Not Fade Away: Sharing Quilt Stories in the Digital Age is a two-day conference presented biennially by the nonprofit Quilt Alliance in Herndon, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. This conference is for all who care about documenting, preserving and sharing the stories of quilts and their makers.


The Not Fade Away conference occurs in conjunction with Sacred Threads, an international exhibition of quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing. This biennial exhibition was established to provide a safe venue for quilters who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey.


Friday Night Program:

Join us for the opening night program of Not Fade Away conference for a meet and greet reception with appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks, and preview of the Sacred Threads exhibition followed by an exciting night of video previews. We’ll meet Julieanne Donofrio, director of Pieced Together, a video about Donna Sue Groves, founder of the first Quilt Barn Trail in Adams County, Ohio. Donofrio will talk about the making of the video and how she was able to gather financial support for the project. A video interview with Donna Sue Groves will be screened and Donna Sue will be available for questions via web conference. We’ll finish the night with a screening of Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! interviews with some of the artists featured in the Sacred Threads Exhibition.

Saturday Program:

Keynote Speaker: 

Marin Hanson, One Hundred Good Wishes Quilts: Commemorating and Documenting Adoptions from China


Self-Publishing for Quilters with Kyra E. Hicks
Label it. Today! with Leslie Tucker Jenison and Michele Muska
Create Your Own Adventure: Using the Q.S.O.S. Project Database with Christine Humphrey
How to Conduct Q.S.O.S. Interviews with Pauline Macaulay and Emma Parker
Untapping the records and resources of the Quilt Index with Mary Worrall.

Panel Discussion:

Using the Family Tree to Piece Together the Story of a Quilt – Gloria Comstock, Michelle Flamer, Kyra Hicks, Mary Holton Robare, Mary Worrall
Museum curators, quilt history experts and quilters with an interest in history and geneology will discuss various ways genealogy can reveal the history/provenance of a quilt (and vice versa) and the challenges in researching genealogy where quilts are concerned. This group will offer both a curator’s approach as well as an artist’s.


Keynote Speaker and QSOS interview: 

Janneken Smucker, Quilt Stories/Storied Quilts
QSOS interview with Jinny Beyer, interviewed by Jinny Beyer


Self-Publishing for Quilters with Kyra E. Hicks
Label it. Today! with Leslie Tucker Jenison and Michele Muska
Social Media for Quilters with Luana Rubin and Pat Sloan
How to Conduct Q.S.O.S. Interviews with Pauline Macaulay and Emma Parker
Taking Better Photos of your Quilts with Meg Cox

Panel Discussion: 

Patching the Holes: Curators Reveal How They Solve the Mysteries of Unlabeled Quilts and What They Wish Every Quilt Could Tell Them РNancy Bavor, Marin Hanson, Suzanne McDowell and Mary Worrall 
Prominent textile curators will take us behind the scenes to explain the challenges of working with unlabeled quilts and unknown histories.