Sisters, OR pop.2000
I made my first trip in July 2009 and immediately fell in love with this small town, named after the three Sisters Mountains: Faith, Hope and Charity. My friend Pat and I went for the week-long Quilters' Affair workshops and all-day outdoor quilt show of more than 1200 quilts on display throughout the town, hanging on sides of buildings, from trees and specially-constructed A-frame display units. Always held on the 2nd Saturday in July, the show brings in 10,000 plus people from all over the world. That in itself is amazing...and what's even more amazing is that by 6 PM on the day, almost everyone has left.
Just a month ago, today, my 5-days long quilting workshop in Sisters, OR, with Jean Wells (owner of The Stitchin' Post and founder of The Outdoor Quilt Show) was coming to a close. Always a bittersweet moment. This was the fifth year that I've made the trek to Sisters for the workshop; many of the participants have also been coming for five years. Plans are already underway for 2015. This year's focus was on a sense of place - physical, emotional, intellectual - however one cares to define it.
For the past three years, my friend Linda - who I met at the first workshop - and I have rented a small modern cottage, two BR/2 bath , a modern kitchen and wifi. The cottage is about a 3.5 blocks walk from the Stitchin'Post (Jean Wells' quilt shop/store and classroom). To the rear of the cottage are the Sisters' mountains.
I took this photo of the three Sisters one morning as we walked to the Stitchin' Post. Just imagine having this view to feast your eyes on every day [deeeep sigh].
I will be sharing more about this trip and this place in upcoming posts. Have a great Monday and a great week.