Kathi Beacham, owner of Beacham’s Clock Company. “They like to decorate their homes with quality items like quilts and the items we have in our store. It fits our business very well.”

Old Mill District Quilt Walk

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of quilts on display in the Old Mill District July 5-21. The Old Mill District is proud to host an extension of the Around the Block Quilt Walk in support of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. This successful partnership allows the quilt show to expand its reach, the Old Mill District to give customers another reason to stop in its stores, and Bend residents to view the beautiful works of art. “I ran into Noelle Fredland [marketing director] of the Old Mill at an event, and she said they were interested in doing something with us,” Richardson said. “Because we are open to partnerships with businesses throughout Central Oregon, I jumped

at the chance.” Matthew Perry, owner of Savory Spice Shop in The Old Mill District, shares his excitement. “It is a huge event for Central Oregon, and many people who like quilting also like to be creative in the kitchen which makes us a good match,” he said. Old Mill District Quilt Walk participating locations include: American Red Cross, Anthony’s, Art Station, Atelier 6000, Cafe Yumm!, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, Confluence Fly Shop, Flatbread Community Oven, Francesca’s, Ginger’s Kitchenware, Gymboree, J. Jill, Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery, Pastini Pastaria, REI, Savory Spice Shop, Saxon’s Fine Jewelers, Strictly Organic Coffee Co., Vanilla Urban Threads, White House/Black Market and Wonderland Toy Shoppe. A map of the Fiber Arts Stroll locations and a separate brochure listing Quilt Walk businesses will be available at the Stitchin’ Post, Sisters Chamber of Commerce and participating businesses the first week of July. More information on all of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show activities can be found at by Tracy Curtis

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Alpaca By Design Beacham’s Clock Co. Blue Alchemy Clearwater Gallery Clearwater Gallery Clearwater Gallery Common Threads Common Threads Cowgirls and Indian Resale The Culver House Desert Charm/The Dime Store Don Terra Artworks Ear Expressions FivePine Lodge The Hen’s Tooth The Hen’s Tooth The Jewel Leavitt’s Western Wear Lori Salisbury Gallery Melvin’s Fir Street Market Navigator News Navigator News The Paper Place Paulina Springs Books Paulina Springs Books Paulina Springs Books Pieceful Expressions Sisters Art Works Sisters Chamber

Liz McDannold Mary Nyquist Koons Tracy Curtis Jean Wells Dan Rickards Various Quilt Artists Adrienne Brown Jean Vogel Catherine Ware Kristin Shields Bobbi & Tami Meritt Linda Spring Joanne Myers Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild Charlene Kenny Mary Stiewig Marion Shimoda Dyrk Godby Lori Salisbury Jan Isbell Beverly Soasey Ann Bumb Hamilton Debbie Slater Charlotte J. Anderson Sherry Steele Panorama Ranch, LLC Eric Gunson Kathy Deggendorfer Wish Upon a Card- Fundraiser for Wendy’s Wish/St. Charles Cancer Center Central Oregon Quilt Artists Janet Storton Cindy Merrow Barbara Barnett Betty Anne Guadalupe & Various Artists Claire Spector Helen Brisson Myrna Dow Pacific Photos 2 Fiber Group Lois Olund Miranda Rommel Kathy Smith

Wet & Nuno Felt Accessories & Decor WOW! White on White Quilt Family Treasures Nuno Felting Art & Accessories Printing On Fabric 2013 Poster Artist Journey to Inspired Art Quilting - Students’ Quilts Hands On Knitting Traditional Rug Hooking Hand Dyed Wool Fabrics, Yarns, & Rovings Vintage Linens in Textile Art & 2013 Featured Quilter Inkle & Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Handpainted Silk Designs “Flip & Sew-Away We Go” Make It Modern Quilts Fabric Painting & Sun Printing on Fabric Sculptured Fiber Bowls Whimsical Wired Characters & Critters Leather Artistry & Accessories The Art of Painting Tepees Felted Fiber Art & Accessories Mixed media/assemblage Mixed media/printing Marbelizing On Fabric Felted Wool Balls w/Mixed Media Beads The Art of Fly Tying Huacaya & Suri Alpacas & Fleece Products Pattern Designer & Quilt Maker Kibak Tile Quilts Fabric Postcard Sale & Auction

Sisters City Hall Sisters Coffee Co. Sisters Drug & Gift Sisters Log Furniture Sisters Public Library Sisters Public Library The Stitchin’ Post The Stitchin’ Post The Stitchin’ Post Sundance Shoes Sundance Shoes Vista Bonita Glass Art Gallery

Two Rivers, Three Sisters “Sisters of the Heart” Quilts from Uganda Abstract Art on Silk & Cotton Ponderosa Pine Needle Basketry Quilting Meets Couture New Vision: Seeing, Sewing, Living Differently Sculpture Quilting Hand Wrapped, Fabric Enhanced Framing There’s an App for That Quilts Spinning & Fiber Creation Needle Felted Creatures Vintage Western Period Clothing

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1. Teachers’ Tent— Behind Sisters Art Works, 204 W. Adams St. Sponsored by Morrow’s Sewing & Vacuum Center and Baby Lock The Teacher’s Tent has a new home just three short blocks from the Stitchin’ Post. Each year the Quilters’ Affair instructors share a wide variety of techniques, design, color and innovative ideas in this fabulous exhibit. Their quilts are always a highlight of the show! 2. Kibak Tile Quilts, Kathy Deggendorfer — Kathy & Friends Open Studio, Sisters Art Works Sponsored by Sisters Subway Colorful and big! Kathy has been working with Kibak Tile, creating custom tiles and tile murals. High quality ceramic tiles are hand painted to create unique flower gardens, red-tipped dogwoods and scenes from Central Oregon and Portland. These beautiful tile pieces can be installed in a variety of locations — even those with lots of direct sunlight. Kathy has graciously allowed us to use her artwork from the tile mural on this year’s Raffle Bike. More information on the raffle and where to get tickets is on page 4.

Undercover Quilters

3. Love to Water My Soul, Undercover Quilters — Mackenzie Creek Mercantile Sponsored by Bank of the Cascades The Undercover Quilters is a group of 12 women based in Bend, Oregon, who meet monthly in each other’s homes to share their love of reading, quilting and food. Each year they choose one book and members design quilts based on inspiration within the chosen book. The quilts for their 2013 exhibit are based on Love to Water My Soul, by local author Jane Kirkpatrick. The story venue is Eastern Oregon and north through the wagon trail to

the Columbia. The exhibit features 12 quilts interpreting the essence of the story by each of the Undercover Quilters.

selected some of her more precious quilts to honor her memory and her commitment to all of us in Sisters. 7. The Stitchin’ Post Employee Challenge — The Stitchin’ Post East Wall Sponsored by The Stitchin’ Post Each year the Stitchin’ Post employees are offered the opportunity to create a quilt to be displayed on Quilt Show day. This year’s challenge is “Streams of Color.” The employees have gone all out in their interpretations – this exhibit is a riot of color!


4. Patchwork Oblate Spheroid – “Welcome to My World” — Cascade Ave. across from the Stitchin’ Post Sponsored by Combined Communications A unique and ambitious project comes to us from the PieceMakers of the Madison in Montana. Twenty members of the Guild took a pattern that covers an 8 foot diameter weather balloon and made 24 individual panels, interpreting the theme “the world around us”. The unifying element of each of the sections is a piece of guild designed fabric, which is a kaleidoscope of their guild logo. All sections were assembled and stitched together to create an Oblate Spheroid, which is the shape of our earth. The project is inflated by inserting a weather balloon into it, filling the balloon with air, and then clamping the end of the balloon. 5. The Quilted Car —Cascade Ave. across from the Stitchin’ Post Sponsored by BendBroadband The Quilted Car comes to us from Lebanon, Oregon. Local quilt guild members started with their ‘orphan’ blocks, ultimately creating three large sections that entirely cover Peggy Christopherson’s van. It took more than a year for the group to complete the project. The Quilted Car has appeared in parades and at car shows. If you know of other Quilted Cars, Peggy would love to know. You can contact her at 6. A Tribute to Chris —The Stitchin’ Post Our 38th annual show is dedicated to our good friend Chris Jones who passed away in May after battling leukemia for the better part of a year. Chris chaired our school board for many years and was deeply devoted to our schools, our community and our kids. She was also an avid quilter and member of the Juniperberries quilting group in Sisters. We’ve

we sent them to create their block and our Quilters Affair instructors have picked their favorites. The Best in Show block wins a $50 prize and the runners-up all have an Honorable Mention ribbon attached. The blocks will be divided among those winners. Finished quilts from last year’s contest will be displayed here if they have been submitted for this year’s show.

