Chattanooga Quilting Convention to make Huge Economic Impact

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Updated: 4/19/2013 9:12 am
        Quilters will soon be taking over Chattanooga.
        "It's gonna look like a lot of women with a lot of tote bags," said local quilter Capi Cohen.
        The city has landed a three year contract with the American Quilter's Society for the biggest quilt show in the nation.
        So why quilting so exciting for Chattanooga?
        "This will be one of our largest, if not the largest convention we'll have in Chattanooga," said the Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Bob Doak, "We're gonna have about 20-thousand quilters descending upon our city in September. This is a three year commitment they've made to our city.  We estimate the economic impact of this convention over three years will be about $30-million."
      Quilt shop owner Kim Thomas says she hopes some of that profit will come into her store.
        "I hope to be a vender there, I've got an application in to be a vendor.  I hope to not only be able to lead people out here to tell them know we have a shop our here in Oooltewah and also to maybe showcase or sell come kits or patterns that are specific to Chattanooga," Thomas said.
      For local quilters it's about much more than economic impact.
        "Any exposure that needlework and needle arts can get in the community keeps the art from dying.  Each generation has to learn it or is goes.  It's gone," Cohen said.
        "We're kind of underground now, our quilting.  A  lot of people don't know there's this whole quilting community out there and I look forward to that being exposed," said Thomas.
        Doak said it's a victory for the city that he hopes is a sign of more to come.
        "Chattanooga is a very hot place to be right now.  There's a lot of things happening and I think when you have groups like this of this size and caliber who make a commitment to our city.  That's a real testament of how great this city is," said Doak.

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stitchesbytree - 4/19/2013 10:38 AM
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will this be 2014, or 2015?
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