Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Sistahs Meet in Sisters

Home again, home again and recovering from a week of fun with my "Sistahs" at Sisters, or more correctly, Black Butte Ranch. BBR is a planned resort community about 18 miles north of Sisters, Oregon. We rented a home with four bedrooms and three and a half baths for our group of seven quilters.

Our trip began as planned with Becky and I caravanning with Kathy and Kat, and we arrived at the house tireder than heck at 7:30 Monday night. We decided to pick up a rotisserie chicken and do rice and salad rather than go out and that was an excellent choice.
Tuesday was designated a sewing day, so we got our mini-sweatshop set up at the kitchen table and away we went. Kat and Kathy (at right) were doing a blue and green batik project that they had swapped triangles for a few weeks prior to the trip. Becky (below, cooking) decided to put together three gazillion 3 inch nine patches from swaps with the 3 inch hourglasses she'd made. The 16 rows were 16 blocks each and several times she put it down and declared that she wasn't going to work on it anymore, but she always picked it up again. She also put together some Bento Box Blocks of the Month from SR Quilt Guild that I won and gave her when she left town the following month as well as a set of beautiful Jacob's Ladder blocks that she got in a swap.

I took a ton of UFO's, knowing I'd not finish them all, but prepared nonetheless. First, I finished putting together the Christmas Lucky Stars top I'm doing as a 50th birthday present for my longtime friend Maureen. She was 51 in May, but knows the quilt is coming. I found the perfect binding for it on sale at the Pincushion too. My second UFO was a mystery quilt I started at Linda Ballard's class in Williams in Feb., using fabrics I'd bought 20 or more years ago for son Daniel's Christmas quilt. That top is done except for borders! Finally, I finished (or so I thought) a top from a Debbie Caffrey mystery at the Pincushion with Kathy a year or so ago. Our resident quilt teacher and long-arm quilter extraordinaire Kat decided that I needed to do half blocks to finish part of the design into the border, so there you have it--not done. The two Christmas quilts are pictured at left.
Wednesday we went into Sisters to shop at the Stitchin' Post (the sponsor of the show) before the busses and crowds hit. We all found lots of goodies and I was especially glad that I found a great kit for a quilt for a certain person who will be having a major birthday this year (not that she reads the blog, but she is rather special). I'd been back and forth endlessly trying to figure out something not too old-fashioned or cutsey for her. Mission accomplished, the Snowball quilt in Daiwabo Taupes fit the bill to a "T." The link is the acutal kit I got, and I plan to add a bit of Sashiko quilting in some of the squares.
Also on Wednesday, Molly and Nancy arrived from Sacramento, just in time for Becky's fabulous pasta dinner. Fun, fun, fun.
Molly and Nancy took a class on Thursday and Lori arrived later that day. The fun continued. Friday was our day to check out the stores in Bend, which were jam packed and somewhat disappointing compared to years past. We did manage to drop a dollar or two, though. Busloads of quilters put us off a really great shop that was crowded and hotter than you can believe. We vowed to stop by on our way out of town on Sunday. We went to the park Friday night, had dinner and listenend to Freddie Moran and Gwen Marston give their show and tell and talk about their recent collaborations. More great fun.
Saturday was the show, pictured above. We got there early, but it was hot, hot, hot. For many of us, the show is an anti-climax after a week of sewing, giggling, belly-laughing, noshing, sipping and shopping, and that was the case again this year.
Sunday came all too soon and we met up on the way home at Sew Much Fun in Bend and did some farewell shopping, then again in Mount Shasta for lunch. Kathy and Kat, Molly and Nancy opted to shop at Sew Unique again but Becky and I, facing 2 hours' drive once we left I-5, opted to head for the ranch directly. Even so, we arrived home at 8:30 to wine and dinner waiting. Do I have the best hubby, or what?
We managed to pass an entire week in each other's company without a ripple on the water. What an amazingly agreeable group of gals--can't wait for next year!!!!


Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

What an excellent report! I'd love to see some pics of them there 3" blocks put together. Also, aren't daiwabo taupes the BEST? I belong to a FQ club where I get 6 different ones each month, from Pinwheels at Croton-on-Hudson NY if you or any of your readers would be interested. One of these years I would love to go to Sisters. Thanks for sharing! NP

Karrin Hurd said...

I agree it was an excellent report, wish I had been there! Thanks for sharing. Karrin

Susan said...

Sounds like a great time was had by all. Did you rent the same house, or a different one? Just curious! Fran and I love the time at River House so much, we are thinking of going off-season sometime just to stay a week and quilt. It's too hot to go to the show, except that one wonderful year where the weather was mild!

Vintage Collage & Quilts said...

Oh, I'm green with envy. Sounds like you girls had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing. I also have a wonderful hubby. About 6 yrs ago we drove to Sisters, meeting another couple there. My gal quilt friend & I hit the quilt shop & show while the guys spent a guy kind of day. Yes, dear we do need to drive all the way to Oregon for a quilt show.

Ms. Jan said...

We did indeed have a wonderful time. Love your site and patterns!!