8. Raffle Quilt & Custom Cruiser Bike Raffles — The Stitchin’ Post lawn area Sponsored by Bi-Mart and Bend/Sisters Garden RV Resort See pages 4 for details on both raffles. Winners will be drawn at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, Quilt Show day, behind the Stitchin’ Post. Winners need not be present. We will be happy to ship the bike if our winner is from out of town! 9. Morrow’s Sewing Center — Behind the Stitchin’ Post Our friends from Morrow’s will be demonstrating and selling their sewing machines in a new location — right behind the Stitchin’ Post. Please take a moment to stop by and thank them for their support. The financial support from our sponsors makes it possible for us to put on a fabulous show!

White On White Quilt

10. Quilt Block Contest — Stitchin’ Post Lawn Area Sponsored by Westminster Fibers The annual Quilt Block Contest challenges quilters to create a block using a packet of fabrics from our sponsor, Westminster Fibers. This year we have a special treat – a large group of blocks made by quilters in Japan! Participants were allowed to use only the fabrics

Cover to Cover Hugo Quilts

11. WOW! White on White Quilt Family Treasures, Mary Nyquist Koons — Beacham’s Clock Shop, inside Sponsored by Sisters Drug & Gift Artist’s Statement: “In spring, 2005, my father-in-law died and I asked for his trademark handkerchiefs and tuxedo shirts, intending to use them in quilts for all his grandchildren. The eldest announced her betrothal and I asked if she’d like a quilt made from family fabrics in white. She loved the idea and the first of the wedding quilts was begun. A fabulous collaboration was launched when Betty Anne Guadalupe agreed to quilt for me. We have challenged each other, and pushed our limits in designs. Ultimately the quilts use many of the same fabrics – mothers’ linens, fathers’ handkerchiefs and shirts, children’s garments, heirloom linens, and fabrics collected around the world. To make a series of quilts was a very satisfying challenge. Eight quilts are on display, all related, all heart felt. Some for weddings - all for love.” 12. There’s An App for That, Pacific Photos 2 Fiber Group — Capstone CPA’s Sponsored by The Bulletin Pacific Photos 2 Fiber is six artists from California and Oregon who share a love of

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quilting and photography. We manipulate digital images using a variety of apps (to tweak the colors or mimic the effects of age and wear, for example) and then print them on fabric to use in our quilts. Our challenge was to work entirely on handheld devices (smartphones and tablets) to capture and process our photos. 13. The “Hugo” Quilts by Cover to Cover — The Heritage Building lawn area Sponsored by Bronco Billy’s Ranch Grill and Saloon Cover to Cover was formed in 2000 by a group of quilt artists who wanted to challenge themselves to make quilts inspired by literature. While skills and styles vary within the group, each member brings her unique talent and ideas, making it an open forum for innovative approaches to creating art quilts as well as beautiful traditional pieces. This year the group will display works based on “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick. The quilts in this display will exemplify the diversity of the group. Come see how we unwind Hugo’s mysterious story. Inspired Art Quilting

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of quilts from students in her recent classes. Jean is truly creating a legacy through her art and her teaching.

14. Featured Gallery Artist – Jean Wells — Clearwater Gallery Sponsored by Clearwater Gallery See story page 30.

16. Sisters of the Heart – Quilts from Uganda — Inside Sisters Coffee Co. Sponsored by High Country Disposal In Kapchorwa, in the Eastern Mountains of Uganda, live a group of women called the Sisters of the Heart. These women are working together to create products to sell to make a life changing impact on the lives of their families and others less fortunate. They have been taught the skill of quilting, using scraps of African fabrics and donated fabrics. All proceeds from their handmade quilts go directly into the Sisters of the Heart Foundation to provide micro loans and to assist the most needy. The Foundation trains young girls and women, who have no hope of an education, in sewing and catering skills to sustain themselves and create a better life.

15. Jean Wells Students’ Quilts — Clearwater Gallery Courtyard Sponsored by Fabric Depot A hallmark of Jean Wells’ career is her strong desire to share her knowledge, ideas and techniques with others. This exhibit is a group

17. ManLand — Oak St. lawn behind Sisters Coffee Sponsored by Three Creeks Brewing and Advanced Systems Portable Restrooms We’ve captured a group of quilts made by guys, all in one place, so we could get a good look at what they’re doing. We’ve had men

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exhibit in the show for many years, and it’s time to bring them out of the shadows. No la-z-boys here - the guys work will amaze you! And ManLand is right next to Three Creeks’ beer garden – stop by, have a brew and thank them for their support for our show.

19. Featured Quilter: Kristin Shields — Ponderosa Properties lawn area Sponsored by the Roundhouse Foundation See story pages 24-25.

18. Portland Modern Quilt Guild — Paulina Springs Courtyard Sponsored by Ray’s Food Place The Portland Modern Quilt Guild (PMQG) was formed in 2010 and has grown to over 150 members. They are a diverse and creative group who make quilts in a wide range of designs ab-strakt-ed


and styles. The quilts on display embrace members’ unique voices within an emerging world of modern quilting. The Modern Quilt Guild suggests that modern quilts are “primarily functional and inspired by modern design.” Many of the quilts PMQG members make fit perfectly in that description. We also share common design aesthetics with other modern quilters around the world, including bold use of color, negative space, improvisational piecing, asymmetry and free motion quilting done on domestic machines. Modern quilting also embraces the sharing of ideas and building community on social media and blogs.

20. Block by Block, the Juniperberries — Gallery Restaurant West Wall Sponsored by Best Western Ponderosa Lodge Each member put a collection of their own fabrics into a box along with the size of the blocks they wanted for their quilt. Every month their box went home with a different member who created a block from the given fabrics — no additional fabrics were allowed! Group members applied their varied expertise and styles to create enough blocks for each person to have a quilt. Of course, helping each other with the arrangement of the blocks was the most fun of all!

Sponsored by Santa Barbara Quilting Retreats The four Santa Barbara artists who comprise ab-strakt-ed return to Sisters with an all-new collection of improvisationally pieced, abstract quilts. The artists have added several new pieces to an already established series and used that work as a springboard to progress in fresh and unique directions. The group’s mutually supportive principles empower and inspire each member to develop goals that are consistent with the ab-stakt-ed vision, thus resulting in the delivery of a cohesive and dramatic exhibit.

21. Machine Quilter Showcase featuring Tammy MacArthur — The Jewel Sponsored by Old Mill District, Bend, OR See Story Pages 26-27. 22. ab-strakt-ed: Forward Momentum Through Series, the Santa Barbara Quilters — Three Creeks Building

Quilt Block Contest

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23. Quilting Activity Area & Next Generation of Quilting — Town Square lawn Sponsored by The Nugget Newspaper This is a special location dedicated to the new quilter and quilter wanna-be. All ages are welcome to stop by the Quilting Activity Area for an introduction to the art of sewing and quilting. Each participant will complete a small take home project with the help of our volunteers. Activity tent hours are 10:30 to 2:30 on Quilt Show day. Our Next Generation exhibit area features quilts made by young people under the age of 18. It’s always fun to see what the Next Gen is up to!

Quilt Guild — Corner of Hood & Spruce Sponsored by The Quilt Shack The Prineville Evening Quilt Guild was looking for something to energize our members and save our wilted block of the month program in 2012. We also needed a project for Prineville’s special exhibit at the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show in 2013. Following some discussion it was decided that we do a month by month mystery quilt that would meet both of our goals. A Sweet Pickins’ Mystery Quilt designed by Sherri K. Falls from This and That patterns was chosen. We had great participation from our members and are pleased with the outcome. The mystery quilt proved to be perfect to re-energize our members.

24. Whimsical Cow Stampede — Melvin’s Fir St. Market Sponsored by C&T Publishing These super fun quilts are all from a pattern in, “Out Of The Box With Easy Blocks,” by Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie McFarland. Friends and students have customized the “Purple Cow” into various bovine-inspired themes. These quilts are embellished to the hilt, to fit the specific themes. No two are alike, even though the starting point is the same. 25. “Mystery Quilts”, Prineville Evening

Across the Pond

Get Your Stitch On!

Official beer of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Golden Stitches

26. Across The Pond — Season’s Café and Wine Shop Sponsored by Rio This is a small group of British Quilters that come to the United States every other year to do some sightseeing and to participate in a quilting event. They have been to California four times and this year they wanted to experience the Sisters Quilt Show that they had heard so much about. They come from many different places in Britain and their bond is quilting. They were excited to be part of the Sisters show and have some of their quilts on display. 27. Make it Modern, Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild — FivePine Lodge, inside Sponsored by FivePine Lodge and Conference Center Our local chapter of the Modern Guild has been busy, busy, busy – they have two exhibits in the show this year! You can find a group of their quilts inside FivePine Lodge for the entire month of July. Sunday after Quilt Show is “Make it Modern” day – stop by FivePine, take in a lecture by two of the Modern Movement leaders and see lots and lots of quilts in the “modern” style. Ticket information for the lecture and all our Save it for Sunday events can be found on page 6-7.

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

31. An Affair to Remember, The Cheerios Quilters — Corner of Cascade & Larch lawn area Sponsored by Cuppa Yo Frozen Yogurt Since 1996, the nine members of the Cheerios Group have been attending the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and Quilters Affair classes. They have been sewing, quilting, taking classes and displaying quilts in the show ever since. The group’s annual challenge is to finish a quilt from a past Quilters Affair class for display in the show. The origin of their group name? When they are together, they all have Cheerios for breakfast!

