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.  Please contact the web master with corrections or additional quilting bees that may be of interest to SMQ members.

Tuesday Bee
Tuesday Bee meets every Tues. 10:00-2:00 at Cokesbury Church, 9919 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922 (the former Lowe’s store on the north side of Kingston Pike). They meet in Room 203 – take the first hallway on the left if entering from the front door. Everyone brings their lunch and anyone with a birthday brings treats/dessert to share. Tuesday Bee is canceled if Knox County schools close or if there is a holiday. Members of this group typically are also members of SMQ. There is no official charge but regulars donate approx. $60.00 yr. or $5.00 a month to the church for the privilege of having a bright comfortable room in which to meet. Donating members are added to the email distribution list. Members bring handwork to the Bee which is not limited to quilting – some are knitting, some are doing embroidery, etc. Contact TuesdayBee@smokymtnquilters.com for additional information.
Tuesday Night Bee
Tuesday Night Bee meets the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays nights. Since the closure of Mammaw’s Thimble, the location rotates from week to week between three different locations. Contact Kathy Costello (TuesdayNightBee@smokymtnquilters.com) for more information.

The groups arrives between 6:00 to 6:30 and leaves between 8:00 to 8:30. The majority of members work and are looking for a friendly group who gets together to enjoy each others company as well as work on quilting, embroidery or anything else that strikes their fancy. Bringing something to eat for dinner is optional. There is no charge except for a small donation at the end of the year for use of the space. There are occasional road trips and Saturday projects such as fabric dying. New members and guests are welcome. 

Thursday Bee
Thursday Bee meets every Thurs. 10:00-2:00 at Cokesbury Church, 9919 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922 (the former Lowe’s store on the north side of Kingston Pike). They meet in Room 203 – take the first hallway on the left if entering from the front door. The focus of this bee is sharing creativity and helping each other. Members of this group typically are also members of SMQ but it isn’t a requirement. There’s no guest policy as long as you are a nice person who likes to make things. And it doesn’t hurt to be a little on the crazy side. We don’t like rules very much. What happens at Bee, stays at Bee! Everyone brings their own lunch and something to work on. Anyone with a birthday brings cake or dessert to share. Bee is canceled if Knox County schools close or if there is a holiday. There is no official charge but a donation box is passed around for use of the room. Donating members are added to the email distribution list. Sometimes the group works on a group project, and participation is up to the individual. Contact ThursdayBee@smokymtnquilters.com for additional information.
Thursday Night Bee
No information available at this time.
Arts, Crafts, Teaching, & Sharing (ACTS) Ministry
A group of beginning and intermediate quilters meet the 2nd Wed. of each month at West Hills Baptist Church (409 N. Winston Road, Knoxville, TN). The group also meets two weeks after this on Thursday. The meetings are from 10am to 3pm. Bring a sack lunch. For more information see this page.
Quilts of Valor Bee
A bee to support the Quilt of Valor meets at Doyleen Taylor’s house on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. They meet from 10am to 2pm.  Bring your own lunch if you plan on staying a while. This group has open membership and there is no fee, just a willingness to volunteer time, talent, and/or fabric to this worthy cause. Contact Doyleen for more information.