American Quilter's Society



Register for our FREE Email Newsletter & receive new tips, hot tricks & special deals exclusively for quilters like you.

Quilt Views Blog

JoAnn Discount Card
AQS Learning Center
Sign up for AQS On Point weekly newsletters! You could WIN a book of your choice!

Member Benefits

Gift Certificates

Gift Membership

Click to view online catalog

Powered by Trust Commerce

American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290
Paducah, KY 42002-3290

Toll-free (for orders only, please):
Phone: 270-898-7903
Fax: 270-898-1173

Physical Street Address for UPS/FedEx Shipments Only:
5801 Kentucky Dam Road Paducah, KY 42003-9323

Quilt World: Calendar of Events

Add Your Event

If you are a member, you can add your own event.

All event submissions are subject to approval prior to being posted.

Select a Month

July, 2014

Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois

May. 06, 2014 - Oct. 17, 2014
The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery’s new exhibition presents a fresh perspective on the Civil War by uncovering the fascinating stories of Illinois women who rigorously supported their fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and friends from the home front. Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois reveals the hidden accounts of these devoted women. The exhibition will be on display at the ISM Lockport Gallery through October 17, 2014. Special events and talks are scheduled during the exhibition, including a tour by the exhibition curator on August 10 and a first-person portrayal of a Civil War era nurse on September 28. In the days following the April 1861 Confederate bombardment on Fort Sumter, dedicated men from Illinois rushed to join the Union Army. With vigor equal to the enlisting men, loyal women of Illinois organized to support the soldiers on the field and in the hospital, as they braced themselves for the changes in family and community life the war would bring. Following the Union defeat at the Battle of Bull Run in July 1861, President Lincoln issued an appeal for quilts, other bedding, clothing, and foodstuffs for the Union troops. While Illinois women made or gathered quilts for the soldiers, they also created highly decorated quilts for fund-raising auctions to support the war effort. Soldier's quilts wore out with hard use, and few have survived. However, other quilts of the era that have been carefully preserved help tell the stories of these most trying of times. The Civil War-era quilts in the exhibition provide a passage through which to explore the lives and wartime support activities of the women who made them. Each quilt on exhibit has its own unique story and individual attributes, even though they were collectively created in the same time period. One is a particularly rare quilt that has recently received national attention: a Log Cabin quilt from Anna, Illinois, that was pieced together with fabrics including scraps from both Union and Confederate uniforms. The uniform scraps reportedly belonged to the maker's sons who fought on both sides of the war. An album quilt on display was made by Martha Jane Gourley (Gehlman), a close neighbor of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield. Miss Gourley's friends and family, whose names adorn this quilt, are from northern as well as southern states, representing the range of families who settled the "West," as Illinois was then considered. In addition to the quilts, a wide variety of artifacts demonstrate the expansive range of women's work for the war.