28. Two Rivers, Three Sisters — Sisters City Hall Sponsored by U.S. Bank See story page 34-35.

- Hoppy Wheat Ale Quilting Meets Couture

Visit our tent next to Sisters Coffee during the show or our Pub. [Husbands Welcome!]

An Affair to Remember

29. Quilting Meets Couture Sponsored by Robert Kaufman Fabrics See story on pages 32-33. 30. New Vision – Seeing, Sewing, Living Differently — Sisters Public Library Sponsored by Robert Kaufman Fabrics See Story pages 32-33.

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32. Fabric Flubs to Quilted Creations, Mountain Meadow Quilters Guild — Sisters Chamber of Commerce lawn area Sponsored by BJ’s Quilt Basket & Cynthia’s Sewing Center Remember the old saying- “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure”? Mountain Meadow Quilters have proven that “one quilter’s fabric flub (mistake) is another quilter’s inspiration”. These lovely quilts are the result of a “fabric flub exchange” What did we learn? There are no ugly fabrics to a creative mind. Stop by and see if you can pick out the “flub fabrics” in these beautiful creations. The Mountain Meadows Quilters Guild, started in 1996, is made up of quilters from in and around Sunriver, Oregon.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

inspiring and eye-catching display of Modern Quilt design!

Wish Upon a Card

33. Inspirational Instructor – Ruth Ingham — Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce building Sponsored by Black Butte Ranch See Story page 28-29. 34. Wish Upon a Card - Silent Auction for Wendy’s Wish — Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce, inside Framing Sponsor – High Desert Frameworks! Exhibit Sponsor – St. Charles Radiation Oncologists We have raised close to $60,000 in the last six years for Wendy’s Wish/St. Charles Cancer Center through the sale and silent auction of donated fabric postcards. Custom-framing for the postcards is also donated by award winning framer, Myrna Dow of High Desert Frameworks! Wendy’s Wish provides support services to cancer patients in need throughout Central Oregon. Cards are available for viewing and bidding beginning July 6 at Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce, 291 E. Main, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The silent auction closes at 3 p.m. on Quilt Show Day, Saturday, July 13.







Fi ve Pi n e Health • Balance • Adventure

★ EVENING STAR SPONSORS ★ Advanced Systems Portable Restrooms Bank of the Cascades Bend/Sisters Garden RV Resort

Clearwater Gallery Cuppa Yo Frozen Yogurt Fabric Depot High Country Disposal

QuiltWorks Rio Sisters Drug & Gift Sisters Garden Club

Sisters Subway The Quilt Shack


35. 2 + 1 Challenge, Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild — Sisters Drug & Gift Sponsored by QuiltWorks, Bend, OR Guild members chose two fabrics, Kona Coal and Kona Lime, for a “Two Plus One” challenge. Members are allowed these two colors plus one other color of their choice. The quilts can also contain prints that coordinate with the Coal, Lime, and the color they choose. This will be an Mt. Bachelor Guild

Inspirational Instructor

Thank you to the many volunteers whose efforts make the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show possible!

36. 30th Anniversary Celebration Quilts, Mt. Bachelor Quilt Guild — Leavitt’s Lawn area Sponsored by Sew Many Quilts This exhibit presents a timespan collection of show winners, either viewer’s choice or challenge quilts. It’s centerpiece is the fabulous 110 inch “Legacy” quilt provided by Joanne Myers that was used for the play “The Quilters.” Each quilt is unique and will display the year and it’s winning category. Mt. Bachelor Quilters’ Guild was established in 1983 with about 10 members and now hosts 120 members at our monthly meetings in Bend. Our speakers include nationally known quilters and we hold workshops several times each year. Our 2013 quilt show is on August 10 in Pioneer Park in Bend, OR.

37. Back to Nature, East of the Cascades Quilt Guild — The Place Building, N. Elm St. Sponsored by Sisters Garden Club East of the Cascade Quilters is based in Sisters, and is comprised of quilters who span the breadth and depth of Central Oregon quilting, from traditional to modern to “art.” When the group decided to have its own Special Exhibit at the 2013 Quilt Show, it chose Back to Nature for the theme. Nothing says Central Oregon to our members like quilts and the incredible environment in which we live. Each participating quilter has applied her unique style to depict what the theme, Back to Nature, means to her.

Abigail’s on Main Alpaca by Design American Red Cross Angeline’s Bakery & Café Anthony’s Restaurant Art Station Aspen Lakes Golf Course Atelier 6000 Beacham’s Clock Co., Inc. BJ’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Blazin Saddles Cycle N Style Blooms & Sweets Blue Alchemy Blue Burro Imports Blue Spruce Bed & Breakfast Bright Spot Juice & Java Butterfly Yarn Shop Café Yumm! Canyon Creek Pottery Che Bella Batiks Chico’s Coldwater Creek Coldwell Banker Reed Bros. Realty Common Threads Confluence Fly Shop Cork Cellars Wine Bar & Bottle Shop Cowgirls and Indians Resale Deez Nutz Desert Charm/The Dime Store Don Terra Artworks Dutch Bros. Coffee of Central Oregon Ear Expressions Essentials Flatbread Community Oven Flowers by Deanna Francesca’s Fullhart Insurance of Sisters Ginger’s Kitchenware Greenbaums Quilted Forest

Gymboree Hardtails Bar & Grill Heritage U.S.A. Homestead Quilts & Gallery J. Jill Jen’s Garden Kalamazoo Antique Mall Ken Scott Gallery La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum Leavitt’s Western Wear Lonesome Water Books Lori Salisbury Gallery Los Agaves Mexican Grill Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery Mackenzie Creek Mercantile Martolli’s Pizza, Inc. Material Girl Fabrics McDonald’s of Sisters McGregor Melvin’s Fir Street Market Metolius Property Sales Mission Linen Navigator News Oregon Outback Outfitters Pastini Pastaria Paulina Springs Books Pieceful Expressions Portland Area Quilt Show Hop Quilter’s Attic R.A. (Dick) Howells Realty Company Rancho Viejo Mexican Restaurant REI Sara Bella* Upcycled Savory Spice Shop Saxon’s Fine Jewelers Seasons Café & Wine Shop Shibui Spa Sisters Art Works

Sisters Athletic Club Sisters Bakery Sisters Cascade of Gifts Sisters Coffee Co. Sisters Feed & Supply Sisters Inn and Suites Sisters Log Furniture & Home Décor Sisters Mainline Station Chevron Sisters Motor Lodge Sisters Olive & Nut Company Ski Inn Restaurant Sno Cap Drive In Southwest Treasures St. Charles Radiation Oncologists Strictly Organic Coffee Co. Sundance Shoes Takoda’s Restaurant Taylor Tire Center/Sisters Les Schwab The Culver House The Depot Café The Gallery Restaurant & Bar The Gallimaufry The Hen’s Tooth The Jewel The Oregon Garden The Paper Place The Pony Express The Sisters Dollar Store Vanilla Urban Threads Village Interiors Design Center & Home Furnishings Vista Bonita Glass Art Gallery White House Black Market Wild Hare Fiber Wonderland Toy Shoppe Your Store


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SPECIAL EVENT & FUNDRAISER: Tuesday, July 9 • Sisters High School

Sponsored by BendBroadband


Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show to feature a showing of “Stitched: The Film”, an award-winning quilting documentary by Bridget McGinn, for The Bulletin Special Projects Quilting superstars will grace the big screen at the upcoming annual fundraiser for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. The award-winning documentary “Stitched: The Film” will be featured at the event on Tuesday, July 9 at Sisters High School. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the film will screen at 7:15 p.m. In addition to the film, the evening will have a “red carpet” feel complete with paparazzi, photo opportunities with Quilt Man (a character in the film), door prizes and delicious desserts provided by Tate & Tate Catering. Filmmakers Jenalia Moreno (director) and Tom Gandy (cameraman and editor) will be in attendance for a question-andanswer session following the film, along with a parade of award-winning quilts from Central Oregon quilters and the highly anticipated big drawing for the Quilter’s Shopping Spree Raffle valued at more than $600. “Stitched” explores the contemporary quilting scene through the experiences of several innovators who push the art form into new territory. The documentary has been accepted in nine film festivals, including the

2012 BendFilm Festival, has won audience choice awards at two festivals, and received a nomination for best cinematography at the Charlotte Film Festival. The film follows three highly renowned quilters racing to complete their entries for the International Quilt Festival in Houston, the largest indoor quilt show in the nation. “I really think that people will find this film fun and interesting,” said Ann Richardson, executive director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. “It is about a quilt show, but one that is very

“There’s a big difference in quilt audiences versus mainstream audiences. Quilters tend to laugh a lot more because of the inside jokes in the film. Also, they tend to ask more questions of us, the filmmakers.”

