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Research is our mission

 AQSG's flagship research journal, Uncoverings, is viewed as the foremost authority in quilt research. This interdisciplinary publication,  represents AQSG's mission to build an accurate, well-respected body of quilt-related research.  Blanket Statements is the AQSG quarterly publication. Each issue contains at least one research article, organization information, research notes and queries, quilt world news, and places to go. We invite you to become a part of this unique and highly respected research tradition.


Uncoverings, the annual peer-reviewed journal of AQSG, features papers that present the most recent advances in quilt-related research. 

  Uncoverings Abstracts

  Uncoverings Manuscript Guidelines

  Uncoverings Style Sheet

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blanket statements

Blanket Statements is an AQSG quarterly publication. Each issue has at least one research article, AQSG news, research notes and queries, quilt world news, and exhibit information. All members receive Blanket Statements.

We encourage you to submit original articles.

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Blanket Statement Objectives
Blanket Statement Objectives
  • Further the AQSG mission.
  • Provide a resource to researchers by publishing substantive, original, scholarly articles relating to quilt research.
  • Support AQSG members by publicizing their activities and interests, and serving as a forum for sharing information and resources among them.
  • Keep AQSG members hooked in to news in the quilt world.
  • Actively engage a broad membership base in furthering AQSG's goals, programs and accomplishments and acknowledge members' contributions and support.
  • Be a promotional and outreach tool for AQSG in creating tangible AQSG presence, leadership role, and identity in the quilt world and women's studies field.
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Blanket Statements Policies
Blanket Statements Policies
  • Priority is given to material written by AQSG members.
  • Cover story is quilt research.
  • Quilt world news includes coverage of historically significant shows, organizations, conferences, quilt makers, researchers, and publications.
  • News of Members: two to three sentences covering shows, book releases, research updates; no advertising of members' commercial enterprises; significant achievements may warrant a separate article or interview.
  • Feature articles may include "Research Notes" (i.e., advice or reports on methodology, research challenges, or resources); regional events of national import; individual profiles of key quilt study people; examination of trends; focus pieces on related movements or events (art quilts; costume; women's history, etc.); AQSG organizational coverage ("Focus on AQSG")
  • Contributions and donations are listed under Unrestricted, Memorial, and Restricted (Scholarship, Publications, etc.) headings.
    No book reviews at this time, however, some articles on members' publications are possible (e.g., Roland Freeman in Spring, 1997 Issue).
  • Controversial Issues: AQSG will not serve as an advocate for a particular position on controversial quilt-related issues, but will present both sides of a debate.
  • No paid advertising.
  • AQSG does not have the resources to pay for permissions to reprint photos, but requests for complimentary permissions have almost always been granted.
  • Copyright: at this time Blanket Statements does not have an ISSN number and is not copyrighted, but we print the following reprint policy: "Authored articles may be excerpted only. Proper citation must be given to the author and American Quilt Study Group. Articles may not be reprinted in their entirety. General news items may be reprinted in their entirety without written permission from or citation of American Quilt Study Group."

  Blanket Statements Submission Guidelines

   Blanket Statements Archive

Seminar PReviews Presentations

Preview presentations at Seminar (previously known as Panel presentations) showcase in-progress quilt-related research by individuals or groups. Authors will present their ongoing research and engage the audience for feedback. The goal of these presentations is to more fully prepare authors to take the next step in their research, whether it be submitting to Blanket Statements or Uncoverings. Presentations may include a PowerPoint and other display objects, as desired. Up to three 20-minute Preview presentations will be accepted (10-15 minutes for presentation, 5-10 minutes for audience feedback 

Submit a 250-word abstract to Sharon Pinka at The abstract should include the research question or why the project is significant, research methods and data, the current status of the project, and what you hope to gain from the Preview Presentation.


Abstracts will be reviewed in a double-blind process (submitter and reviewer names will be kept confidential from one another).



Poster presentations at Seminar are focused displays of an in-progress or completed research project. For many academic disciplines, poster sessions are an important conference component. The posters may include the following information: the research question, literature review, research methods, results, and visuals. During the one-hour poster session, multiple posters are displayed simultaneously to encourage conversation between presenters and the audience in a relaxed format. The goal of Poster presentations is to more fully prepare researchers to take the next step, whether it be a Preview presentation or submitting to Blanket Statements or Uncoverings.

