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July 8, 2017 – 42nd  annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

“The World’s Largest Outdoor Quilt Show & Sale ™

The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is always held on the second Saturday in July:  July 8, 2017; July 14, 2018

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show™ (SOQS) is internationally recognized as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show and quilt sale displaying more than 1300 quilts representing fiber artists from around the world.  More than 10,000 visitors from all 50 states and 27 foreign countries flock to Sisters on the second Saturday in July.

Master quilt makers teach classes and workshops during Quilt Week and exhibit their quilts at our annual Quilt Show.  In addition, hundreds of quilts are displayed in our “show-and-tell” exhibits—first time quilters, youth, and quilts made by men—throughout the town of Sisters.  Quilt exhibitors range in age from 10 to 92 years old.  Quilts on displace come to us from all over the world.

Many of the quilts on display can be purchased with a portion of the proceeds supporting SOQS, a 501(c)3 non profit organization which produces the annual, free, Quilt Show and fiber arts activities year-round. 

This American art and tradition of quilting enriches and enhances the cultural legacy SOQS created and grew in Central Oregon.  When it started 42 years ago, there was one quilt shop in Sisters.  Central Oregon now boasts a dozen shops and a dozen active quilt guilds. SOQS events and activities are a year-round bucket list mecca for quilters and appreciators of fiber arts.

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show™  is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the art, skill, and heritage of traditional and contemporary quilts and fiber arts, while enhancing the cultural vitality of the community of Sisters and Central Oregon.

We do that through a series of annual events, most notably the largest outdoor Quilt Show in the world held on the second Saturday of July.  (Also see General Information tab)

The show began when founder, Jean Wells Keenan, hung a dozen quilts made by her students outside her quilt shop on a Saturday in July.  A few more ladies brought their quilts to show, then a few more and a few more.  The show became an annual event, hosted by the East of the Cascades quilt guild.  As the show gained in size and popularity it outgrew the resources of the guild.  In 2003, an Executive Director was hired to manage the show and new events were added including the Around the Block Quilt Walk and Fiber Arts Stroll, Wish Upon a Card and other fundraisers for local causes.

  • Quilt Show began in 1975; Non-Profit was established in 2005
  • Attendance: ~12,500 on Quilt Show day
  • Part Time Staff: Executive Director; Assistant Director; Administrative Manager, and an army of Volunteers!
  • Economic Impact: $1.7 million and the equivalent of 26 jobs in the Sisters area*
  • Over 90,000 website hits/year at www.SistersOutdoorQuiltShow.org
  • SOQS raises funds and makes donations to local charities, school & civic organizations: over $90,000 since 2004
  • IRS Non-Profit Tax ID #14-1941732

Board of Directors
Myrna Dow – Co Chair
Rosie Horton – Co Chair
Jeff Omodt – Treasurer
Carol Dixon – Director
Donna Rice – Director
Jan Tetzlaff – Director
Jean Wells Keenan – Founder, Director
Valori Wells Kennedy – Director

Contact Information:

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
220 S. Ash Street #4
Sisters, OR 97759
www.SistersOutdoorQuiltShow.org
info@soqs.org
541-549-0989
 

Jeanette Pilak, Executive Director
Jeanette@soqs.org Phone: 541-549-0989

Karen Koppel, Assistant Director
Karen@soqs.org   Phone: 541-549-0989

Tracy Alexander, Administrative Manager
Tracy@soqs.org  Phone: 541-549-0989

Economic Effects survey conducted by Central Oregon Research Services and funded by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.  A copy of the survey is available here: SOQS Economic Effects.