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different from ours.” “The Houston show is juried and considered a very high quality art show. I think it will be eye-opening for a lot of people since it is so different from the type of show that we have here in Sisters.” Response to the film from those in the quilting world has been positive. “Quilters are extremely supportive of us and they are complimentary of our effort, our first film,” said Moreno. “They congratulate us for capturing the essence of quilting and beg us to make a ‘Stitched II.’” Non-quilters have also responded

positively to the film, letting Moreno know that they now have a new appreciation for a craft that they previously knew nothing about, and sharing stories about relatives who have quilted. Many viewers connect with the message from film subject Hollis Chatelain about hope for our future, Moreno says, while others are intrigued by the controversial, competitive subculture of quilting. Some people identify with the businesslike nature of Caryl Bryer Fallert and still others want to learn more about Randall Cook, one of a growing number of

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You are invited to one of Quilt Sampler’s Top Ten Quilt Shops! male quilters. “Stitched” was released in April 2011 and has since screened more than 100 times across the U.S. and internationally. Screenings have been at film festivals, museums, quilt guilds, quilt shows and quilt festivals. “There’s a big difference in quilt audiences versus mainstream audiences,” said Moreno. “Quilters tend to laugh a lot more because of the inside jokes in the film. Also, they tend to ask more questions of us, the filmmakers.” Moreno is looking forward to attending the event and having the opportunity to experience the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show firsthand. “I’ve never attended the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, but I heard so much about it while we were shooting ‘Stitched,’” said Moreno. “I have heard about the uniqueness of the show and how people who attend the show are so devoted to their craft. While I’ve been to many quilt shows since we started making ‘Stitched’ in 2009, this one promises to be different. After all, it’s an outdoor show.”


Film & Fundraiser Tuesday, July 9 • Doors Open at 6 p.m. • Sisters High School Dessert tasting, demos, door prizes, parade of awardwinning quilts and a showing of “Stitched: The Film,” a documentary; tickets $20 for adults, $10 kids 12 and under (in advanced or at the door); call 541-549-0989 or visit www. to purchase.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. They may be purchased online at www. or by phone at 541-549-0989 or at the door. Raffle tickets for the shopping spree are $2 each or three for $5 and may be purchased by phone.

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At a Glance

Around the Block Fiber Arts Stroll

Sunday, July 7, Downtown Sisters, Noon-4 p.m.

Around the Block Quilt Walk

July 1-31: Quilts on display in and beyond Sisters; July 5-21: Locations in the Old Mill District, Bend

Quilters Affair

Monday – Friday, July 8-12, Sisters High School

“Stitched” - Film & Fundraiser

Dessert tasting, demos, door prizes and the film! Tuesday, July 9, Doors Open at 6 p.m., Sisters High School

Info to Know Information Booth/ First Aid Volunteer Check-In

Volunteers who are hanging or taking down quilts should check in at the Quilt Show Office, 352 E Hood St. All other show day volunteers should check in at the Information Booth 30 minutes before their shifts. The Info Booth is located on the grassy area behind The Stitchin’ Post. All our volunteers are invited to a volunteer thank you reception on July 18.

Lost & Found On Quilt Show Day, lost and found items will be held at the Information Booth. Check at the Stichin’ Post or call 541-549-6061 after July 13 for lost items.

Trying to Locate a Quilt? The Information Booth and the Sisters Chamber have a list of where all the quilts are hung. Please check there if you’d like to find the location of your quilt.

Shop Chico’s & Support the Show!

Shop Chico’s at the Old Mill District in Bend, and 10 percent of your purchase will be donated to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Purchases made on Friday, July 5 or Thursday, July 11 qualify.

Wish Upon a Card Reception

Thursday, July 11, 3:30-6 p.m., Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce Reception to honor postcard donors.

Artist Receptions At Clearwater Gallery, Sisters Dan Rickards: Tuesday, July 2, 5-7 p.m. Jean Wells: Thursday, July 11, 4-6:30 p.m.

38th Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Downtown Sisters

Save it for Sunday

Sunday, July 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., See pages 6-7 for details

July 13, between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. A portion of your purchase price goes to help defray the expenses of the show.

Volunteer firefighters will be on hand on Cascade Avenue, at Leavitt’s, to provide first aid. The Fire Department on Elm Street, south of town, is also available to provide assistance. In case of emergency, call 911.

Raffle Prize Drawings

Buy a Quilt - Help the Show!

Picking Up Quilts

More than one-third of the quilts on display are for sale. And your purchase helps support quilting AND the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Quilts with a brightly colored show tag are all for sale. To purchase a quilt, remove the small bright yellow ticket with the name and price of the quilt (if that ticket is gone, the quilt has been sold). Please do not remove the ticket unless you are certain that you intend to purchase the quilt. Take the ticket to the Quilt Show Sales Office behind the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce building at 291 E Main. Quilt purchases must be completed on Saturday,

Special thanks to the volunteers, board members and event staff that make this show happen. Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show would not be possible without their contribution of time, energy, enthusiasm and creativity. Special thanks to Donna Rice for seeing Two River, Three Sisters through to the end. Gary Miller, Shay and John Lohrmann and Clyde Dildine magically appear whenever and wherever they are needed — thanks for being on our team guys. As always, our sincere gratitude to Kathy Deggendorfer for her love of the

Raffle Quilt and Bike Raffle drawings at 4 p.m. behind The Stitchin’ Post.

Quilts may be claimed beginning Sunday at 7:30 a.m. at the Quilt Show Office, 352 E Hood St. Please note: this is a different location from the Quilt Show Sales Office. Pick up times are: Sunday, July 14, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday - Wednesday, July 15-17, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact the Quilt Show 541-549-0989

arts and all things Sisters. Our community is enhanced by her generosity. Board of Directors Jeri Buckmann, Myrna Dow, Rosie Horton, Jan McGowan, Sharyl Parker McCulloch, Jean Wells Keenan, Valori Wells Kennedy Event Staff Ann Richardson, Executive Director Jeanette Pilak, Incoming Executive Director Tammy Ambrose, Events Director Kathy Pazera, Friendraiser Coordinator Jamie Audrain, Events Coordinator Clyde Dildine, IT Director & Grunt Labor

Help Our Furry Friends Stop by Town Square and give your pup a drink. Our good friends at the Nugget Newspaper take great care of our furry friends in need.

We’re Having An Affair with our Volunteers We welcome everyone who volunteered his or her time to make this year’s show a great success to our Volunteer Appreciation Affair on Thursday, July 18 at 5:15 p.m. The event will be held at The Lodge at Black Butte Ranch and feature hors d’oeuvres, a hosted wine bar, craft beer by Three Creeks Brewing, door prizes and special recognitions. R.S.V.P. by July 15 at One guest per volunteer welcome for $10 admission.

Our volunteer program is generously sponsored by Bi-Mart.

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Ray’s Food Place, Black Butte Ranch, Best Western, Bi-Mart, Sisters Subway

Blazin Saddles

Pine St Information & Hostess Check In & Membership

High School Parking Shuttle Drop-Off & Pick-Up Clearwater Gallery  


 Beacham’s  Clock Co. 


Culver House


The Stitchin’     Post


Bright Spot Juice & Java

Sno Cap Drive-In

Ash St Three Creeks Bldg

The Hen’s Tooth

Fire Dept. Rotary First Aid Food Court U.S. Bank

Cuppa Yo Frozen Yogurt Ear Expressions The Jewel   BARCLAY PARK The Gallery Restaurant )

Martolli’s Pizza BJ’s Ice Cream


Habitat Thrift Store Angeline’s The Place  Bldg.

Elm St

Elm St Village Green


Navigator News

Furry Friends

Sundance Shoes


Common Threads

Hwy 126-20

Don Terra Artworks

Leavitt’s Western Wear 

Sisters Feed

Fire Dept. First Aid

Rancho Viejo Abigail’s on Main

Bronco Billy’s

Fir St

Fir St  Melvin’s Market Cork Sisters  Drug Cellars

352 E. Hood Ave -

Volunteer Check-in

for hanging/taking down quilts Village Interiors


Ski Inn

The Quilt Shack

Hardtails Bar & Grill

Larch St Sisters Dental Nugget Newspaper

Season’s Cafe & Wine Shop 


Dutch Bros. Coffee

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Sisters School District Admin.

Handicapped Parking

Canyon Creek Pottery

Sisters  City Hall

Locust St

Locust St

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Cedar St

Sisters Library

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Conference Center Sisters Athletic Club Three Creeks Brewing Shibui Spa Rio

Spruce St

Tour Bus Parking, 386 N. Fir


Larch St Jen’s Garden

$ FivePine Lodge &

Bank of the Cascades

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church -

Adams Ave

Spruce St

Metolius Property Sales

   QUILT SHOW SALES OFFICE & Chamber of Commerce

Main Ave


Sisters Bakery Los Agaves Mexican Grill

Cascade Ave

Hood Ave

Heritage U.S.A.

