Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sisters Outdoor quiltshow

Hi The After our exploration of the town and getting to know a few locals we had an early dinner and retired early, ready to see what more Sisters has to offer. The population of Sisters of is around 2,500 and swells to twice that when the quilt show is on. Our AB&B is a 15 minute walk from the centre of town.

After breakfast on friday we set off to explore more of Sisters and the many art galleries and antique shops. I must say I was surprised that there was not much going on in town, except for normal business.

A few stalls being set up, in front of an antique shop, where I bought a vintage quilt, all hand quilted and hand embroidered.
Of course this action gave my DH some angst,  and on it went about luggage, room, overweight etc.
Get over it I say!!!!!

Just some of the great art work around town.

Just a few of the quilts in the shops.

More sculptures 

DH was spoilt for choice with 
Craft beer, Hop and Brew had 24 on tap.
After a very full day in town we made our way back to our home stay, to get ready for saturday, we have been told that Sisters has over 10,000 tourists that visit on this day.
Saturday we set off early at 9am to walk downtown and it had already begun, quilts were hung everywhere, and there was a lot of people milling through the streets. The day was hot at 30degrees and got hotter to 34degrees. I had a great time sitting and chatting to a lot of american quilters, who was amazed that I had travelled so far to attend the show. Quilts as many as 1497 were hung everywhere.

Just some photos of the crowds,  I did not think that there was 10,000, maybe 5,000at the most,,we did not have trouble getting a seat or something to eat.

DH was amongst it, long suffering!!!

Due to the hot day, shade was a bonus.
The most exciting thing about the show was seeing the quilt....."Bling" which won a prize in Paducah and I think Houston, seeing this quilt in the flesh was just amazing.

But gets better as I was explaining to DH about the quilt "Bling" who happens to walk past was Tula Pink, never to miss an opportunity, a photo was graciously given.

With Tula was Sarah Fielke a talented aussie quilter and whom I have met before in a class at Killara, so Sarah also consented to a photo, it was great chatting with them both and to meet Tulas mum as well was a bonus.

This made my day, even DH recognised Tula from her post on FB this am about her new quilt that she had made for this show, after lunch we finally made our way over to the teachers tent to see all of Tula's quilts.

I actually need to do a separate post with all of Tula's quilts, and some of my favourite quilts from the show, at a later date.

After our tent vist we continued on and came across the lovely Sue Spargo and all her wonderful quilts, Sue remembered me from my two classes that I took with her when she visited Sydney, so like old times, lovely to see Sue and that she is looking so well.

All of her quilts were hung nicely, although hot, there was some shade.
One of my favourites.
The show went until 4pm, that is when the quilts are starting to be pulled down, and I must say that it is like a well oiled machine, most were down by 4.30pm with the help of many volunteers in each zone, even the fire brigade helped.
DH had a few beers with the locals as we watched the process of the quilts being pulled down.
Sue Spargo's quilts
Fire brigade helping, this concludes the Sisters show, for tomorrow we set off for home.
Another show ticked of the bucket list.

1 comment:

  1. you are always lucky on your adventures .We love all the Quilts you have posted .See you soon .By the way it is very cold here .Vivienne /Ern