The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is one of the biggest events in Central Oregon. You know it’s summer when you start seeing advertisements about the show.
Set in the small town of Sisters, Oregon, this show “is internationally recognized as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show.” The show often displays more than 1,300 quilts. Visitors from all over the world gather in Sisters on the second Saturday in July to view the quilts.
The quilts shown include more traditional patterns.
And quilts more modern in design.
The outdoor quilt show begins at 9:00 am and we arrived a little after 8:00. There were already a lot of people there. I took A TON of pictures and will divide them up into several posts.
Community participation at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
We noticed a big crowd of people standing in front of a fire engine, taking pictures and applauding.
The firefighters help hang the quilts on the tallest building in the show. At this community event, residents and visitors are grateful for their help. It’s fitting that the theme for this year’s show was Community.
Messages of quilts
The themes on the quilts varied. Some had nice messages in words.
Others had messages that made you laugh.
Some got their message across in shapes filled with color.
This year I spotted several on dark backgrounds. It makes the colors stand out.
Most of the businesses in town participate in this event. Even the liquor store participated!
Take a closer look
Some were more than they appeared to be at first glance. The solid red quilt shown below had amazing patterns in the stitching.
This quilt had tiny, precisely stitched colored pieces over a white quilted background.
Some of the quilts were three dimensional.
Quilts all around town
This show showcases the quilts, but it also highlights the small businesses in this western-themed town. Sisters is on U.S. Highway 20, a West-East highway that traverses 3,365-miles from coast to coast.
Quilts hang on all the available space on some of the businesses right on the highway.
Don’t forget to look in the alleyways.
The quilts in one section hung over murals depicting scenes in and around Sisters. Art layered over art.
I liked the sign on the High Desert Chocolates store. It read, “In a world where you can be anything, Be Kind & Eat Chocolate.”
I also found the sign below appealing for some reason. 😉
Cheers to the six quilters featured in the Showcase section!
Congrats to everyone who participated in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.
To see more quilts from the 2022 show, see: