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July 5-10, 2011
Join Stitchin’ Heaven Travel for the Quilter’s Journey of a Lifetime! You’ll meet, and get to know many quilters as we tour the gorgeous Portland area enjoying the sites, the quilt shops, and, finally, the ultimate quilter’s destination, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!
We’ve got a full schedule of exhilarating and inspiring stops planned including the Maryhill Museum of Art, a tour through several of the Hood River Fruit Loop stops, and the beautiful Multnomah Falls. Then, it’s off to visit seven featured shops from the Quilt Shop Sampler magazine.
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On Tuesday, July 5th, everyone will arrive at the Portland Holiday Inn Express (Nob Hill), check in, and help themselves to dinner in the area. Then, we’ll meet later, and have a Get Acquainted Party back at the hotel.
On Wednesday, July 6th, we’ll have breakfast at the hotel, then, we’re off to tour the scenic Columbia River Gorge. First stop, the Maryhill Museum of Art, a real life fairy tale, set in a castle-like chateau on a stunning 6,000-acre site. Maryhill Museum is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most fascinating cultural destinations!
Next, we’ll enjoy a drive along the Hood River Fruit Loop Tour, where we’ll visit the
Then, it’s on to the Packer Orchards & Cookie Stop Bakery, your one-stop, fresh fruit and sweet treats destination. Sugar free is their specialty, and we’re sure to find a tasty treat for the road.
The Cascade Alpacas Foothills Yarn & Fiber is where we’ll find gentle alpacas, and touch the yarn that inspires creativity. The full-service yarn shop offers a wonderful selection of quality yarn and equipment for knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning. Gifts too!
At dinnertime, we’ll visit, and dine at Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States, plummeting 620 feet from its origins on Larch Mountain. Nearly two million visitors a year come to see this ancient waterfall.
The Multnomah Falls Lodge offers an authentic northwestern cuisine, served in a rustic, romantic setting. We’ll enjoy a buffet-style dinner of prime rib and salmon, vegetables, and oh, such wonderful desserts. A meal you’re sure to remember for a long time. Oh, and did we mention that part of the movie Twilight was filmed here? It was! Really!
First stop is at a historic shop. Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest is a third generation family business that has evolved over time. In 1900, It started as a dry goods store; in 1946 became a fabric store; and finally a quilt shop, in 1988. The shop is in a beautiful historic structure that was built in 1889, and is located in the heart of the downtown historic district in Salem, Oregon.
Next, we’re off to Keizer, Oregon, to visit The Cotton Patch Quilt Shop, where we will find a warm, inviting shop full of quilting atmosphere. This great new store, opened in 2009, by Diane, is bright, welcoming, and growing daily with a large collection of fabrics.
We’ll make a stop at the Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile, a Top 10 shop just this year, in May 2010! Owner Jan Hill decided to open the "Shoppe" in June of 2005, dreaming of a place that she could escape to and quietly pursue her love of fabrics, quilting and decorating. This unique shoppe nestled in the historic Willamette area of West Linn, is known for its charming interior and gorgeous fabric selection. We strive to always carry a complete collection of fabrics in a certain grouping.
Then it's off to the Pine Needle Quilt Shop, owned by Geri Grasvik. Pine Needle Quilt Shop was Top Ten shop in 1999 and offers over 4500 square feet of fabric, and over 50 quilts hanging! Along with the retail store almost bursting with color and prints, they bring together the newest fabrics with the freshest patterns, offering “quilting inspiration, and kits.”
And finally, A Common Thread, Portland’s Finest Creative Sewing Center offers over 5,000 square feet, 3,000 bolts of fabric, a full calendar of creative sewing classes, and a wonderful community of creative quilters and stitchers of every type. In business since 1989, this Sewing Center offers a wealth of quilting classes, sewing machines, fabrics, notions and knowledge.
On Friday, July 8th, the day we’ve been waiting for, we’re off to BJ’s Quilt Basket. With a 5,600 square-foot store, housing over 4000 bolts of fine fabric and notions, books and magazines, they are Central Oregon's largest quilting and sewing supply store.
After lunch, we’re on our way to Sew Many Quilts, a Top Ten Shop in 2008. Owners Sharon and Gail started the shop in October of 2002, and have since moved to their current location, a little off the beaten path, but a delightful destination shop, in Bend. Sew Many Quilts is a great resource for quilt kits, some designed by their own staff. Their goal is to make their shop an incredible place to shop, relax, visit with friends, enjoy all the "eye-candy" on display, plan your next project, and let your creative juices flow.
And, finally! That afternoon, we’ll arrive at the Stitchin’ Post, in Sisters, the shop where it all began! We’ll enjoy a look around, visit with owners, Jean and Valori Wells, and take it all in. The fabrics, the kits! It may all be a blur, but a beautiful blur, no less. Finally, we’ll dine at the annual Quilter’s Picnic hosted by The Stitchin’ Post, and stay for the Lecture that evening. Visit their website at www.stitchinpost.com
They say all good things must come to an end, so, at 5pm, when the Quilt Show is over, we will board the bus, and return to our hotel in Bend, for the night.
On Sunday, July 10th, we’ll check out of the hotel, board the bus, and arrive at the Portland Airport by 12:30 to drop off any passengers taking a flight out. We’ll then return to the Holiday Inn Express, to drop off any remaining passengers, if needed.
All flights home should be scheduled after 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 5th
Wednesday, July 6th
Thursday, July 7th
Friday, July 8th
Saturday, July 9th
The total cost for this extraordinary trip is