  Sisters Teacher’s Art Tent Works

Ash St

Sisters Log Furniture

Desert Charm

Oak St Tour Bus Drop-Off & Pick-Up

Alpaca by Design

Your Store

Paper Place

 MacKenzie Creek Mercantile The Depot Café

Adams Ave

Paulina Springs 

Coldwell Banker

Cascade Ave

Hood Ave

Pony Express

Main Ave

Oak St

 Sisters Coffee Co. 

Ponderosa Properties

Pine St


Heritage Building 

Special Exhibits


Restrooms with

) Handicap Access


Water Station

$ Donation Drop


Special Exhibits Map Guide

~ Join Us ~

Become a Member Your “Friend of the Show” membership supports the inspiration and creativity enjoyed by thousands of visitors to the show each year. It costs us over $200,000 to put on this free event and member support is vital to our success. Members enjoy free admission and discounts to quilt museums, shows and shops in seven states, as well as other inspiring benefits. Come by the Friend of the Show booth, on the grassy area

behind the Stitchin’ Post, on Quilt Show day and join us in making a difference! We have a free gift for members who join on Quilt Show Day – stop by the booth and sign up! Or drop off your membership or donation at one of the many locations identified on the show guide map. You’ll find a complete listing member benefits on the “Support” page at

Friend of the Show - Membership Program Partners Museums

Quilt Shops

International Quilt Study Center & Museum The National Quilt Museum Latimer Quilt & Textile Center La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum* San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

BJ’s Quilt Basket* Buggy Barn Center Diamond Country Lane Quilts Fabric Depot* Fourth Corner Quilts Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest* Homestead Quilts & Gallery* Material Girl Fabrics* Quilter’s Attic* QuiltWorks* Sew Many Quilts* The Country Loft The Gathering Place

* Quilt Show Sponsoring Businesses

The Quilt Shack* The Quilted Hill Quilt Shop The Stitchin’ Post* Wooden Gate Quilts

Quilt Shows Seven Sisters Quilt Show Old Aurora Colony Museum Quilt Show Boise Basin Quilters Quilt Show Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show* Spokane - Wash. State Quilters Quilt Show

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Traffic Information

Disabled parking is available now in TWO lots on the east end of town. We have designated disabled parking in the Sisters Elementary School parking lot, on the east side of Locust St. We still offer disabled parking on the west side of Locust St. in the lots between the School Administration building and Sisters City Hall. Access to this lot has


Disabled Parking



Disabled Parking









Parking is available on all city streets in the business district and residential areas in Sisters. Please be considerate of local residents and DO NOT park in or block private driveways or alleyways. Where parking spaces are unmarked, we encourage head-in parking to accommodate more cars. Please do not park on the highway. It is unsafe and there is plenty of parking in downtown Sisters!




Cascade Avenue will be closed to east/west traffic on Quilt Show Day by 6 a.m. All the north/ south cross streets will be open to traffic and parking. Through traffic will be routed around town on Locust St. and Barclay Drive until 5 p.m.


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Businesses are accessible in Three Wind Center on the west end of Sisters. Bi-Mart, Takoda’s Restaurant, The Sisters Dollar Store and other businesses can all be accessed from Hwy 20 eastbound. Westbound traffic can access these businesses via Hood Ave.


Free Shuttle Parking at High School


Local Traffic - Quilt Show Day

Shuttle Stop




changed – please check the map and follow the traffic signs to access all disabled parking.

just two blocks north of town.

Tour buses will drop off and pick up passengers

Lacrosse Team is providing a free shuttle for anyone who wants to park at Sisters High School at 1700 W McKinney Butte Rd. The first shuttle bus leaves the High School at 9 a.m. The last shuttle will leave Sisters at 5 p.m. The shuttle stop in Sisters is on Hood Avenue, one block south of The Stitchin’ Post.

on Main Avenue. Buses will park off Larch Street, north of town at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Volunteers are greeting tour buses and will be serving lunch at the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

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Free Park & Shuttle - The Sisters High School


Sponsored by St. Charles Radiation Oncologists and High Desert Frameworks!

When You

Wish Upon a Card In its 7th year, quilt show project has raised close to $60,000 for Wendy’s Wish/St. Charles Cancer Care Center. Marion Shimoda

by Gregg Morris, for The Bulletin Special Projects One reason the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show connects with the community of Sisters is its desire to support local nonprofit organizations. Case in point: the “Wish Upon a Card” project. Now in its seventh year, Wish Upon a Card challenges quilters to make quilted (and legal-to-mail) postcards for sale and auction to raise money for Wendy’s Wish/ St. Charles Cancer Care Center.

Tonye Belinda Phillips

“It was a good fit for Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show to partner with Wendy’s Wish,” said project coordinator Kathy Pazera. “First, Wendy Huntley (its namesake) was a well-known quilter in the community. Second, several quilters volunteered with the organization. Third, when a family is going through a devastating illness like cancer, it’s imperative the community offers support through organizations like Wendy’s Wish.”

Wendy’s Wish

According to its website, “Wendy’s Wish exists to provide education, promote early detection of colorectal cancer and offer affordable, compassionate emotional support to each individual’s personal journey.” Because they are able to offer 85 percent of total proceeds, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show has raised close to $60,000 for Wendy’s Wish, including last year’s $10,000 donation. Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show receives donated cards from as far away as Russia, including a gift of 56 cards from a Tucson, Arizona quilt shop.

Fabric Postcards and the Michael Miller Challenge

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is accepting

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4-by-6-inch fabric postcards for sale until Monday, July 1. Roughly 75 out of 300 submitted cards are selected for silent auction. The chosen cards are custom framed for display by Myrna Dow of High Desert Frameworks!. The highest price paid for a card over the last six years was $700. Framed cards will be on display the week of July 6-13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (staring at noon on Saturdays) at the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce. The silent auction will end at 3 p.m. on July 13 — Quilt Show day. Other framed cards will be displayed at Sisters High School Monday through Friday, July 8-12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The silent auction will end for these cards Friday, July 12 at noon. A reception for the donors will take place at the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, July 11, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. For the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge, quilters were required to use specific fabrics from Michael Miller Fabrics. Marion Shimoda took home $100 by winning first place in the fabric challenge. Kate Speckman won second place and $50, while Kristin Shields took third pace and $25. Martha Sanders and Jane Haworth each received a $10 gift certificate for

being awarded honorable mentions. “This is an event that brings joy to all involved,” Pazera said. “The artist who creates the card, the viewer who appreciates the art, the purchaser of the card who mails it to a friend or displays it on their wall, Wendy’s Wish, who receives the proceeds and the patient who benefits from the support.” For more information about this year’s cards or how to get involved next year, please visit

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FEATURED QUILTER: KRISTIN SHIELDS This year’s featured quilter, Kristin Shields, uses intuition and improvisation when designing her quilts.

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QUILTER by Gregg Morris, for The Bulletin Special Projects For artists, it all starts with an idea. They see or hear or taste something that activates that part of their imagination that longs to create. But then the hard part comes — how to transfer these ideas into reality. For the quilter this is especially true, taking textile and pattern and thread, measuring and cutting and piecing together the mosaic elements that make stars, baskets and log cabins. And while the actuality of quilting can be sometimes tedious, Kristin Shields has discovered a way to loosen up the rules for quilters everywhere. “Currently, I’m working in a style referred to as ‘Liberated Quilting,’” she said. “It’s very intuitive and improvisational. I start with an idea and then take off from there.” Take off, she does. Liberated quilting, Shields said, forces her to work instinctually, making design decisions with each cut and stitch. “In liberated quilting, you don’t measure or worry about cutting straight lines,” she said. “You just go to the fabric and let your inspiration lead you, and take it as it goes. For me, it tends to be more lively.” Thanks in part to this lively style, Shields was named the Featured Quilter at this year’s Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Her work will be shown in a special exhibit the day of the main show, Saturday, July 13, at Ponderosa Properties. For Shields, process breeds creativity. She works off two large “inspiration boards” in her workspace that are covered in felt so that the fabric will stick to it as she pieces together the intricate puzzles that are her quilts.

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While most quilters require careful planning, measurements and math skills, Shields works off pure instinct. “People sometimes get really confused or nervous when I’m explaining what I do, but it’s pretty simple, and that’s what I love about it,” she said. “If you need more, add it on. If you need less, cut it off.” Shields started quilting in 1991 after a lifetime of wanting to learn. “I have a really crafty family, and we were always doing needle work and other things,” she said. Shields took her first quilting class in California when she lived in the Bay Area, but says that her move to Central Oregon is when her quilting started to become what it is today. “We moved to Bend in 2004, after my husband Mark had been here on

“A lot of what I do starts with the basics of traditional quilting, but then it goes a little wonky, and I like that.” business,” Shields said. “We wanted to get out of the traffic and congestion of California, and that’s when my quilting really took off . . . I knew from other people about the Sisters Quilt Show, but didn’t realize how large it was ’til I went that first year I lived here.” The year after, Shields became a volunteer and has been involved both working in and showing quilts at the event ever since. “Jean Wells (founder) and Ann Richardson (executive director) have

been such an inspiration to me and my quilting,” she said. “They keep it fun, and that’s why we all do it, isn’t it?” But as any true artist, Shields gets her inspiration from so many places. “I love folk art, and animals. Animals show up a lot in my quilting,” she said. “I also love the written word.” Shields is a member of five quilting groups, one of which has a book club element and draws inspiration from works of literature. “We call ourselves the Undercover

Quilters,” laughed Shields who, with her book group, recently completed quilts inspired by “The Good, Good Pig,” by Sy Montgomery. While each of her pieces are decidedly different, after viewing her work, you can easily begin to distinguish Shields’ style. “I want my work to be whimsical and brightly colored,” she said. “My display for this year’s show is pretty eclectic. All the pieces are original designs. I did a lot of hand piecing and appliqué.”

