Quilt Study

The AQSG Quilt Study challenges members to learn the history of an individual quilt by selecting one that addresses a specified design, style, or period, and then make a small replica or interpretation of it. In their written statement, participants examine what they learned and evaluate influences on the original quiltmaker’s life, style, and technique.

AQSG 2018 Quilt Study

200 Years of Solid Color Quilts: Cultural and Regional Distinctions, 1800-2000

AQSG invites members to create a study quilt for the tenth biennial AQSG Quilt Study. The focus of the 2018 Quilt Study (QS) will be “200 Years of Solid Color Quilts, 1800 to 2000”.  The Quilt Study serves as a way to learn about our quilt heritage and to promote AQSG.

Please read the Participation Requirements and Application Steps and Timeline carefully.  In order to have your study quilt included in the exhibit at the 2018 AQSG Seminar, all requirements and deadline dates must be met. Also, see the Selection Criteria for the Traveling Exhibit; this document will be used to advise the 2018 selection committee.

  1. Participants will select a solid color quilt or quilt-related textile, such as a quilt block or quilt top, dating from 1800 to 2000, and create a small study quilt based on the inspiration quilt.   The 19th or 20th century solid color quilt should be identified from this time period using traditional textile dating methods.  The quilt should be recognizable as constructed of solid color fabrics.  The inspiration quilt may be of any style from the study period, for example, whole cloth, pieced, or applique.  Using solid color fabrics participants will create a study quilt that may be an exact replica of the solid color quilt, 1800 to 2000, a quilt that reproduces a portion of the historic quilt or textile, or a quilt inspired by the 19th or 20th century solid color quilt or textile.  They also write a brief description of the project and what they learned.
  2. The study quilt must be made specifically for the 2018 AQSG Quilt Study.  Projects started prior to the announcement of the 2018 Quilt Study will not be accepted.
  3. The Quilt Study is limited to a maximum of 50 participants.  The small study quilts and the participant statements will be exhibited at the AQSG 2018 Seminar.  A maximum of 25 study quilts will be selected for a traveling exhibit.
  4. Only AQSG members may participate on any individual or group project.  Only AQSG members may work on the quilt and this includes the quilting.  Each individual and/or group will be limited to submitting one quilt.
  5. The maximum dimensions of the small study quilt are 42 inches wide and 42 inches long.
  6. All submitted quilts must have a 4” sleeve attached, and label(s) with your name and assigned participant number.  The label must be attached in the bottom right hand corner on the back of the quilt.  Incomplete projects will not be accepted. All submitted quilts must be finished (e.g. quilted and edged) with the label attached.  (Participants should devise a separate label of their choosing with other information they wish to include.)
  7. Participants must not publicly circulate or post online their reproduction study quilt before quilts have been selected for the traveling exhibit at the 2018 Seminar.  Every effort is made to assure the selection panel does not have advance information about participant projects.
  8. Participants must submit all forms and documents; Participant Application and Release (Form 1), Owner Permission to Use Inspiration Quilt and its Image (Form 2), and Participant Written Statement (Form 3); in accordance with all requirements and deadlines.  Forms and timelines are described below.
  9. A high resolution, publishable, digital image of the solid color quilt, 1800 to 2000 or quilt-related textile must be submitted. The image must be in a .jpg format and can be sent via e-mail or on a disk by regular mail.
  10. Completed Forms and images should be sent to the Quilt Study Committee as an attachment to an e-mail to AQSGQuiltStudy@yahoo.com or by USPS mail to:

Jill Meszaros
26614 Johnstown Rd.
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403

All Deadlines are based on mailing date.