  • Location: Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery

Dressed to Quilt - Ineke Berlyn

May. 16, 2014 - Aug. 30, 2014
Textile Artist Ineke Berlyn will be exhibiting her first solo show at The Quilt Museum and Gallery this summer. Her collection of “dress fronts” challenges perceptions of quilting in its traditional sense as well as our expectations of the classic dress silhouette. By combining quilting and art-cloth techniques the dresses are transformed into canvases that chart a six year period in Ineke’s creative journey drawing on her exploration of hand and machine stitching, surface design and embellishment. To complement the Exhibition, Ineke’s ‘Mother of the Bride’ dress, a prize-winner in the Contemporary Small Section at the Festival of Quilts in 2008, will also be on display as well as a traditional, vintage Dutch costume. The ‘Mother of the Bride’ dress, which she wore to her daughter’s wedding, is made of linen painted with dissolving silks screen, quilted with a combination of hand and machine stitching and embellished with beads and silk organza spirals. The vintage Dutch costume inspired her Staphorst dress front and draws us back to Ineke’s earliest memories of growing up in Holland. A visual feast, Dressed to Quilt embraces a range of textile techniques that will delight textile enthusiasts and quilters. Aware that visitors to the Museum see this as an opportunity for learning and inspiration, a range of resources are being made available including a display of detailed sketchbooks illustrating Ineke’s design notes, processes and solutions. Her most recent publications including “Collections” will be on sale at The Quilt Museum shop and a full day experimental textile workshop is being held on 4 June, led by Ineke and where she will introduce some of her art-cloth techniques. “We are thrilled to be showing Ineke’s work at The Quilt Museum and Gallery. The convergence of innovative textile techniques with machine and hand quilting make for a fresh and exciting exhibition which will appeal to both traditional and contemporary audiences”, said Museum Manager, Fiona Diaper. Ineke Berlyn Ineke is an international prize winning textile artist, who combines her love for colour, fabric and travelling to create an ever-changing collection of work and sketchbooks. Her portfolio of work includes experimenting with Lutradur, an industrial material that lends itself perfectly for being coloured with acrylic paints, stitched, burned and manipulated in all kinds of way as well as fabric print techniques using thermofax screens, fabric paints and de-colouring pastes. Blackmagic Experimental Textile Workshop – 4 June, 2014 In this one-day workshop participants will start with printing using discharge paste and thermofax screens to take the colour out of black fabric, then continue printing with silver, gold and bronze metallic paints to create a unique, rich fabric. Participants will then have the opportunity to make a small bag or cushion by quilting by machine with metallic threads and adding beads and embellishments. To find out more and to book your space email

Quilts Inspired by Le Tour de France

May. 16, 2014 - Aug. 30, 2014
Visitors to the Quilt Museum this summer will be able to see a range of contemporary pieces produced by our Quilt Museum volunteers in response to the Tour De France's Grand Depart in Yorkshire! Taking this great cycling event and the surrounding landscape of Yorkshire as their inspiration, the volunteers have created their responses in quilted and patchwork form. This exhibition demonstrates the creativity and talent within our volunteer base, and hopes to inspire other quilters, both established and new to the craft, in marking this prestigious event.

From Downton Abbey to Pemberley: 'Setting the Scene' at the Quilt Museum

May. 16, 2014 - Aug. 30, 2014
SETTING THE SCENE An exhibition of period quilts and costumes from our favourite TV historical dramas including Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Duchess and The Portrait of a Lady Costumes worn by Jennifer Ehle, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley and Maggie Smith in some of our favourite historical TV dramas will be on display at The Quilt Museum and Gallery in York for three months this summer. Visitors will also be able to see specially selected items from the Museum’s heritage collection to complement these costumes giving a real flavour of life behind the scenes for some of our most beloved characters including Elizabeth Bennet and Violet Grantham. Spanning 1770 to 1925 the exhibition includes a stunning quilted silk petticoat, a meticulously pieced mosaic patchwork coverlet made from a wide range of early printed cottons, and quilts and coverlets from all strata of society. Setting the Scene will take visitors on a visually sumptuous journey from the late eighteenth century starting with a polonaise style dress typical of the 1770s, looped up to show a quilted petticoat worn by the Duchess of Devonshire in the film The Duchess featuring Keira Knightley and finishing with a purple dress which epitomises the grandeur of the Edwardian period, worn by Maggie Smith in her role as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. “This theme has allowed us to bring together a unique display of items from our heritage collection showing a rich variety of cotton prints, silks and linen in a myriad of quilting designs, appliqué and hand embroidery. By spanning such an expansive time period we can show how quilting and costume design evolved to reflect changing fashions and technological developments in printing and dyeing” said Museum Manager, Fiona Diaper. Visitors to The Quilt Museum and Gallery will be able to purchase fabrics from the Downton Abbey exclusive collection from Andover Fabrics featuring designs chosen in collaboration with the award-winning Downton Abbey production team. Museum Curator, Heather Audin will lead a Gallery Talk on 26 July giving visitors the chance to discover more about items on display from The Quilters’ Guild Collection and what made them the perfect choice to complement the beautiful costumes at this Exhibition. The following costumes will be on display as part of the Exhibition: • The Duchess (2008), featuring Keira Knightley as the Duchess of Devonshire. Polonaise dress with quilted petticoat, typical style of c.1770s. • Pride and Prejudice (1995), featuring Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. Cotton printed day dress with mustard coloured spencer jacket. • Jane Eyre (2011), featuring Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre. Printed cotton day dress with fringing made from a replica print quilting fabric (Judy Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Textiles). • The Portrait of a Lady (1996), featuring Nicole Kidman as Isabel Archer. Purple silk moiré two piece dress with embroidery embellishment in the style of the early 1880s. • Downton Abbey (first series 2010) featuring Maggie Smith as The Dowager Countess Violet Grantham. Two piece purple silk Edwardian dress. • Downton Abbey (first series 2010). Green Cotton print maid’s dress and apron, worn by characters such as Anna, Ethel and Gwen. The Museum closes during exhibition changeovers. Please check the website or phone 01904 613 242 to check on opening times. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am–4pm, Admission charges apply.

