The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild (SMQG) will return its biennial quilt show to Franklin Sept 20-21 with more than 100 quilts on display and quilted items for sale. 

“Responding to requests from quilt show supporters who’ve missed their ‘local’ quilt show, the guild will present ‘A Heavenly Quilt Walk’ at two downtown Franklin churches,” said quilt show co-chair Renee Ramsay. “We’re excited about the opportunity to display our guild’s array of handmade quilts over sanctuary pews, and throughout these special venues.”

The show will be held at Franklin’s First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, and across the street neighbor, First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Ave. One $5 admission covers both locations for both show days. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

“A Heavenly Quilt Walk” marks the guild’s 34th year SMQG members have been creating and sharing quilts in Western North Carolina. Since its inception in 1984, SMQG has been an active community member making quilts for babies, children, veterans and those in need of comfort during hardships. 

A local quilt show originated in the former MACO Crafts business and later moved to the Community Center building on the Georgia Road. In recent years, the show had been held in the Ramsey Center Arena at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

The guild’s show draws quilt enthusiasts from throughout Western North Carolina, South Carolina, North Georgia and Tennessee during the peak leaf-looking season. 

“A Heavenly Quilt Walk” will feature quilts made by the guild’s 120 members in sizes ranging from miniature to king-size bed quilts. The show will also include quilting demonstrations, an educational display about Quilts of Valor, and shopping opportunities in Tartan Hall with vendors, a boutique of handmade items, a silent auction of small quilts, and chances on a variety of baskets filled with quilting goodies and personal items. Door prizes will be awarded hourly during the two-day show. Demonstrations will include how to care for handmade quilts.

Judging will be by viewers’ choice. Everyone attending the show will receive a ballot to vote for their favorite quilt in each of six categories and their favorite overall. Ribbons will be awarded beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

“We thank our mothers and grandmothers for the quilts they made and for showing us how important quilting is in family life,” said Jane Newsome, co-chair of the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild’s 2018 biennial quilt show.

SMQG, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was founded to “stimulate an intelligent interest in the art of quilting, and to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas, instruction and… information.” The guild hosts both local and national teachers for programs and classes each year, and offers monthly day and night meetings to accommodate its membership and community members interested in quilting.The guild’s 10-year-old Quilts of Valor Bee has donated nearly 1,000 quilts, averaging about 100 per year to area veterans touched by war, including members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The guild donates about 400 handmade baby quilts each year to children in areas hospitals and Head Start programs. SMQG has also donated sewing machines to local Cooperative Extension groups for adult and 4-H sewing classes.

In addition, guild member participate in local festivals with booths, quilting demonstrations, and make-it/take-it workshops for children and adults.

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