About Us

The American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) connects quilt enthusiasts through research and community.
We study, collect, and enjoy textiles ranging from the earliest quilt fragments to studio art and modern quilts. Join us in the discovery, the history, the story, and the meaning of quilts across time.

Become a member on our primary website: Primary Website


The American Quilt Study Group establishes and promotes the highest standards for interdisciplinary quilt-related studies, providing opportunities for study, research, and the publication of works that advance the knowledge of quilts and related subjects.


The American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) is one of the oldest and largest member organizations in the world dedicated to quilt-related studies. AQSG was founded in 1980 by Sally Garoutte. After the first annual seminar, Sally stated, “It was obvious by the end of the weekend that there is much yet to study. . . in the history of quilts, textiles and women…”

Clearly Sally was right – today AQSG has over 800 members from around the globe who share a curiosity and passion for learning about quilts and their makers.


Membership in AQSG is open to all without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law.


The American Quilt Study Group is an independent membership organization recognized as a 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation. Membership dues, Seminar fees, charitable donations, and publication sales fund the corporation.