A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge

The Smoky Mountains are steeped in history and mountain culture. Pigeon Forge’s annual A Smoky Mountain Quiltfest brings some of that special Southern mountain culture to visitors and locals in the area. If you love quilts, homemade goods, or just want to experience something that’s special to Pigeon Forge, stop by A Smoky Mountain Quiltfest held in the spring each year. It typically lasts about 4 days and features the work of quilt makers and lovers from around the country. Along with showcasing the incredible quilts, this Pigeon Forge event also offers guests the chance to take quilting classes and workshops. They range from beginner level to master courses for experienced quilters, and in the past, more than 80 classes have been offered. Past classes have included:

  • Quilt As Desired – question and answer
  • Down Home Drunkards Path
  • Fire Island Fiesta – 3 fabrics and 1 pin
  • Bow Twist
  • White River Rafting
  • Country Threads
  • Tea Time Placements
  • Free Motion Machine Embroidery
  • Shading and Blending with Thread
  • Dessert Time
  • Doo-roo-mah-gey 3D Folded Coat Quilt
  • The Basics of Heirloom Machine Quilting
  • Mastering Quilt Marking
  • New York Beauty Simplified
  • Southwest Sunset
  • No Sew Tumbling Block
  • In The Pines
  • Border Tips and Tricks
  • In The Pines
  • Border Tips and Tricks
  • 25 Yard Dash
  • 19th Century Pineapple
  • Hooked Rug Class
  • No Patience Block
  • Skinny Mini Bargello
  • String Piece Techniques
  • 3D Fabric Lotus Blossom
  • Longarm Road Show
  • Kansas Trouble Quilts – Moda and Beyond (lecture and dinner)
  • Braided Quick Step Quilt
  • Finishing Techniques
  • No Mark Celtic Interlaces
  • Orion’s Star
  • Out of the Box
  • Freehand Quilting
  • Sweet Potato Quilts 101
  • The Self Mitered Log Cabin
  • Windmills on the Plains


Class registration is on a first come, first served basis, and classes are open to all. Classes often fill up quickly, so be sure to register early to get a spot. A Smoky Mountain Quiltfest even goes beyond quilting, with courses offered in fixing antiques, table runners, and more. You can drive or walk between class sites, but the Pigeon Forge Trolley is probably the best way to get around.

The Quilt Show
Quilters at A Smoky Mountain Quiltfest can compete in more than a dozen categories for tens of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes! It’s FREE to compete in the quiltfest and FREE to attend the show, so its’ a budget-friendly Pigeon Forge activity for a day out. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to practice and showcase your quilting skills if you choose to participate. Quilters from all over the country will show their work and creativity, competing in categories including:

  • Large Professional
  • Small Professional
  • Large Hand Quilted
  • Small Hand Quilted
  • Large Pieced
  • Medium Pieced
  • Small Pieced
  • Large Applique
  • Small Applique
  • Large Mixed Techniques
  • Small Mixed Techniques
  • Art/Innovative
  • Extra Large Quilted by Another
  • Large Quilted by Another
  • Small Quilted by Another
  • Youth (ages 17 & under)
  • Large Themed Quilt
  • Small Themed Quilt
  • Embroidery

If you want to enter, you can download a quilt entry form and read the guidelines for the quilt show online. The competition is open to all skill levels, from beginners to quilt masters! If you’re just getting started in quilting, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more and really challenge yourself. And with the work of quilters from across the country gathered together, you’ll probably find some inspiration for your own work. If you’re a seasoned quilter, you’ll still find a challenge at this awesome Pigeon Forge event. If you’ve had “quilter’s block,” you’ll get some new, fresh ideas for future quilts, table runners, and more! And best of all, you’ll get to spend some time with hundreds of others who share a common interest. You can talk about techniques, discuss new designs, and enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains while you’re here!

Where to Stay
If you need a place to stay during your Pigeon Forge trip for A Smoky Mountain Quiltfest, be sure to browse our Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins. They range in size from cozy 1-2 bedrooms to spacious large group lodges, offering a variety of amenities to meet any need. You can bring along all your quilting friends to stay in an awesome cabin in the mountains or just enjoy a quiet weekend on your own in one of our perfectly sized cottages. You’ll find amenities like big screen TVs, private indoor pools, rocking chairs on spacious decks, screened-in porches, hot tubs with TVs mounted above them, indoor jetted tubs, comfortable king-size and queen-size beds, wood-burning fireplaces, private home theaters, game tables, fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryer units, high-speed Internet, charcoal and gas grills, and so much more in our fantastic Pigeon Forge cabins. Some are handicap accessible, some are pet friendly, and all offer a great escape from the hectic pace of life. Take a break from chores, bills, and work, and unwind in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains!

Also, be sure to check out our blog for even more fantastic events in the Smokies. Year-round, Pigeon Forge offers events for all, from food festivals and holiday parades to kids’ activities and seasonal celebrations!