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, roundtable discussions, study centers, 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, textiles and sewing tools 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.
The Cobblestone Quilters Guild and The Quilters of South Carolina welcome you to Charleston! The city’s rich multicultural history, distinctive architecture, and friendly people make the city a favorite year-round destination. The narrow streets and alleys invite exploration. Finely crafted wrought-iron gates offer views of public and private gardens featuring both native and exotic plants that thrive in the semi-tropical maritime climate. Our home for the 2013 AQSG Seminar will be the historic Francis Marion Hotel, with easy access to downtown attractions, shopping, and restaurants.
Take advantage of Pre-Seminar tours to see quilts and experience the culture of historic Charleston and South Carolina. Go behind the scenes at the Charleston Museum and view an invitational exhibition of contemporary African-American quilts and fiber art in the galleries of the Avery Research Center. Explore the Ashley River plantations where rice culture brought wealth to the Carolina Lowcountry before the ascendance of cotton. The Gullah culture tour features traditional craft production, plantation slave cabins, and a lowcountry lunch. Or spend the day in Columbia, to see more historic quilts in two museum collections. Join us on Thursday night for a welcome reception at The Charleston Museum, sponsored by the Cobblestone Quilters and Marianna Black Habisreutinger and Paula Black Baker (the granddaughters of Mary Snoddy Black, a South Carolina quilter). Greet old friends and meet new ones while you preview a special exhibition of quilts selected from the textile collection of our country’s oldest museum.
On Friday night we’ll gather to hear keynote speaker Lynn Robertson, former director of the McKissick Museum, mark the 30th anniversary of the South Carolina quilt project, recalling the events that led to its creation in 1983 and its enduring legacy. The presentation of the research papers on Saturday and Sunday form the heart of the Seminar! This year’s papers feature southern quilts—think chintz!—but also northern and Manx quilts. And no AQSG Seminar would be complete without the book sale, auctions, and study centers.
Whether this is your first AQSG Seminar or your twenty-first, join us for a delightful and memorable weekend in a truly extraordinary location. The local folks on our support team hope that you’ll love Charleston and the Lowcountry as much as we do!
Registration for Seminar 2013 is now available! You can fill out your registration form by clicking one of the buttons below! Fax or mail or Registration Form to the AQSG office by May 31 to be in the lottery! You can also view a PDF of the Seminar Brochure.
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 Francis Marion Hotel. Rates are $179 per room. To make a reservation, you can book online at or you can call (877) 756-2121. 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 August 19, 2013.
AQSG proudly recognizes these generous Sponsors and contributors for the 2013 Seminar. Thank you for your support!
- Paula Black Baker and Marianna Black Habisreutinger
- Karey Bresenhan, Founder and Director Emeritus International Quilt Festival
- Pete & Linda Claussen
- Cobblestone Quilters Guild
- Sara Farley / Quilt Lite in memory of Nancy Hornback
- Marianne Fons in honor and recognition of Quilter Vonda Davis
- Carolyn Maruggi
- Mid-Atlantic Quilt Study Group
- Linda S. Moore Bequest
- Professional Association of Appraisers - Quilted Textiles (PAAQT)
- The Quilters of South Carolina
- The Robert & Ardis James Foundation
- Marilyn Sholtis in honor of Virgina Gunn
- Donald and Linda Wilkey
Thank You to the 2013 Seminar Committee
Seminar Co-Chairs: Chris Taylor, Laurel Horton, Marilyn Sholtis
Welcome Event: Charleston Museum, Pat Schneider, Laurel Horton, Chris Taylor
Auctions: Jane Przybysz, Dotty Roberts
Study Centers: Amy Korn
Roundtable Discussions: Lenna DeMarco
Vendor Sale: Linda Ambrose, Jennifer Ley
Book Sale: Robbin Golden
Registration Desk: Alice Anthony, Anita Bowen, Kim McPeake
Tours: June Fish, Marilyn Sholtis
Show and Tell: Denyse Eisenhardt
Exhibits: Nora Williams, Rosemary Carpenter
Audio-Visual: Peg Bingham, Martha Ferguson
Save the Date
Seminar 2013 September 18-23 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Seminar 2014 September 10-14 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
For highlights from Seminar 2012, please click here.
For highlights from Seminar 2011, please click here.
For highlights from Seminar 2010, please click here.
For highlights from Seminar 2009, please click here.
For highlights from Seminar 2008, please click here.