July 8-14 2018 SOQS

QUILT REGISTRATION for our 43rd Annual Quilt Show, July 14, 2018, will open on this site February 1st.

PLEASE NOTE:   Quilter’s Affair is produced by the Sisters retail quilt shop, the Stitchin’ Post.  For information call the shop at 541-549-0989 or visit Quilter’s Affair.

Thanks to our Board of Directors: Jeff, Myrna, Jean, Carol, Donna, and Jan, for all their volunteer hours!  our 43rd annual Quilt Show and week of activities. 

2018 Creative Trails Poster by Paul Alan Bennett

2018 Quilt Show Poster
Creative Trails by Paul Alan Bennett

We are excited to present the artwork of Sisters artist Paul Alan Bennett for our 2018 Quilt Show poster celebrating the theme, “Creative Trails”.

Paul attended the Maryland Institute of Art for my B.F.A. and received my M.A. from the University of La Verne, Athens, Greece. His awards are numerous and his work resides at The University of Eastern Oregon and also at Central Oregon Community College.  In 2006, Pendleton Woolen Mills produced 16 of my images as tapestries.

Paul’s style often uses paint to copy a knit look. Knitting and weaving are common to all cultures so this look lent itself well to incorporating much of his interests in travel, folk art and art history.  Read more at  Paul’s website.   To view his art as exciting clothing line check out the variety of produce by Paul!

2018 Raffle Quilt Creative Trails 81″ x 92.5″

 Creative Trails  81″ x 92.5″ was designed by Valori Wells from her collection Musings for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. (pattern available at the Stitchin’ Post).  This quilt was pieced by Donna Rice and Jan Tetzlaff  with tremendous help from the East of the Cascades Quilt Group. Laura Simmons quilted  it. 

2018 Raffle Quilt Creative Trails 81″ x 92.5 

This year’s beautiful raffle quilt was inspired by the 2018 Quilt Show theme, Creative Journeys.

Tickets will once again be sold at the SOQS office, the Stitchin’ Post and at all Quilt Show and other events throughout Sisters including the Sunday, June 10th, Sisters Rodeo Buckaroo Breakfast presented by Kiwanis of Sisters at the Rodeo grounds.

Proceeds from our annual raffle quilt are shared between Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and Kiwanis of Sisters, helping to raise money to support Kiwanis programs, including the local scholarships and Food Bank.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn at 4:00pm on Saturday, July 8, Quilt Show day, on the lawn behind the Stitchin’ Post. Winner need not be present to win the quilt.  For more information, call Monday-Wednesday 11am-2pm  541-549-0989.

2018 Raffle Bike – Sponsored by Blazin’ Saddles Bike Shop

2018 Raffle Bike Sponsored by  Blazin’ Saddles Bike Shop

Laguna from Valori Wells Musings collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

As popular as ever, our raffle bike is designed  Valori Wells Kennedy in collaboration with our generous sponsor,  Blazin’ Saddles Cycle N Style. This is a one-of-a-kind cruiser bike.   Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website to see the first snapshot of the finished bike!

Raffle tickets are still only $5 each and can be purchased at the Stitchin’ Post, or with the Order Form on Page XX.  The drawing for the bike is at 4pm on Quilt Show day.  The winner need not be present.  We are happy to ship the bike if our winner is from out of town.

2017 SOQS Raffle Bike

We encourage you to stop in to visit our friends at Blazin’ Saddles Cycle-N-Style who annually make this raffle possible.

2018 Men Behind the Quilts Auction and Calendar Premier Party

3:30-5:30pm – Visit Sisters area shops and sponsor businesses
hosting our annual Quilt Walk. Drop in local restaurants and food cart plazas to enjoy appetizers, small plates and signature drinks.

Mr. November 2017

6:00pm – Come on over to the Community Tent for a dessert party & Calendar Quilt Auction! Our Calendar models will autograph your 2019 calendar while you enjoy desserts with adult beverages for purchase.  An evening of delightful entertainment to raise funds to support the production of the annual, free-to-attend-Quilt-Show and our Sisters Volunteer Firefighters.

2017 Mr. NovemberTickets are $45 and can be purchased using the link below.

Men Under the Quilts Calendar Premiere Party


2018 Featured Quilt – Liz Weeks

2018 Featured Quilter Liz Weeks of Sisters

2018  Featured Quilter, Liz Weeks                I am a retired elementary school teacher. We moved to Sisters 13 years ago–it was the best move ever.

My mother and grandmother taught me to sew, knit, crochet and embroider. On a trip to Australia in 1999 I stayed with a high school friend who is a quilter. She invited me to go on a shop hop, on a bus, with a bunch of her friends. I was astounded when I saw all these women buying what I now know are fat quarters. I always had in the back of my mind that someday I wanted to make a really nice quilt. After returning home from that trip I thought maybe I had better take some classes and I did. This is what started me down the road of fat quarters, mats, rulers and rotary cutters.

I have had the opportunity to teach quilting at Coffee Creek Women’s Prison in Wilsonville while we still lived in the Portland area. I continue to participate as the Central Oregon liaison for that program. I also participate in the Quilts for Kids program in Sisters (East of the Cascade Quilt Group).

One of my greatest joys is teaching my granddaughter, Ella, to quilt. This is her second year having a quilt in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

Liz teaching granddaughter Ella quilting








2018 Machine Quilter Showcase: Mike Denton

2018 Machine Quilter Showcase:  Mike Denton

Even though I learned to sew on my mom’s treadle machine when I was in high school, and owned my own sewing machine when Sue and I married in 1967, I really didn’t take up quilting until 2009, when I attended the Absolutely Beginning Quilting class taught by Lawry Thorn at the Stitchin’ Post.

