2017 Inspirational Instructor – Sue Spargo

suespargooct2016inspiredinstructorEach year we honor one of our talented Central Oregon instructors in this exhibit. We pay tribute to a teacher who goes above and beyond to share their knowledge and skill.

Our 2017 Inspirational Instructor Exhibit honors Sue Spargo.

Contemporary Folk Artist Sue Spargo is the 2017 Inspirational Instructor.  Sue regularly teaches nationally and internationally, and is a favorite in Sisters, Oregon both at the Stitchin’ Post classes and the week-long Quilter’s Affair.   Born in Zambia and educated in South Africa, then living in England and, later, the USA, Sue’s work incorporates international influences together with her own creative process and techniques of playing with fibers and threads.   All of Sue’s current designs are available as books or patterns.  See more at:  suespargo.com

2017 Featured Gallery Artist Shelia Finzer

2017 Featured Gallery Artist Shelia Finzer’s works will be on display at Clearwater Gallery July 2017

RECEPTION:  July 6 3:30-6:30pm Clearwater Gallery

Sheila is a Central Oregon native and a fiber artist  focusing on landscape and abstract art quilts made in a fabric collaged, dye painted, or multiple technique process.

Sewing has been a constant in her life from sewing her own clothes to quilting to operating a wholesale applique clothing business.

Sheila loves the challenge of creating fiber art to fulfill her artistic visions. Fabrics, dyes, paints and thread are her admitted obsessions. She also enjoys creating commission pieces to the visions of clients.

Since 2003 she has shown in many regional and international juried and non-juried shows.


2017 Featured Quilter – Tamra Dumolt

dumolt-tamra-featuredquiler-2017Each year we honor one of our talented Central Oregon quilters as Featured Quilter, paying tribute to a quilter who has body of work that keeps growing in quality and creativity.

Our 2017 Featured Quilter is Tamra Dumolt of Sisters, Oregon.

Inspired by a visit to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in the early 1990’s, Tamra got bit by the quilting bug.  She took her first class in 2000 enjoying the precision techniques of cutting and piecing to match seams and create perfect points. She is a self-described addict, a charm pack junkie and a fabric hoarder.  She began working at The Stitchin’ Post, taking classes from masters of the quilting world.  She began teaching there in 2010 describing it as her favorite thing about quilting:  connecting quilters to one another through creativity.

Tamra states, “I can’t imagine how different my life might be if I had not attended the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show as a visitor nearly 25 years ago!”

2017 Machine Quilter Showcase – Corni Quinlivan

quinlivan-corni-machine-q-showcase-2017This special exhibit highlights the creativity and talent of our ‘finishers’, the long arm or traditional quilter that adds the finishing touch. Quilts in this exhibit may be made by the quilter or may have been quilted for a client. They all demonstrate the exquisite skill of one of our Central Oregon quilters.

Coming from a background of sewing her own clothes, a family history of weaving fabrics, and engaging in handwork, Corni found a love for the accuracy and intricacy of longarm quilting machines.  She has quilted more than 500 quilts for clients on her machine, named Talullah.

Moving to Bend in 2012, she was intrigued by the modern quilt movement and joined several Central Oregon quilt guilds:  Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild, Mt. Bachelor Quilters’ Guild, the East of the Cascades Quilt Guild, and The Founding Fibers.

2017 SOQS Sunday! Sponsored by FivePine Lodge & Conference Center

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017 10 AM – 3 PM
Join us at the beautiful FivePine Lodge campus for a stunning outdoor display of quilts and a special lecture. 

2017 Featured Speaker:

Rob Appell – Man Sewing

Rob Appell is a quilt designer, author, pattern designer–including the Endangered Species Quilt Project — DVD producer, sewing and quilting tool inventor, and services sewing machine in his Morro Bay, CA studio.

Rob’s popular online tutorials at Man Sewing with Rob Appell have created a fan-base world wide.  Here in Sisters, Oregon, we have been lucky to have Rob as a friend and volunteer of the Quilt Show for more than six years.

Now, see Rob’s exquisite work up close and personal in a walking tour.  Then, attend his lecture to learn his story, and his artistic process.

Sponsored by FivePine Lodge & Conference Center

Sunday, July 9,  2017  Lecture THIS LECTURE IS SOLD OUT. 


