Thanks to all t…

Thanks to all those folks who befriended the show as a member during the fun filled week of quilting in Sisters – July 8th – 15th.  I enjoyed meeting and greeting so many new faces as I talked about the benefits of membership throughout the week.  Thanks to all those folks who took the time to listen!

During Show Day afternoon I planned a little time off from my duties at the Information Booth to enjoy the quilts and take a few photos.   The next day one viewer commented to me – one minute the town was filled with colorful quilts and the next moment they were gone.  The Quilt Rescue Team and many other volunteers implemented our emergency plan and it worked great. BUT, Mother Nature ending the Show 2 ½ hours early did reduce our income for the Show by about $15,000 (quilts sales and raffle ticket sales).

If Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) is an important event for you and others you know, think about showing your support with a membership.  During a quiet moment read through the member brochure you received during your visit or go to our website under the Support button and refer to Friend of the Show.  Membership to SOQS — a non-profit — is just one of the income sources that contributes toward the $155,000+ price tag for the largest outdoor quilt show in the world.

Stay on the sunny side of life – especially during an outdoor quilt show!!!

Kathy Pazera
SOQS Friendraiser Coordinator


August 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

Two Rivers Three Sisters: A Masterpiece of Contemporary American Fiber Art

The artwork formerly known as the Quilt for Two Rivers has a new name: Two Rivers Three Sisters.  Fiber artists collaborating on the installation are blogging about their quilt panels for the 40-foot masterpiece, which honors Sisters, Oregon’s Wild & Scenic Rivers.  Featured this week:


We’ve come to the last stitches in the fabric.  And we couldn’t be more delighted with the new fiber artwork that has been seven months in the making.

Two Rivers Three Sisters–originally called the Quilt for Two Rivers after the National Forest Foundation’s Tale of Two Rivers conservation campaign, and rechristened by Facebook contest winner Teresa Mitchell of Star, ID–is complete and on exhibit.

The completed Two Rivers Three Sisters quilt, with Wild & Scenic Whychus Creek running through it

True to its art form, the quilt tells a story.  It reveals how native steelhead and salmon are returning to our local streams.  It honors the traditions of Native Americans who lived along Whychus and the Metolius for generations.  It features the geography of Whychus Creek, shows the change of seasons in foliage, conveys the weather, is true to how the creekside landscape changes from high to lower elevations.

It’s an American original, a masterpiece of modern folk art.  The artistic styles of 19 quilters blend into a unified piece that can only be described as magnificent–if we do say so ourselves!

And what’s truly magical about the 40-foot quilt is the way it is going to live on.  It will live on in the new stewards we’ve created who care about two very special places, Whychus Creek and the Metolius River…

…in a traveling exhibition which will take the quilt all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, following its display during the month of July at the 2012 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

…and in those who view it in its eventual home. (Send inquiries about procuring the quilt to

The quilt is now available for viewing in the lobby of the Black Butte Ranch Lodge.  Join us there for a free reception to celebrate the artists and artistry of the work on June 15 at 5 p.m.

Two Rivers Three Sisters is the product of a unique collaboration between the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the National Forest Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service.  We want to let the funders who made the project possible know how much we appreciate their support.  Thank you!

Presenting Sponsor – US Bank


  • National Forest Foundation
  • Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Deschutes County Cultural Coalition
  • Deschutes County Economic Development Fund Discretionary Grant Oregon Arts Commission with support from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Roundhouse Foundation
  • Deschutes Land Trust
  • Deschutes River Conservancy

–Ann Richardson, Executive Director, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show


June 11, 2012 at 4:00 am 4 comments

Two Rivers Three Sisters: How It All Came Together

The artwork formerly known as the Quilt for Two Rivers has a new name: Two Rivers Three Sisters.  Fiber artists collaborating on the installation are blogging about their quilt panels for the 40-foot masterpiece, which honors Sisters, Oregon’s Wild & Scenic Rivers.  Featured this week:

Last summer I was approached by Ann Richardson of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show to help in creating and implementing the Quilt for Two Rivers, now renamed Two Rivers Three Sisters.  Nationally, a few art quilt groups  have created a project like this in the past and when I reviewed the work I was really excited to take on the task.

