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Mountain Fest Quilt Show

Once you've cruised the quilts, it's time to walk the vendor mall.

I recently attended Mountain Fest Quilt Show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and was pleasantly surprised at the wide range of quilts entered. I'm a quilter that likes a wide range of styles in quilting. I enjoy working on anything from very traditional to modern quilts, so I appreciate the talent and time that is put into these fantastic quilts. I'm also amazed by the undiscovered talents at these shows. The workmanship is exceptional, along with the fabric choices. I am always inspired.

Just a few of the many exceptional quilts displayed at the Mountain Fest Quilt Show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

As I walked through the quilts, several color combinations really appealed to me. The colors were unusual -- ones I would've never thought to put together -- and there were block combinations that really stood out and said "look at me." The applique quilts were spectacular. Some were machine-appliqued, but many were done by hand.

The hand quilting on this quilt was beautiful.

As I rounded one of the aisles and started down yet another row of eye candy, I saw a quilt that made me stop dead in my tracks. I know this quilt, I thought. It's the cover quilt on the Winter 2013 issue of Quilter's World. It was made by Cathy Yarnell of Maryville, Tenn. What a pleasant surprise to see a quilt from our magazine at a show. It really made my day. It's always nice to see that the magazine we work so hard on is an inspiration to quilters.

The quilt on the cover of Quilter's World winter issue was designed by Leanna Spanner.

All in all, I'd have to say that I came away from Pigeon Forge ready to begin quilting. As always, seeing what others are doing is an inspiration to me.

So many quilts, but so little time.

Leaving Pigeon Forge and going on to Savannah, Ga.

As we left the show and continued on our way, I made notes of possible projects in my future and things I wanted to bring to our readers in Quilter's World. I hope you have the opportunity to attend a quilt show soon. The ride through the Smoky Mountains was an added bonus, and the many photos I took there may someday make it into one of my pictorials.