Finds at Sisters…..

Finds at Sisters…..

Okay LAST post on my trip to Sisters, Oregon.  I promise! Hope you aren’t tired of this yet.  But I really have to share these reading materials that I found.

First item is the Better Homes and Gardens Studio Spaces.  I picked it up from The Stitchin’ Post the first day I was in town.  It has so many wonderful little ideas to make a pleasant and organized studio space……not that I am going to get any time to work on that soon or anything.  But of the books I have picked up on studio spaces, I found it the most aesthetically delightful.

The second item is an EARLY Quilter’s Newsletter…..1971 early that is!! Just check it out! photo-copied onto regular paper and super, super thin!

And I don’t think I even noticed when I bought it, but the feature article was about a farmer from Nebraska named Ernest B. Haight.  Mr. Haight also had an engineering degree as well as running a 240 acre farm.  He had his own method of quilting on a machine (oh the horrors in the 60’s!!) What I found the funniest line ever is that he would send in his wife Isabelle to buy the fabric because he “didn’t want the clerk to think (he) was a little off”  That really cracks me up because to be honest….some quilt shops are STILL that way in spite of so many men quilting these days (and BTW, way more have come out of the woodwork since I started quilting big time in the mid 90’s….and people still look at us like anomalies).   Anyway, thank Ernest for paving the way for your brothers in needle and thread!!

The third book that I picked up on Show day was this one at one of the antique shops in town.  I LOVED the title:

Note, not clothing, but Body Coverings……Clothing is so “Establishment” you know….the book is full of awesome hippie and 70’s styles.  Reminds me of watching TV as a kid. Funniest thing ever?  It has Jean Wells Name in it! It had been hers and she donated it when she moved and it ended up in the antique shop!!  The binding did however start to fall apart after I looked at it for awhile, but I still just love it!! And now that it is falling apart, I can do whatever I want with it and not worry about “ruining” a book.  Total inspiration in these pages.   My inner hippie is feeling pretty groovy over this whole find

this guy does have another leg…the one is white and blending into the wall….

I just don’t have enough words for this shot……other than perhaps Male Modeling has changed just a bit since then??

  And do I say anything about the somewhat phallic references in this lovely caftan? oops I already did…sorry…..

some cool looks that totally make me think of Starsky and Hutch, right? or maybe the Mod Squad?

And trust me there is even weirder stuff in here…including a tie made out of peanuts….whole peanuts….body mask for five…..along with typical patchwork Holly Hobbie type stuff…

And last but DEFINITELY not least…and not included in the first picture above is this book by my NEW friend Gwen Marston.

I tell you she was a delight to meet! and I really felt at ease and right at home with her immediately.  She personally is very happy with this book of hers, and I am very happy to have my own signed copy of it.  Yes, I had it signed…..I kinda find things like that silly, but being signed it reminds me that I did get a chance to spend some great time with her, and hope to spend more in the future….

Okay, that’s it people…I am done talking about Sisters, Oregon.  Mostly…… I am sure some more images from that Body Coverings book will show up here again as I continue to find “interesting” stuff in it!

So what do you all think?  Anyone ready to get their inner Hippie on, or redo your studio?  Hope y’all have a great weekend sewing…..



  • Melody


    My inner hippie is always just out of sight – my kids will tell you that. I’ve really enjoyed the posts about Sisters. Hope to make it one of these years.

    August 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm
  • Getting my Inner hippie on sounds kinda fun! You should do something with this title!

    August 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm
  • Susan


    Forget the inner Hippie stuff – what I am ready for is a trip to Sister next July……

    August 3, 2012 at 3:34 am
  • I’m so glad you got to meet Gwen. She is the greatest, isn’t she?

    Indeed she is!

    August 4, 2012 at 8:57 am
  • Wow!
    How about that boobie-lishious mermaid thing on the books’ cover!?!
    A whole peanut tie? Please tell me you’re not going to wear one…
    And Gwen… she really was lovely, wasn’t she. I think we need to start saving for a trip to her little island quilt-away!

    August 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

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