Sally Garoutte
Founder of AQSG

Background Information

  • Sally Garoutte founded the organization in Mill Valley, California, in 1980. What began as a small group has grown into a unique and highly respected international organization.
  • Goal: to preserve the story of quiltmaking - past, present, and future
  • Has become the major source for information about the study of quilts, quiltmakers, related textiles, and processes

Programs & Activities

  • Quarterly publication, Blanket Statements, featuring at least one major research article
  • Annual Seminar on quilt research in different venues throughout the U.S.
  • Uncoverings, annual research journal, which contains papers presented at the Seminar
  • Mentoring programs for publication and presentation
  • Biennial Quilt Study where members learn the story and technique of a quilt and make a small replica or interpretation of it.
  • Traveling exhibit of selected quilts from the Biennial Quilt Study
  • Publication of 5 Technical Guides on quilt documentation, preservation, and research
  • Annual membership directory which provides networking opportunities for researchers
  • Yahoo Discussion List and Facebook page where members discuss research and projects

Projects to be Funded

  • Support of research presentations at our Annual Seminar
  • Research study grants to encourage quilt researchers
  • Endowment grants specific to outreach projects that advance the mission of American Quilt Study Group
  • Fellowship for researchers who wish to attend our Annual Seminar
  • Ongoing publication of Uncoverings, Technical Guides, Quilt Study Books, and special publications