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Original World’s Quilt on Display


A quilting masterpiece will be on display at Mountain Artisan’s Summertime Arts and Crafts Show.


The Original World’s Quilt will be featured at this year’s Mountain Artisan’s Summertime Arts and Crafts Show.

This masterpiece was created for the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville to advertise Franklin, North Carolina, as the Quilting Capital of the World.

It’s 19 by 22 feet and shows off 116 traditional patchwork and appliqué patterns. It took 96 quilters more than a million stitches to bring it together.

Macon County artist and promoter Doris Hunter has a square on it, so it’s special to her. She was honored to display it at the first annual Summertime Show in 1989 in the Macon County Community Building.

The Whistle Stop Mall now keeps this big treasure and is sharing it with her to celebrate the 30th anniversary show, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. Hours are 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day.

The Liston B. Ramsey Center on the campus of Western Carolina University will be hosting the event. It provides air conditioned comfort and free convenient parking.

The spotlight will be on the vanishing art of quilting as other professional exhibitors will be exhibiting and selling their fine handwork at this show.

Some of the best woodworkers, potters and master jewelers are working right now to produce original art and crafts for you.

Some popular artists will bring their creations to this show – look for Tom Livingston’s intarsia, Neal Hearn’s glass boxes, Roberta Roberts’ dried flower pictures, and Jerry Stanley ’s outdoor furniture.

Guitarist Ronnie Evans will be strumming the songs we grew up with and selling CDs to enjoy all summer.

Admission is $4.50, with children under 12 free. Concessions are available on the premises.

For more information, visit mountainArtisans.net or call (828) 524-3405.

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