Tickets are still on sale for the 3rd annual Quilt Turning for the Quilt Trailregister here online or call 423-979-2581.


Every quilt has a story…


And we are pleased to bring some of our favorite stories from the Quilt Trail and the region to you: history seen through the lens of quilts, featuring the antique and heirloom quilts behind the Quilt Trail, and stories told by the quilt barn owners themselves! See the program below….

Tickets are $40. [For 2017 active volunteers, and also our barn owners along the trail (or our downtown quilt block owners), you can choose a discounted ticket of $30 when you register.]   Includes lunch, chances to win door prizes and supports a great community 501c3 nonprofit cause. All proceeds go to support the nonprofit Quilt Trail of northeast Tennessee. Sponsored by Tennessee Quilts Shop. Facebook Event (please share!):


This event is part of a regional initiative sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission to document quilt and community stories. The stories at the quilt turning will be recorded and preserved online on our growing Quilt Trail YouTube channel of quilts stories from the region.

“Here in Appalachia, boy, your quilts! It’s how many quilts do you have, what do they look like. I think it’s a social status of love really. I know if I go to my neighbor’s house and we talk, I can see their old quilts, they will bring them out with the tenderness of a newborn baby. We don’t do this too much anymore, but it’s an absolute demonstration of all the love and caring and hope that you can offer a family member. And to be cherished and passed down and exist after most of these people are long gone. The love is still there.” ~ Val Lyle

Event Program – to begin at 12pm:


Val Lyle, Bristol / Artist-Sculptor and quilt collector / see YouTube story below

Ron and Betty Dawson, St. Johns Mill / the oldest business in Tennessee right here in Watauga / see YouTube story below

Pat Barnett and Anna Roberts, Greeneville /  Odessa Lee Davis Neas’ quilts

Linda Crouch-McCreadie, Tennessee Quilts / quilts from her family and own collection  / see YouTube story below

Patricia Lynch, Farmhouse Gallery & Gardens / “Rose Hill” unicoi quilts

and special guest Marjorie Shaefer, Johnson City / Storyteller and member of the Jonesborough Storyteller’s Guild

For tickets register here online or call 423-979-2581.