#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The Great Quilt Adventure and other stories…

I had a fantastic weekend in Oregon, with sister, Sally, and her family.  Soon as I got off the airplane, we headed for Ikea–I’ve never been to one before–and met niece Sam for some browsing and a great Mexican meal later on.  On Friday, as I predicted, we shopped for crafting supplies (like I need any more of those) and laughed a lot.  We celebrated nephew Jesse’s birthday–it was the 8th–with cupcakes baked and decorated by niece Angela and great-nephew, Jaden, who is seven.  On Saturday morning, we rose early and headed for Sisters, Oregon, site of the world famous one-day quilt show, ‘we’ being Sally, Angela and myself.  The drive itself was an experience–so much beautiful, unspoiled land, a meandering river, the stark landscape a forest fire leaves behind, sad, but poignantly beautiful, too.  The journey took a little over two hours.  When we arrived, well, friends, I was just blown away–there were so many fabulous handmade quilts on display, carefully hung from walls and storefronts, up and down the streets of Sisters.  It was almost too much to take in!  There are a few pictures on my Facebook page. 

I was inspired, and not just to try quilting myself.  The combinations of color, the many, many designs, the amazing creativity of the artists–it was so stimulating on every level.  We were absolutely dazzled!  The together-time with my sister and my niece, was the best part of all.  After walking and walking and looking and looking, we made a quick trip to nearby Bend to meet up with Angela’s fiance, Taylor, and their wonderful, goof-ball of a beagle, Gus.  (Need I say how much I love beagles????)  Angela treated her mom and me to a special souvenir: a little framed saying that reads, “Do one thing every day that makes you happy.”  The words are stitched onto a quilt-like background–very sweet.  And good advice, too, don’t you think?

It was a long day, and we were tired when we got back to Sally’s, but we got out our markers and pens out and did some zentangling.  (Just Google “zentangles” and you’ll see plenty of examples.)  We had to do something to process all that we’d seen and experienced that day–I was on quilt overload and expected to dream in patchwork that night.  :)  If I did, I don’t remember it–I was really zonked.

Sunday was my day to return home, but we managed a couple of fun stops between Sally’s place and the airport–the famous bookstore, Powell’s, was one of them–man, I could spend DAYS in that place–and a store I’ve been wanting to visit since I read about it somewhere, called “Cargo”.  As the name implies, the shop is full of wonderful things, mainly from the Far East.  I bought lots of little bits and pieces–things for my artist trading cards and art journals–very exciting.  Sally is mailing the stuff I bought on Sunday–my suitcase was already jam-packed, as you can imagine.

The flight home was easy, and niece Jenni was waiting to load up my suitcase and take me home. 

Bernice greeted me as joyfully as if I’d been gone for months–:)–the kitties just wanted me to feed them.  Chris, the weekend wrangler, had stayed with them while I was away. 

Today, it’s back to writing, and I’m so excited to get started!

11 comments to “The Great Quilt Adventure and other stories…”

  1. judy
      · July 15th, 2013 at 9:19 am · Link

    So glad you had a good time. Got to see a lot of things.

  2. Teri Iezek
      · July 15th, 2013 at 9:46 am · Link

    Linda I am so jealous! I am a Quilter and love to go to the shows. I understand what you are saying they can become very overwhelming, but so beautiful at the same time. Visiting the little small town shops are the best!!! So Glad you had a good time :)

  3. Gloria
      · July 15th, 2013 at 9:58 am · Link

    I’m glad you’re home and had such a great visit with your family.

    I, too, had a wonderful trip on Saturday, and I saw some “quilts” in the hallway of the Knoxville Confereence Center. They were patchwork, made from pieces of leather and brads held the pieces in place. I took pictures of them, as they were so neat and very artistice.

  4. Barbara Martin
      · July 15th, 2013 at 10:52 am · Link

    I think quilts are a beautiful art form. I want to make one, but am so hesitant. First the math – will have to pick a simple one haha. and second the cost. A quilt can be quite expensive. Wish I could have been with you to see all the beautiful quilts. I’ll bet it was overwhelming. :mrgreen:

  5. Juanita Rice
      · July 15th, 2013 at 12:45 pm · Link

    Welcome home, Linda! Now I want to go back to Sisters! :)

  6. Sherry Wallace
      · July 15th, 2013 at 1:35 pm · Link

    What a wonderful weekend adventure! I used to quilt & have made many a throw & bedspread. The sewing part is the tedious end of it & I used a machine instead of trying to hand stitch the whole thing – I would still be at it!! Fun part was picking out the colours & patterns of cloth. Gave most of mine away as gifts.
    What are you beginning writing on now? Is it a series again, in WY? What gorgeous country in WY with the grand Tetons :)
    Blessings to you,

  7. Diana Eagen
      · July 15th, 2013 at 1:44 pm · Link

    I know exactly what you mean about the quilt show, its amazing. Sounds like you had a very wonderful weekend, I’m off to the OR coast this morning for the first time since I lost my husband. This trip will be bittersweet. Blessings

  8. Ruby Norwood
      · July 15th, 2013 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Well it sounds as if you had a great time. I am so glad,being with family is always good. Hope you have a good week.


  9. Norma Stanforth
      · July 15th, 2013 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Linda, so glad you are back we missed you, but glad you had a great time. Also so glad you were able to pick up somethings that you wanted. I know that little frame piece that looked like a quilt with the stitching of ” Do one thing everyday that make you happy” that Angela bought you made you happy! I know your animals had to be happy to see your were back home and safe. God bless you and everyone, have a great week!
    As always your friend,

  10. carole
      · July 15th, 2013 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Hi! So glad you had a wonderful weekend with family…quilting sounds like fun to try, I have a good friend that does it all the time. Glad your back home and writing! Try and relax!

  11. Connie Johnson
      · July 16th, 2013 at 12:15 am · Link

    Wanted to say thank you so much for the sighed book and adorable earrings. I love the red boots, I cannot wait to wear them. Thank you again. I am having a really bad month, it was so wonderful to have a pack from you in the mail today.

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