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 The Original World's Largest Quilt shown on Wayah Bald outside Franklin, NC .



   Have you heard of  Log Cabin, Whig Rose, Tree of Life ,Bear Paw and Pineapple? Those are some of  names of patterns found on the 'Original World's Largest Quilt '

.      It is going to be on display as the  Mountain Artisan's Art and Crafts Show celebrates it's 30th year of the 'Summertime' show!

    It was the feature of the very first show in 1989 in the Macon County Facilities Building in Franklin , NC.

 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!" .

      This big beauty was created in 1980 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 together .

   It is 19 x 22 feet and still a sight to behold.

        Jackson County's  Laura Goebel  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 quilter and will be displaying some of her work as well as demonstrating a small quilting project . Show



        Kudos to  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 ,

      Just in, Cowee Quilters will be working on an old fashioned  Quilting Bee project at this show . They will be selling raffle tickets for the quilt that some lucky person will win this fall .           

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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.

     Mountain Artisans 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 me. 

     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 more.
  • 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 .

     Steve Carter Driftwood Creations is coming up from Alabama with his unique Driftwood Birdhouses, Outdoor Furniture ,and Bee Traps .    

     Jim and Teresa Owens Cowboy and Cowgirl Tire Swings and more  use recycled tires and turn them into garden art for the birds : bird baths,  and feeders.

     They also have clever tire swings for children . Perfect for the grandchildren .

     We also have Iron Man Sam  Sam Aycock   who makes clever house accessories with mountain and animal themes. Let's check his work   out .

       Laura Williams MemoriesbyLaura collects vintage glassware and frames it in charming suncatchers.        



  •      Come inside. The  entrance tunnel has some exciting exhibitors:
  • 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 Balsammtnwoodwork will be showing off her summer collection of wood accessories .
  •  Dogwood Crafters will be back with samples from their Dillsboro shop.
  •  Featured Artist Tom Livingston's Piece by Piece  Intarsia will have a gorgeous .summer collection.


        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

           brendaanders@frontier.com for info . 


  • Neal Hearn Boxes by Neal will be inside the arena with his summertime  collection of his unique boxes.


  • Good live music brings cheer!  There will be  live  guitar music floating from the fingers of  Macon County's Ronnie Evans.   He will be selling his CD's 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 killer?

        The pottery section includes :

       Milton's Mugs  Face 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:  

      Terrie Cook Delightful Dips and More is coming with Cheese Ball Mixes, Homemade Dips and Rubs .

      Miriah Sanders Now That's Fudge makes yummy Fudge in 45 flavors ! 

      Dafni Greek  Gourmet Unfiltered Olive Oil Products come from a family business . Not just fine drizzling oil but Wild Greek Herb Teas

     and more .

        Kathy Cirka Backwoods Bakery will be on the corner with her Organic Breads  pastries and more . 

       Heritage Soap:

  • Bill Reed Freedom Farms is coming back with his popular Goat 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 BirdinHand has been charming collectors for years with her tiny dolls with Hickory Nut heads . If you are looking for her work  828 293 9083 .

    Other special crafts :

   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.    

  •  David 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.

     Leather craftsman, 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 .

          William Menya will be bringing  his national Kenya  Soap Stone Carvings .


  • Floral designer and teacher Billie Berry has a forever flower arrangement just for your house.
  •   Author Wally Avett Real Mountain Tales   is a storyteller on steroids ! He is bringing his 5 published  books to share with readers .
  •    Scott Hornbaker Hunt Country Iron is bring his metal  garden art :Shepherd's hooks, plant stands and hummingbird stick downs.
  • 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 Flowers.
  •  Julie Dixon MountainRidgeMarket  Handpainted Wood Signs and painting on reclaimed wood .
  • 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 accessories.
  • 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 his Tables, 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 wood boxes 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 .

    Carl Winter 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, also.
  • 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  fused jewelry and art .
  • Colleen Dickey StixnStones has  really original necklaces made from wood and resin



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