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American Quilt Study Group

2023 seminar Keynote address

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The American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) connects quilt enthusiasts through research and community.
We study, collect, and enjoy textiles ranging from the earliest quilt fragments to studio art and modern quilts.
Join us in the discovery, the history, the story, and the meaning of quilts across time.

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Xenia Cord

Member since 1990

Xenia Cord is an independent researcher with undergraduate and advanced degrees in history, folklore and American studies from Indiana University.  For twenty years she taught folklore at Indiana University Kokomo, during which time she discovered quilts and AQSG - and never looked back.  Since then she has served as a board member, endowment committee co-chair, and president for AQSG, has written numerous articles for Blanket Statements and for quilt shelter magazines, and has had four research papers published in Uncoverings (one co-authored with Mary Jane Eichacker-Kaufman). In 1997 in Lawrence, KS she presented the first AQSG study center, on kit quilt history. She is a co-author, with Kay and Lori Triplett, of Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection.


Xenia is an associate fellow at the International Quilt Museum, and served on its international advisory board and as acquisitions coordinator.   She has owned Legacy Quilts, an antique quilts brokerage, since 1980, and for ten years produced Quilt America! in Indianapolis. In 2001 she helped to found the Midwest Fabric Study Group, and is the 2018 Quilters Hall of Fame honoree. She makes, collects, researches, and sells quilts.

When asked about her experience with AQSG, Xenia said, "
When I discovered AQSG I felt I had found a home with a host of members who would be friends.  A shout out to Ginny Gunn, who was the first to welcome me, and who became a mentor and close friend; she taught me 'the AQSG Way.'  I have tried to follow her example. This hive has taught me so much, pointed out so many rabbit holes, led me in research directions I could never have imagined.  I wonder what’s next?"




Uncoverings, the annual peer-reviewed journal of AQSG, features papers that present the most recent advances in quilt-related research. The cover of Volume 44 (2023) is The Cherry Tree Quilt,  Charlotte Jane Whitehill, Washington, 1936, 82 x 82 inches. Neusteter Textile Collection at the Denver Art Museum: Gift of Charlotte Jane Whitehall, 1955.77. Photograph courtesy Denver Art Museum.

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