Last weekend DH and I made a last minute trip to Oregon for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. We certainly didn’t over think this trip – we made a hotel reservation the Monday before show and set off with vague plans. The only concrete item on the itinerary was to see the show on Saturday. The Sisters show has long been on my list of shows to see and this year, finally, the second Saturday in July was free and clear.
In my naivety, I thought we’d get to Sisters about 9:00 when the show opened, walk through town seeing the quilts in four-ish hours, grab some lunch, and be on our way to another sight in the area. What a newb.
Sisters is the largest outdoor quilt show in the world. Intellectually I knew this fact; I’d read it on the website. What does “largest” mean? It means approximately 1400 quilts are hung in the open air adorning Sisters, Oregon. Fourteen hundred. I didn’t understand the scope of fourteen hundred quilts until I saw them. Wow.
The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is non-juried, non-judged, and open to all quilt genres until the entries are full. I don’t know how the organizers decided which quilt was displayed where but they did an amazing job. Art, antique, traditional, and modern quilts happily coexisted in a celebration of craft and creativity.
Happily we stayed the entire day and found another local hotel room for the night. The next morning we headed back for “Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Sunday!” and a special exhibit of Tula Pink’s quilts.
Thank you, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, for a wonderful and unexpectedly thought provoking weekend. I’ll be back another second Saturday in July!