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23rd Annual Mountain Quiltfest 2017

Images courtesy of A Mountain Quiltfest

Images courtesy of A Mountain Quiltfest

The 23rd Annual Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge is coming up faster than you can sew that next square! This year’s iteration will take place March 21 – 25, 2017, in the LeConte Center in downtown Pigeon Forge. The event is one of the premier celebrations of quilting in one of the most unique destinations in the country, so make your plans now and begin planning your ultimate quilting itinerary.

A history of Quiltfest in the Smoky Mountain region

The practice of quilting in America stretches to the beginning of the republic itself, as wealthy colonialists who had the time and resources took up the activity in droves. As the years passed, quilting filtered down throughout the classes to become one of the most popular crafts in the fledgling nation.

Quilting is a part of the DNA of the American story, and that’s what ultimately led to the formation of A Mountain Quiltfest in the 1990s. The tradition has its roots in a joint quilt show that was hosted by two local quilting guilds, the Piecemakers and the Sevier Valley Guild. The show proved so popular that by 1995, the city of Pigeon Forge asked the guilds to organize an official event for the city. (more…)