I’m not much on color choices, but the intricate fitting of pieces of fabric together to make new patterns, where there were none, just seems to make perfect sense.  I became so involved with the process that I ended up with 36 different 12 inch blocks that are now pieced together into a fairly large quilt.

After practicing, by tracing pantograph designs onto charity quilts, I did the quilting on my first quilt, and again on my second.  After more charity quilts, we upgraded to a Handiquilter Fusion, with a computer, in 2010.  The computer designs on the quilts also make perfect sense the way the patterns intersect and flow from one area of the quilt to another, like a symphony.

SOQS Staff would also like to salute Mike for the myriad of tasks he volunteers for.  Basically, we couldn’t produce Quilt Show Day without Mike’s efforts.  We are grateful for the many hours his wife Sue volunteers in the SOQS Event Office!


2018 Inspirational Instructor – Colleen Blackwood

2018 Inspirational Instructor Colleen Blackwood

Each 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 2018 Inspirational Instructor Exhibit honors Colleen Blackwood 

Colleen began teaching quilting classes in the early 80’s, before she knew very much.  The joy of sharing with other quilters planted the seed of teaching.  She came to realize that confidence and enjoyment are as big a part of the class experience as being a stickler for perfection.

Colleen counts her good  fortunate to meet and become friends with Jean Wells (Founder of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show & owner of The Stitchin Post) early in her quilting career, crediting it with the birth of her attachment to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

The week of quilt show is the highlight of her year, filled with inspiration, friends and creativity.  It is an honor to teach every year and touch base with all the people she has come to know.  She is a devoted Bernina fan.

Colleen offers a limited number of original patterns available and teach in several communities in the Northwest.  Visit her website: laughinglizzies.com

2018 Inspirational Instructor

When she is not quilting, she is riding one of my wonderful horses.  Her husband, a custom furniture maker and woodworker,  has come to terms with my complete takeover of the living room.

2018 Featured Gallery Artist-Marion Shimoda presented by Clearwater Gallery

2018 Featured Gallery Artists Marion Shimoda

Featured Gallery Artist Marion Shimoda – CLEARWATER GALLERY, Sisters

Marion’s exploration into improvisational quiltmaking began ten years ago.  She uses traditional and innovative designs and techniques to construct original work.      Hand-stitching, improvisational piecework, hand-dyed fabrics, and skinny lines are common elements in her work, making each piece unique.  Patterns, colors and lines of everyday life intrigue her and are reflected in her work.

Marion also uses textiles and found objects to create other one of a kind items such as sculptures and ornaments.

She is a member of the Journeys art quilt group in Sisters, Columbia FiberArts Guild in Portland, the Modern Quilt Guild, and Studio Art Quilt Associates.  Her work has been shown in local, regional, and national shows.

July 15, 2018 SOQS Sunday! Sponsored by FivePine Lodge & Conference Center

Sunday, July 15, 2018 8am – 3pm
Join us at the beautiful FivePine Lodge campus for a stunning outdoor display of quilts and a special lecture.

Valori Wells  20 Years & 40 Collections – Tapping into Creativity
Presented by Robert Kaufman Fabrics    


                              Valori Wells Lecture (9am); Walking Tours (8am & 1:30pm)

Join us in celebrating Valori wells during this, her 20th year as a fabric designer and her 40th fabric collection.  As a quilter, a teacher, author, printmaker, and a quilt shop owner, she has a deep understanding of how to cultivate her vital, continuous flow of creativity.

Whether you are a budding or master artist, a fiber, visual, or literary artist, a traditional or modern quilting enthusiast, you will learn about Valori’s artistic process and how to tap into your own creativity again and again.

Sunday Lecture 9:00am $35.00
Inside FivePine Conference Center

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Sunday Walking Tours  8am & 1:30pm  $25.00
Please note:  The Walking Tours fill quickly as space is very limited by the fragile environment where quilts are displayed.

Quantity Walking Tour Tickets
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2018 Made by Men Quilts & Quilting by Men

MADE BY MEN Exhibit during Quilt Show:

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 2018 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, our 2018 Machine Quilter Showcase Exhibit


SOQS Arts 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- inside Sisters businesses

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.  

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 – 15, 2018.

Presenting Sponsor


Major Sponsors

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


High Fiber Arts Symposium, April 7, 2018

 April 7, 2018

Tickets go on sale January 20, 2018


April 7 High Fiber Arts Schedule:  ($135 Ticket):
8:30am –  Check-in Open at FivePine Conference Center
9:00am –  Carol Shaw Sutton  “Interwoven Language” Keynote Speaker
10:15-11am & 11:15-Noon:  Breakout Sessions*
12:00pm  – Lunch
12:45-1:30pm  Wearable Art Fashion Show
1:30-2:15pm & 2:30-3:15pm  Breakout Sessions*
3:30pm    “Conversations & Connections” Pat Clark
4:15-5pm   “It’s a Wrap” Reception & no host bar
*All attendees will experience each of the four breakout sessions.

HFAS April 7, 2018 Program

Page through our website to see more HFAS Workshop offerings:
April 5 & 6 Janet Spear – Sophisticated Jewelry from Uncommon Sources
April 8,  Barb Campbell – Textured Slab Clay Constructions


Call FivePine Lodge to reserve special lodging package rates!
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.  


High Fiber Arts Symposium is generously supported by:     


FivePine Lodge & Conference Center


The Next Generation Quilting Exhibit

Calling all quilters up to age 18 for the 2018  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 40” x 40” 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 1 2018)
5)  All quilts entered in this exhibit receive a special ribbon.
Starting February 1st 2018, 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 10am-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 2018-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 8-13) prior to the annual quilt show (which is always on the second Saturday in July–July 14, 2018).

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