SISTERS, OR -- The largest outdoor quilt show in the world takes place this weekend in Sisters. But the entire region is seeing economic benefits.
Thousands will descend on Sisters, coming from around the globe to immerse themselves in all things quilting related. Vicki Jensen operates BJ's Quilt Basket in Bend. She tells KBND News, "In the industry of quilting, people will seek out every quilt shop in the area; that's what we do. We know that every quilt shop is going to have a different genre of fabric, and we want to see what that quilt shop has. So, luckily in this industry, they'll seek us out."
"Yesterday, we had a bus come in from the United Kingdom; 24 ladies from the UK. They're coming in to shop. That was a good business day for me," Jensen says. "We all benefit from this. I am nearly 7,000 square-feet here, and I would certainly not be this big without the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. It's what feeds us for the rest of the year." She believes interest in this 40th anniversary quilt show is greater than in years past, which means cash registers are ringing throughout the region.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has issued a congestion alert for Highway 20 through Sisters on Saturday, the main day of the festival. ODOT officials advise motorists to anticipate heavy traffic volumes through the area once the detour is in place on Cascade Avenue Saturday, from 6 a.m. through 5 p.m.