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One of the major aims of BQSG is to encourage original research into, and foster a greater understanding of, all aspects of our patchwork, quilting and appliqué heritage and related textile practice, both historical and contemporary. Documentation and analysis of more recent practice is equally important.

It has long been recognised that quilts are multi-faceted documents that offer unique research opportunities from historical, cultural, sociological, geographical and artistic perspectives. Quilts and coverlets are not just valuable artefacts worthy of study in their own right but can also give valuable insight into the circumstances under which they have been created.

BQSG has a Call for Papers each year when researchers are invited to submit their initial research ideas, then their papers, for peer review, prior to presentation at the annual seminar. Following this, they are given the opportunity to publish their research in Quilt Studies.

Whether it is the study of specific quilts or wider issues such as influences on quiltmaking practice, for example, industrial developments in dyeing and printing techniques or the invention of the sewing machine, we welcome contributions from all researchers. Contributions can be either in the form of full size papers, up to 7000 words, or smaller papers of 2000 words.

As part of our remit to promote the development of research skills and ensure research is carried out to a high standard, we hold regular workshops and study days structured to suit both experienced and novice researchers. These days also present the opportunity to meet up with like-minded people and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas.

It is recommended that those interested in submitting should read the ‘Guidelines for Presentation of Papers’, which are available in PDF format (click here), and contact the Research Co-ordinator (

Please see this separate page regarding Call for Papers 2021/2022