I designed the layout of the river, created a few ground rules, cut blank paper the size of each quilt, marking only where the river was to enter and exit the artist’s quilt.  We then invited 20 art quilters to participate in the project.  It was up to the individual quilter to design and create her own collaborative piece of art.

The quilting group was invited to a day of hiking and education with representatives from the National Forest Foundation (NFF), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and Deschutes Land Trust (DLT) which intrigued me since  I have lived in Central Oregon for 28 years and really enjoy the outdoors.

That day was quite an eye opener!

Whychus Creek runs through Sisters, Oregon on the way to the Deschutes River and until recently, it ran dry in places by summer.  This would happen due to water for irrigation rights being drawn from Whychus Creek through the upper end of Central Oregon. I was so impressed when I found out about the efforts of the NFF, USFS, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Deschutes River Conservancy and DLT to restore this river, bringing the fish and vegetation back!

One of Whychus Creek’s many canyons

I created the last quilt in the series because my vision was to have the river wind into a canyon as there are so many beautiful rock cliffs in the area.  Taking pictures, and drawing from memories of my hiking experiences, I created an abstract quilt that completes the river mural. The techniques used were curved piecing with machine appliqué and beadwork added for a final touch.

Donna Rice with her Two Rivers Three Sisters quilt panel

My hope is that not only the artists will have enjoyed their donation to river restoration but that viewers of the Two Rivers Three Sisters quilt will learn from, and respect the efforts of, the many people involved.

It really does take a village of devoted individuals to successfully complete an important project of this magnitude.

–Donna Rice

June 7, 2012 at 4:00 am 1 comment

Quilt Helps Spread Awareness of the Value of Wild & Scenic Rivers & Native Fish

Winner of Facebook Naming Contest for Whychus Creek Quilt Announced

Sisters, Oregon (June 4, 2012) The fiber art formerly known as the Quilt for Two Rivers has a new name.  The completed work, a masterpiece of contemporary American fiber art, has been rechristened Two Rivers Three Sisters following a Facebook naming contest.

The resplendent Two Rivers Three Sisters quilt (formerly the Quilt for Two Rivers)

The winning title, submitted by Teresa Mitchell of Star, Idaho, bested 67 entries from 19 states.  She won a prize package including a discounted stay at FivePine Lodge and $100 cash.

The Two Rivers Three Sisters quilt–now on display in the lobby of the Black Butte Ranch Lodge in Sisters,Oregon–was seven months in the making.  It features the artistic styles of 19 quilters who submitted panels to create a 40-foot, unified piece, plus four additional panels featuring the falls of Whychus.

“What’s truly magical about the quilt is the way it is going to live on in the new stewards we’ve created who care about two very special places here, Whychus Creek and the Metolius River,” says Maret Pajutee, representing project partner U.S. Forest Service.  Adds Lisa Leonard of another partnering organization, the National Forest Foundation, “Through this effort we are bringing a new form of visibility to this treasured landscape, and also highlighting different ways that people can connect with their National Forests.”

“Two Rivers Three Sisters represents the truest traditions of this art form,” notes Ann Richardson of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the third project partner.  “The effort has been a modern quilting bee, with many women coming together to create it.  And it tells a story, the story of how important our rivers and fish have been from Native American times to the present.  The theme of native fish returning to home waters is visible in many of the quilt panels.”

The festivities surrounding the new quilt are just getting under way:

The full 40-foot installation will be gifted for a donation of $20,000.  The four individual waterfall panels will be gifted to donors of $1,500 or more.  Gifts will support restoration efforts on Whychus Creek as part of the National Forest Foundation’s Tale of Two Rivers campaign.  Inquiries:

About the Quilt

Two Rivers Three Sisters is a unique collaboration between the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the National Forest Foundation’s Treasured Landscapes conservation campaign, and the U.S. Forest Service.  It enlisted some of the Central Oregon’s foremost fabric artists in producing a commissioned work featuring scenes from Whychus Creek and the Metolius River to raise awareness of two Wild & Scenic waterways that frame the Sisters Country.  The project partners thank the following sponsors, whose support made this project a reality.