The Walking Tours for 2017  are sold out
(Please note that walking tours are limited to 20 persons per each tour due to the beautiful, but  fragile environment on the FivePine Campus). 

Special Quilt Show Offer: Four Centuries of Quilts

Four Centuries of Quilts  $75.00 Regular Retail

$29.95 SOQS 2017 Show Special
GO TO   Yale Books    Enter Promo Code: QUILT   

Proceeds support the free Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. The promo is active  June 26th – July 26th.

Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection

SHIPPING:   This promo code includes a discounted UPS flat rate of $9.95 for shipping to anywhere in the US.  OR you may chose “Mail Innovations” as your shipping method (costs run $3-$5). This option does not have a tracking number.
Other Fine Print:  The promo code is good on the US website yalebooks.yale.edu only and good for shipping to the US and Canada.

Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection Hardcover – Oct 28, 2014 by Linda Baumgarten

An exquisite and authoritative look at four centuries of quilts and quilting from around the world.
Quilts are among the most utilitarian of art objects, yet the best among them possess a formal beauty that rivals anything made on canvas. This landmark book, drawn from the world-renowned collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, highlights the splendor and craft of quilts with more than 300 superb color images and details. Fascinating essays by two noted scholars trace the evolution of quilting styles and trends as they relate to the social, political, and economic issues of their time.

The collection includes quilts made by diverse religious and cultural groups over 400 years and across continents, from the Mediterranean, England, France, America, and Polynesia. The earliest quilts were made in India and the Mediterranean for export to the west and date to the late 16th century. Examples from 18th- to 20th-century America, many made by Amish and African-American quilters, reflect the multicultural nature of American society and include boldly colored and patterned worsteds and brilliant pieced and appliquéd works of art.

Grand in scope and handsomely produced, Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection is sure to be one of the most useful and beloved references on quilts and quilting for years to come.








2017 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Poster

Storytellers by Dan Rickards

Storytellers” is the theme of this year’s show and the inspiration for the 2017 poster created by Sisters’ artist,  Dan Rickards.

To see more of Dan’s work, visit  Dan Rickards website

“When I think about how Quilt Show came about 42 years ago, I think about the vision of one woman, Jean Wells. She had a story to tell, ” said Dan.  “Now the entire town of Sisters has a story to tell. Each quilter, each quilt tells a story. Once upon a time…”

Get your 2017 poster autographed by Artist Dan Rickards at The Stitchin’ Post on these dates:

Saturday, May 21 –  Noon – 3pm
Thursday, July 6     3:30pm-6:30pm
Saturday, July 8      9am-noon, Quilt Show Day

The 2017 poster may be ordered online from the Stitchin Post at Stitchin’ Post Quilt Show Posters

2017 Tula Pink Storyteller Presented by FreeSpirit

Wednesday, July 5   5:30pm-8pm

Presented by  FreeSpirit Fabrics 

This event is sold out.     Tula Pink tells stories with her FreeSpirit fabric collections. Join us as we surround ourselves in Tula’s quilts when she takes the stage as our Quilt Show Storyteller. Not all the stories may be about the quilts! During this evening, we will auction an opportunity for you to join Tula in a once-in-a-lifetime activity. Who knows what story will unfold…

This ticketed event includes dinner and no host bar. This event is sold out.

SOQS Fiber Arts Stroll Sunday July 2, 2017 noon-4pm

SOQS Fiber Arts Stroll
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Noon – 4pm

Presented by Clearwater Gallery & The Open Door

Fiber artists from around Central Oregon demonstrate and exhibit their work during the 14th Annual SOQS Fiber Arts Stroll. Artists are on hand showing you how it’s done and some may even have a project you can try yourself!


Please support our Fiber Arts Srtoll sponsors: Clearwater Gallery & The Open Door Restaurant, Common Threads, Hen’s Tooth, Paulina Springs Book Store, Raven Makes Gallery, and Sisters Coffee Company.

