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Seminar 2020 Postponed, moved to 2021

We've gone Virtual! Check out our Study Centers for September 26-27

Seminar 2021 August 18-22, 2021: Harrisonburg, Virginia

Seminar 2022 September 28 - October 3, 2022: San Diego, California

What is Seminar?

AQSG's feature event is our annual Seminar. Held in a new location every year, Seminar brings quilt enthusiasts and scholars together for a weekend engaged in quilt study. In addition to the presentation of research papers chosen for publication in Uncoverings and a renowned keynote speaker, Seminar offers pre-conference tours, study centers, panel paper presentations, and a poster session, all directed toward the interests of quilt lovers. Other events include a book signing featuring famous authors of quilt history; a live and silent auction of quilt treasures; show-and-tell of remarkable quilts, textiles and related items; an on-site quilt exhibition; and the sale of vintage quilts and textiles from member dealers all over the country.

Seminar presents the opportunity to view quilts from new perspectives, discuss aspects of women's and cultural history, learn the latest in documentation and research, as well as the chance to mingle with authors, quilters, teachers, and quilt community leaders. AQSG's Seminar guarantees a unique learning experience for everyone with a connection to quilts.

Seminar 2020

The Virginia Quilt Museum and Seminar Committee welcome you to Seminar 2020. We will explore the quilts and quilt makers of the Shenandoah Valley.  Along the way, we will learn about other local decorative arts and the material culture of the region. Starting in Winchester, the tour will migrate down the Great Wagon Road to Staunton. Allowing you to enjoy local museums, historical societies, and five historic homes. Our Friday night keynote speaker, Neva Hart will connect you with Shenandoah quilts and their makers. At our Saturday luncheon, Jeffrey S. Evans will take you on a trip down the Great Wagon Road with a sampling of decorative arts and textiles. On Sunday, Jinny Byers will treat us all by sharing her quilt journey.

Our hotel headquarters, The Hotel Madison has a wonderful bar and restaurant, but you are only a few blocks away from downtown Harrisonburg with many choices of dining experiences. Make sure to also take time to visit our local vineyards and breweries.

Welcome Event

Please join us as we welcome you to The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia Thursday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Hotel Madison. Begin your evening with our reception of local fair and a cash bar. The Jeffrey S. and Beverley A. Evans Valley Quilt Collection will be featured in a turning to set the stage for our Shenandoah Valley adventure. Plan dinner with friends before or after the event.

2020 Seminar Committee

Seminar Co-Chairs
Beverley Evans
Gloria Comstock

Welcome Event
Beverley Evans

Study Centers
Sharon Waddell

Vendor Sales
Mary Kerr

Show and Tell
Sharon Waddell

Virginia Berger
Sharon Pinka
Barbara Garrett
Beverley Evans

Book Sales
Carol Born

Beverley Evans
Gloria Comstock

Sandy Day

Publicity and Fundraising
Neva Hart

Paula Caldwell
Jenny Bolt
Judith Shuey

Special Exhibit
Gloria Comstock,
Coordinator & Curator

Members and Friends of the Virginia Quilt Museum
Members and Friends of AQSG


Seminar will be held at Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, 710 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. For those of you who are eagerly waiting you may book your room by calling 1 (540) 564-0200. Be sure to say you are with American Quilt Study Group and let them know if you are sharing a room.

Book Your Hotel Room Online

If you are booking online please use the comments section to let the hotel know any additional information, including bed arrangements.

Call for Poster Session Abstracts

Abstracts due May 1
  • AQSG poster sessions at the Annual Seminar, provide members opportunity to present their quilt-related research to fellow Seminar participants.
  • A poster presentation is a focused display of a research question, literature review, research methods, and results.
  • The AQSG poster session hosts multiple research presentations at the same time, and encourages conversation between presenter and audience in a relaxed, salon format.
  • For many academic disciplines, poster sessions are an important conference component as many people can share their research in one time slot with interested attendees.

How Can I Participate?

  • To be considered for the Poster Presentation Session, submit an Abstract by May 1 to
  • Abstracts are 200-word “research snapshots” that describe briefly the research being undertaken.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by members of the Publications Committee in a double blind process (both submitters’ and reviewers’ names will be kept confidential from one another).
  • The amount of space available at the Seminar venue may affect the number of abstracts accepted.

I Still Have Questions About Research Posters…

For those unfamiliar with poster sessions, participants generally prepare a display consisting of a large poster or various sheets of information that can be pin-mounted onto a standing display board. Presenters may also have a PowerPoint slide show or videos on their laptop, collections of pertinent items, and handouts.

Poster Presentation Information and Assistance:

Presenters are responsible for constructing the poster, including providing a standing display board if required, transporting it to and from Seminar, and setting up and taking down posters before and after the 2-hour session. Presenters are expected to be present to discuss their posters with interested audience members. More specific information will be available closer to the Seminar date.