Smoky Mountain Quilters had their 40th anniversary show (a year late) last weekend. The guild has a passel of talented quilters including some national award winners. It's not a huge show but it has lots of categories and therefore lots of prizes. And the quilts are hung in a manner making it easy to get up close to examine details.
So I made the drive to Knoxville on Friday to get a dose of inspiration; I was not disappointed.
The first thing that impressed me was this device used to keep large quilts off the floor of the commercial exhibit space.
(Obviously I'm easily impressed -- or easily distracted ...) Just a bar hung along the bottom; I'm not sure where it is attached but it's definitely effective.
Best in Show Large Quilt went to guild member Linda Roy for her original design Berry Blue.
You may recognize the name because Linda is a frequent winner at AQS shows. Her work is always exquisite. But she was not alone. In fact, I was impressed with the overall quality of workmanship in many of the quilts, especially hand quilting. Look at the detail in this small quilt, Mouse Pad, by Jackie Perry of Marion Virginia.