2004 marked the 10th annual "A Mountain Quiltfest" in Pigeon Forge,
Tennessee and the event has improved and increased every year since the first. This five-day
event is presented by the City of Pigeon Forge and co-hosted by two local quilt guilds: The
Piecemakers and Sevier Valley Quilters Guild. What began as a small event to bring visitors
to the city during mid-March has become a large-scale production with nationally known teachers
and 22 vendors. The list of instructors for this year included Carol Armstrong, Cindy Blackberg,
Linda Cantrell, Rachel D. K. Clark, Jane Cole, Carol Doak, Bonnie Goolsby, Klaudeen Hansen,
Anna Kelly, Libby Lehman, Jayne Link, Margaret Miller, Ricky Tims and Merikay Waldvogel.
|"A Favorite Hideout"
Registration for classes and lectures begins just after the
first of the year, and because of the popularity of the teachers, classes fill up in a
matter of hours. The actual hour of on-line registration remains a mystery, so it is
almost like getting tickets to a very popular concert. The city staff has refined the
process, so that it can all be done in minutes, and even includes your overnight
accommodations. March is off-season in Pigeon Forge and there are thousands of hotel
rooms within a few miles of the convention center with most less than $30 per night.
The quilt show itself is held at the Smoky Mountain Convention
Center located right on the main strip with there is no admission charge. Each year the
number of entries has increased. This year the show increased the prize money for winning quilts,
and the quality of the quilts was spectacular. The Convention Center also houses the vendor
displays and an opening reception the first night with refreshments for all.
|"Skewed Log Cabin"
Sallie Townsend Hughes
|"The Garden Party"
This year a second quilt show was added in a separate location.
The “Threads of America” show solicited entries nationally, and offered total cash prizes
of $25,000. That was quite an incentive for quality entries (entries were juried) and the
show was fabulous. The “Threads of America” show was co-sponsored by Best Sewing and Vacuum,
Inc. of Knoxville, TN and The City of Pigeon Forge.
|"An Iris Garden"
Des Moines, IA
The City of Pigeon Forge is, of course, the home of Dollywood
and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although Dollywood is not open in mid-March,
the city boasts of miles and miles of outlet shopping, entertainment, amusements and fine
dining. It might be worth your while to plan a few extra days to see it all.
|"Rhapsody in Blue"
Ft. Scott, KS
The following instructors have already been contracted
for the 2005 Quiltfest: Anita Shackelford, Harriet Hargrave, Judy Mathieson, Pat
Campbell, Roberta Horton, Mary Mashuta and Mary Stori. You should think about planning
ahead for next March and keep an eye on
for all the latest information.
City of Pigeon Forge
Office of Special Events
Pigeon Forge, TN 3786
©2004 Bonnie Ouellette
"On The Road" Reporter