Artist: Kathy Deggendorfer “Kathy’s Colors”

Shields will even be showing a frayed edge piece made completely of self woven pieces of fabric. “A lot of what I do starts with the basics of traditional quilting, but then it goes a little wonky, and I like that,” said Shields. “It’s not a matter of thinking, but just doing. Nothing has to be perfect to be fun or to be art. . . . When I start a piece, I never really know where it’s going to end up or what its going to look like when I’m done, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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‘Drawing the Fabric’ Tammy MacArthur named the featured artist in this year’s Machine Quilter Showcase. by Gregg Morris, for The Bulletin Special Projects While Tammy MacArthur didn’t take up quilting until the early 1990s, she showed an interest at a young age. “I’ve always enjoyed looking at quilts,” MacArthur said. “My great grandmother used to quilt. I used to like to look at hers when I was a child. And, of course, I’ve always sewn.” It wasn’t until 2007 that MacArthur, a

Redmond resident who is married with three daughters, began to quilt using a longarm machine. “The larger the quilt gets, the more difficult it becomes to work with it,” MacArthur said. “With my longarm machine, I don’t have to wrestle the fabric as much.” This work has garnered some attention, leading to MacArthur being named the featured quilter in this year’s Machine Quilter Showcase at the Sisters Outdoor

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Quilt Show on Saturday, July 13. Each year, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show highlights exceptional quilters in various categories, including machine quilting. “Tammy has been quietly creating beautiful, finished quilts and we thought it was time more people knew about her talent,” said Ann Richardson, executive director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. MacArthur’s work began to get noticed

when her quilt, “Leaves,” was juried in 2012 into the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show’s art and contemporary quilt exhibit, “Fabrications.” For the honor, Tammy’s work will be specifically exhibited to demonstrate the her skill as a, “finisher,” or a quilter who adds the finishing touch.

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Machine quilters use large machines to stitch in rows or patterns using various

techniques to sew through the layers of fabric and batting, thus replicating oldstyle hand quilting. Longarm quilters, such as MacArthur, use a longarm sewing machine to sew the three layers together. The longarm sewing machine ranges from 10 to 14 feet in length and can significantly reduce the amount of time needed to sew a quilt. Like MacArthur, most people begin with regular machine quilting and move up to longarm machine quilting. Regular machine quilting is easier and less expensive. “It takes some time to learn the longarm process,” MacArthur said. “With the longarm, you are drawing on the fabric instead of pushing it through.” All of MacArthur’s clients have come by word of mouth. Simple designs take approximately two days to complete. Complex designs can take up to three months. The largest quilt MacArthur has worked on is a king-size quilt, measuring 115 inches by 120 inches. “Pantographs are a lot easier,” MacArthur said. “All you have to do is

“With the longarm, you are drawing on the fabric instead of pushing it through.” follow the pattern. With custom designs, you have to take your time and make it all work on the fabric.” While MacArthur has only submitted quilts to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show a handful of times, she has been an active volunteer for years. “I usually help out at the show by either hanging quilts or hostessing,” MacArthur said. “I like to hang quilts so I can see all

of them and also not spend a lot of time in the sun.” You can see MacArthur’s work at The Jewel during the 38th annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on Saturday, July 13. For more information on having MacArthur make a quilt for you, please call 541-350-0891 or email For more information on the quilt show, visit

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2013 Inspirational Instructor believes ‘we should pass on what we know to others.’ by Bridget McGinn, for The Bulletin Special Projects Ruth Ingham has been drawn to clothing design and textiles for as long as she can remember. “I have always liked using fabrics and I’ve always sewn,” said Ingham. “My mother taught me to sew as a little girl and we always made our own clothes.” Her interest led her to a degree in clothing design and textiles, as well as two additional degrees in the fine arts. She has worked professionally as a television designer and on camera for a daily women’s show. Another strong thread throughout her life has been a love of teaching. She has taught in one form or another since the age of 25. “I’ve always liked to teach,” said Ingham. “I really believe that we should

pass on what we know to others.” It is this approach to helping others that led to Ingham’s selection as the 2013 Inspirational Instructor for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Ingham will be sharing 15 of her quilts in a special exhibit during the show. After selecting the quilts for the exhibit Ingham realized that they represented a retrospective of her work over the last 30-or-so years of quilting and traveling. “I realized after I chose the quilts that all of them tell a story of someplace I’ve been,” said Ingham. Having visited more than 100 countries and lived overseas for a number of years, Ingham finds a great deal of inspiration in new locations and experiences. It wasn’t until her return from a 16year stint teaching in Saudi Arabia that Ingham first discovered quilting. It was the sight of a single quilt hanging on

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the wall at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters that sparked her interest. “I saw that quilt in the Stitchin’ Post and immediately signed up for a beginner’s quilting class,” said Ingham. Her instructor was Lawry Thorn, a longtime Stitchin’ Post employee and instructor. Ingham cites Thorn as one of her own sources of inspiration. “She was very patient and she is an excellent instructor for beginners.” The class with Thorn decades ago was just the beginning for Ingham, and she began taking classes constantly, a trend that continues to this day. “There is always something new to learn,” said Ingham. This philosophy applies to her approach to teaching as well. Ingham is inspired by a never-ending quest for new techniques and approaches to quilting, which she enjoys sharing with others. “I try to teach classes about things that people don’t already know how to do,” said Ingham. “I teach a lot of finishing classes — that area is ever-evolving and we keep finding new approaches. I try to focus on and keep up with that end of the quilting spectrum.”

According to Ann Richardson, executive director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Ingham is the “go to” person in the area for any questions related to quilting. “Ruth is someone who is not only talented as a quilter and an artist, but she is someone who is always willing to take the time to share what she knows with others,” said Richardson. Ingham enjoys the community spirit that she finds in the classroom. As an instructor, she often encourages her students to share their issues with the rest of the class. And she makes sure to make herself available at any time outside of class to help people out. She also enjoys doing quilt appraisals and helping people learn more about quilting and their own quilts, which are often family heirlooms. “I am very enthused about what I do,” said Ingham. “And I try to help people solve problems. We talk things through and find solutions. That is important to people. Sometimes you can get stuck on your own, and it is nice to have help.” Ingham has taught at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show for many years, and

this year she will be instructing classes in Layered Reverse Applique and Finishing Tips & Techniques. For more information on the classes offered during the week preceding the quilt show (July 8-12) known as “Quilter’s Affair” visit www. In addition to the Inspirational Instructor Exhibit, which will be located at the Sisters Chamber of Commerce, Ingham will have multiple other quilts on display during the show. Several of her quilts will be exhibited in the teacher’s tent, some at the Redmond Library and others at a special show at Black Butte Ranch. For more details on the exhibits and other activities related to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show visit www.

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Quilting Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show founder Jean Wells will be a featured gallery artist at Clearwater Gallery during the month of July. by Sondra Holtzman, for The Bulletin Special Projects If you love fine quilting and exquisite art pieces in fabric, you won’t want to miss the work of master artist and quilter Jean Wells who will be the featured gallery artist at Clearwater Gallery in Sisters during the entire month of July. A fifth-generation Oregonian and native of Sisters, nature plays a pivotal role as inspiration in Wells’ work. She incorporates the colors of her environment as well as elements like rocks, mountains and trees that have meant so much to her during her lifetime into her art pieces. “I’ve finally come to a point in my quilting career to focus on bringing those things into my art and to be able to create on that level,” said Wells. “Becoming more abstract in my work was a big step for me. Aside from the challenge of creating abstractly, I constantly keep seeing ways of interpreting things that appear in nature.” One example is an art piece called After the Rain, which features large, stone-like shapes in fabric. Aside from the obvious presence of these larger shapes, Wells’ idea for the piece was to ponder some of the detail you don’t immediately see — the little details that can be found hiding in cracks and crevices of the rocks. “I like to add little jewel-like pieces of fabric,” said Wells. “It’s like my imagination

is back there in between the stones.” For her quilting work, Wells uses mostly hand-dyed cotton and batik fabric, much of which are created in Bali and surrounding islands. Along with being completely hand made, the fabrics have a natural, earthy look, which attracts the artist. “When I work with smaller pieces, I also pull in bits of silk and linen to get more visual texture,” said Wells. “I try to look at stone and rock outcroppings to get ideas for the shapes I want to work with. Once a skeleton sketch is made of the shapes that are to be included in a piece, then I begin looking for fabrics I feel will fit into that piece and create a composition. Instead of mimicking nature, I’m capturing the essence of what I see or feel.” Three years ago while reading an article on the Earth, three words stood out that later became a mantra for Wells: Of The Earth. When she goes on trips, especially in Eastern Oregon, and travels along old roads, the artist really sees what is going on under the ground, reflected in several of her pieces that evoke the feeling of going underground in the imagination, like a stream and the angles it creates as it winds its way down into the Earth. “I use the concept ‘Of The Earth’ many times in my work as a starting point,” said Wells. “Sometimes I’ll add little areas that might be a collection of semi-precious stones, so I’ll include rectangular shapes that are narrower with smaller pieces that

