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Call for Papers 2022

Mary Armitage Applique Coverlet, © The Quilters’ Guild Museum Collection.

CALL FOR PAPERS 2022                                                                   20 April 2021

BQSG offers new bursary and chance to share your research

Are you interested in the history and development of British patchwork and quilting?  Is there an area of patchwork and quilting – either historic or contemporary – that you are interested in researching?  Each year the British Quilt Study Group, a special interest group of The Quilters’ Guild, holds a seminar where research papers on these topics are presented.  The papers are then published in the annual journal ‘Quilt Studies’.

BQSG is now calling for ideas for papers for their October 2022 seminar and want to hear from people who would like to put forward proposals for papers.  At this stage all that is required is a 500-word abstract detailing your idea.

If you have a project in mind but feel that you cannot pursue it due to cost, BQSG has introduced a new annual bursary of up to £500 to contribute towards additional costs of research for BQSG members.  The bursary could be used for travel and accommodation costs, childcare, copying and reproduction fees or other agreed costs necessary to your project.

Email to find out how to submit an abstract and how to apply for the bursary.  Closing date for applications for the bursary and for receiving abstracts is 30 November 2021. 

If you would like to read papers from previous seminars, copies of Quilt Studies can be bought from the Quilters’ Guild shop at

The accompanying photograph shows the Mary Armitage Applique Coverlet, from The Quilters’ Guild Museum Collection.  Dating from 1787,  this late 18th Century applique frame design coverlet, with central 8 petal flower motif within a square diamond set on point, is made from a twisted cable design with blue bows at each corner. The outer frames feature triangles which overlap slightly, creating a diamond space which features an applique leaf motif. The outer border of triangles has a square at each corner. The printed cotton fabrics used for the shapes are sewn with the edges tucked under, and the backing fabric is a very lightweight cotton. The name and date, 'Mary Armitage, 1787' is embroidered in cross stitch in the centre top of the main central square.       

© The Quilters’ Guild Museum Collection.