Our Members Are So Talented!

Karen Kuske's Quilts Recognized

Her quilt, “Peaceful II” has been chosen by the Arts & Culture Alliance of Knoxville for their “Arts in the Airport” Fall 2022 Exhibition.   It will hang in the Knoxville Airport from Oct 26, 2022 thru late April, 2023. Look for it on your future travels!

Her quilt “Smoky Mountain View” received a 3rd place ribbon at the 2022 Asheville Quilt Show. Congratulations, Karen!
Tradewinds Workshop

Anita Chaisty Fiesta Class

December 2021 Challenge Quilts

So many Guild members entered the Smoky Mountain Quilt Show, July 30-31, 2021 and many won awards!

Karen Kuske received a second place red ribbon for her quilt “Peaceful”
in the 2021 July Smoky Mountain Quilt Show.

This is “Tumbleweeds” by Rose Remund. It won 2nd place in Large Pieced -Solo category.

This is Aunt Millie’s Garden” by Rose Remund. It won 3rd place in Large Appliqué - Solo category. 

This is “Bronte’s Garden” by Lori Rorstad.  It won 3rd place in small Appliqué - Solo at the Smoky Mountain Quilt Show.

This is “Tweethearts” by Lori Rorstad. It won 2nd place in Large Appliqué or Mixed Techniques -Team category. 

Claudia Nicholson earned a first place blue ribbon for her quilt, "The Lobsterman."

Lynda Wallace won a first place ribbon in the Small Pieced - Team category for "Somewhere a Rogue."

This is "Floralia" by Lori Rorstad. It won an Honorable Mention in the Large Appliquéd and/or Mixed Techniques category. It is also featured in the 2022 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar.

Hand appliqué is Lori's favorite pastime and the patterns "Floral Sampler" and "Vine Fruits" from Deborah Kemball's book Beautiful Botanicals: 45 Appliqué Flowers & 14 Quilt Projects gave her plenty of practice She cut every oval and circle from fabric, then did a running stitch around each piece, gathered the fabric around templates, and pressed the fabric in place. After removing the templates, she hand appliquéd each shape in the proper place on her background. The quilt is hand quilted and embroidered. This quilt was juried into the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX and won a first-place ribbon at A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN.

This is "Take Me Home" and it won an Honorable Mention for Lynda Wallace in the Large Pieced - Solo category.

June 2021 Guild Challenge - Your Favorite Country Song

Here are the entries in our latest Guild Challenge in June 2021. We truly do have VERY talented members!

At left is the winner - The Tennessee Waltz created by Marilyn Hoenie.

Above is the 2nd Place winner - The River by Louise Ragle

This is the 3rd Place winner - Unchained Melody by Sandra Black.

This is Hole in the Bottle by Claudia Nicholson

This is Islands in the Stream by Jackie Trombly.

This is My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys by Cindy Buol. 

This is Help Me Make It Through the Night by Nancy Fiedler.

First Place Ribbon for Claudia Nicholson

Claudia Nicholson's quilt, "The Lobsterman," won a first place blue ribbon in the Art/Creative category at the 2021 A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge.  Wow --  what a stunning piece of work!

UPDATE: "The Lobsterman" has been selected for inclusion in the Pictorial Category for the International Quilt Festival's premiere judged show in Houston, October 28 - 31, 2021. Congratulations, Claudia!

Margit McPhee Wins Two Red Ribbons at A Mountain Quiltfest

May 5-8, 2021

Margit McPhee entered 5 quilts and won 2 second place red ribbons in Pigeon Forge. Both winners were quilted beautifully by Judy Egan.  Margit was absolutely thrilled -- with good reason!!

Lori Rorstad and Judy Egan Win Blue Ribbon at 

A Mountain Quiltfest

May 5-8, 2021

Lori made the quilt top and Judy did the quilting -- and their collaboration earned them a first place in the Large, Quilted by Another category.

Great teamwork, Ladies!

Lynda Wallace Wins Blue Ribbon at A Mountain Quiltfest

May 5-8, 2021

Lynda's quilt, "Between Here & There" (left), won a blue ribbon at the show. She also entered the 3 quilts below, "Meltdown," "Wishful Thinking," and "Somewhere a Rogue." 

Lovely work, Lynda!

Rose Remund Wins Red Ribbon at A Mountain Quiltfest

May 5-8, 2021

Talented guild member, Rose Remund, had 3 quilts in the May 2021 Pigeon Forge Show and won a second place ribbon for her red quilt, "Aunt Millie's Garden."  

Well done, Rose!!

Barb Craig's President's Quilt

Past President Barb Craig was hard at work during the pandemic months completing her commemorative quilt. It's just lovely --  such a wonderful keepsake with all the members' signatures and colorful squares. Beautiful job, Barb!

A Winning Quilt for Connie Williams

Take a good look at Connie Williams’ quilt, "Winging It".

    * It is included in the 2022 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar.
    * AND this quilt was just accepted to be shown at the virtual show in Houston this year!!! 

Choosing 1930s fabrics for this Darlene Zimmerman pattern from NeedlingsByDarlene on Etsy was fun for Connie, as she enjoys the colors and prints from that era. The pattern required 15 different fat quarters of reproduction fabric, plus a background. Connie was cautious as she machine pieced the 1,152 pieces because of the many points. The quilt was machine quilted by Judy Egan in creative free-motion designs. 

It was a first place winner at A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigion Forge TN. 




Out of 38 who signed up, sixteen entered their quilts in the contest. The judge was Tone Haugen-Cogburn
At our March Guild Meeting, attendees selected the Viewers'  Choice Award: Marilyn Hoenie for her quilt "Sunset Heron."


Quilt #10, “Orange Sugar Sunset” by Pam George


Quilt #6, “Sunset on Manasota Key” by Judy Egan


Quilt #7, “Abandon Sunset” by Claudia Nicholson

Completing the Top 8:

Quilt #11, “It's Sunset Somewhere” by Sandra Black

Quilt #13, “Sunset Over Atlanta” by Shirley Truog

Quilt #4, “BFF” by Debra Wardell

Quilt #2, “Sunset Heron” by Marilyn Hoenie

Quilt #14, “Labors End” by Wendy Payne


Quilt #3, “Antelope Cannon Sunset” by Louise Ragle

Quilt #15, “Sunset Star” by Anna Kelly

A Mountain Quilt Fest

March 4 - 7 2020

Several of our members displayed their quilts at A Mountain Quilt Fest in Pigeon Forge and we had some winners, too! Take a look at their beautiful work...

Punch Pals Fill 21 Toiletry Bags for Charity

The Punch Pals machine embroidery bee created and beautifully embroidered more than 30 toiletry bags and then filled them with necessities for local women's shelters. Items included shampoo, cream rinse, toothbrushes and paste, comb, lotion, and more. The group plans to continue making these bags as long as their supplies last. 

Often a victim of domestic violence is forced to leave her home with just the clothes on her back. The  Village Quilters can help this situation -- by sewing a simple toiletry bag, and/or collecting toiletries given to us by hotels as we travel.  Constructing a makeup bag requires only a zipper, a fat quarter, and less than an hour to make. Even a very simple drawstring bag with a few necessities would be appreciated by a woman who, on some given day, unexpectedly has close-to-nothing at her disposal.  

And if machine embroidery is in your "wheelhouse", consider joining this bee to find out about all the other fun things they're doing!

Thanks Village Quilters!

Pictured above are Punch Pals members Joan Kolpa, Barb Gothard, Sue DeMasellis, Edie Smith, and Nancy Kessler.