Four Oak Ridge quilters took home honors at the 36th Annual Quilt Show, hosted by the Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee on June 17-18 in the Knoxville Expo Center. Patty Ashworth, Gloria Felter, Donna Wiffen, and Laura Thurman received awards for their creations at the event, where nearly 200 quilts were on display.
Honorable Mention awards went to:
- Ashworth’s “Split Squares” quilt in the Small Quilts category;
- Felter’s “Stars Over Africa” quilt in the Wall Quilts, Pieced and Quilted, category; and
- Wiffen’s “Welcome to the North Pole” in the Wall Quilts, Appliqued and/or Mixed Techniques and Quilted category, as well as to her “Vintage Tin” quilt in the Other Techniques category.
Thurman won a special Novice award for her Crazy Quilt.
The Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Messiah Lutheran Church, at the intersection of Papermill Drive and Kingston Pike in Knoxville. A 6:30 p.m. social time precedes the formal meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. SMQ’s primary goals are to promote and encourage the knowledge of quilt making as an art and a craft, to study its history as an integral part of our past, and to promote friendship through shared activities. Guild activities include workshops, block drawings, exhibits, and quilts made for Ronald McDonald House. The guild’s more than 100 members are as diverse as the quilts they love—traditional and art quilts, complex and minimalist modern designs, miniatures and bed-sized, and hand or machine stitched.