After all the weather excitement earlier in the week, I welcomed the chance to get away for a few days with some of the S'mores at the Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN. I made the 2-hour drive up Thursday afternoon, spent a couple of hours at the show on Friday, and came home this morning. Most of my time, however, was spent kibitzing with the girls at the hotel ... and eating way more than I should have.
The show is put on by a couple of local guilds and the quality of quilts entered are usually quite good. This year was no exception. I found I was mostly attracted to stripes and samplers. I took some photos for inspiration.
Linda Roy, a local quilt artist and frequent award winner at the big shows, used stripes in several ways in this winning entry. Her handwork is always exquisite.
In Moody Blues, Lynda Wallace of Knoxville used a stripe in her triple sashing to take this simple design to the next level. I like how the quilting accentuates the design.
Sue Jones, a local teacher in Maryville, TN, made this sampler on steroids. She named it Golden. The setting is so much more interesting than the standard sampler.
Another sampler, this one an Edyta Sitar design, made by Kathryn Zimmerman of Mars Hill, SC, really grabbed me, as well. I'm inspired to get out one of my many-block books and work my way through it.
I also snapped a pic of this star which would be easy to make.
Just curious -- do you find inspiration when you look at other people's quilts?
This was my first foray into a crowd after Covid restrictions have been lessened and, to be honest, I was a little leery. I wore a mask, but many didn't. Which explains why I spent most of my time at the hotel within my circle of friends, all of whom have been vaccinated. We'll see if there are any repercussions.