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Call for Papers 2021/2022

Update on Quilt Studies issue 22 and Call for Papers

As Laura Cochran outlined in the September 2020 issue of Culcita, we have postponed our usual seminar from October this year to October 2021. However, we are still planning to publish Quilt Studies issue 22 next spring.

Those of you who attended the 2019 seminar will no doubt remember the excellent set of short research papers presented by Dorothy Osler, Joan Foster and Julia Shay as part of the larger Spennymoor Quilt Research Group. These covered the quilters around Spennymoor who produced work for Muriel Rose for her to sell through the Little Gallery, as well as looking at Muriel Rose herself. The Group (now renamed The Durham Quilters Research Group) have carried out a considerable amount of further work since the seminar, and so issue 22 will focus on these papers in their new form plus additional material on Muriel Rose and the Little Gallery.

As our seminar in Darlington has been postponed rather than cancelled, our researchers who were due to present in October 2020 have all very kindly agreed to carry over their papers to the 2021 seminar. As many researchers haven’t been able to access material fully at museums and archives during the Covid-19 outbreak, this will also give them more time to produce their papers. Therefore, I have not put out a formal call for papers this autumn, as we already have these papers for 2021 in the pipeline.

Instead we are focusing on giving prospective quilt researchers some extra help in putting ideas together so that they can consider submitting an abstract by November 2021 for the October 2022 seminar. We are planning a series of online sessions and guidance. Some will be focused on research skills, and some on the history of patchwork and quilting. We hope these will help to spark off some new ideas for research, and you will have extra time to explore these before you need to submit an abstract in November 2021.

Of course, if you have a prepared abstract already, then please do feel free to submit it to the Research Panel for 30 November 2020 in the usual way. It should take the form of an abstract of approximately 500 words, outlining your area of research, indicating primary and secondary resources, and the proposed length of your paper. If you need any help or guidance, or would like a copy of the Submission Guidelines, please e-mail the Research Panel at There may be a space to present it in the 2021 seminar or we may have to hold it over until 2022, but this can be discussed with you in due course.