October 16, 2009 - QuiltFest 2009 celebrates 25th Anniversary in Blairsville, Georgia
The Misty Mountain Quilters Guild recently held the 25 th Anniversary QuiltFest 2009 at North Georgia Technical College in Blairsville, Georgia. The show was a huge success with beautiful quilts in all colors, shapes, and sizes.
The Quiltfest offered a gift boutique, raffles, door prizes, vendor areas, a silent auction, and lots of fabulous quilts. Visitors admired the artistic designs, excellent craftsmanship, and various quilting techniques.
Quilts were entered into separate categories including bed quilts, throws, large wall hangings, small wall hangings, miniature quilts, wearable items, youth quilts, group quilts, other techniques, and exhibition only quilts.
Quiltfest committee members Frances Allen, Beverly Adkins, Scottie Blumke, other guild members, and volunteers were on hand to welcome visitors to the show. Frances explained about the 25 th Anniversary Misty Mountain Quilter's Guild 2009 Challenge. "The challenge was issued to guild members. They were given the opportunity to create a small quilt, no more than 25 by 25 inches. They had to include silver in the design, either with fabric, thread, or other embellishments. Members voted for their favorites and 12 winners were chosen. A calendar featuring these 12 quilts is being sold as a fundraiser."
Scott A. Murkin acted a judge for the 2009 Quiltfest. He is a quiltmaker, quilt historian, and specializes in original design wall and bed quilts. Murkin is a Certified Quilt Judge and is one of the authors of the Guide to Judged Quilt Shows, available from the NQA.The Misty Mountain Quilters have approximately 185 members from Union County and surrounding areas. They meet monthly in Blairsville, Georgia and participate in many exciting and worthwhile projects including Sewcials, quilting workshops, Project Hugs and Kisses, quilting retreats, and Storybook Quilts.
Quiltfest 2007 in Blairsville, Georgia offers an array of color and design
Misty Mountain Quilters Guild recently held their bi-annual Quiltfest 2007 at North Georgia Technical College in Blairsville, Georgia. The show was a feast for the eyes with exhibits of beautiful quilts, wall-hangings, and other quilted items for sale and on exhibit.
The Quiltfest offered a gift boutique, raffles, door prizes, vendor areas, and of course, lots of fabulous quilts. Visitors stood in awe while admiring the artistic designs, excellent craftsmanship, and various quilting techniques.
Quilts were entered into separate categories including bed quilts, wall hangings, miniature quilts, first quilts, wearable quilted pieces, apprentice quilts, group quilts, and exhibition only quilts. These categories were further divided into pieced and hand quilted, pieced and machine quilted, appliqué hand quilted, appliqué machine quilted, mixed technique, all techniques, quilted for hire, and other techniques including whole cloth quilts, crazy quilts, embroidered quilts, yo-yo quilts, etc.
Coordinator Frances Allen says, "This opportunity has been a fun and exciting experience for me. Many thanks go to Scottie Blumke, my mentor, and all the Quiltfest Committee Chairs. Their knowledge, initiative, and good spirits made my job easy. Also thanks to the guild members (and spouses) for their support, to those who made and donated the Silent Auction items, to each person who entered work in the show, to our very talented judge, Madeline Hawley, to our vendors, and to the wonderful staff at NGTC. We couldn't have done it without them!"
Featured at the Quiltfest 2007 was a quilt made especially for the Towns County Sesquicentennial Celebration as a teaching tool in the Towns County Schools. This amazing quilt by Beverly Adkins, Barbara Bone, Margaret Frizzell, Audie Gay, Pat Meinecke, and quilted by Linda Gorman, traces the history of Towns County. The center of the quilt shows the beautiful mountain area with Lake Chatuge and Brasstown Bald as featured subjects. Around the edge of the quilt, each block contains important moments in history from the coming of the white man and the removal of the Cherokees to the first newspaper (The Towns County Herald) and the age of technology.The Misty Mountain Quilters have approximately 165 members from Union County and sister counties. They meet monthly and participate in many exciting and worthwhile projects including the Sewcials, quilting workshops, Project Hugs and Kisses, quilting retreats, and Wounded Warriors (where quilts are made by members for injured soldiers returning from Iraq).
December 14, 2005 - Quiltfest 2005 held in Blairsville, Georgia
Misty Mountain Quilt Guild recently presented the 2005 Quiltfest at North Georgia Technical College in Blairsville, Georgia. The two day event featured over 150 exhibits. Beautiful quilts were hanging everywhere! It was a feast for the eyes.
Two art quilts drew a lot of attention. An Apple a Day, by Bettie Jo Gibson of Blairsville, Georgia, and Divine Guidance, by Dot Vaughan of Young Harris, Georgia, were good examples of creative expression.
All quilts are pieces of art. They deserve a place of honor in our homes. Whether on a bed, hung on a wall, or tucked away in a cedar hope-chest, Americans love their quilts. Shows, like the 2005 Quiltfest, help celebrate the art of quilting.
The Best of Show Award went to The Whitaker Quilt by Susan Hunston, of Seneca, North Carolina. For the quilt top, Hunston gathered signatures from classmates during a reunion and incorporated them into the design. She quilted it on her longarm machine. This quilt was in the professional category (done by a quilter who is regularly published, teaches, and/or quilts for compensation).
The Viewer's Choice Award gave visitors a chance to vote for favorites. The winner was Bear's Paw by Louise MacDonald of Brasstown, NC. This traditional red and white quilt was made as a sample for her class. The Trapunto was done with yarn after the hand-quilting. This quilt, a difinate heirloom, was admired by all.
Hydrangea, by Zetta Thompson of Hiawassee, Georgia, stood out. Many people commented on the colorful fabrics. The purples and lavenders would brighten up any room.
Another colorful quilt, Rainbow Basketweave, by Marcia Rainey of Austell, Georgia, was an eye-catcher. The modern design would look good in a home with sleek modern styling.
Women's Voices, by Mary Davis of Blue Ridge, Georgia, was inteeresting (each block tells a story from the Civil War Era).
There were many more beautiful quilts on display. Categories included professional, bed quilts, wall hangings, miniature quilts, first quilts, wearable items, other techniques such as crazy quilts, art quilts, and yo-yo quilts, apprentice quilts done by those 16 and under in age, group quilts, and exhibition only quilts. Categories were also divided by techniques such as hand-quilted, pieced, appliquéd, and machine-quilted. Ribbons and cash were awarded to winning quilts.
A beautiful doll, Mardi Gras Belle of the Ball, was on display. Her quilted outfit was created by Judy Haller.
Venders were present with lots of nice merchandise for sale. Merchants came from North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida to participate. Visitors had a great time viewing the exhibits, watching demonstrations, and making new friends. The members of Misty Mountain Quilt Guild did a fantastic job. The 2005 Quiltfest was a huge success.