Long before the ride, I got online and started to look up quilt shops in the cities/towns that we'd either visit on the ride, or on the way to the ride. There were quite a few, I'm happy to say! Also, supportive travel companions who only whined a little when I wanted to stop to visit the local quilt shop.
As a quilter, you have your "stash". Fabric that you buy just because. I think the original plan was to do that, but then my best biking buddy, Xande and I got it into our heads that we'd each make a Cycle Oregon quilt to remind us of our travels. So, we started to look for fabrics representative of what we saw on the ride. You'll see those below.
First giggle. We arrived for day Zero in Baker City, OR. There's a quilt shop! We got there at 3:15, and they closed at 3pm that day. Sadness! Oh well, we'll be back here at the end of the ride, so will still get to visit this shop.
In addition to all the fun visual memories of the fabrics, the quilt is made up of Sawtooth Star blocks. For the first time, CO traveled into Idaho (briefly), and the Sawtooth Mountains are in Idaho! Perfect!
|The quilt is quilted with a pantograph of road bikes. Perfect for this quilt!|
Coffee. Again lots of it. There's actually a guy who rides (a portion of the ride) with a bike equipped to make coffee on the route. Impressive! Always a long line for him too.
We dropped the quilts off at the Cycle Oregon headquarters today, and Chris and Allison seemed quite pleased with them Either that or they are great actors. We suggested that they could be raffled off as a fund raiser, but that's up to them. I hope that they raise lots of money for CO, and that someone gets to enjoy them as much as I did making them.