The Quilt Show is generously sponsored by First Tennessee Foundation.

The Quilt Show is generously sponsored by First Tennessee Foundation.

2017 DATES:

Drop off quilt(s) with entry form(s): February 21-24, 2017 10:00AM-5:00PM & February 25, 2017 10:00AM-3:00PM

Exhibit opening and Awards Ceremony: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:00pm

Exhibit dates: March 9-23, 2017 during regular Museum open hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm

Pickup quilts: March 28-31, 2017 10am-5pm & April 1 10:00AM-3:00PM


Thursday March 9 Opening night: (6PM) We will have the 2017 Stitches in Time Quilt Show Opening and Awards ceremony on March the 9. To start the evening we will announce the winners in each category in addition to two Judges choice winners. After the announcement of winners all attendees will be release to view all quilt entries displayed throughout the museum.

Saturday March 11 Demo Day: (10AM-2:30PM) Cherokee Blossom Quilt guild will be helping out the museum with our Demonstration Day. Guild representatives will be stationed around the museum giving demonstrations and answering any questions visitors may have in regards to quilting techniques. In addition, we will have Cynthia Stuart, a professional quilt appraiser, offering her services for a fee throughout the day.

Tuesday March 14: (6PM) Mr. Stan Pegram will be speaking to us about the history of sewing machines on Tuesday March 14 from 6-7pm. He will give demonstrations and tips on how to best care for them as well.

Thursday March 16: (6PM) Local quilters will be here to give us some quilting tips and tricks. Mrs. Susan Hyder will be speaking to us on Binding, with and without tools, in addition to how much fabric one should buy. Mrs. Phyllis Callaway will be looking at Design Walls, what they are and how to make them. Mrs. Kathay Pegram will speak to us about Quilting Basics and how to pick your fabric. Last but not least, Mrs. Beth Spencer will be showing us how to create Perfect Points and Corners, in addition to Flatter and Better Seams.

Tuesday March 21: (6PM) The museum will hold a trunk show, highlighting various local quilting artists. These artist will come and speak to us about their pieces and perhaps give us a few secrets to their successes.

Thursday March 23: (6PM) We will announce the winners of the Ruth Hale Viewer's Choice award in addition to the winner of theOpportunity Quilt. Visitors can take one last tour through the quilts on display before they are taken down and returned to their owners.


We are proud to welcome Kay Papenfuss of the Tennessee Valley Quilter’s Association (TVQA) as the judge of the 2017 Stitches in Time Quilt Show. A seasoned professional, Kay is TVQA qualified and has been a quilt judge at the Tennessee State Fair for the past seven years, in addition to judging events in Florida, Ohio and Kansas.


(A quilt may be entered under only 1 category)

  • Antique Quilts – more than fifty years old
  • First quilts  
  • Bed quilts (65+ inches)
  • Lap quilts (45-65 inches)
  • Small quilts (less than 45 inches)
  • Applique-hand
  • Applique-machine
  • Embroidery quilts
  • Art quilts
  • Group quilts (must be pieced by 3 or more people)
  • Handmade and quilted quilts
  • Wearable and Accessory quilts


Quilt appraisals will be available for an additional fee on Saturday March 11 from professional appraiser Cynthia Stuart. Cynthia has studied quilt appraising with the American Quilter’s Society in Kentucky and has lectured on quilt history for a variety of organizations, including the Tennessee Quilt History Group. For any quilter interested in ascertaining the dollar value of their quilt for insurance purposes, this is an excellent opportunity. Formal appraisals include the value of antique, art and contemporary quilts, a picture, and a legal written description that includes the style, size, estimated age, pattern name and condition.  This written report is used if the owner is interested in selling or donating the quilt, or if the owner wishes to insure the quilt during shipment to another show or at their home.  Gathering information for the formal appraisal takes around 30 minutes and the signed formal appraisal will be sent to the owner within 2 weeks of the appraisal.  The cost of the formal appraisal is $50.  Alternatively, the appraiser can provide a 15-minute consultation.  During this time, the appraiser will share information such as the approximate age of the quilt, the pattern name, and observations of the quilt that the owner may find of interest.  This $20 consultation is usually done on antique quilts versus contemporary quilts and does not include the monetary value of the quilt.


Anyone may enter a quilt in any category. There is NO fee for entry.

An individual may enter up to 3 quilts, including entry of a group quilt with their name attached. 


For additional information, come by the Museum or contact Emma-leigh evors by calling 423-339-5745 or email


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