Posters should be a minimum of 24" x 36" and no larger than 36" x 48". Posters can be a trifold display, a traditional poster board, or a printed poster. Tables or easels will be provided upon request.

How to Submit

Submit a 250-word abstract by May 1 to Sharon Pinka at The abstract should include the research question or why the project is significant, research methods and data, the current status of the project, and what you hope to gain from the Poster presentation.

Abstracts will be reviewed in a double-blind process (submitter and reviewer names will be kept confidential from one another).




The goal of the AQSG Mentoring Committee is to provide support and encouragement to members with a relevant research topic, and who are interested in reporting the results of their research. Mentoring is available at any stage of the research and writing process. AQSG members who want to present a poster or panel, write for Blanket Statements, or want to present live at a Seminar with a paper in Uncoverings are encouraged to fill out a mentoring request form (link below).

Mentoring Paper Presentations - Guidelines

Research Mentoring Request



Publication Overview and Panels/Posters Workshop 
Watch Publications Overview & Panels/Posters Workshop Here 

Join us for a look at how you can participate in the AQSG panel and poster program held every year at seminar.  Many AQSG members who are just starting their research take advantage of the panel or poster sessions to present their initial findings to other seminar attendees.  That open forum can lead to valuable networking that might even produce more information about their topics! Past Poster and Panel participants will discuss their experiences presenting their research, with time set aside for your personal questions. We will discuss the project you are pursuing to hopefully team you up with the best platform for your research needs!

Blanket Statements and Uncoverings Workshop 
Watch Blanket Statements - Uncoverings Workshop here
Join us and learn how you can write for Blanket Statements, the quarterly newsletter published by AQSG.   Many AQSG members who want to share their research use Blanket Statements to present their findings to other members.  Each issue has at least one research article, AQSG news, research notes and queries, quilt world news, and exhibit information.

Do you have an idea for a research project but wonder how AQSG’s paper publication process works? Join us for a Zoom discussion of how you can submit a paper for Uncoverings, the annual research journal published by AQSG. Each volume typically includes four to six full-length research papers, which are published before the annual seminar. Authors present a shortened form of their paper at the seminar.

Oral Presentations and Mentoring Workshop
Watch Oral Presentations & Mentoring Workshop Here

Are you hesitant about standing in front of a group of people and sharing your quilt-related research?  We can help! Our goal is to help you create a formal presentation of your research that is clear and keyed to your audience.  We will give you tips on how to create a PowerPoint presentation, share your knowledge leading an in-person study center, talk with AQSG members during a seminar panel or poster session, or present your information during a virtual online study center.  We are here to encourage and can even offer practice sessions, if desired! We will answer your questions about the process and, as time permits, discuss the project you are working on, give some tips, and review guidelines and procedures for presenting your information orally.


Do you have a research project about which you have been collecting information and wondered if it is something you should write up? Have you found new information about a quilt(s), quilter(s), quilt technique, or quilting community that you think might be of interest to others or might even change how we think about quilt history? BUT, maybe you feel confused about where and how to start. Maybe you think you might have more information than you can organize into an informative paper or presentations. OR, you have been working well and diligently and you think you are ready to submit your work…OR you have submitted but it was not accepted for any variety of reasons including too many other submissions. Also, maybe you are afraid to speak before an audience and cannot bring yourself to submit your information for publication. We can help with that! Many AQSG members have been able to overcome all these obstacles and have helped us all learn new things or confirm old assumptions about quilts and quilt history. And many of them needed a mentor who was able to get them to the finish line.




Upcoming Deadlines

February 1, 2023 Editorial Deadline for Spring Blanket Statements Submit
April 15, 2023 Submission Deadline for Poster Presentation  For Members Only
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April 15, 2023 Submission Deadline for Seminar Panel Session For Members Only  
May 1, 2023 Editorial Deadline for Summer Blanket Statements Submit
May 1, 2023 Deadline for Seminar Fellowship Application For Members Only
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 June 1, 2023

 Submission Deadline for Uncoverings Submit
 August 1, 2023
Editorial Deadline for Fall Blanket Statements  Submit
 December 1, 2023
Editorial Deadline for Winter Blanket Statement Submit

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