It has long been said that every picture tells a story, but here in the Smoky Mountains, this truth dates far back before the first camera took a photograph. It dates to the days when the hardy women who lived here began making quilts. While they weren’t the first ones to make quilts, they turned this simple chore into an art form.

In the early days when the Peaceful Side of the Smokies was barely settled, the women would use virtually any scrap of material they could find. It could be the scraps left over from making clothes for the family, flour and bean sacks, seed bags, old clothes that have outlived their usefulness, literally anything that could be cut and sewn into the span of the quilt. Some were made to match the patterns of the time, others used a family pattern or even no pattern at all.

Today’s electric sewing machines, readily available fat squares have changed what was for many an art built out of necessity has become one that is more often than not done simply for the pleasure of doing so. Here on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies, the skill of quilting is very much still part of our heritage. If you’re interested in quilting, there are several amazing quilt and quilt supply shop in the area, here are three of our favorites.

Quilts to Go at Lid’l Dollies Factory Store

The Lid’l Dollies Factory Store in Pigeon Forge has over three hundred quilt patterns for you to choose from in their store or at their online store. For 200 years Lid’l Dollies has been handcrafted quilts, dresses, and more. Today, they are proud to offer you a piece of true Tennessee heritage to take home with you after your visit to the peaceful side of the Smokies.

Foothills of the Smoky’s Quilt Shop

The Foothills of the Smoky’s Quilt Shop is located a little north of Pigeon Forge in Cosby. The shop is inside a historic log cabin and carries a vast selection of the finest in quilting materials and supplies. They also offer plenty of expert advice and are always happy to provide instruction on your quilting project. Be sure take the short drive out here and check out their fabulous selection of local patterns.

In Stitches Memory Quilts

In Stitches Memory Quilts, located in Maryville, TN says they will take your old t-shirts, sweatshirts, and polos, and create a custom quilt for you from them. The shirts you provide are used by the lovely ladies here to determine the custom pattern of your quilt.

The Cherry Pit

Located in historic downtown Sevierville, The Cherry Pit is an all-in-one quilting store. Along with selling completed quilts along with a fantastic selection of fabrics and patterns for which to choose. They also offer classes for beginners all the way up to advanced quilter. Each year the Cherry Pit participates in Quilt Fest and Shop Hop. They also sponsor an annual quilter retreat that features quilters from all over the country.

Come visit the Peaceful Side of the Smokies and take home a memory that should last a lifetime from one of the many quilt shops here. Get inspired and take a few classes, you might soon find yourself hooked and making quilts for everyone!