The Original World's
Largest Quilt shown on Wayah Bald outside Franklin, NC .
. We are celebrating the 30th
year of the 'Summertime' show with a display of the 'Original World's
Largest Quilt '. It was hung at the premier
Mountain Artisan's Arts and Crafts Show in
1989 in the Macon County Facilities Building in Franklin , NC.
This big beauty was created in 1982 by Maco Crafts
quilters for the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tn. It was intended
to advertise that
Franklin N.C. was the "Quilt Capital " of the world.
The quilt features 116 area traditional patchwork and
appliqué patterns . It took 96 ladies a million stitches to bring it
It is 19 x 22 feet and still a sight to behold.
Jackson County's Laura Gobel
knows the history of the big quilt and will be at this year's show ,
answering questions about it as she has squares on it and was there at
the inception .
Laura is a Southern Highlands Guild
be displaying some of her work as well as demonstrating a small quilting
project . Show
Promoter ,Doris Hunter , has a square on it too so
it is special to her ,also.
Doris says: " My square pattern was Aunt Lizer's Star.
It took me two weeks to complete as it had 14 corners on it . I
decided that I would starve if I had
to be a quilter for my living!" .
Whistle Stop Mall in Franklin ,who are keepers of this
historical creation , and worked to facilitate the hanging .
Whistle Stop Mall has moved to River Road in
Franklin, NC and features interesting antiques and
interesting shopping. 349-1600 for info .
The spotlight will be on
quilting with other fine artisans presenting their handwork :
Bev Borchardt , Linda Levy , Sharon
Wilson and Becky Reszke . All have been quilting many moons to bring
heirloom items you will cherish ,
Cowee Quilters will be working on their latest
Quilting Bee project at this show . They will be selling raffle
tickets for the quilt that some lucky person will win this fall .
Current Show Exhibitor
Small Beginnings :
The Mountain Artisans Art & Craft Shows started in
Macon County in 1987. Only 8 artisans exhibited at
the first Christmas show in Franklin, NC.
We never imagined that,
down the road, we were headed to the wonderful Ramsey
Center on the Western Carolina University campus in
Cullowhee, North Carolina!
It is a dream come
true. As the years have flown by, more and more artisans
wanted a good place to sell their hand work and
joined us. So many of our small businesses have been sent overseas, but there are no
imports here. The southern craftsman is alive and
well in this area. Many of the heritage crafts
are handed down from the older generation.
The quilting, clay art, corn shuck flowers, and primitive furniture were inspired
from past generations.
You will find it all here.
Art and Crafts Shows provide a
marketplace for customers and artisans to meet. It is an amazing
collection under one roof. You would have to visit dozens
of shows to
find what I have gathered at one place.
Cullowhee, North Carolina is home
to the Western Carolina University. On the campus is the Ramsey
Center arena that boasts 18,000 square feet of climate controlled
comfort for everyone. It is home to the Catamount's
basketball games but two times each year, they move over for
our craft shows. A great set up crew makes it all look easy for
Quaint Cullowhee Valley nestles off Highway 107
that runs up to Cashiers, North Carolina from Sylva. It is a
stop off the Southern
Highroads Trail highway. All around are big, soft mountains. A foot bridge crosses the Cullowhee Creek to get
to the show from the parking lot. It is peaceful to your soul
just to be here. Click on the map to see how to get
to Cullowhee NC from Asheville, Cherokee, and Atlanta.
Outside Artists: The sidewalk and surrounding
area leading up to the big Catamount door entrance has a sample
of the quality artisans inside. Look for the following
- Woodcraftsman, Jerry
Stanley NC Mountains Outdoor Furniture handcrafts Adirondack chairs, swings, birdhouses (for
real birds) and more. He constructs all with Western Red
Cedar, stainless steel nails and blue ribbon quality.
- Jan Kleinrath Jan's
All things Canvas will be back with her Hats, Travel Purses and
- Kathy Cirka Backwoods
Bakery will be on the corner with her Organic Breads and
- Missed Stacy Redmon Red Rock
Photo at Christmas ? He will be back for summer with his
artistic eye photography .
A.W. Ruff is the chief
Blue Bird House maker . He is coming back with his mountain toys and
cutting boards .
Driftwood Creations is coming up from Alabama with his unique
Driftwood Birdhouses, Outdoor Furniture ,and Bee Traps .
- Come inside. The entrance tunnel has
some exciting exhibitors:
- This year's featured Artist is Kathy
Murray Kathy Murray Designs from Waynesville. Her
alcohol ink designs on bottles are going to light up your
world with a bright splash of color
. Some are lit from within to glow .
- Sue Malsnee is a favorite potter
who has many area collectors. She will return for the
"Summertime " show . Look for her with new exciting designs !
- Tonia Cannon
will be showing off her summer
collection of wood accessories .
NOTICE TO EXHIBITORS
: Front Street Arts and Crafts Show in
Dillsboro is looking for a few good crafters. Date is one day
only first Sat in October . Contact Brenda Anders
firstname.lastname@example.org for info .
- Neal Hearn Boxes by Neal
will be inside the arena with his summertime collection of
his unique boxes.
- Dogwood Crafters will be
back with samples from their Dillsboro shop.
- Featured Artist Tom Livingston's
Piece by Piece Intarsia will have a gorgeous collection.
- Good live music brings
There will be live guitar
music floating from the fingers of Macon County's
Ronnie Evans. He will be selling his
to enjoy all year. He brings some of the music we grew up with.
