21st Annual Mountain Quiltfest
Dec 19, 2014
Quiltfest comes to Pigeon Forge in March
Do you love to quilt – or just admire the intricate and beautiful work of those who do?
The 21st Annual Mountain Quiltfest returns March 18-21 at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.
The event draws up to 20,000 people, with instructors, vendors and sponsors from all over the country. It is produced by the City of Pigeon Forge and hosted by the Piecemakers and Sevier Valley Quilters Guilds.
The Smoky Mountains have a rich history of folk arts and quilting, dating all the way back to its first settlers. In the United States, quilt making was common in the late 18th century and the early 19th century.
Most women were busy spinning, weaving and sewing in order to clothe their family. Commercial blankets or woven coverlets were a more economical bedcovering during this period – according to Wikipedia, only the wealthy had leisure time for quilt making, so Colonial quilting was done by only a few.
Visitors can attend more than 60 quilting classes and a quilt show with a variety of fabric, thread, patterns, notions and more. They can also see method demonstrations from some of the nation’s most recognizable names in quilting and fabric arts.
Quilters can compete in the show for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. There are 10 categories to enter listed on the show’s entry form. For everyone who enters a quilt, there is the option of paying $10 per quilt to have each of your submissions critiqued by a National Quilt Society-certified judge.
All checks must be made payable to the City of Pigeon Forge.
Special arrangements have been made for Quiltfest students to participate in a free shuttle service sponsored by Fun Time Trolley, which continuously operates between all official Quiltfest-related sites and classrooms beginning at 8 a.m. each day of the event.
For more information, call the Pigeon Forge Special Events Office at (865) 429-7350.
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By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.