The 2017 SOQS Fiber Arts Stroll Sponsoring Business Locations & Artists include:

Clearwater Gallery & The Open Door:  Sheila Finzer, SOQS Featured Gallery Artist; Tricia Biesmann, Nuno Felted Wearable Art
Common Threads:  Stephani Stanley, Hand Weaving
The Hen’s Tooth:  Pat Riddle, Wool Handstitching Featuring Works by Tonye Phillips
Paulina Springs Books:  Patti Mann, “The Hat Lady” – Knitted Hats
Raven Makes Gallery: Navajo Rug Exhibition – CANCELLED
Sisters Coffee Company:  Sisters of the Heart, Quilts of Uganda
Additional sponsoring business locations include:
Alpaca by Design: Leela Morimoto, Origami Earrings, Necklaces, Lights and Wall Art
Bedouin & Navigator News: Janet Brockway, Carolyn Platt, Kit Stafford and Robin Rapp; A Practice in Wabi Sabi
Culver Cabin Interiors/ Flowers by Deanna:  Barb Peters, Spinning & Wood Rugs
FivePine Lodge & Conference Center:  The Collection of Bert Kronmiller and the Hmong Story Quilt, Quilt Exhibits
Gary Cooley Collection Gallery: Sharyl McCulloch, Weaving & Knitting
Hood Avenue Art: Patricia Freeman-Martin, Print Making, Mixed Media Stitched Collages in Paper & Fabric
Hop & Brew: Pat Morris, Nancy Russell, Janie Molvar; Knitting, Come Join Us!
The Jewel: Kerry Vine, Off Loom Bead Weaving
Ken Scott’s Imagination Gallery:  Harriet Langmas, Rag Hats & Sweaters
The Last Resort: Sarah Peery, Handmade Felt with Silk, Wool & Various Natural Fabrics
Mackenzie Creek Mercantile:  Teresa Simmons, Spinning
Melvin’s Fir Street Market:  Jody Rusconi, Intuitive Piecing
The Paper Place Holly Simonette, Hand Weaving
Sisters City Hall :  Two Rivers, Three Sisters 17-panel quilt installation
Sisters Chamber of Commerce: Wish Upon a Card Fabric Post Cards, Reception 4pm-5:30pm
Sisters Drug & Gift: Jan Isbell, Wool Scarves & Hats
Sisters Log Furniture: HEARTWARMERS,  Blankets to Warm a Heart
Sisters Public Library: MIX, Quilt Exhibit: “Urban PDX”
The Stitchin’ Post: Valori Wells, Block Printing
Sundance Shoes  High Desert Rug Hookers
Twigs: Jean Wells, Mixed Media Approach to Quilt Design
Yo Bean: Lily Alexander, Loom Knitting

If you are a fiber artist interested in participating in this premier FiberArts Stroll in the future, please contact karen@SOQS.org or 541-549-0989.

2017 Made by Men Quilts & Quilting by Men


Each year we featured an exhibit of the quilts made and quilted by men. Over the years, this exhibit has grown in quantity of quilts and the number of men who submit them, from across the country.

Registration for the 2017 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show will open on February 1st.  Your quilt doesn’t need to be completed at registration time.  Registration closes when we’ve reached capacity or May 31st, whichever comes first.










LEFT:    Hal of Finishing Touch Quilting, 2016
RIGHT: Love & Gillies B-17 by Collin Fellows Quilter, 2016 SOQS
Below:  Mike Denton Quilting, 2016


Wish Upon a Card Reception July 2, 4-5:30pm

Sunday, July 2  4-5:30 PM
Wish Upon a Card Reception

sponsored by High Desert Frameworks!  and TruVue Glass.Hosted by the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce
291 E. Main St. Sisters, Oregon
Sunday, July 2  4-5:30 PM

The unveiling of the Michael Miller Fabrics Challenge Fabric Postcards Winners.  Refreshments provided; Open to the public; FREE!

First Place Marge Ellington

Second Place Geri P-Kutras







Third Place Kristan Collins

Congratulations to our 2017 Michael Miller Fabric Challenge Winners!  Come see these beauties framed by our framing sponsor
High Desert Frameworks!





Wish Upon a Card Exhibit and Silent Auction
is fundraiser for Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and the SOQS Visual Arts & Design Scholarship Fund. Two locations featuring selected framed postcards for auction and unframed postcards for sale:
Sisters High School  July 3-7  (Silent auction closes July 7)
Quilt Show Day July 8:   Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce Silent auction closes at 4pm on Saturday, July 8
For photos of last year’s entries, see photos here .

