The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon, is legendary. A one-day show has grown over the years to become the “Week for the Quilter,” during which gazillions of quilters converge on the tricity area of Sisters, Redmond, and Bend.
Have you heard of the brand-new addition to this special week? It’s the Oregon Summer Quilt Expo, July 11-14.
That’s right! This year sees the start of an independent, indoor quilt show at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond. It’s quite the big deal! Not only will there be quilts on display, there are lectures and classes, and… drum roll… what the week has been lacking thus far… VENDORS!
Lots and lots of vendors, and I’m going to be one of them! It’s exciting to be in on the first year of this very cool new show. You can read about the history and development of the show on the About page of the OSQE website.
There are some intriguing appliqué classes scheduled.
Nancy Lee Chong of the the Pacific Rim Quilt Company will be teaching several classes on the beautiful art of Hawaiian appliqué.
Debora Kochinsky of Critter Pattern Works has a class called “Realistic Felted Appliques with a Sheep Theme.” Sounds cute!
Dee Brown of The Quilted Trillium is teaching something called “No Tracing Raw-Edge Applique.” I’ll be interested to learn what that’s all about!
These faculty members and more are presenting lectures during the show. Lectures are free with paid admission!
Here’s something very good: Parking has always been a challenge for the Sisters Outdoor show. With an admission ticket to OSQE, you can park there and catch a free shuttle bus over to Sisters and back!
Not only that, you can get discount OSQE admission coupons from the website.
If central Oregon is your destination during the Week for the Quilter, I hope to see you at the OSQE. If you haven’t made plans yet, maybe this new addition to the festivities, with its haven of indoorness, will make you want to come!
Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie