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Sisters Oregon Quilt Show – July 12, 2014

2014SistersPosterThe 39th Annual Sisters Oregon Quilt Show is fast approaching. Scheduled for July 12, 2014, the show will feature many exciting events and special exhibits. Here is some information you will need if you go.

Show Time:
Saturday, July 12, 2014
9 am – 4 pm 

Cost to Attend:
It’s free! Your donation helps make it happen.

You can park just about anywhere in town.  Parking on the shoulder of Hwy 20, east of Sisters is not permitted.  All of the downtown streets are open to street parking. Please don’t block alleys or driveways. There is a shuttle from the high school that runs all day long. Just follow the signs for “Shuttle Parking” when you get to town.

Disabled Parking is designated in the parking lot at the Sisters Elementary School and the parking lot between City Hall and Sisters School Administration building.  The lots are on the east and west side of Locust St. on the east end of Sisters. 

Pack your patience! Getting 12,000 people in and out of Sisters does cause some traffic back ups.

Cascade Ave will be closed to east/west traffic on Quilt Show Day beginning around 6:00 am.  All the north/south cross streets will be open to traffic and parking.  Through traffic will be routed around town on Locust St. and Barclay Drive until 5 pm.  Ample parking is available on all city streets.  Parking is NOT permitted on Hwy 20 east of Sisters.  For a map of the traffic route and more detailed traffic information click here.

Wheelchairs are allowed, but unfortunately there are no vendors who rents them in town.

It is recommended that you contact the Sisters Chamber of Commerce to check for available lodging.  To order a Sisters Oregon Guide clickhere.  You may also check the following websites for possible accommodations in the Central Oregon area.

Central Oregon Visitors Association
Visit Bend
Bend Chamber of Commerce
Redmond Chamber of Commerce

The official lodging partnerBlack Butte Ranch is a short drive from downtown Sisters and offers wonderful accommodations and amenities.

Photographs Allowed
They only ask that you not use photographs for any commercial purpose.

Sunday Events:
The Town will be holding many events during the time of the quilt show.

If you can’t see everything in one day, there are some special exhibits that will be open on Sunday. Find out more about Sunday exhibits and other local attractions:




Sisters Quilt Show Celebrates 38 Years

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Known today as the largest outdoor quilt show in the world, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) began in 1975 when Jean Wells Keenan hung her students’ quilts outside her shop on a Saturday in July. This casual gesture turned into an annual event that now, 37 years later, draws people from all over the world.

“An economic impact study conducted a few years ago determined that our events leave $1.7 million in the Sisters area economy,” says Executive Director Ann Richardson. “That’s entirely made up of spending from people outside the area … Clearly this event is significant for a town the size of Sisters.”

More than 12,000 attendees come on Quilt Show day to admire the handicraft of quilt artisans of all skill levels. Organizers and volunteers hang more than 1,300 quilts over every available surface in town, including buildings, fences and railings. But the SOQS has developed far beyond quilt displays.

“In the last 10 years we’ve grown the show from a one-day event to encompass an entire month of fun for quilters,” says Richardson. “We’ve become a non-profit organization, built a corps of over 500 dedicated volunteers and established community partnerships to share the proceeds from our raffles and fundraisers with other Central Oregon non-profit organizations.”

SOQS activities include special exhibits, walking tours, lectures, classes and artist receptions, along with events such as the Around the Block Fiber Arts Stroll and the Wish Upon a Card fundraiser for cancer patients.

Quilt Show day is Saturday, July 13th, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For a complete list of events, visit the Sisters Quilt Show website.

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New Director for Sisters Quilt Show

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The Board of Directors of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show has named Jeanette Pilak as the incoming Executive Director for the internationally recognized event that brings thousands to Sisters, Oregon each year.

Pilak will replace current Executive Director Ann Richardson, who announced her intention last fall to step down from the position following the 2013 Show. Pilak will join the staff as in-coming Director on May 28, participate in this year’s Show, and assume her new role on about August 1.

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