Presenting Sponsor – US Bank


  • National Forest Foundation
  • Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Deschutes County Cultural Coalition
  • Deschutes County Commissioners Discretionary Fund
  • Oregon Arts Commission with support from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Roundhouse Foundation
  • Deschutes Land Trust
  • Deschutes River Conservancy

We also thank the following who donated a portion of their fees to help publicize the project:

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June 4, 2012 at 4:00 am Leave a comment

Two Rivers Three Sisters Quilt: The Quilter & The Conservationist

The artwork formerly known as the Quilt for Two Rivers has a new name: Two Rivers Three Sisters.  Here’s the latest about the completed 40-foot masterpiece which honors Sisters, Oregon’s Treasured Landscapes: 


When I tell people that I’m from Sisters, Oregon, their response is always, “Oh… do you quilt?”

I’m slightly ashamed to confess that I don’t quilt. I’ve resolved to take a beginner’s class at the Stitchin’ Post for years now, but I have never pieced together a block and I have only a vague notion what a bobbin is.

I’m part of the Two Rivers Three Sisters quilt project because I work for the National Forest Foundation (NFF), a nonprofit that brings people together to restore and enhance our National Forests.

NFF chose Sisters, more specifically Whychus Creek and the Metolius River, as a special site—a Treasured Landscape site—called the Tale of Two Rivers. In collaboration with many partners, NFF is working to restore our watersheds, bring back salmon and steelhead, and engage the community throughout the process.

Viewpoint on the new Whychus Creek trail in Sisters, OR

The stunning Two Rivers Three Sisters quilts raise awareness for Whychus Creek. Half of the funds from the quilt will be given to NFF to go directly to local on-the-ground restoration efforts.

This may seem like a funny partnership: quilters and conservationists, together? It’s actually as natural as peanut butter and jelly.

Quilters find inspiration in the forests and rivers that weave through our landscapes. They want to make sure that, just like a prized family quilt, this legacy of our National Forests, rivers, and wildlife is preserved for generations. The art of quilting and the affinity for National Forests are both part of our American identity.  Have a look at our new video to see what I mean:

The act of quilting is piecing together different fabric to make a unified whole. A talented quilter focuses on each seam, each section, with the big picture in mind. This is also how we restore our watersheds. Piece by piece we work on the banks of the rivers, the trails winding through the forest, and the wildlife habitat—always with the health and unity of the whole in mind.

There is an important communal aspect to quilting. During the time they craft, quilters are able to connect with a community—they stitch and laugh in groups, get together for advice, and take classes and retreats with friends. The Two Rivers Three Sisters quilt is a project in which 20 quilters have collaborated and connected, creating over 40 feet of amazing art. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Restoration is also communal. Hundreds of volunteers and donors have made local conservation efforts possible. NFF could not do what it does without friends and partners: the U.S. Forest Service; Deschutes Land Trust; Upper Deschutes Watershed Council; Deschutes River Conservancy; Sisters Trails Alliance; and others.

Student volunteers help out restoring Wild & Scenic River Whychus Creek on Earth Day 2012

The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show has been an outstanding partner, helping connect NFF with a new audience and raise awareness of Whychus Creek through Two Rivers Three Sisters.  NFF is also grateful to the quilters who have poured hours into this trendsetting project. The quilts go beyond words, they flow together and connect in balance, they are teeming with fish and forests—they represent everything our restoration efforts hope to create.

Please join us in honoring these amazing artists and see the completed Two Rivers Three Sisters quilt on exhibit at the Artists’ Reception, June 15, 5 to 7 p.m., Black Butte Ranch Main Lodge.

