The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon, is legendary. A one-day show has grown over the years to become the “Week for the Quilter,” during which gazillions of quilters converge on the tricity area of Sisters, Redmond, and Bend.

Have you heard of the brand-new addition to this special week? It’s the Oregon Summer Quilt Expo, July 11-14.

That’s right! This year sees the start of an independent, indoor quilt show at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond. It’s quite the big deal! Not only will there be quilts on display, there are lectures and classes, and… drum roll… what the week has been lacking thus far… VENDORS!

Lots and lots of vendors, and I’m going to be one of them! It’s exciting to be in on the first year of this very cool new show. You can read about the history and development of the show on the About page of the OSQE website.

There are some intriguing appliqué classes scheduled.

Nancy Lee Chong of the the Pacific Rim Quilt Company will be teaching several classes on the beautiful art of Hawaiian appliqué.

Debora Kochinsky of Critter Pattern Works has a class called “​​​Realistic Felted Appliques with a Sheep Theme.” Sounds cute!

Dee Brown of The Quilted Trillium is teaching something called “No Tracing Raw-Edge Applique.” I’ll be interested to learn what that’s all about!

These faculty members and more are presenting lectures during the show. Lectures are free with paid admission!

Here’s something very good: Parking has always been a challenge for the Sisters Outdoor show. With an admission ticket to OSQE, you can park there and catch a free shuttle bus over to Sisters and back!

Not only that, you can get discount OSQE admission coupons from the website.

If central Oregon is your destination during the Week for the Quilter, I hope to see you at the OSQE. If you haven’t made plans yet, maybe this new addition to the festivities, with its haven of indoorness, will make you want to come!

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie

The reader who won Edyta Sitar’s Seasonal Silhouettes is No. 56, Maureen! Congratulations Maureen! I know you will enjoy these beautiful designs.

In other news, my buddy Kim of Chatterbox Quilts has been cooking up some HEAT: “Hand Embroidery Appliqué Technique.” It’s so charming, and be sure to check out the introductory pattern that’s free for a short time on Kim’s blog Chatterbox Quilts Chitchat.

At the Moonlight Quilters show last weekend, I had to stop and fish out my camera on the spot when I saw this:

Mazie of Sonoma County by Sue Gragg

What a cow!!

Sue cites artist Carolee Clark as her inspiration, along with some fancifully decorated cows that are famous in Sonoma County. To me, Mazie looked like Kaffe Fassett fabric.

Until next time,

Last time I went to Quilt Market I made the pleasant acquaintance of one of the staff members at Landauer Publishing. Recently she emailed me to ask if I would like to share one of their brand-new books with readers of the blog.

Would I? Of course! I’m so excited to say that it’s Edyta Sitar’s Seasonal Silhouettes, hot off the presses!

Subtitled “12 Inspirational Quilt Blocks Featuring Raw-Edge Appliqué.”

Edyta used batik fabrics for their natural hues “touched by nature’s paintbrush” and tight weave. Since she does a form of raw-edge appliqué in which she stitches 1/8″ from the raw edge during the quilting process, batiks are an excellent choice. There’s a two-page spread of “color chips” so you can take the book to the fabric store with you in case you need to round out your stash of batiks.

What I really like is that the author gives an informational roundup of three different kinds of paper-backed fusible web, with the pros and cons of each, to help you make your choice for these projects. There’s also complete information on how she does her raw-edge appliqué and her quilting.

The gorgeous book is slightly oversized at 9×12. I imagine that’s so it can include… yes… full-size pull-out template pages for your convenience! On top of that, you can actually order all of the pre-made laser-cut appliqué shapes, complete with fusible web on the back, from Edyta’s website Laundry Basket Quilts.




Those are just three of the 12 designs… there’s one for every month, and you can stitch up as many or as few as you like.

There’s a short video about the book at the Landauer website. Just click on the “Look Inside” tab.

Thanks again to Landauer for providing a copy to give away to a lucky reader. If you’d like to enter the drawing, please leave a comment on this post before 7:00 p.m. California time on Friday, June 7.

Drawing open to U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only. Do not reply to an email feed… instead come on down to the blog itself on the internet and leave your comment there.

Good luck!!

By Kay Mackenzie