Wednesday, July 10, 2013

road trippin'

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!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jillayne,

What amazing quilts and thanks for showing us.
Hope you have a lovely time away with your family.


Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne,
that is some amazing artpieces, sewn together to become this gorgeous story quilt!!
How fantastic to see in real, for you, and a wonderful way to both being able to visit family, and explore such a wonderful an event.
I wish you more wonderful dayes on the road , take care, and have fun!!

Celestina Marie said...

Wow Jillayne what gorgeous quilts and amazing work. You must. be in heaven to be there. I can only imagine how inspired you are.
Have fun.
Celestina Marie

Mosaic Magpie said...

Oh, how much fun!!! All that inspiration and booths to buy stitching things from!!!

Createology said...

I have been thinking of you on your road trip and wishing you safe travels dear. These quilt photos are amazing yet I can only imagine how stunning they are in person. Enjoy time with family and all the new inspiration you will gather at the quilt show. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

FredaB said...

The quilts are wonderful. Landscapes seem to be very popular.

I have always wanted to go to Sisters for this event. Maybe one year I will get there too.


Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Fun! Jealous! I would love to see that show one day. What gorgeous quilts.