The Virginia Quilt Museum and Seminar Committee Welcome You to Seminar 2021!

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 the town Winchester, our tours will migrate south along the Great Wagon Road to Staunton, 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 Saturday's luncheon, Jeffrey S. Evans will explore the Great Wagon Road's decorative arts and textiles. On Sunday, A. Nicholas Powers will share textile history from the southern Valley region of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Our hotel headquarters The Hotel Madison has a wonderful bar and restaurant, and you are only a few blocks from historic downtown Harrisonburg with many choices for dining experiences. Allow 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 fare and a cash bar. The Jeffrey S. and Beverley A. Evans Shenandoah Valley Quilt Collection will be featured in a turning to set the stage for our Valley adventure. Plan dinner on your own with friends before or after the event.

Seminar Sponsors

Thank you to these Sponsors for their generous support of Seminar 2021!

Karen Alexander
Mary Bywater Cross in memory of Margaret
    McNeill Fowler
Gloria and Richard Comstock
Mark and Ruth Ann Dunn Foundation
Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Floyd Quilt Guild, Inc.
Marianne Fons
Robert and Ardis James Foundation
Kanawha Valley Quilters Guild
Lone Star Quilt Study Group
Mary Kerr

In Memoriam Nancy Losee
Maryland Seminar Committee in Memory of
   Lucinda H. Cawley
James McHone Jewelry
Midwest Fabric Study Group in Honor of Janet White
Midwest Fabric Study Group in Honor of Dale Drake
Ebie Morris
Northern Virginia Dating Club
A. Nicholas Powers
Cathy Strange
Washington Quilt Study Group
Jill Wilson

General Events

*These general events are included in your Seminar registration fee.

Area Representatives Meeting
Area Representatives, and those interested in becoming ARs, are invited to meet Friday, August 20 at 4:30 p.m. Learn successful strategies for attracting new members, and share your ideas and questions with fellow reps.

Research Workshop
Join the Publications Committee on Friday afternoon for brief topical discussions of research methods and paper preparation. Then we will divide into small groups to discuss your projects. Participants should come with a project in mind or underway and leave with renewed commitment and direction.

Show & Tell
Make this Friday evening event special. Share your quilts (antique or contemporary), quilt related items, and stories.

Mentoring Table
Want to learn more about available AQSG research mentors? Join our table during the Poster Session, Saturday, August 21. We will be glad to discuss the type of project you are pursuing– research, publication, or both. We’ll talk more about your subject matter to hopefully team you up with the best match for your research needs!

Saturday Poster Session
The poster session is an opportunity for members to present in-progress research projects to fellow Seminar participants. Displays of research questions, methods, and preliminary results invite dialogue with colleagues. Poster presenters will be available to discuss and field questions about their research for the entire session. Enjoy this engaging event on Saturday afternoon.

Book Sale & Signing
Take the opportunity to fill the gaps in your library. Purchase additional copies of Uncoverings and member authors’ publications. Uncoverings 2020 and Uncoverings 2021 authors and other authors will sign their books during the weekend. A portion of the book sale proceeds benefits AQSG. Member authors wishing to participate in the book sale may find guidelines and agreement forms HERE. Completed forms must be returned to the AQSG office by July 1st.

Vendors’ Sale of Antique, Vintage, & Reproduction Quilt-Related Items
The vendors’ sale offers members an opportunity to shop for high-quality items while benefiting AQSG. Members wishing to sell quilt-related products at Seminar will find forms HERE.  Completed forms must be returned to the AQSG office by July 1.  Deadline is firm.

Silent & Live Auctions
On Friday and Saturday afternoons join the friendly competition for treasures during the always popular Silent Auction. Jeffrey S. Evans with Julie Silber will preside over the Live Auction on Saturday evening. Donated quality items from members and merchants are the key to this successful event. All proceeds support the programs of AQSG.

Please send items before Seminar in order for paperwork to be handled ahead of time and attractive displays to be planned. Members wishing to donate items for the Silent and Live Auctions will find guidelines and forms HERE. Send your items and completed auction form after July 1. The address for sending your auction items is on the form.

DO NOT send your auction donations to the AQSG office as we are not able to re-ship to Seminar.

Quilt Study Exhibit
See the 2021 Quilt Study project, Framed Center/Medallion Quilts: History of a Style, by AQSG members, on display during Seminar. During the exhibit, a committee will choose a select number of quilts to travel around the country for four years. Past Quilt Study traveling exhibits have served as ambassadors for AQSG in a wide variety of prestigious museums and quilt exhibits across the country.

2021 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


Sharon Pinka
Beverley Evans
Dana Balsamo

Book Sales
Carol Born

Beverley Evans
Gloria Comstock

Sandy Day

Publicity and Fundraising
Neva Hart

Paula Caldwell
Jenny Bolt
Judith Shuey
Penny Imeson

Special Exhibit
Gloria Comstock,
Coordinator & Curator
Virginia Quilt Museum Staff

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