Pigeon Forge Celebrates 19th Annual “A Mountain Quiltfest”
Each year more than 20,000 visitors come to Pigeon Forge to participate in A Mountain Quiltfest. This event is one of the most unique events anywhere in the country as it celebrates the traditional and timeless art of quilting.
The events, starting from Tuesday, March 13 through March 16, will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center and also at the Music Road Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.
Quiltfest consists of a variety of events that appeal to many different interests. Obviously, it’s a huge draw to quilters of all skill types and ages but it also receives a lot of interest from non-quilter crafters who like to come just to look at the incredible displays.
Over 60 quilting seminars and classes will be offered by 12 of the most accomplished quilting instructors in the country: Charlotte Angotti, Cindy Blackberg, Karen Kay Buckley, Cynthia England, Bonnie Goolsby, Klaudeen Hansen, Harriett Hargrave, Paula Nadelstern, Vikki Pignatelli and Ami Simms. These classes range from $40, $65, and $130 and interested participants can register online here.
There’ll also be a contest for quilters in which anyone can submit a quilt in one of the 10 categories to compete for more than $18,000 in cash and prizes.
Other than the classes and contests, perhaps the most entertaining part of A Mountain Quiltfest is the display of more than 250 quilts and other quilted works of art. During this showing a variety of quilts from all over the country can be viewed.
For those looking to buy and shop at Quiltfest there will be all kinds of quilting vendors on hand. At these booths shoppers can purchase all sorts of patterns, threads, fabric, and more.
Some of the special events at Quiltfest this year are the Antique Quilt Bed Turning which will highlight quilts made before 1960, meal lectures at the Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille and Mama’s Farmhouse, and a Show & Tell for participants quilted items.
A Mountain Quiltfest is produced by the City of Pigeon Forge and hosted by the Piecemakers and Sevier Valley Quilters Guilds.