Bluegrass Patchwork Quilt Show

Jun. 04, 2014 - Aug. 02, 2014
The Community Arts Center in Danville, Kentucky presents "Bluegrass Patchwork," a juried exhibit of traditional and art quilts. Open Wednesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Free.

Designing Woman Edith Head at Paramount 1924-1967

Jun. 07, 2014 - Aug. 17, 2014
An Edith Head costume collection from the Paramount Pictures Archive will be leaving Hollywood - for just the second time - to be shown exclusively at the Decorative Arts Center. Edith Head (1897-1981) is one of the most recognizable names in film fashion history. During her 60-year career she worked on over 1,000 films, garnered 35 Academy Award nominations and won 8 - a record that still stands. During her unprecedented 43 years at Paramount Pictures, Edith Head designed many of the iconic costumes worn by Barbara Stanwyck, Loretta Young, Veronica Lake, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour - to name just a few. Formerly of Lancaster, Randall Thropp has worked off-Broadway, in television, and feature films. Since 2003, he has been the costume archivist at Paramount Pictures. Curator's Talk | Sunday, June 8th, 2pm $8/$5 members Randall Thropp will discuss Edith Head's remarkable career and the Paramount Pictures Archive, which houses over 20,000 costume pieces and 12,000 pieces of jewelry. Meet Edith Head | Sunday, August 17th Tours at 1:15 and 2:45 pm $8/$5 members Susan Claassen re-creates the look and persona of Edith Head. She will be joined by Randall Thropp for tours of the exhibition. Edith Head Film Festival | Saturday, August 16 Wagner Theatre, Ohio University Lancaster Free 2pm * The Lady Eve- 1941 4pm * To Catch a Thief- 1955 Introduction and commentary by award-winning actor Susan Claassen as Edith Head. In cooperation with OUL Theatre and Library. Concessions available.

  • Sponsor: Presented by the Fox Foundation
  • Location: Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster, Ohio
  • Admission: Free
  • Web Site Link:

Call for Entries, Fiber Arts Fiesta

Jun. 19, 2014 - Mar. 02, 2015
From now until March 2, 2015 we are taking entries for the Fiber Arts Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM. Please visit the website for the entry form.

