About the Guild

About Us

Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, we get together the first Tuesday of every month to share a love of quilts. Our 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. The guild activities consist of a yearly quilt show, workshops, block drawings, exhibits and quilts made for Ronald McDonald House. Our members are as diverse as the quilts we love:

  • beginning efforts and masterpieces
  • traditional and art quilts
  • complex and minimalist modern designs
  • miniatures and bedsized
  • hand or machine stitched
Membership and Dues
For 2017, dues are $30 for the calendar year. Dues can be paid at meetings or the complete form and dues can be mailed to:

Smoky Mountain Quilters
P.O. Box 30692
Knoxville, TN 37930

The membership form is at:   2017 Membership Form

For new members joining October through December, the $30 dues will cover the current and next calendar year. For renewing members it is $30 per year.

Pin-on name tags are available for $10 and magnetic ones are $11. Talk to the greeters at the membership table at a meeting about getting one.

Perks

Members get a $5.00 discount on each entry in the Quilt Show.

Starting in 2014, paid members get a membership card for the calendar year. The card is accepted at Jo-Anns for a 10% discount on everything, including sales items (cannot be combined with other discounts).

To protect everyone’s privacy, membership lists and contact information are only available to members.

Social

The guild Yahoo group is: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/smokymtnquilters/info.  This is a place to connect with other guild members and discuss quilting-related issues with friends. In Yahoo terminology, the group is “restricted” to group members that register and are approved. The moderators will approve anyone who is a guild member.  Messages are not moderated and all members of the group can post messages.

The guild Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/smokymtn.quilters.  The page is open to the public and is used for announcements and promotions of guild activities.

Workshops
How to Transfer Paint to Fabric
  • Dates: March 4 and 5 (1 1/2 days)
  • Place: Jerry’s Artarama
  • Teacher: Tone Haugen-Cogburn
  • Fee: $50 required at registration ($60 for non-members)
  • Kit: $23 payable at class

There is a supply list of several required items to bring to class. Pat Pagni is taking reservations. If you have questions, contact Pat.

Quilt Show
The guild holds a quilt show annually. Members are strongly encouraged to enter their quilted items which are proudly displayed with entries from all over the country. The date and location of the show changed in 2016 due to schedule conflicts.  In 2017, the show will be at the Knoxville Expo Center at Merchants and Clinton highway.

View 2016 Quilt Show Winners

Board

The guild has a board which includes both elected members and committee chairs.  The elected members are elected for a calendar year and include the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Traditionally, the Vice President from one year agrees to serve as the President for the following year, if elected.

The board and guild are governed by the approved by-laws. Last updated and approved November 2015.

Long Range Planning Committee

At the discretion of guild President, a long-range planning committee meets to recommend a plan to keep the guild financially sustainable into the future. The committee includes the four Executive Board members and representatives of both long-term and relatively new members. Meetings will be open to all SMQ members.

 

Charity Quilts

Quilts for Ronald McDonald House
Smoky Mountain Quilters has adopted the Ronald McDonald House for our volunteer project. There are many ways members contribute to this worthy cause: Working at a Sit and Sew at Jo-Anns on the last Sunday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00, attending special work days advertised by the guild, providing special needs such as 2″ strips or 5″ squares needed at the Sit and Sews, taking a kit from the RMDH table at a quilt meeting to finish, and donating cool kids 100% cotton fabric to the project. Non-members are welcome to volunteer their time for this charity project and get to know some of the members. This event is cancelled if the last Sunday falls on a holiday weekend. Contact RonaldMcDonaldHouse@smokymtnquilter.com for more information.

Quilter’s Road Show
For the last few years, SMQ has participated in the Quilters Road Show at The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend TN. It showcases unique quilts and patterns for quilt enthusiasts and curious visitors, experts are on-hand to answer questions about patterns and history of quilts, and demonstrations are given to show how to construct your very own unique quilt. SMQ members and other volunteers staff this event which is open free-of-charge to the public.  The details for each year’s event will be announced and guild meetings and on the Heritage Center’s web site.

Quilting Bees

Quilting bees are a good way to get to know fellow quilters in a small group setting. Each of these bees are independent and the rules are set by the members of the bee. Membership in Smoky Mountain Quilters (SMQ) is usually optional.


Member Activities

Quilts of Valor

Member Doyleen Taylor and her husband Dennis are involved in Quilts of Valor (QOV). QOV is a non-profit organization that makes quilts for veterans touch by war. Dennis is the QOV coordinator for the state of Tennessee (dennis.taylor@QOVF.org). Talk to Doyleen at a meeting or contact Dennis if you want to lend your time, talent, monies, or fabric to this worthy cause. Doyleen is always looking for longarm quilters willing to help finish these quilts.

Doyleen and Dennis will also host a National Sew Day in February 2017.