summer is for road trips....
so we picked up, packed up and headed off to sisters, oregon to visit family and take in the famous sisters quilt show....
today we wandered around the town to get a sense of the lay of the land and check out a few of the lovely little shops before thousands of excited quilters descend on this charming western town
the outdoor quilt show is on saturday but there are already beautiful quilts hanging in many shops as well as at the chamber of commerce and this special project displayed in the council chambers at city hall
"two rivers three sisters"
a collaborative quilt project over 40 feet long comprised of 19 individual quilts that seamlessly blend together to depict whychus creek as it flows from mountains through valleys
each section was made by a different quilt/fibre artist, and apart from a few ground rules, and the enter and exit points of the river marked, the artists had free rein to interpret the river and what it means to them
the detail on some sections is simply amazing and the creative use of materials had my head spinning with ideas
rocks and water and fish
the quilt pictured above used a fabric-folding-pleating type of manipulation for he river and the tree trunk was smocked - this was my favourite
the section below depicts the river from above and below and brilliant in interpreting how sun light filters through the water, dappling on the salmon below
this last one was also a favourite with wonderful fibres used in various ways for he shrubbery and trees
my fingers were twitching before i was half-way through and I was so glad i had stashed some handwork in my suitcase at he last minute... i'm sure by saturday evening I'll be wishing i'd also snuck in my sewing machine!