The Maryland Seminar Committee welcomes you to Seminar 2018 and the greater Maryland/Washington/Virginia region! Our region offers a variety of interesting experiences, from learning about American history and government to seeing many of the most iconic sights in the U.S.

For quilters and quilt historians, we are best known for Baltimore album quilts, but our textile history is that and much more! Seminar 2018 will be sure to provide information and eye candy for those hungry to immerse themselves in the Baltimore album experience, with tours to see (and photograph!) album quilts and study centers that dive deeply into appreciating their beauty and complex quilt style. Being one of the earliest colonial regions, there are also other examples of early quilt history such as the chintz beauties in the Patricia S. Smith collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. These quilts have been packed away since the late 1990s so tour participants will be the first to view them in decades. Other tours will allow participants to go “behind the scenes” of world renowned quilt collections and study centers will investigate popular regional patterns and techniques, early 20th-century quilts, as well as studying and collecting quilts.

We have a trio of quilt luminaries who will be speaking about our region’s rich textile history and culture beginning with keynote speaker Alden O’Brien from the DAR museum who will connect the personal with the public in the art of quilting. Mimi Dietrich, Quilters Hall of Fame inductee, will entertain over lunch on Saturday with a humorous look at her years of teaching, designing, publishing and helping to launch the revival of interest in Baltimore album quilts. Capping off this triumvirate of quilt dignitaries will be Amelia Peck from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Amelia will use the Gee’s Bend quilts to discuss quilts versus abstract art
on Sunday.

Viewing and studying quilts is hungry work and our hotel headquarters, the Bethesda Marriott, has free shuttle service to an array of restaurants in downtown Bethesda. We look forward to sharing it all with you in
October 2018!


Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for accommodations during the Seminar. Hotel rooms are not included in the conference fee. *A block of guest rooms has been reserved at our Seminar site, the Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown. Rates are $139 per night. You can make a reservation by calling call 1 (603) 206-4109. Mention that you are with the American Quilt Study Group Seminar when you book your room. If you are sharing a room, please give the hotel the name of your roommate and be sure to let them know at reservation time if you wish to be billed separately at check-out. The room block will be held until September 27, 2017.

AQSG proudly recognizes these Sponsors of the Seminar 2018


Paper Presentations and Publication of Uncoverings 2018

The Robert & Ardis James Foundation
Mary W. Kerr
Lone Star Quilt Study Group
Midwest Fabric Study Group in honor of Mary Persyn
The New England Quilt Study Group, in Memory of Carol Wheelock
Washington Quilt Study Group
Jill Wilson


Keynote Presentation

Marianne Fons
Professional Association of Appraisers - Quilted Textiles (PAAQT)


Saturday Lunch Presentation

Baltimore Appliqué Society


Sunday Lunch Presentation

Marvin and Sylvia Rubin Family Foundation

James Foundation
Lone Star Quilt Study Group

2018 Seminar Committee

Seminar Co-Chairs
Beverly Birkmire
Taryn Faulkner

Welcome Event
Beverly Birkmire
Taryn Faulkner

Study Centers
Sharon Waddell

Vendor Sale
Mary Kerr

Julianne Hardy

Book Sale
Karen Dever

Debby Cooney
Taryn Faulkner

Show and Tell
Nancy Hahn


Registration and Hospitality
Sandy Day

Special Exhibit
Debby Cooney
Polly Mello

Nancy Raley

Table Decorations
Cathy Spence
Madge Ziegler

Silent & Live Auctions

Auction Form

Join in the friendly competition for treasures during the ever-popular Silent Auction on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Auctioneer Julie Silber will preside over the Live Auction on Saturday evening. Donations of quality items from members and merchants are the key to a successful auction. All proceeds support the programs of AQSG.

Sending items before Seminar allows paperwork to be handled ahead of time and attractive displays to be planned. Last minute items tucked securely in your suitcase can be processed fast if your donation form with donor estimated value is attached. Please send your items and completed auction donation form after August 1 to:

Julianne Hardy
8560 Doncaster Road
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 310-3769

Please e-mail your tracking numbers to:

Book Sale & Signing

Book Sale Form

Take the opportunity to fill the gaps in your library. Purchase additional copies of Uncoverings and member authors’ publications. Uncoverings 2018 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 use the guidelines and agreement forms.  Completed forms must be returned to the AQSG office by August 24, 2018.

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 should request guidelines and agreement forms from the AQSG office, phone: (402) 477-1181 or e-mail:
Completed forms must be returned to the AQSG office by August 1. Deadline is firm.

Seminar Guide

A Seminar Guide will connect with newer AQSG members and first time Seminar attendees to have coffee or a meal during the Seminar. If you would like to be a Seminar Guide, check the box on your registration form.

Area Representatives Meeting

Area Representatives, and those interested in becoming ARs, are invited to meet Friday, October 5 at 4 p.m. Learn successful strategies for attracting new members, and share your ideas and questions with fellow reps.