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
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.
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.
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.
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.