The 23rd A Mountain Quiltfest is one of the best quilt shows in the country and is set to be held at the LeConte Center from March 21 until March 25, 2017. Every year this show draws in more than 25,000 quilt-lovers from all over the country. They come to celebrate their love of crafting, collecting, and learning about the art of quilt-making. Despite its long run, the show has continued to evolve its offerings for its attendance. If you love quilts, here are 5 reasons you will love this year’s A Mountain Quiltfest.
1. No Admission Fee
A Mountain Quiltfest is the only major quilt show in the world that doesn’t require an admission fee! That means you can enjoy the more than 500 quilts on display, discuss quilting with experts, and browse vendors’ wears all without charge. While there are small fees if people would like to take instructional courses, and, of course, you’ll have to pay for any materials you get from the vendors, the lack of an admission fee means you’ll get to save some money.
The lack of an admission charge derives from the initial stipulations of the show’s founders, the Piecemakers Quilt Guild. When the Guild was approached by the Pigeon Forge Office of Special Events in 1994 with the possibility of co-hosting the show, the guild agreed only if the city would guarantee the show would be free of admission. That legacy of generosity continues today.
2. Learn from Quilting Experts at Over 70 Classes (Including Computer Classes!)
One of the best parts of A Mountain Quiltfest for quilt-lovers is that you can get expert instruction from world-class quilters for nominal fees. There will be more than 70 different classes offered during the show including machine care and use classes, classes demonstrating new techniques, new Longarm quilting and make and take classes, and much more. The classes offered are designed for people of any skill level along the spectrum, from beginner to expert.
One exciting addition, back from last year, is the opportunity to take computer software classes. Utilizing computers can help improve your quilting experience, and the instructors are patient and happy to teach. Learn how to use embroidery software to take your quilting to the next level, see how to use Microsoft Word to craft labels, legends, and stories, or explore the basics of EQ7. One of the coolest things about the computer software classes is that they are totally free, with open seating. A Mountain Quiltfest can help you take your quilting into the 21st century while grounding you with tried-and-true techniques. You can register for classes here.
3. Access to 52 Quilt Vendors From Throughout the Region
While in the past A Mountain Quiltfest has taken place across multiple venues, the move to the LeConte Center has allowed the show to host all of its vendors and classes under one roof! Every year since the show’s conception, new vendors have been added here and there. Attendants might be surprised to see that a number of regular vendors are no longer with the show, but they will be excited to hear that A Mountain Quiltfest has added an unprecedented number of new and exciting vendors to the mix. You’ll be able to easily navigate the vendors, as each booth is numbered and lists the vendor’s name. If you can’t find your favorite vendors from years past, don’t worry, as a large number of new vendors are excited to meet any and all of your quilting material needs. If you need any type of material, tool, or machine for your quilting endeavors, A Mountain Quiltfest is the perfect place for you.
In addition to the awesome quilting vendors at the show, for the first time ever the Lounge Area will also be a dining area! Food Kiosks will be set up in the Exhibition Hall with dining tables, separate from the vendors and quilts. So, if you’re craving a bite to eat while browsing quilts, be sure to head over to the LeConte Center’s Exhibition Hall.
4. Get your Quilts Appraised
This year, A Mountain Quiltfest will host AQS-certified quilt appraiser, Candace St. Lawrence, who will provide professional quilt appraisals and consultations by appointment for anyone looking to appraise their quilts. She’ll be offering consultations and appraisals every day of the show at varying times. On Wednesday, you can visit Candace at the Antique Quilt Bed Turning Room, where she’ll be providing her expertise on the antique quilts on display. The appraisal fee for the first quilt is $40, with a 10% discount on each subsequent quilt. Attendants can also get a consultation for only $20 / quilt if they wouldn’t like a written appraisal. If you would like to set an appointment up with Miss St. Lawrence, call Lana Bowes, Events Coordinator, at (865) 429-7393 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Candace St. Lawrence’s Times For Appraisal Appointments|
|Tuesday, March 21||12:00 pm – 5:00 pm|
|Wednesday, March 22||unavailable for appraisals|
|Thursday, March 23||9:00 am – 5:00 pm with a break for lunch|
|Friday, March 24||9:00 am – 5:00 pm with a break for lunch|
|Saturday March 25||9:00 am – 4:00 pm|
5. A Mountain Quiltfest is Highly Competitive
If you’re looking for the best in the world of quilting, you need to look no further than the 22nd Annual A Mountain Quiltfest. The show has consistently been recognized as one of the best in the world, winning several awards through the International Festivals and Events Association. This year A Mountain Quiltfest is offering 20 different categories for quilt competition, including the themed category (this year is Log Cabin Quilts). This means you’ll have all different kinds of quilts to view and enjoy. Quiltmakers will be competing for more than $20,000 in cash prizes, and the show will be offering $40,000 in product giveaways for visitors through the show and the vendors. Be sure to visit all of the vendors to find out what special giveaways they may be offering and to say thank you for supporting A Mountain Quiltfest.