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Quilt Show marks comeback for Sisters events

Just as Oregon emerges from COVID-19 restrictions, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is set to bring back Sisters’ major events.

The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) is set for Saturday, July 10.

The show is modified somewhat, as organizers had to plan for it without knowing what Oregon’s status would be. Plans currently call for about 50 percent of the usual amount of quilts to be on display, more widely separated than they ordinarily would be. That means there will be some 500 to 600 quilts. There won’t be any on Main Avenue, and a limited number on Cascade Avenue, with most of the show being displayed on Hood Avenue.

But there are no mandated restrictions in place.

“I’m relieved I don’t have to print health requirements and post them all over town,” said SOQS Executive Director Dawn Boyd.

The annual week-long educational component of the program, Quilter’s Affair, is being held virtually this year, as will the international Tentmakers of Cairo special fundraising event on the Wednesday before the show. (For more information, see the special section in this week’s edition of The Nugget.)

“Everything is clicking along fantastically,” Boyd said.

Boyd earlier noted that virtual events pioneered with last year’s cancellation have proved to have some positive benefits — allowing people who would not likely be able to attend the show to participate in classes or events online. SOQS is inclined to preserve those positive benefits going forward, even with the eventual full return of the physical show.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s, and Sisters may be subject to periods of smoke from wildfires in other parts of the state. Boyd urges people to be mindful of conditions and take good care of themselves and each other.

“I would just like 80 degrees — but there’s nothing we can do about that,” she said.

Most of all, though, Boyd and the board — and the community of Sisters — are simply happy to be able to bring people together again to enjoy each other’s company, and celebrate the fiber?arts.

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Jim Cornelius is editor in chief of The Nugget and author of “Warriors of the Wildlands: True Tales of the Frontier Partisans.” A history buff, he explores frontier history across three centuries and several continents on his podcast, The Frontier Partisans. For more information visit


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