About High Country Quilters

We are a group of quilters who meet each month to share our love of the craft. Our meetings generally include a quilting-related program as well as an opportunity for our members to show us the quilting projects they have been working on. In October of each year we hold a quilt show for the display and sale of quilts completed by our members as well any other handmade items our members would like to sell. At the quilt show we raffle off a large quilt that has been created by one of our experienced members with contributions from all members.

We support various charity activities. Every year we send handmade quilts to a military hospital in Germany so that wounded soldiers will have a warm quilt to comfort them on their trip back to the US. Last year several were forwarded from there on to a hospital in Afghanistan. This year our goal is to send 100 quilts to our servicemen and women.

Please join us on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the First Methodist Church in Waynesville NC. All quilters are welcome from newbies to experienced.

2018 Quilt Show

High Country Quilt Guild’s 28thannual Quilt Show is being held this October once again in Maggie Valley North Carolina. “Fireside Comfort” is the theme of this year’s event, which features a donation quilt by that name created with the help of all the guild members.

The show will take place at the First Baptist Church of Maggie Valley,3634 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC on Thursday Oct. 11, noon to 4 pm and Friday and Saturday Oct. 12-13 from 10 am to 4 pm. Entry is $3 and there is loads of free parking.

The event showcases about 100 quilts made by the members of the Guild. The quilts range from the traditional to modern and from king-sized to wall hangings. Craft boutiques feature a variety of articles made by members for sale to visitors. Fall and Christmas articles are always favorites at the show, and the Bake Shop always sells out of yummy munchables.

A feature of the show is the display of quilts created for the Guild’s special project “Quits for Heroes.” Every year, the Guild fashions at least 100 quilts that are sent to the USO for distribution to our wounded service men and women to keep them warm on the military flight back to the States. Other service projects of the Guild are heart-shaped cushions for recent biopsy patient ad well as kitty and puppy cushions for local animal shelters.

High Country Quilters meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 566 S. Haywood St., In addition to monthly meetings, the Guild often sponsors workshops led by a guild member or professional quilter.

Mountain Comfort

This year’s donation quilt, Mountain Comfort.

2018 Meeting and Workshop Schedule


1/18/2018       guild plans
2/15/2018       Modern Art Quilts Trunk Show, Rebecca Cronk
3/15/2018       Handwork for TV or Travel, Denise Seay
4/19/2018       LongArm Tips, Lisa Mann
5/17/2018       What a Nine Patch Can Do, Anita Bowen
6/21/2018       Wonky Houses, Liz Florom
7/19/2018       Opposites Attract, Donna Royson (Eleanor Burns certified)
8/16/2018       August Social
9/20/2018       Panel Discussion – “How to Price My Work”
10/11/2018 – 10/13/2018.    QULT SHOW
10/18/2018     Quilt Show Follow Up
11/15/2018     Paper Piecing, Gail Smathers
12/20/2018     Christmas Party


1/19/2018       Donation Quilt workday
2/16/2018       Improv Workshop, Rebecca Cronk
3/16/2018       Handwork for TV or Travel, Denise Seay
4/20/2018       Sewing Machine Cover
5/18/2018       Dutch Puzzle, Anita Bowen
6/8/2018         Deconstructed Wedding Rings, Karen Stockwell
6/20/2018       Wonky Houses, Liz Florom
7/20/2018       Opposites Attract, Donna Royson (Eleanor Burns certified)
11/16/2018     Paper Piecing Cat or Dog, Gail Smathers




20 thoughts on “About High Country Quilters

  1. My name is Vickie Brewer. I am in the process of moving to Waynesville. I am 61 years old and have my grandmother’s quilting frame. It is very large and I would like to donate it. Please call me if this is something the guild would be interested in. 478-714-8258.


    • Vickie – We don’t really have any place to keep a quilt frame, but If you join us as a guest at our next meeting on July 20, you can announce that you have the frame and see if anyone is interested . Also, if you send an email to us at highcountryquilt@att.net and ask if you can post it in our newsletter.
      thanks for thinking of us.


  2. Hello. My mother was an avid quilter and collected thimbles. She passed away several years ago and I have some of her thimbles and display cases. I would LOVE to give these to someone or a group that would enjoy them as much as she did. I am not sure if you all have a designated quilting room at the church in Waynesville and would like to have these for wall art. If anyone is interested, please let me know. Thank you!


  3. I plan to vacation in your area and would love to be a guest at you meeting. I love that you are making quilts for our Veterans, I have always wanted to participate in this charity event.

    Rita Tiessen


    • Rita
      we would love to have you as a guest at one of our meetings. We meet on the third Thursday of each month. The website home page has the time and address. I hope that you can be with us in October for the quilt show.
      Connie Nicholson, pubicity chair


  4. Dear High Country Quilter Guild,
    I was hoping I could reach out to you to get a mailing address for a thank you note. My family is a military family that has been stationed in the Middle East. My daughter began having medical problems recently and was sent via air-medical evacuation back to the states. She was gifted a quilt from your donation to the veterans hospital in Germany. I know you may not have expected your quilt to land in the hands of my sweet nine year old, I hope you understand how much comfort and pride it filled me with to look out on the air medical flight and see our men, women and my little hero covered in these gorgeous quilts that were made with love and pride and maybe even prayer in each stitch. I imagined each of you and the talent and effort your poured into each quilt and the comfort it provided my family and my daughter. I can’t fathom the comfort it provided to the men and women who were sick or harmed and heading home for care. They were alone on the very cold air planes and you provided hem the closest they would get to a warm hug for a long time.

    I know you didn’t expect the quilt to land in my daughter’s hands, but this mother’s heart found so much comfort in seeing it there.

    So thank you for your gift. It warmed my daughter physically, but it warmed my tired heart.


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