He will be signing copies of his new book 'Frankie -A Life
Interrupted" . A true story about the
unsolved death of his beautiful cousin in 1963. It happened
right in my neighborhood in Franklin, NC. Has he disclosed the
The pottery section includes :
Jugs and more at it's best! Look for him at Christmas again .
- Kim vonHedemann Critters by Kim
are coming back for summer. Adorable lady bugs, cats and bears and more
on big and small trinket boxes. You are
going to collect these!
Specialty foods and sweets:
Delightful Dips and More is coming with Cheese Ball Mixes,
Homemade Dips and Rubs .
Now That's Fudge makes yummy Fudge in many flavors .
Gourmet Unfiltered Olive Oil Products comes from a family
business . Not just fine drizzling oil but Wild Greek Herb Teas
and more .
- Bill Reed Freedom Farms
is coming back with his
Milk Soap and his personal grooming accessories.
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm soap maker, will have some new,
delicious new flavors.
- Tina Wilson Dixie Soapworks
is new this year with a lovely collection of
scrumptious scrubs .
- Doll Makers:
- Corn shuck flowers date back to the
early settlers. Heritage Artisan, Betty Cabe, is preserving this
vanishing craft. She will sitting this show
out with health challenges . Hopefully , she will be back
for Christmas, demonstrating and selling her colorful
bouquets and dolls. I bet there will be Smoky Mountain
Bears, too. New, this year will be vintage santas .
- Heritage Folk Artist Elly Davey
has been charming collectors for years with her tiny dolls
with Hickory Nut heads . If you are looking for her work 828 293 9083 .
Roberta Brown Roberts
Pressed Flower Art has the flowers of summer
drying for her framed pictures...Her garden has produced pansy, roses and daisy blooms for new
dried Petal Paintings.
Pruitt Another Place In Time is
working on little white churches for his customers. Also,
nativity Scenes. Wife, Silvia Pruitt will
have her handwork.
- Suzanne Summers Original Suzanne Art delights your eye with her explosion of color.
Tommy Hill only uses the finest leather for his customers. He will be back with his
hand tooled wallets and accessories.
Gary Cunningham is
a master knife maker . He also provides leather sheaths to hold them
will be bringing his national Soap Stone Carvings .
- The Fine Art Category includes :
- Wendy Griffith hand paints art on wood and
glass. She will be back with her summer collection of Animals, Birds and
- Julie Dixon MountainRidgeMarket
Handpainted Wood Signs and painting on reclaimed
- Macon County 's own, Dennis Deitz is a natural
talent. He has a way of bringing the mountains and it's people to life .
- Fabric and Fiber category includes :
- Dora D Reynolds is a favorite of
collectors with her fabric glass plates . She will have her
summer flowers and birds pieces.
- Bev Borchardt has a following who
watches for her latest Quilted Wall Hanging ,Quilts and
- Linda Levy is coming to this year's
show with her Quilted Hangings, Baby Quilts and more.
- Look for Debbie and Larry Bennett Out
of the Drawer Quilts, who specializes in neck purses,
to be at the Christmas show .
- Knot Just
Country Nina M Hutchins and mom are fine seamstress
duo who will
bring baby items, kitchen accessories, bears and dolls.
- Sharon Wilson and Becky Reszke
Country Cousins have been quilting Quilts, Table
Runners, Aprons and more . I have admired their work and
hoped someday they would exhibit with us . Finally they can fit
us in their schedule . Welcome ladies to Cullowhee!
- Leah Scroggin Dogwood Pet Wear will delight pet owners with garments and leashes for your four
legged friends. Also neat embroidered towels.
The wood craftsmen at
this show are some of the best around:
- Ken Rudd sells
Potato Boxes and Trash Cans
as fast as he can get them up here. Hardly any woodcrafter
makes solid wood products, anymore.
Rickie and Benita Lemons2ndTimeAround
believes wood ought to have another chance to shine! He has
cheese boards, cutting boards tables and more.
Jerry and Nancy WilliamsonJW
Wooden Boxes and Gifts are new this year with inlaid
that are one of a kind ! Nancy has nimble fingers to make
Aprons, Kitchen Accessories and fun Stuffed Animals .
Welcome to Cullowhee!
Nathan Robbins is
a recycle craftsman who will bring small tables, small furniture and
chopping boards .
Winterlathwoodworking has moved to Macon County from Main to
escape the snow ! He is a master turner using American hard woods
for his masterpieces. Welcome, Carl .
We have a dynamic duo, Tommy
and Brenda Wester from Leicester who create beautiful
music and beautiful handwork . Tommy is a retired engineer who
enjoys shaping wood into cutting boards . Brenda makes and
paints pottery and shows off her artistic side .
Have you been looking for a quality Lazy
Suzan for your table? Jack De Graw has the answer ! A nice selection
of popular woods in clever designs . Also unusual wood jewelry .
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far,
- Nanci Leigh is returning with her copper pounded
gemstone designs .
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
is coming with Hand Stamped Jewelry in cool designs.
- Jacolyn Campbell, Master
Wire Wrapper .She will have chain maille styles,
- Billy and Lavada Anderson BornAgainJewelry creations
from vintage silverware.
- Madga Fox Mermaid Accessories makes
headbands that are little treasures. She uses semiprecious stones,Austrian
and Cech crystals and Mother of Pearls. Welcome Madga.
- New this year is Karen Vick My
Favorite Things . She creates Oxidized Brass jewelry with
natural stones. Look for her on Etsy .
- Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass
is a yearly favorite with her dichoric Fused jewelry and art .
Stay Tuned as
this show fills for 2019 !
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