Quilt for Two Rivers – Deepening Appreciation for Local Rivers

May 14, 2012 at 4:00 am Leave a comment

Fiber artists collaborating on the Quilt for Two Rivers are blogging about their quilt panels for the 40-foot masterpiece-in-progress which honors Sisters, Oregon’s Treasured Landscapes. Featured this week:


With Whychus Creek literally in our backyard, I have had an appreciation for this pretty little river. I love walking out there with my morning coffee, or watching with joy the pleasure it brings to our grandchildren who could spend the entire day throwing rocks and sticks on its banks.

Wild & Scenic Whychus Creek

But it wasn’t until I was honored with the invitation to be one of 19 very talented quilters to participate in the Quilt for Two Rivers project that I now really have a great appreciation for this river and all the rivers around us.

It was so fun meeting at the Sisters City Hall that February morning and hearing Maret Pajutee of the U.S. Forest Service share with us all about this preservation and public awareness project.

We caravaned together to a beautiful site only a few miles outside of Sisters and hiked a little-recognized river trail. All the raw, natural, untouched beauty so close to where we live was inspiring. We all took pictures and went home with greater awareness of the special qualities of Whychus.

Catherine’s preliminary sketch for her Quilt for Two Rivers panel

As I imagined what my quilt would look like, I just started sketching. I sketched the trees along the river, dead ones, living ones, some erect, some leaning.  And all the rocks –cliffs and those along the river’s edge.

The work in progress

The only two “givens” for each of us quilters were the tiny entrance and exit marks on the papers we received (so that the 40 quilts had the continuity of the river running through all the quilts), and the “river” fabric that we were to incorporate as a common element.

The finished work: Catherine’s Whychus Creek quilt panel for the Quilt for Two Rivers

And at the end I added fish in hopeful anticipation of their return to Whychus Creek!

–Catherine Moen

Enter the Name the Quilt Facebook contest!  Visit  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quilt-for-Two-Rivers/132757123491016?sk=app_95936962634 to view current entries for the contest, with a grand prize of $100 cash and a discount lodging package at FivePine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon.  Entries being accepted until May 18, when finalists will be chosen.  Then Facebook fans will vote to select the winning name during the voting period May 22-25.


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