Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Mountain Quiltfest

Last weekend was the 15th Annual Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN.  I attended the show on Saturday with a couple of friends.  We managed to look at the quilts, shop the vendor booths and see the Antique Quilt Bed Turning at 4pm.  We arrived in Pigeon Forge on Friday morning and were able to visit the Cherry Pit quilt shop (fabulous), a couple of others and the Wild Plum Tea Room.  The hot spiced plum tea and the chicken salad was delicious.  We sat on the sun porch which was a little chilly, but they did have a heater stationed right behind me.  There were a few gifts available and I bought a miniature cup and saucer for my dining room tea tree. 

Mountain Quiltfest 

The quilt show is a real bargain – free admission.  Since it is held in two separate locations – Music Road Convention Center and Smoky Mountain Convention Center – there was a free trolley running between locations.  Mighty handy when the weather is dull and rainy.  It is such fun to see the variety of quilts displayed and the amazing workmanship and creativity of the makers. 



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We came home Sunday night, tired but with lots of pictures, fabric, patterns, stencils, sewing tools, etc. 

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I talked to a lovely lady at the show who had one of her quilts on display.  She told me that her quilting career began at 63 years old – she is now in her seventies. Her piece was great and she was kind enough to tell us about the many quilt techniques she has tried.  What an inspiration – maybe there is still hope for me to actually finish one of the bed size quilt tops that I have pieced. 

Betty - began quilting at 63 

Mark your calendars for next years show March 10-14, 2010.  I know that I want to be there and perhaps sign up for a couple of the many quilt classes that are offered.


Bernideen said...

Such fun...love the teapot quilts!

Dee said...

I love the cross with heart quilt...that is so beautiful. So nice to find a fellow tea lover...thanks for visiting my blog. I'm going to put that quilt show on my wish list for next year since I'm only a couple of hours away. I may even look into displaying my jewelry work there since in addition to tea themed work, I make some quilt jewelry too! Keep blogging, I'm a fan.

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