2017 SOQS Arts & Design Enrichment Scholarship Award

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) Board members Carol Dixon, Jeff Omodt, and Myrna Dow presented the first SOQS Arts & Design Scholarship to Sisters High School senior Laura Waltosz.

Laura will use the scholarship for art supplies and expenses studying arts at Central Oregon Community College.
SOQS raises funds for the scholarship each year through our Wish Upon a Card, fabric post card auction and sale.

SOQS Board members Myrna Dow & Carol Dixon award 2017 Scholarship to Laura Waltosz

SOQS Quilt Walk-Sisters & Old Mill District in Bend

Our Quilt Walk features quilts made by talented Central Oregon quilters. More than 100 quilts go on display during the first two weeks of July, many for sale, in businesses that sponsor the show as a thank you to them for their support.  

You  may take a walking tour of beautiful downtown Sisters to see more than 100 quilts on display in sponsoring businesses.  

AND, you can take a delightful self guided walking tour of quilts on display in the  Old Mill District, Bend. Shops and restaurants in the Old Mill District are showcasing quilts made by talented Central Oregon quilters.

SOQS Quilt Walk brochures with a map and list of participating businesses will be available at the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce at 291 E. Main St., the Stitchin’ Post, and show sponsoring businesses in Bend’s Old Mill District and Sisters now!

Sisters Quilt Walk  : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 1 – 16, 2017.

Quilts at Old Mill District . . . . . . . . July 1 – 16, 2017.OMD_Logo_Print_Horizontal_center_90K



Presenting Sponsor


Major Sponsors

Common Threads
Hen’s Tooth
Paulina Springs Books
Raven Makes Gallery
Sisters Coffee Company


2017 The Next Generation Quilting Exhibit

Calling all quilters up to age 18 for the 2017  NEXT 4hcrazyquilters2016GENERATION quilt exhibit.  The quilts in this special exhibit are made by  youth quilters up to the age of 18.

Pictured: 4H Crazy Quilters who exhibit their own quilts and help youth learn how to sew with make-and-take projects at the 2016 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Youth Activity tent.


To be included in this exhibit:

1) Quilts must be made by the entrant but can be quilted by someone else;
2) Quilts must be at least 36” x 36” and not more than 80” x 80”;
3) Only one entry per person in this exhibit please.
4) Each quilter must create an account in order to register their quilt in this category (see instructions Feb 2017)
5)  All quilts entered in this exhibit receive a special ribbon.
Starting February 1st 2017, when quilt entry opens, you may enter a Next Generation quilt online, by selecting the category under “Special Exhibit – Next Generation.”    NextGenMom3Kids

Questions?  Call the office Monday-Wednesday between 11am-2pm at 541-549-0989.

SOQS Endowment Fund

The SOQS Endowment Fund was established to support the future growth and activities of our nonprofit organization to ensure stability in meeting our financial goals, which, in turn provide stability in our bringing our mission to life for year’s to come.  Endowment funds are permanently set aside and invested, generating further earnings.  After significant growth in the fund, expenditures are made from the earnings, leaving the principal intact.

Your contribution will help grow the SOQS Endowment Fund.  Since the announcement, we’ve raised more than $9,000 to bring us within $12,538 of our goal.  Thank you to the many donors who contributed to the SOQS Endowment Fund.  

To ensure your gift benefits our organization’s short and long term financial sustainability goals SOQS established the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Endowment Fund with the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF).  As an OCF partner, SOQS participates in OCF’s professional managed investment program, receives professional guidance and advice on complex gift transactions (such as real estate and stocks), and has access to experts to advise those who wish to make  charitable estate planned gifts to our Endowment Fund.

Click Here to download or print a contribution form to send with  a check or credit card information. You may send a check made payable to SOQS Endowment Fund to our office, or request a contribution form by calling the office.

