Modern Quilting Bee Honors Whychus Creek Wild & Scenic River

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To encourage the public’s interest in treasured landscapes in their own backyards, the Quilt for Two Rivers is a collaboration of 21 top Pacific Northwest quilters working on a single, 40-foot quilt. It includes a $100 Facebook naming contest and blog.

Outdoors lovers, quilters and anyone with a good idea are invited to enter an upcoming Facebook contest to name a masterpiece-in-progress, the Quilt for Two Rivers.

The Quilt for Two Rivers engages some of the Pacific Northwest’s foremost fabric artists to raise awareness of the stunning waterways that frame the Sisters Country. A collaboration between the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the National Forest Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service, the quilt brings together 21 quilters who are combining talents on a single work; a 40-foot quilt with Whychus Creek running through each individual segment.

Fulfilling one aim of NFF’s Treasured Landscapes program, the project is strengthening connections to the outdoors by reaching out to new audiences to get them involved in their own “backyard” National Forests.

Also, proceeds from the sale of each quilt will be split between the quilters and restoration projects on Whychus and the Metolius River.

Pick the Winning Name for the Quilt for Two Rivers and Win $100
“One of our goals is to encourage the public’s interest in natural landscapes and get people outside enjoying them,” notes Ann Richardson, executive director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, a project sponsor. “We’re hosting a Facebook contest in May to introduce a broader audience to a magnificent resource that is often overlooked in Central Oregon, Whychus Creek.” The contest launches May 7; watch the Quilt for Two Rivers Facebook page for instructions.

The collaborating quilters are also posting stories about their quilt panels at sponsoring organizations’ blogs. The first post, describing Jean Wells’ quilt panel, will appear Feb. 21 at http://sistersoutdoorquiltshow.wordpress.com/ and http://stitchinpostinsisters.typepad.com/.

Quilt for Two Rivers is a project of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation, funded by US Bank with the participation of the Deschutes County Cultural Coalition, the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tweet this: #quiltfor2Rivers in Sisters, OR promotes wild & scenic Whychus Creek, native fish reintroduction http://on.fb.me/wwIhnM

Keywords:
native fish reintroduction, Whychus Creek, Metolius River, quilting, quilters, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sisters, Oregon, Wild & Scenic River, Pacific Northwest travel, Treasured Landscapes, National Forest Foundation, U.S. Forest Service

Contacts

  •     Ann Richardson, Executive Director, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Ann(at)soqs(dot)org
  •     Maret Pajutee, Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service, Sisters Ranger District, mpajutee(at)fs(dot)fed(dot)us
  •     Karly Hedrick, National Forest Foundation, karly(at)sisterscountry(dot)com

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