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Knoxville quilters take home multiple awards at Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee Show
Published August 28, 2023

KNOXVILLE - Several quilters from the Knoxville area were recognized for their creativity and workmanship at the Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee (SMQ) 42nd Quilt Show and Competition this summer at the Knoxville Expo Center.

The event featured more than 200 stunning quilts and approximately $6,000 in awards. Local winners included:

Large Pieced Quilt - Solo:
• Honorable Mention – Debbie Russell, Knoxville, TN
Small Pieced Quilt – Solo:
• 3rd – Linda Puckett, Knoxville, TN

Small Appliqued and/or Mixed Techniques Quilt – Solo:
• 2nd – Sally Sante – Knoxville, TN
• 3rd – Linda Puckett, Knoxville, TN

Art Quilts:
• Honorable Mention – Debra Jo Hardeman, Knoxville, TN

Modern Quilts:
• Honorable Mention – Nancy Watson, Knoxville, TN
• Honorable Mention – Jo Huisingh, Knoxville, TN

Rick Finchum quilt
Quilt by Rick Finchum. Photo submitted
miriam land quilt
Quilt by Miriam Land. Photo submitted

claudia dean quilter
Quilt by Priscilla Zotti. Photo submitted

SMQ Members Only Asian Challenge:
• 2nd – Priscilla Zotti, Knoxville, TN
• 3rd – Rick Finchum, Knoxville, TN
• Honorable Mention – Nancy Watson, Knoxville, TN
• Honorable Mention – Miriam Land, Knoxville, TN

Adventures in Stem students
Quilt by Claudia Dean. Photo submitted

Other Special Awards:
• Novice – Claudia Dean, Knoxville, TN

The Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee typically meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Messiah Lutheran Church, intersection of Papermill Drive and Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Please check the SMQ website, as dates and locations may vary.

SMQ strives to advance the knowledge and appreciation of the craftsmanship, artistic expression, and historical significance of quiltmaking; to sponsor and support charitable projects to provide encouragement to those in need; and to promote friendship through shared activities. The guild’s approximately 100 members range from novice to master quilters in diverse quilt styles, including traditional and art quilts, complex and minimalist modern designs, miniatures and bed-sized, and hand- or machine-stitched. For more information, visit


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