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Welcome to the official website for the Quilt & Surface Design Symposium.

A Message from Tracy Rieger, Director of QSDS

Update February 18, 2021

QSDS is going VIRTUAL for 2021!

Finally, some good news for 2021: QSDS is returning….virtually! We’re offering a whole new creative adventure, presenting live sessions on ZOOM. 
As in previous years, QSDS will offer two and five-day workshops over the course of two weeks, from May 31st through June 13th. Our 11 prestigious instructors will share their expertise in a variety of topics, including color exploration, design, printing, embroidery and more!
Each day will include everything you expect from QSDS: demonstrations, informative presentations, group discussions and individual critiques. All from the comfort of your own studio!

All classes will be recorded and available to students for two weeks. Pat Pauly’s classes will not be recorded, but she will be available to students who have technical issues that cause them to miss class.

In addition to the classes, QSDS will offer many of our much-loved traditions, including:

  • Evening faculty presentations
  • A virtual “bus tour” that includes a tour of Quilt National at the Dairy Barn
  • An evening mini-bazaar, via Zoom
  • An online auction of mini-quilts, in support of our scholarship fund

QSDS virtual schedule:

Class – 11am-1:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Break – 1:30-2:30pm EST
Class – 2:30-5:30pm EST
Evening activities – 7pm EST
QSDS will be different this year, but I’m excited to share this new format with our creative community. Nurture your creativity and join us...virtually!

Tracy Rieger
Director of The Quilt & Surface Design Symposium

About QSDS

The Quilt & Surface Design Symposium was founded in 1990 by Nancy Crow and Linda Fowler.  30 years later, we strive to present one of the most comprehensive art quilt conferences in the world, offering a wide variety of fiber arts classes and highly qualified instructors. Michael James, world-renowned quilter and co-founder of the art-quilt movement, calls QSDS "the meeting place to connect with other innovative quilt artists from all over the world."

QSDS is now proudly organized by director Tracy Rieger.

Symposium classes are held at the Columbus College of Art and Design in downtown Columbus, Ohio.  The campus is adjacent to the Columbus Museum of Art and is a quick drive to the Short North arts district, the hub of the Columbus art and social scene.

We welcome all levels of artists interested in textile arts and related media. We offer classes in art quilting, surface design, hand and machine sewing, composition, color theory, embroidery, fabric dyeing, multi-media and much more.

QSDS is committed to offering a creative atmosphere where serious and intensive learning happens in a supportive and sharing environment.  Students and teachers gather from all over the globe to exchange ideas, gain insights, learn cutting-edge techniques and challenge each other to push the boundaries of what is considered craft and fine art.







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