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October, 2016

Walker Sisters Quilt Exhibit

Jul. 04, 2016 - Nov. 09, 2016
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center & Cades Cove Heritage Tours Historic Walker Sisters Quilt Exhibit and Private Tours Now through November 8, 2016 The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is honored to be the exclusive exhibit venue for six quilts lovingly handcrafted by the Walker sisters of Little Greenbrier. These historic artifacts have never before been on public display, and at the end of our exhibit, will go into the archives of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These quilts serve as a shining example of the sisters’ commitment to the traditions of their family, their ancestors and the land on which they lived. The Walker Sisters grew to fame when they steadfastly refused to leave their family’s homestead as the Parks Commission was working to purchase land that would later become the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The sisters persevered and obtained rights to a lifetime lease of their home place. The six quilts on display show the resourcefulness of mountain families. Constructed of fabric that was often made by the Sisters themselves, the quilts are made from patterns handed down through the generations. Admission to the Museum includes the Walker Sisters exhibit. For more information call 865-448-0044 or visit Cades Cove Heritage Tours is offering private group tours on Tuesday’s from July through November 8, 2016 to visit Little Greenbrier, and the Walker Sisters’ family homestead. At the Little Greenbrier School, tour participants will meet Robin Goddard, interpreter, storyteller, and teacher, who spent summers with the Walker Sisters at their home. Robin Goddard will offer a glimpse into the life and times of the Walker Sisters presented in the “first person” exclusively for our guests. Your group will have a memorable learning experience about the Walker Sisters in ways no other format can convey. Finally, you will visit the Walker Sisters final resting place at Mattox Cemetery in Wears Valley before returning to the Heritage Center in Townsend. We also offer an optional 1 mile “easy” hike to visit the Walker Sisters' homestead in Little Greenbrier. Quilt Guilds are being offered special discounted pricing for groups of 10 or more. $15 per person without hike / $20 with hike. Box lunches are available at $12 per person. Walker Sisters Tours are only available on Tuesday’s starting July 2016 through November 8, 2016 For more information or reservations, call 865-448-8838.

Autumn Inspirations 2016

Oct. 01, 2016 - Oct. 02, 2016
Quilters United in Learning Together Schenectady( Q.U.I.L.T.S.) presents "Autumn Inspirations 2016" October 1 and 2, 2016 at Proctor's GE Theatre , 432 State St. Schenectady, NY 12301 , Adm $7. For more info go to

  • Sponsor: Quilters United in Learning Together Schenectady( Q.U.I.L.T.S.)
  • Location: Proctor's GE Theatre , 432 State St. Schenectady, NY 12301
  • Admission: $7
  • Contact: Lynn Lauzon-Russom, Publicity Committee
  • Email:
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Quilts In The Valley Show

Oct. 08, 2016 - Oct. 09, 2016
Wiltwyck Quilters' Guild presents Quilts In The Valley on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sunday October 9, 2016 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. This quilt show, close to Kingston New York, is one of the best in the Hudson Valley and has plenty to offer to both experienced and novice quilters. Ample free parking is available and buses are welcome! Location: Rondout Valley Middle School 122 Kyserike Road, Accord NY 12404

High Country Quilt Guild 2016 Show

Oct. 13, 2016 - Oct. 15, 2016
Featuring over 100 locally made quilts many of which are for sale, a crafts room full of member-created items perfect for gift-giving, and several vendors selling much needed supplies for that next project, this show has been an annual event for over 25 years. A beautiful king size quilt to which all members have contributed will be raffled off. Please note the new location and date for this annual event: Thursday, Oct 13, 2016, Noon-4pm, and Friday & Saturday, Oct 14-15, 2016, 10am-4pm at the First Baptist Church of Maggie Valley, 3634 Soco Rd Maggie Valley, NC. Free admission and parking.

A Galaxy of Stars

Oct. 14, 2016 - Oct. 15, 2016
Judged quilt show will feature 100+ quilts, a boutique of quilted and craft items, opportunities to win a Bali Wedding Star queen-sized quilt, a sewing machine or fabric/notion baskets, vendors, a silent auction to benefit Mary’s House, quilt appraisals and chair massage. Discount coupons on our website.

Quilts=Art=Quilts and American Quilts:History and Art

Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 08, 2017
The Schweinfurth Art Center’s acclaimed Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit will be paired with American Quilts: History and Art, curated by Jonathan Holstein, a world-renown collector and curator who resides in Cazenovia. Both exhibits have an opening reception on October 29th at 4:00 pm- 6:00pm. Awards for QAQ will be announced at 5:00 pm. The exhibit will be open until January 8, 2017. This pairing is an opportunity for viewers to see both contemporary and historical quilting techniques in one visit. American Quilts: History and Art will showcase 21 quilts grouped together by theme such as African American Quilts, Amish Quilts, Figurative Quilts . . . and more. Curator Jonathan Holstein and his wife Gail van der Hoof began to collect quilts in the late 1960s, and in 1971 curated the seminal exhibition, Abstract Design in American Quilts, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The collection they formed ultimately went to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum (IQSC) in Lincoln, Nebraska. Their exhibitions here and abroad, along with their writing and lecturing, furthered both the appreciation of American quilts as significant designed objects, and encouraged the now-international art quilt movement. In this exhibit Holstein turned his trained eye to the collection of the IQSC and curated this exhibition for the Davis Family Gallery, which is on the art center’s second level. Holstein will also be giving a lecture on the exhibit on Sunday November 13th at 2 pm. Director Donna Lamb says, “There are several quilts in the American Quilts exhibit that directly influenced contemporary quilt making. By showing the QAQ and American Quilts exhibits together, we provide a rare opportunity for our audience to see the origins of certain types of design. For example, Anna Williams’ quilts inspired an entire movement using improvisational strip piecing. There are several contemporary artists represented in QAQ who continue to use those techniques.” The side-by-side comparison of both a historical and contemporary quilt exhibit will demonstrate parallels, origins, and departures of tradition, which is an important topic when discussing quilt making. This year’s Q=A=Q exhibit will feature 65 quilts from 51 exhibiting artists, from all over the world including Belgium, Australia, and Canada, as well as artists from upstate New York such as: Julia Graziano of Manlius, and Ruth White of Ithaca. This year jurors were internationally known artists Judy Kirpich, Terry Jarrad-Dimond, and Valerie Goodwin. They reviewed 298 quilts. Prizes will be awarded by juror Lasse Antonsen at the opening reception. The exhibit is sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company, The Davis Family Trust, and the New York State Council on the Arts.