Saturday, 18 August 2018

It's mid August already!

I've had a lot going on this summer and blogging has fallen by the wayside to say the least.  Back to Sisters on the day of the show.  The Sisters Saloon is part of Jean Well's family history and where she started her quilt shop.
 The store to the right of this building is where I first went to her quilt shop.
 As I recall I think there was a second level to the store but this was in the early nineties that I went so I may be mistaken.
 I found this lovely Down the Rabbit Hole quilt on display.
 Better yet Lisa Mortell was there with friends telling them about it.
 Check out her details.
 She added some whimsical embroidery to the centre of her rabbit hold.  She also changed some of the houses and added some embroidery to make it her own.
 Love this story quilt that looks like it may have been inspired by Mary Lou Weidman story quilts.
 I like the mix of of modern buildings and scrappy stars in this piece.
 Looks a bit futuristic in their design.
 I love the wonky stars and the addition of some hand quilting in this piece.
 I love the colours in this piece.
 This quilt really caught everyone in my walking groups eye.
 Check out the machine quilting.  I love that it is an asymmetric design.
 It took us awhile to figure out what was around the quilt due to some of the fabric choices. Starting on the left side Mountains streams Tall pines Wildflower dreams Time with Thee.
 This feather star was lovely.
 This was made by one of the British quilters who came and visited Anna.

 Another British visitor. Didn't get her details.
 Looking down the main highway thru town which gets blocked to traffic.
 The finished wall of quilts outside the store.

 Love this one, I believe it is one of the Stitchin' Post designs.
 Great colours.
 Thank goodness I'm tall, this was only the top half of the quilt with people standing in front.  Loved the rounded squares that were used to quilt the blocks.
 Love the scale of this bird.
 Lucky me my car was in shade when I returned to it.  Lasted until about 1 but it was getting warm so I headed off to explore some of the quilt shops in Redmond and Bend.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Cherrywood Fabric Challenge Van Gogh.

The Van Gogh challenge sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics was a highlight of the show in Sisters Oregon again this year. The participants purchased four fat quarters of Cherrywood hand dyed cottons and could add other Cherrywood Fabrics to their creation.  You can check out the link to see what proportion of fabrics had to be present of the challenge fabrics.

Mr Postmaster was done by my friend Sandy Fisher and I was in awe of her creativity in making it.
 The room was packed making it very difficult to take photos.  In the lower left corner you see another Mr. Postman, this one was not done by Sandy.
 Some of the pieces were interpretations by the artists as to how they thought Van Gogh would do the piece.
 I recently ordered the book with both the French and Dutch portions of the challenge.  These are the ones from the French side.
 The imagination and interpretations were quite wonderful.
 As I mentioned it was a very popular venue.  Last year I was able to get in with Anna while she was videotaping the display but this year her husband G did the videotaping and I was left out in the heat to wait my turn.  Here is the link to the quilt show day featuring the Van Gogh display and some of the other quilts outside.
 Sometimes it pays to be a bit taller than others in the crowd.
 Sometimes you have to play dodge the heads and hands.

 These two starry nights were some of my favourite ones.

 Loved the Crow.
 I used to have a reproduction poster of a vase of sunflowers by him.

 Different interpretations based on the same piece.
 Blue suede boots!


 Some more blue boots.

 The ones with ribbons were Bohin Challenge Favourites.

 Another favourite crow, hard to get a good picture when you are tall!

 Van Gogh's eye.

 More of his shoes.
Today was 34 C or close to 94 here today...too hot!