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Quiltfolk and American Quilt Study Group join forces for new feature
Stories about quilt makers meet stories about quilts.
Eugene, OR – March 15, 2018 – Quiltfolk Magazine and the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) have teamed up for an ongoing “Trunk Show” feature beginning with Issue 06 : Arizona on newsstands nationwide starting April 1st, 2018. The collaboration pairs Quiltfolk, the community-supported magazine that travels the country to tell the story of America’s quiltmakers with AQSG, a highly-respected organization that tells the story behind the quilts themselves.
Drawing from AQSG members’ vast knowledge of American quilt history, the Quiltfolk editorial team selects one extraordinary quilt which helps tell the story of an issue’s regional focus. Along with a full-page, full-color, “flat shot” photograph of the quilt comes the story behind it, written by an AQSG quilt scholar. The feature will highlight the quilt, the maker, and historic or regional details that fit with the geographic theme of each issue of Quiltfolk.
As Quiltfolk magazine enters its second year of publication, it continues to look for opportunities to bring a wider variety of stories to its growing readership. A collaboration with the American Quilt Study Group is one such opportunity. Founded in 1980, AQSG is dedicated to advancing knowledge of quilts through rigorous, interdisciplinary research of the highest standard.
Editorial Director Mary Fons is enthusiastic about the new collaboration. “The work AQSG does for quilting in America is essential, but many quilters don’t know about them,” she said. “Quiltfolk can help get the word out to our community that quilters need AQSG as much as they need fabric. In turn, AQSG brings incredible content to the pages of the magazine. It’s a win-win.”
Quiltfolk disrupted the quilt publication industry in 2016 when entrepreneur Michael McCormick launched a community-supported model for his roughly 180-page “keepsake quarterly.” The no-ad policy allows the stories of quiltmakers to come to life through the lush visual style of the magazine, every page filled with inspiration. Under the editorial helm of McCormick and popular quilt industry figure Mary Fons, Quiltfolk is positioned to capitalize on the best of old and new media.