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resemble little jewels.” The artist has collected rocks ever since childhood and has many that grace the shelves and tables in her studio. The composition for her piece After the Rain had been evolving for some time. During a hike on Christmas day down into the Whychus Canyon, Wells noticed glistening rocks in the melting snow. “I’ve never seen colors like that,” she said. “I came home and started changing out fabrics in After the Rain, and it ended up being an inspiration for me to finally finish it.” Wells has been teaching quilting since

she was 22 years old. A former home economics teacher, the last 10 years have been devoted to teaching art quilting. Students come from far and wide to Sisters to take classes from Wells, who boasts a large following. This year, in addition to showcasing Wells’ work as the featured gallery artist at Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, the work of some of her students will be on display outside the Gallery on Sunday, July 7 from noon to 4 p.m. during the Fiber Arts Stroll as well as on Quilt Show day, Saturday. July 13, and again on Sunday, July 14. “Watching people learn and discover new things warms my soul,” said Wells. “I demonstrate a few techniques and then try to teach more general composition so they don’t end up doing work that looks like mine. I give my students the tools and work really hard at principles and elements of design to create abstract work.” Wells can’t imagine herself not quilting and thoroughly enjoys the process of decision-making that goes into each of her pieces. “Once you tap into the creative process and you’ve seen the rewards, it becomes something you need to do,” said Wells. “For me, teaching is part of that process because I’m watching my students do that same thing. For them to be successful on their own journey means the world to me. I’m on a never-ending journey with my own art quilting.”


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Quilt Block Contest receives nearly 100 submissions by Japanese quilters. by Bridget McGinn, for The Bulletin Special Projects Each year the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show offers a unique opportunity for quilters to submit a quilt block using only pre-selected fabrics provided in packets. The completed blocks are judged by Quilter’s Affair instructors, and the winner receives a “Best in Show” prize of $50. The top five winners will each receive their block back, along with a group of other blocks and a ribbon. This year the Quilt Block Contest has a decidedly international influence, as organizers received 97 completed quilt blocks from Japan. “We are expecting about 200 quilt blocks to be submitted in total,” said Ann Richardson, executive director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. “And it will be unusual to have half of them be from a country outside of the United States.”

The high number of Japanese submissions can be attributed to a visit to Sisters last June by a team from Patchwork Quilt Tsushin, a quarterly Japanese magazine that features information on patchwork and quilting from the international scene. The team was researching a story on quilting in the Pacific Northwest, and Sisters was high on their list of places to visit. After touring the studios of three local reknowned quiltmakers, the magazine’s editorial team visited the offices of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Naomi Ichikawa, an editor for the magazine, happened to notice a pile of submissions for the annual Quilt Block Contest. “She was very taken with the quilt blocks and the idea of the contest,” said Richardson. Richardson promised to send Ichikawa entry packets for the contest in 2013, and duly mailed off 100 packets early this year to the magazine. She was

shocked to recently open a package from Ichikawa containing 97 finished blocks. “Some of the blocks are very reflective of the Japanese culture,” said Richardson. “Most of the blocks that we receive from U.S. quilters are appliqued, and in Japan piecing is more common than applique. The piecing on these blocks is very intricate.” While Japanese groups have traveled to the quilt show multiple times in the last decade, Richardson is pleased to know that quilters at home in Japan are able to participate in the show through the collaborative efforts of the quilt show and Patchwork Quilt Tsushin. All of the blocks submitted for the contest will be on display during the quilt show, on the lawn area behind the Stitchin’ Post. For more information visit

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New Vision meets The work of visually impaired quilter Claire Spector and the quilting group, Quilting Meets Couture, will both be featured during the month of July at the Sisters Branch of the Deschutes Public Library.


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by Nate Pedersen, for The Bulletin Special Projects In 2005, Claire Spector was in an accident that changed her vision – and changed her life. While she could see things clearly in the distance, anything up close appeared misaligned and in multiple. An active artistic quilter since the early 1990s, after the accident, Spector thought she would never quilt again. But with the help of a close friend and fellow quilter, Betty Anne Guadalupe,

she is happily back at it. Her exhibition, “New Vision: Seeing, Sewing, Living Differently,” will be on display at the Sisters branch of Deschutes Public Library for the entire month of July. Her exhibition is a spin-off from the “Quilting Meets Couture” exhibition, also on display at the library throughout July. “These shows are about art — about making fine art — about quilting and about friendship,” said Guadalupe in a recent phone interview. “These are art quilts,” specified


Spector. “They aren’t your grandmother’s quilts.” Art quilts are smaller than standard quilts and are designed to hang on the wall like any other piece of fine art. Guadalupe clarified, “It’s kind of a grey area because some people would call their Grandma’s quilt art, but an art quilt has an inspiration – a photograph, a feather, an apple — just pulling the colors from an apple.” And with contemporary art shows featuring quilters debuting in the capitals of the art world like Chicago



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Spector visited the group while they were sewing one day in Oregon. She asked Guadalupe if she thought there was any possibility of being able to sew again. Guadalupe, who had worked in the past with other-impaired people, replied, “Of course!” Guadalupe sent her a variety of leftover blocks of fabric from completed quilts and said, “Sew them together, like a puzzle. See if you can figure out how to put them together.” “I was an experienced hand quilter but figuring out how to do things without using my eyes — which would just get in the way — that was the real challenge,” said Spector. “I can see the quilt from a distance, but I have to be really careful when I put it together. So I use technology — I will send Betty

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next.” The result is the “New Vision” exhibition. “Rather than go backwards and focus on what I couldn’t do, this exhibit is about what is possible — with support from another person — even if your vision is different. So really it’s about a “new vision” both literally and figuratively.” “A lot of this is an expression of friendship and support,” said Guadalupe, who quilted all of the Couture quilts. Spector continued, “I think that was part of the notion — not just making quilts, but with help and friendship and collaboration that you can make a life, an independent life with a lot of joy and mobility.”


Meets Couture The special exhibition “Quilting Meets Couture” will have four quilts from Spector and eight quilts from Guadalupe. Twelve other Central Oregon artists, some of them also tutored by Guadalupe, will have quilts on display in the exhibition. All of the quilts in the Couture exhibit were quilted by Guadalupe The show will be on display at the Sisters branch of the Deschutes Public Library, along with Spector’s exhibition “New Vision: Seeing, Sewing, Living Differently” for the entire month of July.

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Two Rivers, Three Sisters Central Oregon fiber artists use their talents to raise money for forest restoration.

by Laurel Brauns, for The Bulletin Special Projects They are unlikely bedfellows: quilters and conservationists. But a group of Sisters fiber artists and local organizers from the National Forest Foundation (NFF) have proven that great things can come from unconventional partnerships. Ann Richardson, executive director of

the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, shared an idea with Karly Hedrick, former parttime staff person with NFF, for a project that would benefit both organizations. Richardson envisioned a quilt with multiple panels that would depict the forests and rivers nearby and also raise awareness about the NFF’s restoration efforts on the Metolius River and Whychus Creek. With Hedrick’s involvement, the

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project became part of NFF’s “Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences” conservation campaign which involved large-scale restoration and stewardship in 14 sites across the U.S. “The goal of the campaign was to involve the community, to provide opportunities for hands-on restoration and volunteer work,” said Lisa Leonard of NFF.

The quilt project was just one of many other awareness-raising efforts spearheaded by NFF and the U.S. Forest Service in Sisters including including beer brewing, bike riding, and outdoor painting, but the quilt is arguably the most visually stunning. Before crafting their panels, the quilters were lead on a hike of Whychus Creek near the pristine upper reaches of

by Ruth Ingham the stream, where they learned more about the work that NFF and other organizations were doing to bring the river back to life. The finished project was a 40-foot long, 17-panel quilt, plus four individual waterfall quilt panels, showcasing Whychus Creek, with some references to the Metolius. The piece is titled “Two Rivers, Three Sisters.” After last year’s quilt show, the exhibit went on to travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. An agreement was reached with NFF, that if and when the quilt sold for it’s asking price of $20,000, half would go to NFF and half would go to the fiber artists. NFF would then match this donation with their own funds to continue the restoration work on Whychus Creek. “We really wanted to sell it as a whole piece and were hoping to attract an investor that would pay $20,000 for it as it was on tour throughout the Northwest,” Richardson explained. Three out of the four “Whychus Waterfalls” pieces have sold for $1,500 each, but no one emerged to buy the entire exhibit.

