If you’ve never been to Sisters’ Outdoor Quilt Show, I highly recommend it. Pretty much every quilter I’ve told has been a little green with envy. My friend Mary Lynn and I have wanted to go for several years. Last year we saw an ad for a bus tour that was going from Spokane, WA and we sent in our money. There, it was decided, we had to go! And go we did. We knew no one else on the bus of 50 quilters, but soon were all friends. A journey like that is quite a bonding experience. Alpha and Omega Tours did a great job taking care of us with food and water, stopping at quilt shops along the way and generally just being very, very pleasant hosts. Dave Ackerman was our driver. He was amazing handling that huge bus. Sharon Thurman was our hostess with the mostest! She gathered prizes for drawings that were great! Everyone on the bus received a nice quilty gift. A few of the stores also contributed prizes and so some of us received more than one gift. I was one of the lucky ones. I received a bookmark table runner pattern and also three very contemporary print fat quarters from BJ’s Quilt Basket in Bend Oregon. Some of the staff from Sew Many Quilts in Bend, Oregon came on the bus and presented each of us with a darling thread scissor that was safely in a small clear plastic tote. I can use the scissors, but the tote will also come in handy to hold a little gift sometime.
The Saturday in Sisters was perfect! The temperature cooperated by staying in the low 80’s. The quilts were beautifully displayed all over the town and I was quite inspired. I took some pictures to remember the quilts that will be going on my list, or just ones that were so inspiring! Before the end of the day however, I was totally exhausted. Mary Lynn and I went back to the bus to rest a bit, got a second wind and were back out on the streets. We were all to meet in the bus by 5:30 and head back to Bend for the night. When we were leaving town we were all again amazed at how quickly the quilts game down! This is definitely a town event with many, many volunteers. So make your plans to go to Sisters’ for the mother of all quilt shows!