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  • Writer's pictureJess Draper

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

There is a magical day each summer when Sisters blossoms in color, as the whole town is wrapped in over 900 quilts. That day is Saturday, July 13, the celebration of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS).

SOQS has become a week-long celebration of the arts and the creative spirit. That’s reflected in this year’s Thursday evening fundraiser. It will be a colorful celebration, inspired by Freddy Moran and her love and influence of bright, joyful colors. The event will include conversations about Freddy’s influence, a special video tour of Freddy’s house, and a display and auction of Freddy-inspired Faces quilts created by some very special folks. 

On show day, visitors to the free, unticketed show stroll through Sisters’ quilt-festooned streets and partake of the hospitality offered by Sisters’ shops and restaurants. Hood Avenue will be closed, making it a pedestrian park where quilt enthusiasts can explore special exhibits that enhance the experience. Some of the special exhibits are returning favorites, and there are new ones that keep the show fresh and exciting. 

Featured quilter June Jaeger incorporates her love of the natural beauty and outdoor way of life that surrounds us here in her quilt design. Inspirational instructor Sujata Shah is an award-winning quilter, designer, and author of “Cultural Fusion Quilts.” She finds inspiration in the rich handmade tradition of her home country, India; Indian and American utilitarian quilts and African textiles. 

It’s not over when the quilts come down on Saturday. SOQS will host a beautiful day at the FivePine Lodge and Conference Center on Sunday, July 14, with Giuseppe Ribaudo, better known as Giucy Giuce.   

His fabric designs are an homage to the influence of his Sicilian family.  

The quilt show is always free, but special event tickets sell out, so get them now at https://www.soqs.org/2024events.

The week running up to the big day is filled with Quilter’s Affair, hosted by Stitchin’ Post. For a run-down of classes visit https://stitchinpost.com/pages/qa-home.


Outdoor Quilt display
Visitors enjoy quilts all over Sisters. Photo by Bill Bartlett.

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