A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Art, Life…and Quilts

I love this day.

I hate this day!

I love gathering for my informal Quilt Guild social once a month in Sisters.

But I hate saying goodbye for the summer.

The biggest thank you goes to Joan Upshaw (here holding up one of Cathy Moen’s quilts) for her over-the-top job organizing the meetings.

Last Wednesday’s program–as has become traditional for this end-of-season meeting –spotlight was put on three of our honored 2012 Quilt Show quilters.  First up was Catherine Moen, this year’s SOQS Featured Quilter (aka Queen for a Day.)

Cathy doesn’t have a blog,

but, may be seen working at my favorite quilt shop here in Sisters.

Next up was Helen Brisson, the honored Machine Quilter at upcoming SOQS in less than two weeks.

Helen comes from a long line of craftsmen, from dressmakers to painters, woodworkers and quilters.

I have seen Helen’s work in recent years but not until early this year when I saw one of her many masterpieces exhibited at First Friday Art Walk in City Hall a few months ago. I was totally absorbed of her great mix of crafty ideas and Re-use/recycling passion.

Last guest-presenter of the evening was Jackie Erickson, 2012 SOQS Inspirational Instructor.

Jackie is known among us the Queen of Production (and fastest stripe-cutting-machine) in this neck of the woods. Why?  In a very tragic and unfortunate turn of events, all of Jackie’s personal belongings, quilts, and family treasures were consumed in the Rooster Rock Fire in August, 2010.  The quilts shown during the evening (mainly her class samples) were accomplished in the last 8 months.  Holy moly!

Jackie has come a long way–known for her traditional quilts using reproduction fabrics and simplifying difficult quilt patterns–since learned to quilt over thirty years ago after the Stitchin’ Post opened in Sisters.

Everything she knows about quilting she’s learned while working at the Stitchin’ Post and taking quilting classes.

That’s a peek at some of the amazing special quilt exhibits that will be on display in Sisters to be exhibited at the Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on July 14.

It’s a real trip going through some of their quilt making from years past

gone from traditional blocks to more creative pieces. ♥

They represent a wide-range of style, technique, and a whole lot of talent in one place!   Don’t they just ooze joy to you?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)


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