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My girlfriend and I are going, with our spouses, down the coast of Oregon in July and we are planning on taking in the outdoor quilt show in Sister's.  I was wondering if any of you have been or are planning on going this year?  I have done some research on the net and here from others about the greatness of the show.  Ever since I got started quilting and heard about this show, I have wanted to see it.  I would appreciate any info you can give; is there something I should not miss?  what should I be prepared to bring with me?  I tried to book a campsite but they appear to be booked a year in advance.  I did read that if we park at the school grounds, a bus is available to take us into the town.  We are hoping to be there on the Wed., is that early enough to find a place to park at the school?  Any information would be appreciated.

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Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 26, 2011 at 9:37pm
Karen has it right.  I have been to Sisters for the quilt show twice now and agree with everything she said.  Also, don't count on finding seats in restaurants, so bring your own food.  I have sat on curbs munching on sandwiches.  There are so many quilts to see and the atmosphere is amazing!  Oh, if you are looking for quilt vendors, you will not find them there.  The Stitching Post is the only show in town. Most of the vendors will be in Bend, OR.  Oh, and another thing, GO EARLY.  Traffic backs up like crazy.
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on June 26, 2011 at 8:07am

We stayed at the Sunriver resort and drove in early Saturday morning...arrived in Sisters about 8:45 and found a parking space a short walk from downtown.  We found the restaurants all had long long long long waits and were very happy we did a tailgate meal in our cooler.  I agree with Karen on the shopping.  Don't try it on Saturday.  You'll waste a lot of time just being pushed and proded thru the shops by the horde of people.  Go shopping before or after the show.  We had a absolutely WONDERFUL time.  You will too...Oh...wear really really comfortable shoes, maybe a hat or visor, some sunscreen and bring your camera.  OH OH...plan your potty trips well in advance.  The little blue houses have long long long lines too.

Comment by Suzanne L/WA on June 25, 2011 at 9:57am
For living as close as I do and having a friend live in Sisters, I've never been to the quilt show.  Each year I say I'm going, but then there's blues festival in my home town that I like to go to also.  But then as the day draws nearer, I realize how hot it really is outside and both trips just seem like too much….LOL.  Maybe this year…...?
Comment by Myrna on June 25, 2011 at 9:45am
Thank you, you have all given me great info.  I know my girlfriend and I are really excited about going.  She is a new quilter who gets excited at seeing one of my new quilts so I can only imagine how she is going to be beyond excited.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on June 25, 2011 at 8:42am
Karen gave you great tips for enjoying the show. It is really fun. I've only been twice, but it is amazing. Once you've done the outside walk (and it will take you a long time to take it all in) there are also quilts hung in the stores. Be sure to check out all the quilt shops in the area, they each have some great fabrics and patterns, etc. I know you are going to have a great time. Comfy shoes and sun protection are a must.
Comment by Karen Stenback on June 24, 2011 at 7:59pm

I was thinking of going to Sisters this year, and joined a Yahoo small group having to do with lodging at the Sisters show.  You have to join this group, and be approved by the moderator, which takes only a little bit of time.  Once you are approved, you can post a question, etc.  There are people in the group who provide lodging in Sisters, and also can give you information on where to park, camp, etc.   This is the link to the group:    Good luck! 

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/quilt_show_lodging_network/

 

There are also classes and other events held during the week, which you might be interested in, and here is the link for that:  http://www.sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org/

Comment by karenthequilter on June 24, 2011 at 1:45pm

It's definitely an event worth seeing, but the actual show is only on Saturday.  That's the day to park in the far lots (there are lots of signs) and take their free shuttle into town.  It's always very hot, and very crowded, so bring water and snacks and very comfortable walking shoes. Here's my preferred routine - get there as soon as they start on Saturday (I think 9, but could be wrong), walk the outside show and see the quilts hanging, but don't bother with trying to shop in the shops - they get too crowded and you'll get too tired to enjoy all of the quilts.  Then on Sunday (or earlier in the week, since you're there early, shop the shops, including the fabulous Stitchin' Post when there are no crowds.  Trust me.  I've been to this show many times and you'll enjoy the shopping much more.

 

There's lots to do in the area on the other days, many nice quilt shops in Bend and Redmond.  My other favorite thing is to check out downtown Bend - there is usually an art faire there that weekend, and it's next to a very pretty park that is on the river, right in town! 

 

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