June 1, 2012 at 4:00 am 7 comments

“Friendraiser Coordinator” aka Kathy, announces new membership program

I’ve volunteered for the Show for more than 16 years as a way to support my hobby – actually, more than a hobby – one of my passions – quilting.  Six months ago I was given a great opportunity – join Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show as their Friendraiser.  What does that mean?  It’s an accurate description of what a fundraiser does.

The first order of business for me  – come up with an innovative membership program.  Both the Board and Executive Director Ann Richardson push the envelop in advancing the mission of SOQS and the new member program is no exception.

I’m excited to announce the new member program was launched this week.  Membership is a win, win, win – for SOQS, members and quilt related businesses partnering with us.  There is a range of member benefits but the most unique addition is the gift of inspiration and creativity. How do we achieve giving these intangibles that are so important to quilters?  By providing our members with free admission to thirty Quilt Museums, Shows and Shops in seven states. How did we do this? By building partnerships that benefit all of us.  Keep in mind, the “grass doesn’t grow under our feet” here at SOQS, so we continue to build partnerships expanding the list of Member Program Partners.

Donors I’ve spoken with the past few months have expressed positive feedback about the direction of the member program.  I encourage you to check out the new Friend of the Show member program on our website.  You can sign up as a member on the site or join the crowd on quilt show day at the Friend of the Show booth behind the Stitchin’ Post.

May 29, 2012 at 5:13 am 17 comments

Quilt for Two Rivers: Whychus Creek, Future Home of “Small Fry”

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:


Whychus Creek and the Metolius River…..two treasures of Central Oregon!

“Quilt for Two Rivers”…what a unique and worthwhile project!  And what an honor to be asked to be part of this endeavor.

Since moving to Central Oregon in 1989 I have visited these two waterways many times, appreciating their beauty and serene settings.  When our QTR quilting group made our field trip to upper Whychus Creek, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and diversity of the landscape. I fully understand and appreciate how valuable this area is to the human experience–and for fish and wildlife.

My inspiration and vision was to capture, in fabric, the diversity of this unique environment, which is so important as valuable habitat for fish and wildlife.

Pat Welsh panel for the Quilt for Two Rivers

Trees stand as sentinels along the stream, some of which eventually fall and provide cover and safe havens for the fish.  Stands of bushes and shrubs are equally important in providing cover and shade for the fish and other wildlife.Sands and gravels that have been deposited over time make spawning areas for native female fish to make redds and deposit their eggs.  After the eggs hatch, the alevins grow and the quiet pools provide a sanctuary as the fry emerge from redds and grow to eventually start their own migration downstream to the ocean.  (See the additional summary below for more on this life cycle.)

While we have been concentrating on the campaign for restoring runs of historically native fish, my vision also represents diversity in the landscape that benefits all forms of wildlife…as well as us two-legged folks who love a natural outdoor setting.

My panel was accomplished by piecing, appliqué and quilting techniques using both machine and hand processes.

–Pat Welsh

VOTE BY FRIDAY, 5/25 AT 5 P.M. PST FOR THE NEW NAME FOR THE QUILT FOR TWO RIVERS!  The entrant with the most votes wins $100 and a discount lodging package in Sisters, Oregon.

A Little Bit about Small Fry

During fish spawning, eggs are deposited by the female in redds (gravel depressions scoured out by the adult’s tail).  Milt (sperm) is then deposited by males to fertilize the eggs.

Alevin are newly hatched fish.  The yolk sac provides nourishment for several weeks for the growing fish, who remain in the river gravel until the sac is absorbed.  Once absorbed, the fish have to find their own food.  This stage is called the “fry” stage.

Fry live in fresh water anywhere from a few days to two years depending on the species.  Smolting is a physiological change which enables fish to live in salt water and not absorb the salt into the bloodstream.  The smolts are ready to begin their migration down river and into the ocean where they spend one to five years.

Once the adult fish have finished growing in the ocean they seek out the rivers in which they were born to spawn.  The mature adults pair up and start the process all over again making a redd ands laying eggs.

–Pat Welsh

May 24, 2012 at 2:19 am 10 comments

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