Anne V. Hodgkins, Ed.D. presented "American Bicentennial Quilts."  Anne is a member of the American Quilt Study Group. Her quilt collection includes 19th and 20th century red and green quilts, kit quilts-applique and cross stitch. 

Anne's presentation included background information about the American Bicentennial, a celebration which helped to spark the quilt revival of the late 1970's. She discussed several contests held at that time and showed wonderful examples of Bicentennial quilts from her personal quilt collection.

Sharon Waddell, Featured Speaker, has been a member of the American Quilt Study Group for over 12 years and is currently on the Board of Directors. Her projects include co-curating the exhibits of 62 antique quilts at the Vermont Quilt Festival in 2013 and 2015.


Held ​Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ

Jean discussed how she "rescues and gives new life" to unfinished projects of quilters that went before us. She shared how this journey has expanded her technical knowledge and her appreciation of vintage textiles. She also noted and that she has reaped many other benefits of working “small,” such as the ability to complete numerous projects she can display and enjoy in her home.

Show and Tell is enjoyed by all. Quilts included special "finds" as well as re-worked antique and vintage quilts and blocks.

Lunch and Silent Auction

Participants enjoyed a catered box lunch they had pre-ordered. There was also an opportunity to bid on items in the Silent Auction. The items were generously donated by participants and proceeds are used to support activities of the Arizona Quilt Study group. 

Red and White Quilts

Participants in the study day brought examples of vintage red and white quilts. These were displayed in the hallway for all to enjoy during breaks and over the lunch hour. 

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Sharon discussed her 19th Century New York collection, showing examples of applique patterns to include:

  • Happy Hands
  • Bottle Brush
  • Oak Leaf and Acorn
  • Albany Fleur de Lis

As well as numerous tree patterns and borders.

She also showed a map of NY, pointing out several population clusters that account for quilt pattern migration from surrounding states. Her focus was on quilts made during the 20 years prior to the Civil War.

"Think Small – Inspiration and Education from Vintage Textiles" was presented by Jean Carlton. Jean's background includes quilt appraisal, membership in numerous quilt organizations, including the American Quilt Study Group, and authorship of the Blog, QuiltsEtc! (click HERE to find the link)