To learn more about how to create a legacy donation in your will, please call Executive Director, Jeanette Pilak, 541-549-0989.   Send donations to:  SOQS, 220 S. Ash, Suite 4, Sisters, OR  97759

Thank you for your generous support!
SSJ.Inc. dba Sisters Outdoor Quilt show is a registered 501 (c) (3)  Fed ID#14-1941732


June Jaeger    Sue McMahon   Betsy Rickles   Jodi Rusconi  John & Jean Wells Keenan

Lanz Family Trust                Anonymous

Torrie Gordon,  John Keenan & Jean Wells Keenan, Kathy Miller 

Joyce Donaldson, Nancy Ruth Mast, Jeff Omodt & Winnie St. John,  Nancy Ruth Mast, Marion Shimoda, Jan Tetzlaff

Dr. Scott A & Kristin C Collins, Sheryl Gordon, Christopher W. Heaton, Sharyl McCulloch, Jeanette Pilak, John & Judy Troike, Carol Zosel & Chuck Harper, Pamela Zurer

Sheryl Chandler, Nikki Cooper,  Annabell Douglass, Beth Hanson,  Patricia Mullen, Judy Trego, Deborah Thomas

In Honor of Mary & Lester Raby
In Honor of Jane Humphrey
In Honor of Jean Wells & Valori Wells

In Honor of June Shimoda
In Honor of Drs. Scott & Kristan Collins
In Memory of Inge Ricker
In Memory of Peggy Lou Nakahara
In Memory of Harvey Humphrey 

On July 8, 2015 in honor of Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show’s  40th  Anniversary, founder Jean Wells Keenan announced the creation of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Endowment Fund to ensure that the SOQS show and programs continues long after most of us are long gone.  Jean announced that generous donors created a 40th Anniversary challenge: they would donate $25,000 to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Endowment Fund, if SOQS raises an additional $25,000 to grow the SOQS Endowment Fund to a total of $40,000 in its first year.  That challenge was met in the first 8 months of the campaign thanks to our many generous donors.

Quilting Activity Area 2017: For Youth to Experience the Art of Quilting

Cute examples of some of the kids quilt projects.

Cute examples of some of the “make-and-take” quilt projects.

On Quilt Show Day, the Quilting Activity Area  introduces young people to the art of quilting.

Youth work with our volunteers and learn about design, color, and quilting terms.  Youth may make small take-home project with the help of our volunteers.  (Sorry, due to limited resources, this area is for youth up to age 16).

Hours are 10:30 to 2:30 on Quilt Show Day.

The Activity Area is located in the parking lot of Melvin’s Fir Street Market at the Corner of Fir and Hood Streets.

Thanks to the generosity of our many Central Oregon quilting volunteers who give their time and expertise to the Quilting Activity Area.

Quilters’ Affair Classes & Events July 2017-Produced by The Stitchin’ Post

Quilter’s Affair workshops, classes, and events are produced by The Stitchin’ Post.

Quilter’s Affair runs Monday-Friday of quilt week (July 3-7) prior to the annual quilt show (which is always on the second Saturday in July–July 8, 2017).

For more information, or to purchase tickets to Quilter’s Affair classes, workschops or events,  please visit the Quilter’s Affair webpage in early January (classes sell out quickly)

Visit  The Stitchin’ Post, Sisters, Oregon
or call 541-549-6061


High Fiber Arts Symposium, April 7, 2018 SAVE THE DATE


SAVE THE DATE:  April 7, 2018
Call now to reserve lodging

The High Fiber Arts Symposium April 7, 2018, at the FivePine Lodge and Conference Center, Sisters, Oregon is a full-day gathering to explore the evolution, inspirations and challenges of artists and textile art forms.


FivePine Lodge & Conference Center, Sisters, Oregon
High Fiber Arts Symposium Lodging Packages (541) 549-5900 
Our generous partner, FivePine Lodge, offers a discounted rate for Fri March 31st & Sat April 1st:    $179/night plus tax for our Upper Lodge Townhouse Suites, Classic & Caboose Cabins;  and $169/night plus tax for the Patio Lodge rooms.    All FivePine Lodge guests receive complimentary breakfast each morning from 7am-10am, and a daily wine reception in our main lodge from 5pm-6pm.  Also discounted movie tickets and free access to the Sisters Athletic Club.  

2018 Schedule of Events:
Morning Program ($ Ticket):
8:00am –  Check-in Opens
8:30am – Welcome
9:00am – Keynote Speaker
11:30am – Lunch and Fashion Show
1:30-3:00pm – Workshops ($ Ticket)
3:30-5:00pm – Workshops ($ Ticket)
5:30 –  “It’s a Wrap” Gathering at FivePine (no host bar)

2108 Registration and payment information
and a complete list of offerings will be posted
by Dec 15, 2017



High Fiber Arts Symposium is generously supported by:     


FivePine Lodge & Conference Center