Sunday, September 5, 2010

Stories Out of Sisters — Chapter #1

How many of you have ever visited Sisters, Oregon?

Being a born and bred East Coast girl and not terribly familiar with West Coast geography, I did not know that the town was named after three near-by mountains called the Three Sisters until after I arrived. Duh....

How many of you have visited Sisters during the annual Sister Outdoors Quilt Show?  If so, you are probably familiar with its Wish Upon A Card fund raiser. This is the one I won at the Silent Auction. I zeroed in on it because I thought it was the perfect card to document this year's historic 35th anniversary celebration and Jean Wells Keenen's impending induction into The Quilters Hall of Fame.

(Original design by Lou Shafer of Philomath, Oregon.)

I didn't realize until several weeks after I returned home and was once again pouring thru my photos that I had actually met the postcard's maker in the Teachers Tent and had chatted with her at length and taken photos of she and her sister (Jan Bressler) sitting there quilting! Lou and Jan are the owners of JanniLou Creations in Philomath, Oregon. Click here to visit their shop via the web.

Here is something really neat! They offer a place to have a private quilt retreat right over their quilt shop! Here is the info from their website:

JanniLou is pleased to provide The Great Philomath Quilters' Escape!  You and your friends can now rent a get-away so you can quilt 'til you wilt.  A fully-furnished apartment above the shop is available for your own special retreat.  With two sleeping rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and space for you to sew, this is a fantastic way for your group of special friends to spend some time stitching together!  You bring your machines, projects, and food (or you can opt to eat out!)  We provide linens, tables, chairs, ironing boards, and irons.  Cost is $30.00 per night per person for groups of four or more.  For fewer than four, the cost is $45.00 per night per person.

Their shop is south of Salem and west of Corvalis on Rt. 20. You can visit or contact JanniLou Creations at: 1243 Main, P.O. Box 333, Philomath, OR 97370-0333
(541) 929-3795     fax: (541)929-3597  toll-free order line: (877) 219-3555

Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 to 5:30
Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 to 8:00
9:30 to 5:30

More about my other experiences in Sisters in the next couple of posts!

Lopez Island experiences its annual Studio Tour this weekend each year. Talk about inspiration!!  I've got to go check some of them out!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Karen in the Islands

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