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Seminar 2018 October 3-7 in Bethesda, Maryland

Seminar 2019 October 9-13 in Lincoln, Nebraska

Seminar 2020 September 9-14: Harrisonburg, Virginia

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 will be held at Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. For those of you who are eagerly waiting you may book your room by calling 1-800-228-9290. 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 Panel Paper Abstracts

Abstracts due February 1

AQSG holds a panel paper session where participants can present their quilt-related research to fellow Seminar participants. Up to two 90-minute panels may be held, each one consisting of three 20-minute, peer-reviewed scholarly presentations.

For many academic disciplines, paper sessions are an important conference component, and are often the “norm” for disseminating research findings.

How Do I Participate?

  • Submit a 250-word Abstract and CV by February 1, 2017 to
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by Panel Program Committee members in a double blind process (both submitters’ and reviewers’ names will be kept confidential from one another).
  • Submitters will be notified of decision after peer-review is complete.
  • More specific information will be available closer to the Seminar date.

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.