Winner’s Circle and Sisters Pt. 1

Winner’s Circle and Sisters Pt. 1

I started this post last week with “Winner, winner….. ……. And the rest goes “….. Chicken Dinner”  But I never have understood that.  Maybe I should look that up on Wikipedia, huh?

Anyway Mr. Random picked the winner for the GenQ Debut Issue and here is his answer!
Beth T.on 05 Jul 2012 at 12:41 am wrote this:

This summer we are the vacation destination for several family members. I’m really looking forward to welcoming people to our home in the country.

So I will be emailing Beth to get her snail mail address and the GenQ mailing dept will get right on that! (actually, I already did that!!)

Meanwhile, back at the ranch.   And literally, it was back at the ranch, as the week before last I was at  Sisters, Oregon and it is a very “western” themed town!  I had a blast! I still can’t believe I was a part of that experience. Today I am going to share with you just some of the pictures I took of the show itself.  I didn’t have my best camera, so the quality may not be the best ever, but you get a feel for it.

I loved how the quilts were hung EVERYWHERE!! It was a bit overwhelming, but so fun to see the huge variety of work out there! Traditional, Vintage, “Modern” and everything in between.

          I love this picture not just because I love these modern quilts, but also because of the inspiration factor of the utility service panels and meters to the right.  Oh, and the little wall lamp…..didn’t even see that at first.  I wonder what these ladies are saying?  I couldn’t always hear what people were saying as I didn’t want to get too close and cause people to think I was a “Creeper” as my kids call them….

 Quite literally, quilts were hanging EVERYWHERE….even out by the dumpster.  This has no reflection of the quilts, they were all marvelous.  I particularly like this pink one and yellow one side by side.

This very “traditional” log cabin quilt, done in very un-traditional colors still stands out in my memory as one of my favorites.  I think what I was most struck with besides the overall color Wow! factor was the intense blue “chimney” centers of the blocks.

This quilt by Katie Sciarrino from the Portland Modern Quilt Guild was just phenomenal.  Not just graphically, but also just the “advice”.  I hadn’t even noticed the “inspiration” for this quilt until just now writing this post!  Wow, these guys rock!

Insert personal digression from the main subject of this post here:

I have always been too “afraid” of change.   I have always felt that I need to be “responsible” which I have assumed to meaning keeping down a full time job and making money to support my family.  I do think that is important still, and  I have done this for 20 years + at one company. However, in the last 10 years or so, I have realized that I had hit a plateau from where I could see nowhere left to go there.  If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have a little more of a glimpse into what I have been going through in that arena.  I have been a bit vague about it all, because I don’t want to badmouth a company that has in the past been good to me.  All that to say that I am in the midst of a transition that I have no idea where it will lead.  I am forging new paths in my life, all in spite of that nasty little voice (which is WRONG by the way) telling me that I am too old to start my life on a new direction.  Quite a few years back when I was really vexed over work, while someone at church was praying for me, they felt that God wanted me to know that I would be going on a great adventure….well, it has been five years at least, and I am beginning to see that even though much of those five years have not been at all fun….it is the beginning of a new direction.  Just like what Gandalf says to Bilbo at the end of this trailer, whatever happens I will not be the same.

Now back to the post at hand:

You can see more of the details that I didn’t get on my camera from  Katie’s quilt on the Holstee site. check out this link!

You can also check out more pictures and my driveling on about Sisters here in my post on the Generation Q site as well. I have another post planned here to share some pictures of my classes at Sisters and some great vintage finds from town as well.  Also planned are some more book reviews here that I am really excited about.  And I have a prize pack to give away mostly from Quilt Market.  I was so busy at Market this year, I didn’t really get as many giftees from the vendors as I have in the past, but I did get some, so I have some goodies to give away.  There’s other stuff I have planned, but I can’t remember now….and to be honest this last paragraph was much better before the computer or my blog ATE it completely, leaving me to fend for myself again.

And that’s too bad because the former paragraph was epic compared to this one……probably would have changed the world as we know it….oh well….

Happy Sewing!!


  • Susan


    Google Says:
    winner….winner….chicken dinner:
    It started in Vegas when most casinos had a chicken dinner special on their menu for $1.79. The standard bet on Blackjack was $2 so if you won the hand, you had enough to buy dinner. Hence, ‘winner winner, chicken dinner’

    Wow! Thanks for sharing that! That is a fascinating bit of trivia!!

    July 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm
  • Great post. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is on my bucket list. One of these years I will make the trek!!

    July 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm
  • Thanks for sharing some of your photos from Sisters. I dream of going there myself someday. Maybe it will be part of my new direction. Sometimes when you come to a fork in the road, you should take it. I hope the fork in your road leads to good things.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm
  • MarciaW


    In the end, things will work out despite unexpected bumps. The personality of companies changes, not always for the best or in keeping with traditions past. All will turn out in the end.
    Meanwhile, your posts are always EPIC despite the computer glitches!

    awwww…aren’t you wise AND sweet!! thanks for the great encouragement!!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm
  • Jeanette


    That was my favorite part of the Sisters week…walking around and looking at and being inspired by all the amazing hanging quilts. I’m so glad you had a great time there.

    And I have to agree with Marcia. Things have been tough for you guys but you have an amazing family and talent both which will see you guys through…hugs…

    August 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

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