Richardson had the idea that perhaps the best home for the finished piece was in the City of Sisters itself. But they needed to raise $20,000, the selling price that all parties had agreed upon. The City of Sisters applied for a grant from the Ford Family Foundation designed to provide money for art acquisitions for museums and other institutions.

The Oregon Arts Commission review panel approved a grant for $10,000 and another $12,000 was raised by SOQS through private sources including the Roundhouse Foundation and by some artists donating back their payment for their panel. As a result of this acquisition and fundraising campaign, a total of $24,500 has been raised for forest restoration work. The piece will be on temporary display during the month of July in the City Council Chambers of the Sisters City Hall, the only public space in Sisters large enough to hold the quilt. It will be permanently installed in the council chambers in November after traveling to other venues. The chambers will be open for viewing during the Fiber Arts Stroll on July 7, Quilt Show day July 13, and Save It For Sunday on July 14. “Our city council was thrilled to have the opportunity to acquire the piece,” Richardson said. “And the quilters are so happy it will stay together and stay in Sisters.”



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Stay and Play in Sisters! New quilt week events offer visitors a peek into the nature and history of Sisters.

by Sondra Holtzman, for The Bulletin Special Projects July is a busy month in Sisters Country. As if visiting quilters to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show weren’t occupied enough with all things quilt, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, in partnership with the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce and the Deschutes Land Trust, has developed a series of events designed to keep quilters and visitors alike active during their stay in Central Oregon. These special events, slated to become an annual attraction, showcase the best of Sisters Country in an effort to engage people to ‘stay and play’ in the Sisters community and surrounding areas.

“Stay and Play is a step beyond just the quilting events,” said Ann Richardson, executive director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. “We want people to realize there is a lot more to Sisters Country than the reason they came here. It gives them an opportunity to explore our community in new and different ways.” In its first year, Stay and Play events will take place in the afternoons during the week of July 8. For all you history buffs out there, join the Historical Walking Tours of Sisters, that will take place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, July 8 and 10 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Participants will learn about many historic buildings and characters of Sisters past. On Tuesday, July 9 from 3:30 to 5:30

p.m., don’t miss the Whychus Creek Restoration Tour, led by the Deschutes Land Trust. The tour begins with an overview of the Two Rivers, Three Sisters Quilt Project. “I will give an overview of the 40-foot long quilt commissioned by the Quilt Show that was created to promote and support the restoration work on Whychus Creek,” said Richardson. “Then we’ll guide people to the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve to tour the restoration project that is enabling the return of native steelhead and salmon to the creek.” Visitors and residents alike will delight in the Wish Upon A Card reception at the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, July 11 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. “The Wish Project has become our

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“Our hope is to show people more of Sisters while they’re here. We want to encourage them to learn something new about our great community.” largest community fundraiser, donating close to $60,000 to provide support services for cancer patients in Central Oregon,” said Richardson. The event, which features a sale and silent auction, honors all the fabric postcard donors and the award winners for the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge will be announced. “The funds from the event go to Wendy’s Wish, which provides education and promotes early detection of colorectal cancer,” said Erin Borla, executive director of the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce. Have you ever wanted to tour an alpaca ranch? Well, here’s your chance. In Fleece to Finish, tour a working alpaca operation at the Panorama Ranch in Sisters on Friday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how they are sheared, bred and sold, and how fleece is used to create finished products. Pre-

registration is required. All events in Stay and Play in Sisters are free with the exception of the Panorama Ranch tour, which is $15 and includes a catered lunch. “We’re looking forward to offering the best of Sisters outside the world of quilting to our visitors in July,” said Richardson. “The Chamber is a valuable partner in all these events.” In addition, don’t miss the Jean Wells Artist Reception on Thursday, July 11 from 4-6:30pm at Clearwater Gallery and The Open Door Wine Bar. Refreshments will be served and the event is open to the public. “Our hope is to show people more of Sisters while they’re here,” said Borla. “We want to encourage them to learn something new about our great community.” For more information, call 541-549-0989 or visit

Stay in&Sisters Play Historical Walking Tour of Sisters Monday & Wednesday, July 8 & 10, 3:30-5 p.m.; meet at Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce.

Camp Polk Meadow Tour Tuesday, July 9, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; meet at Sisters City Hall

Wish Upon a Card Reception Thursday, July 11, 3:30-6 p.m.; Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce

From Fleece to Finish Tour of Panorama Ranch

Friday, July 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; meet at Sisters Chamber of Commerce at 10:45 a.m. To register, email or call 541-549-0989. Space is limited.

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To the Past, To the Future As the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show leaders prepare to say good-bye to it’s long-time director, they remain eager to welcome Jeanette Pilak, it’s new executive director. by Gregg Morris, for The Bulletin Special Projects For the last 11 years, Ann Richardson has operated as the executive director of the immensely popular Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. This year, they will wish her a melancholy goodbye. “The thing I love the most is being part of an event that is so vital to our community,” Richardson said. “I love being part of supporting nonprofits and spreading the word. It’s a cool event that connects and supports the community.” The 2013 event will be Ann’s 10th and final. She will continue her duties through the end of September, including her training of the new executive director, Jeanette Pilak.

Richardson Tenure

The executive director’s responsibilities with the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show range from the normal — marketing and public relations duties — to the extraordinary, such as dealing with a Quilt Show day downpour. “Ann has been an incredible director for the show,” said Jean Wells Keenan, founder and current chair of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Board of Directors. “Her organizational skills and vision for the show have taken it to a new level. “Under her leadership, we became a nonprofit, and she has been very successful in her grant writing. Events have been added like the Fiber Arts Stroll, Fabrications Art Show, and the Men Behind the Quilts Calendar.” When forced to prematurely 38 | Sisters Magazine | 2013 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Edition

reminisce, Richardson recalls the 2011 quilt show. “Last year, it rained,” she said. “People came out of the woodwork to help out. Volunteers, paying attention to our needs, came to our aid to pull the quilts inside. The businesses piled our quilts inside their shops. It was magical.”

Introducing Pilak

Since Richardson informed the board of directors last September, there was plenty of time to find a new executive director. The board went through an extensive search and identified more than 25 qualified applicants. Midwestern native Jeanette Pilak had all of the necessary qualifications to fill the directorship. Her nonprofit experience with organizations such as UNESCO City of Literature in Iowa, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. seemed to fit the bill. “Jeanette is exactly what I was hoping for when I told the board I wanted to step down,” Richardson. “She brings a new perspective, new experiences and a new set of eyes.”

Photo by Gary Miller

Featured Teachers & Classes Nancy Lee Chong

The Oregon Summer Quilt Expo

July 11-14, 2013 Hooker Creek Event Center & Sisters Conference Center at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Redmond, OR An Indoor, Climate Controlled Environment

Over 70 Vendors!

Classes & Lectures by many Vendors Quilt Exhibits Free Shuttle • Hoffman Challenge Service! • Route 66 Main Street USA • Pilgrim/Roy Challenge • SewBatik Mariners Challenge

Free shuttle to Sisters, OR on Saturday, July 13 * with purchase of admission to the OSQE

See our complete Class & Lecture Schedule on our website

Saturday, July 13 (4 p.m.) Lecture on Hawaiian Quilting: Its History, Traditions and Superstitions (Free)

Peggy Gelbrich Saturday, July 13 (2 p.m.) Lecture on Life Through Quilts (Free)

M’Liss Rae Hawley

Wednesday, July 10 (7 p.m.) “World Premiere” of her NEW lecture, Color & Design Process, at the OSQE Preview

Lecture Schedule WEDNESDAY

7pm-8pm: Color & Design Process


9am-10am: Take A walk On The Wild Side 10am-11am: Everything You Wanted To Know About Quilt Batting And were Afraid To Ask 11am-noon: Angles On The Ruler noon-1pm: Just Cut The Scrap 1pm-2pm: Quiltsmart: Fun, Easy And Done 2pm-3pm: Traditional Japanese Textiles 3pm-4pm: Textile Care And Preservation 4pm-5pm: Stash Management


Preview Night!

10am-11am: Take A walk On The Wild Side 11am-noon: Stash Management noon-1pm: Textile Care And Preservation 1pm-2pm: Everything You Wanted To Know About Quilt Batting And were Afraid To Ask 2pm-3pm: Rotary Cutting 4pm-5pm: Traditional Japanese Textiles

July 10, 6-9 pm

Live music, wine tasting, chocolate, plus Meet ’n Greet with our featured teachers

$3 off coupon for admission


noon-1pm: Take A walk On The Wild Side 1pm-2pm: Catching A Dream, The Story Of Omnigrid 2pm-3pm: Life Through Quilts 4pm-5pm: Hawaiian Quilting: Its History, Traditions & Superstitions

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