Friday, July 15, 2011

Oregon Road Trip

My sister was here last week for a visit.  We did some driving - about 700 miles - while she was here.  We spent one day driving up the Columbia Gorge.  The view is always great.  the photo above is a view of Vista house at Crown Point.  Beacon Rock is in the background. From this viewpoint, you can also see the View Point Inn, although I didn't take a photo this time.  This was the day before it burned.

This is the view east from Crown Point.

The creek at Bridal Veil Falls.

And here is Multnomah Falls.  My sister is waving from the bridge.

Our big trip was to Sisters, Oregon, for the Eighth Annual Fiber Arts Stroll and Outdoor Quilt Show.  Some of the ladies from Gees Bend were there with their quilts.

The whole town is decorated with quilts hung on the sides of the buildings.  Many of the local businesses have quilts inside as well.  The weather was very cooperative this year - it was a pleasant 80 degrees and breezy.  I heard several people say it is commonly over 100 degrees during this event.

I am always on the lookout for designs for Guatemala Bound quilts.  I'm still drawn to log cabins and square-within-a-square type designs.  This quilt was inside The Stitchin Post. I'm sorry I don't have the maker's name.

These four quilts were hung outside on various businesses around town.

We spent the night in Bend.  Here's a view of the river in the main park downtown.

Sunday we headed back to Sisters.  There was a wonderful show of Jean Wells Keenan's quilts hung in the woods at the Five Pine Resort.

And at the Sisters Library we saw the SAQA Oregon exhibit, Oregon: State of Diversity

We drove all the way over to the coast to Lincoln City, then up Highway 101 to Canon Beach then home the following day .  We stopped at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center and the Tillamook cheese factory.  We found a great quilt shop in Wheeler, Creative Fabrics, right next door to a cute gallery, Trillium.  Stop if you're driving that way.  And of course, we had to make a stop at Center Diamond in Canon Beach.  It was quite the quilt tour, a great week, and a fun visit.

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