hot, sunny, and a gentle breeze
the town of sisters, oregon, the outdoor setting for a wonderful display of quilts...
a quintessential american town
1300 plus quilts, clothes-pinned to rope, strung through cuphooks, under the eaves
a brilliantly easy and casual way to display them
beautiful, colourful quilts
thousands of people traipsing about the place, meandering back and forth across the main street and down the side streets, drawn by the flashes of bright colour that glowed against the weathered wood of the town
the quilts were hung early saturday morning for the one day only event
they were grouped by style, or by colour, with obvious thought to how they would be perceived collectively as well as individually
a true visual feast
quilts of every style and colour
and of every size
the first quilts i came upon were of an ethnic slant - colourful and busy
the vibrancy of the quilt with the two ladies really caught my eye
turquoise, pink, yellow and black are a fabulous colour combination, especially with a shot of a peach
i really loved this quilt!
quilts were everywhere...
there were several of these free-standing frames in an open space between buildings
yes indeed, quilts really were everywhere!
hung in clusters or hung alone, each one seemed to me that it was exactly where it should be
the breeze blowing back corners every so often, adding to the charm of the outdoor display
one of my favourite views - small ones hanging from the upper railing, larger ones below
as i was admiring the quilt below i realized i had bought the pattern and templates years ago!
the red wall of this building positively gleamed and the two quilts hung there were breathtaking on it - the one on the left was another of my favourites
brilliant pops of red and yellow calmed it down, adding unity, without reducing or inhibiting it's vibrancy in any way
it was truly gorgeous
we wandered around until we just couldn't take in anymore
it was exciting, entrancing and oh, so inspiring
and as we wandered those streets, enjoying the show, we remarked over and over again about the deep, rich vibrancy of many of the quilts
the saturation of colour in some of them was almost overwhelming
but as i took off my sunglasses to get a better look at one of them, the colours faded somewhat, settling back to a saturation that while closer to normal, appeared far less exciting than it had with my sun glasses on
i stood there for a minute, putting them on, and pulling them off... up, down, looking around - seeing if wearing them or not wearing them mattered when looking at other quilts nearby
the result was always the same - the quilts looked better to me with my sunglasses on...
i laughed to myself, thinking of that old admonishment about looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses - might just not be such a good idea all of the time
i'm thinking that maybe the next time i'm choosing fabrics for a quilt, i'll be reaching for my sunglasses first!