Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tula Pink Presentation and Quilt Show

We had a great time listening to Tula Pink. This funny, quirky woman designs amazing fabric lines and tells great stories.

Fifty of her quilts were hanging along the paths at Five Pine Ranch. It was heavenly!

Often, she digitally prints huge labels for the backs of her quilts and they are striking.

What a paradisaical setting for quilts!

Smith Rock and Winery

Smith Rock outside Redmond, Oregon is definitely one of my happy places. Melissa and I walked the river on a gorgeous, warm day last week.

We decided we earned some libation, so headed over to Maragas Winery up the road. It's a small, casual place full of the owner's mother's art. The beautiful views of Smith Rock were enhanced by the excellent wines, especially the Tempranillo and the Chardonnay, which was lighter and less oaky than the California versions. You must visit this gem if you are in the area!

Peaches, the vineyard dog. She tried to come home with us when she smelled the beautiful local raw cheddar and hard salami with Herbes de Provence that we were taking for dinner.

To cap off this fabulous Central Oregon day, we stopped at the Crooked River Gorge to admire the views

What a stellar day with a stellar friend!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

More stories from Sisters Quilt Show

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Just loved this show! They celebrated the 40th anniversary of the show this year and have never been rained out.

Our new friend, Barb, had one of her fabric postcards selected for framing for the silent auction fund raiser. Isn't it fabulous?

We enjoyed looking at the entries in the block challenge to see how quilters used the same fabric in such different ways.

 Last year's winners were asked to incorporate other contestant's blocks into a quilt to display for this year's show.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sisters Quilt Show: Non-quilt Scenes

It was a beautiful day in Sisters, Oregon! We all loved strolling the streets of Sisters and looking at quilts and other art.

We got to town early, but there was already a mob at Sisters Bakery.

Love the 'Sup Dog coffee kiosk!

The Mennonite ladies were having a great time!

And so did we!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Quilts from the Sisters Show

I've posted many photos of the quilts on my Flickr photostream at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/busytraveler_us/

The pharmacy had over 100 quilts hung in the store.

Here are a few of my favs:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Festival is an amazing, unique, overwhelming experience.
Sisters, Oregon is a true Western flavored town with an unparalleled view: the Three Sisters mountains in the Cascade range.

In July, the entire town participates in hanging quilts from all over the country (and a few from outside the US) along the streets and in shops. It is truly mind-boggling to see quilts everywhere you look!

We had lunch at the Lutheran church and the marionberry pie was heavenly!

A couple of hours later, I got a call and learned I won the raffle quilt! The church works with a local correctional facility to teach the women there how to sew. It "teaches them patience, perseverence, and improves their self-esteem." I am thrilled to be the owner of this one!

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Albion, CA

Albion Inn

Steve found us an amazing location on the coast south of Mendocino. Although the rooms need a bit of an update, you can't beat the view!

It was heavenly to sit on the balcony and watch the birds and the sunsets.

And to wake up on foggy mornings to this!