Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sisters -- learn, eat, shop

A friendly volunteer with a shopping cart
helped Linda J. schlep her supplies to class.

I already showed you the quilts at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, but there's so much more. Leading up to the Saturday show was a week of classes at the Sisters High School, eating out with friends and  shopping in eight quilt stores.

When we arrived at the high school bright and early the morning of July 4 for our first class, we were greeted in the parking lot by young volunteers with shopping carts to help us transport sewing machines and other supplies to class. 

I didn't need help because I only had a small bin of fabric and a few bins of embroidery supplies. I took a three-day class taught by Rosalie Dace on creating texture with hand stitching. We mostly practiced embroidery stitches, but the last day we could work on whatever we wanted. I layered some organza that I dyed last year at Sisters with some other silk and then embroidered it with bright colors.

During lunch breaks, we all ate in the commons area of the school. I signed up for the $10 sack lunches provided by a local grocer. They were huge and delicious. You could also order in another line a la carte or bring your own lunch.

The town is full of flowers and greenery.
For dinners we hit the town(s), eating at three Mexican restaurants and a few other places. I LOVE Mexican food and can never get enough.

My Sew Day friends and I at a Mexican restaurant.

Besides eating, we did a LOT of shopping! We hit eight quilt stores in the Sisters-Bend-Redmond area, but my favorite was The Stitchin' Post in Sisters. I went back there at least four times for fabric and books. Here are some photos from The Stitchin' Post.

It was a wonderful week. If you ever get a chance to go, do it.

Have a colorful day


Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Sounds like a great week, and 8 quilt stores? Wow! I know you were in hog heaven!

Robbie said...

Love, love, love the stitching!!!! What a great piece!! Of course, Mexican is my #1 favorite food/place to eat. Looks like a great time!

The Idaho Beauty said...

Gotta say the shopping cart valet service is brilliant. Any classes I've taken have almost always required my machine and a whole lot more. I got a bit adept at making it in one trip but only because I bought one of those sewing machine totes on wheels which had room for lots of extras. Still, I ended up stacking some things on top and hoping Ii could roll the whole thing in without something falling off. Kudos to whoever thought of this! Looks like you enjoyed your class and all the shopping and food. :-)