Last week would have been the 45th anniversary of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show. I had planned to take classes the week before with my sister, but the classes are postponed until 2021. We decided to have a mini retreat together for some sewing and hiking.
We had fun sewing on small projects in our hotel room, visiting local quilt shops while maintaining social distancing protocols and wearing masks, and hiking in the great outdoors.
I took my Adventure themed traveling quilt with me. I made the center foundation paper pieced block from a pattern called “Camping” by Quilt Art Designs, but without the road and camper van. I also paper pieced the word “Adventure.” My quilt then traveled for about a year around the United States, where 5 different quilters added sections. In return, I added sections to the other quilters’ traveling quilts, all with different themes ranging from Harry Potter to books to gnomes.
Here’s a look at my center block, with and without the word, Adventure:
Each quilter was free to add her own ideas to the quilt, keeping with my theme of travel and adventure.
- Marianne added an inner border of foundation paper pieced mountains
- Katie added the next border of foundation paper pieced arrows, a squirrel, a campfire, a fish, and a lantern
- Kitty added churn dash blocks (one of my favorite blocks) to the top and bottom
- Gigi added a mountain range in the day to the top and a mountain range in the night to the bottom
- Jenn added the final left and right borders of trees
I received the quilt back this spring, and then decided to custom quilt it using ruler work and free-motion.
Here is a look at the finished quilting with my dog quilt inspector:
My sister then helped me to photograph this quilt while in central Oregon last week. It was quite windy so it was difficult to hold the quilt still and get a good picture.
We took these pictures at Balancing Rocks, which are volcanic tuffs.
I really enjoyed my first experience as part of a traveling quilt/round robin group. I even got to meet one of the quilters in person in July 2019 at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, where she brought me the next quilt in line for my additions. I hope to participate in another one in the future.
We were camping at Crooked River last year and a couple of us in our group drove down to Sisters for the Quilt show. I have been a couple times before too, taken the bus down from Portland. Love the show and the atmosphere of Sisters.
Your traveling quilt is BEAUTIFUL! Everyone added sections that really went well and make it truly amazing! It would be fun to see all of the ones in your group, I can imagine that they are equally as spectacular. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much for your lovely comment!