Quilts & Flowers Exhibit

Jul. 10, 2014 - Sep. 28, 2014
Wednesday September 24 through Sunday September 28 9 am until 5 pm Ridgefield Crossings 640 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield CT 06877 Open free to the public Showcasing over 30 quilts from author and designer Johanna Wilson, founder of Plum Creek Patchwork, and resident of Ridgefield Crossings Designers and florists will exhibit complimentary floral arrangements. Information call 203-431-2255

  • Sponsor: Ridgefield Crossings Senior Living
  • Location: Ridgefield Crossings
  • Admission: free
  • Contact: 203-431-2255
  • Email:

Calm and Collected

Jul. 11, 2014 - Sep. 27, 2014
The works by members of the Charm Club will include interpretations of the popular Keep Calm and Carry On poster as well as scrap quilts made from the Charm Club members’ vast collections of fabric. The quilts reflect a wide range of style, technique and materials. This year’s biennial quilt exhibit will also feature a special display of six quilts using the same fabrics exchanged by six quiltmakers living in the Carolinas and Indiana. Three are members of the Charm Club. Hours of the exhibit are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, Saturdays. An opening reception will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 11, 2012.

  • Sponsor: The Charm Club and Sullivanmunce Cultural Center
  • Location: the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 205-225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, In
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact:, 317/873-4900.
  • Email:
  • Web Site Link:

Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois

Jul. 24, 2014 - Oct. 17, 2014
Sunburst Quilt c. 1855, made by Jane Gaunt (Richards) Russell (1802-1889) of Rogersville, Tennessee. Hand-pieced and quilted cotton. Collection of the Illinois State Museum. Gift of Virginia Fulkerson In 1860, Joseph and Jane Russell headed a slave-holding Tennessee family, with a foothold in Illinois. Since the 1830s, Joseph had been purchasing large tracts of land around Jerseyville in Jersey County, Illinois. When their oldest daughter, Sarah, settled in Jersey County with her new husband in 1843, Joseph and Jane came along to help them set up house. The 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census, however, shows the Russells back in eastern Tennessee with the number of their enslaved workers growing by the decade. This crib quilt is inscribed: "J.G. Russell/Given to Sadie B. Fulkerson," Jane Russell's granddaughter. Sadie's father was William Houston Fulkerson, a Confederate office for Company A, 63rd Tennessee Infantry Regiment. Following the war, the Russell and Fulkerson families, along with a number of their freed slaves, settled on the Russell property outside Jerseyville. Although the quilt is inscribed to Sadie who was born in 1866, the fabrics predate the war. The quilt may have been used by older grandchildren, or Jane may have pieced fabric she saved before the war made processed cotton so scarce. This quilt is currently on display as part of the exhibition Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois. Through October 17. At the ISM Lockport Gallery, 201 W. 10th Street, Lockport, IL 60441.

  • Location: ISM Lockport Gallery, 201 W. 10th Street, Lockport, IL 60441

Edmond Quilt Festival 2014

Jul. 25, 2014 - Jul. 26, 2014
Judged show, vendors, door prizes, artisan market, raffle quilt

  • Sponsor: Edmond Quilt Guild
  • Location: Gaylord University Center, Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E. Memorial Rd.,
  • Admission: $7.00 (free parking)
  • Contact: Peggy Stewart (405)205-8395
  • Email:
  • Web Site Link:

2014 AQS QuiltWeek™ - Charlotte, North Carolina

Jul. 30, 2014 - Aug. 02, 2014
We are very excited about hosting our first QuiltWeek event in Charlotte, North Carolina. We hope you will be able to join us July 30 - August 2, 2014, at the Charlotte Convention Center. We will post more information soon.

  • Sponsor: American Quilter's Society
  • Location: Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S College St., Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Contact: Bonnie Browning, Executive Show Director 270-898-7903
  • Email:
  • Web Site Link:

"Got Scraps?"

Jul. 31, 2014 - Aug. 02, 2014
We will have over 300 member and special exhibit quilts, lectures & demonstrations, quilt appraisals, a boutique of handcrafted items, raffle quilt & other prizes, adult and children's activities.

  • Sponsor: Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod
  • Location: Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, 134 Pleasant Lake Ave., Harwich, Ma.
  • Admission: Daily: $7.00, Multi-Day Pass: $11.00
  • Contact: Charlotte Toia (508) 477-5979
  • Email:
  • Web Site Link: