Monday, November 24, 2014

AQSG Quilt Study 2016 19th-C Basket Quilts

Star and Flag Quilt by Dawn on her 
Collector with a Needle Blog

See Dawn's post about this Civil War Study Quilt here:

One of the ways that members of the American Quilt Study Group learn about vintage quilts is by interpreting them in today's fabrics. Every other year the organization does a Quilt Study on a theme. This past year's was Civil War Era Quilts.

Dawn interpreted this Civil War era quilt from
the collection of Jeananne Wright.
The original has faded; Dawn did the quilt as it
once was.

In 2016 the theme is Nineteenth-Century Basket Quilts.
The entries will be shown at the fall 2016 AQSG Seminar and then selected entries will tour for several years beginning in 2017. That seems like a long time away, but the Quilt Study event is so popular that they have to put some kind of a limit on entries. You have to apply to enter your interpretation. That deadline is coming right up in the new year---January 2.

A page of basket patterns from my BlockBase program for PC computers.

Here's what their webpage says:
"Your application forms may be postmarked or emailed beginning on January 2, 2015. We will treat postmark and email dates equally as we accept reservations for the study and assign participant numbers."
If this sounds interesting do go to their webpage and read the rules.

The Chase is On by Vicki from her What a Load of Scrap blog. It's 42-1/2" square.

I was one of the judges on the 2014 Civil War Quilt Study. We selected about half of the quilts to go in a touring show. Our informal criteria for selection included:

  • Accuracy of the reproduction.
  • Points for overall attractiveness and workmanship.
  • How well the quilt would hold up physically touring for several years.
Here's the schedule for the 2015-2018 tour of the selections from this year's Civil War Quilt Study:

February-June of 2015: Monroe County History Center, Bloomington IN
July 1- October 2015: New England Quilt Museum
November 2015- March 1, 2016: Virginia Quilt Museum
March 11-13, 2016: The Dallas Quilt Show
April 1- July 30, 2016: Quilter's Hall of Fame, Marion, Indiana
September 15- December 15, 2016: Northern Michigan University, DeVos Art Museum
December 20 -February 20, 2017: Baldwin Reynolds House Museum, Meadville, PA
March 1 -May 31, 2017: Gilbert Historical Museum, Gilbert AZ
June 2017 - October 20, 2017: Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Boulder, CO
November 1-February 28, 2018: Sheerer Museum of Stillwater, Stillwater, OK
June 1 - August, 2018: La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, LaConner, WA

And see the entries in the 2010 Star Quilt Study here:


  1. WOW! Can hardly wait to see these quilts in VA. Thanks for the schedule.

  2. Judging must be one of the hardest jobs! All the entires were fantastic. Hadn't thought about the criteria for them to hold up to four years of travel.
    Glad I got to see all 50, and look forward to seeing the 50 basket entries at seminar in 2016.

  3. Thank you, Barbara, for the info regarding the basket quilt project. I have reviewed the AQSG website and wanted to ask you if you would encourage membership in the group. I assume you are a member and if so, do find membership edifying?
    Kindest regards,
    North Carolina

  4. udie Bee---I strongly encourage membership in the American Quilt Study Group. If you are interested in quilt history or women's history you will find a wonderful community.