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Classes at Sisters’ Quilting Affair

I felt totally inspired by both of my classes this week at Sisters: Line Dance with Rosalie Dace and Machine Quilting with Barbara Schapel.

Rosalie began Line Dance with a lecture on types of line–way more types than I have ever thought of before! The lecture was accompanied with samples from her work. I have never been a fan of raw edge or hanging threads, but they truly made sense where she had put them, so I will consider using them. After her talk, we were instructed to go and make as many different kinds of line as we could.

Line practice

First line practice

I didn’t get great variety because it took a long time to make the broken line to the left, the one that most fascinated me. I started with an out-take from the architecture quilt upper left corner and have yet to decide how much of the curve shape I will keep. I kept trying to make the skinny lines Rosalie had demonstrated, but was too wimpy to cut the fabric slim enough. I got the gentle curves and wide lines fine. Maybe too wide. Still pondering whether/how to narrow the fat checked line. Still pondering whether to add more orange at the upper right, and if so how much. Still pondering shape of the right side.

After lunch Rosalie gave us the choice of designing from our photos (if we were product people) or continuing to experiment with types of line (if we were process people). I consider myself a process person, but I really wanted to play from my photos. I selected this one.

Fire escape

Look at the lines of that fire escape!

Being fascinated with the fire escape, and wanting to try thread lines, I started a new project.

Stair lines

I got my lines thinner, used raw edged cranberry and a brown hand-embroidered line echoing the above orange one. I consider this one finished except for quilting. I have a plan for the right: hand big stitch brown and cranberry on the lower half and orange horizontal on the upper. By the time that is finished, I’ll have an idea for the orange side.

Line Dance was a two-day class. On the second day Rosalie presented 3D lines and her design process. Always she made it clear that she was reporting her process and that other processes could work equally well. I really appreciated how she allowed freedom to our various approaches and ideas throughout, making suggestions that were really suggestions with reasons given instead of giving directions. When we shifted to working, I pulled out a sketch I had made from the Ponderosa pines in our cabin yard and tried to work from it.

Lines from treesBecause I didn’t adapt the width of the strips in proportion to the length of my fabric, I ended up with a very sharp curve and had to <gasp> rip out and <double gasp> pin to get it sewn. Generally Rosalie’s technique for sewing gentle curves did not require pins. The class supply list had included novelty yarns and I really wanted to use the purple eyelash yarn; it seemed good for the far right tree that still had lower branches.  I may finish this piece or chalk it up to experience, not sure yet.

Barbara Schapel’s Machine Quilting class was equally satisfying. We had brought a 30 x 30 piece to practice patterns on and she demonstrated a variety of fill patterns.  She had a very logical progression of pattern where we could use something learned from one and adapt it to the next. I ended up making a pretty decent pebble pattern and can’t wait to use it on something. Now I can finally get to quilting some of the finished tops that have been so patiently waiting


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The Outdoor Quilt Show at Sisters, OR

Stitchin' Post wall of quiltsThe second weekend in July and I was at the outdoor quilt show in Sisters, OR, for the third time. A repeating exhibit is the Stichin’ Post shop wall with quilts made by employees. This year the challenge theme was “Streams of Color.” There are charts at ground level so we can identify who made which ones–this is the first year I’ve noticed that. Firemen help hang them–I wasn’t there early enough to get a photo of hanging action this year. It is hard to believe that 38 years ago, the show began with 12 quilts; now there are over 1000.

Jean Wells Keenan is in charge of placement of quilts, grouping them so they look good together. Last year when by a blue building with blue quilts I was convinced that she considers the colors of the walls as well as the colors of the quilts. This year I didn’t happen by the blue building, but still am convinced.

Yellow wall and quilts   Note the red quilt just under the red sign!

Brown wall and animal quilts

And note the warm browns against the brown wall.  These quilts are also all animal related in theme.

My first year at the show, I simply wandered along any street and enjoyed whatever quilts I found.  At my second visit, I noticed that there were special exhibits in addition to the hanging of individual quilts. Both times I frequently retraced my steps, saw quilts over and over, and also missed viewing different quilts. This year I had time to plan, read the list of special exhibits, chose those I wanted to see and noted their location on the town map. Thus I covered more territory and saw more quilts.

Of course I visited my Portland Modern Quilt Guild area!


PMQG Logo quilt and Michael Miller neon fabric challenge quilt


PMQG exhibit, other wall









Another interesting special exhibit was of the Hugo quilts by the Cover to Cover group of quilt artists who choose two books a year to inspire their quilts.

GearsI always enjoy book themed quilts, but even more when I know the plot.  The creator, Linda Reinhart, of this one, “Gears,” was standing near her quilt and gave me permission to post its picture here. (I must admit I’d been  glad to have been saying nice things when I realized the artist was in earshot!)

I loved the overall design and the detail. Gears, deatil

The embellishment with small gears and red glass beads was just enough.

Gears detail of quilting




Using some light and some dark thread for quilting was a very effective design decision. And the quilter had enough skill to handle the contrasting colors. Toward my goal of being able to quilt like that, I attended a class in machine quilting with Barbara Schapel. I will write later about classes.





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link to photos of Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Around photo 90 the rains begin to fall.

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July 23, 2012 · 1:11 am

Rivers quilt project

One of the special exhibits at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show; this one was inside. Not only does it depict a river, but the project also involved education about the rivers and a project to reintroduce salmon.

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July 23, 2012 · 12:53 am

Historic Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Why historic, you ask?  It got RAINED on

Firemen helping hang quilts

Firemen helping hang quilts

for the first time in 37 years!

Luckily we had gotten there at 7:30 AM to watch the hanging, so saw most of the show.

Quilt hanging on balconyFirst we saw them hanging quilts from relatively low balconies. Then we watched as the firemen used their special equipment: ladders, of course, and hooks to grasp wayward corners to get the quilts in place.

Quilts on shop side wall


We wandered up and down viewing quilts on one of three long streets and all the short streets between two of the long ones.

We saw probably 2/3 of the 1300 quilts that were displayed before the first raindrops fell. At first it seemed just a teaser, as the drops evaporated almost as fast as they fell; then they stopped.  Quilts that had been removed were replaced. Then more drops fell. Then more and more and faster and faster.  Volunteers hustled as fast as possible with ladders to remove quilts and get them inside; people hustled for shelter when thunder and lightening began. We sat in a nice bakery/coffee shop while the hail hit. The 2012 outdoor show was over around 4:30 pm and streets were opened to traffic early.

I kept searching and did find an older post about a quilt show so linking this one with Val’s Tuesday Archives.


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