Sue Jones of Maryville took home top honors at the 39th Annual Quilt Show, hosted by the Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee (SMQ) Aug. 2-3 in the Knoxville Expo Center. Her quilt, named “Sapphire Beauty,” was awarded Best in Show — Small Quilt. She also won an Honorable Mention in the Large Pieced — Team category.
Other local winners included Samantha Barton of Walland, first place, Small Pieced Quilts — Solo category; Tone Haugen-Cogburn of Maryville, second place, Art Quilts and Honorable Mention, SMQ Members Only Challenge; Linda Nowak of Maryville, honorable mention, Pictorial Quilts; and Melissa Carter of Maryville, honorable mention, Modern Quilts.
The event featured more than 200 stunning quilts and approximately $6,000 in awards. Next year’s show dates have not yet been confirmed, but the event will take place during the same time period in August. The 2020 show will mark the guild’s 40th anniversary.
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 charities. 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.