NCQS General Information

General Information

We hope you will choose to participate in North Carolina Quilt Symposium 2017: Building Friendships, Building Skills. All boarding participants should complete the registration information, housing information and identify classes and lectures they wish to attend. All full-time day students will also complete the registration and class/lecture forms. A “day of fun” opportunity is available to attend a lecture, have lunch and visit the quilt show and vendor mall. 
New option for part-time student just added — take a single 3 hour class or a single 6 hour class.  Included in your fee will be one lunch, one entry into the quilt show and vendor mall, your class, and a totebag and name badge.

Evening programs are open to all attendees and are free of charge. If you need assistance during Symposium, please find a committee member or a NCQSI Board member to help you. Additional safety and contact information will be provided at check-in and will be discussed during Opening Ceremonies on Thursday evening. Check-in will be held beginning at 1:00 pm on Thursday afternoon May 18th and daily during the symposium in the gymnasium (Hermann Athletic Center) 8 am to 6 pm. We ask arrivals after 7pm on any evening to come to the Fine Arts Building, the location of the evening programs, where we may assist you.

Classes and Lectures

Symposium begins Thursday afternoon, May 18th and continues until Sunday, May 21st at lunchtime. Classes and lectures begin Friday, May 19th. There are five time periods: each period provides options for classes or lectures. Each period is three hours and some classes may cover more than one time period, continuing to the next time period or the next day. Multiple lectures are offered in each period: lectures generally last one hour. Many attendees use the “free time” following or before a lecture to visit the quilt show and vendor mall. Class assignments will be made on a first come, first served basis from the registrations. Now accepting registration forms. 

Evening Programs

All evening programs held on campus will begin at 7 pm and are free of charge and open to the public. They will be held in the Fine Arts Building.

Thursday: The opening ceremony will include the popular Teacher Show and Tell of Symposium projects, welcome from the NCQSI Board Members, and quilt show awards. Following opening ceremony, you will have an opportunity to attend the teacher book signing and see some of the projects up close. The book signing will be held in the cafeteria.

Friday: Our featured speaker for the evening is Laura Wasilowski; you will find Laura to be a hoot!

Saturday: Our featured event is a trunk show by The Pizza Girls. Their trunk show will give you inspiration to take home with you.


William Peace University offers double and single residence hall housing. At check-in, a $75 key deposit (cash or check) is required. The rooms are in a suite arrangement; two rooms share a bath and two beds to each room. A limited number of single rooms are available. Full linen package for all guests will be provided by the University which includes: pillow, twin bed set of two flat sheets and one pillow case, two bath towels and one washcloth, soap, and a cup. Hot water and coffee will be available by 6 am in the dorm. All boarding students will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Off-site Housing

We are unable to provide a room block but have found the following hotels in close proximity to William Peace University.  Reserving your room early will generally result in a lower daily cost.

  • Hampton Inn and Suites (855-499-0001), 600 Glenwood Ave, 0.5 miles from WPU 
  • Days Inn (919-828-9081), 300 North Dawson St,  0.4 miles from WPU
  • Holiday Inn (800-315-2621), 320 Hillsborough St, 0.4 miles from WPU
  • Hampton Inn (855-516-1090),  1001 Wake Towne Dr,  2.5 miles from WPU 
  • Hyatt Place (919-877-9997), 1105 Navaho Dr, 2.9 miles from WPU
  • Holiday Inn (800-315-2621), 2805 Highwoods Blvd, 2.9 miles from WPU
  • Wingate by Wyndham (919-821-0888), 2610 Westinghouse Blvd, 2.9 miles from WPU
  • Best Western (800-780-7234), 2715 Capital Blvd,  2.7 miles from WPU


If you are boarding at William Peace University, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the fee. For full-time day students, including those using off-site housing, lunches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are included. Additional meals at William Peace University may be reserved up until April 15th for a charge of  $8.50 per breakfast, $9.50 per lunch, and $11.00 per dinner. The cafeteria does not have an option to pay at the door. While there are many dining options in Raleigh, we are encouraging participants to eat on campus so they can attend all evening functions.

Tote bags

All registrants will receive a name badge holder and tote bag. A gift from Durham Orange Quilters’ Guild, a donated pattern, a campus map and additional goodies will be included in the tote bag. Name badges are worn during symposium and make it easier to meet other participants. They are required for admission to the quilt show and the dining hall for meals.


Please reserve your tee-shirt as part of the registration process but no later than April 7th. Please indicate the size of the tee-shirt with your registration. A limited number of tee-shirts, as well as tote bags and pins will be available for purchase at the Durham Orange Guild booth at the quilt show.

Quilts of Valor Block Challenge

Our local Quilts of Valor bee invites you to donate a 12-inch finished size block in red, white, and blue colors. The bee will use the submitted blocks to create Quilts of Valor for military veterans and wounded soldiers. All the submissions will be displayed and there will be a Viewer’s Choice award. Please turn in your block at registration and thank you in advance for helping with the cause.

Silent Auction

Durham Orange Quilters’ Guild has a tradition of including a silent auction of small quilts to benefit one or two charities as part of our quilt shows. The guild is inviting symposium attendees to participate, either by making a small quilt for the silent auction, or by bidding on, and if you have the high bid, purchasing one of the small quilts. The quilts should be smaller than 30 inches on any side. If you plan to donate a small quilt for the silent auction please indicate it on your registration form so adequate space is available to display the silent auction quilts.

Raffle Quilt

Come see our beautiful raffle quilt. The Durham Orange Quilters’ Guild is selling raffle tickets. The drawing for the quilt will take place on June 19, 2017. You do not need to be present to win. We invite you to visit the displays of raffle quilts by other guilds and purchase their raffle tickets as well.

Quilt Show and Vendor Mall Hours

Thursday May 18th : 1 pm-5 pm
Friday and Saturday, May 19th and 20th : 9 am-6 pm.

Refund Policy

Room, class, lecture and meal fees may be refunded, minus a $25 fee, prior to April 1. Please notify the Symposium registrar if unforeseen events happen to prevent participation.

Driving Directions

From the WEST on Interstate 40:

Take Wade Avenue exit (Exit 289) off I-40. Follow Wade Avenue to Capital Boulevard, and take the first right onto Capital Boulevard South (heading into downtown Raleigh). Approximately 3/10 of a mile on the right, you will see the sign for the Peace Street exit. Take the exit and at the bottom of the ramp at the stop sign, turn left onto Peace Street. Pass three (3) traffic lights and William Peace University is on the left.

From the EAST on Interstate 40:

Take Person Street/Hammond Road exit (Exit 299) off I-40. Turn right off the exit ramp and follow Person Street through downtown Raleigh. Turn left onto Peace Street (Krispy Kreme doughnuts on corner). Pass one traffic light and William Peace University is on the right.

Symposium 2018

Asheville Quilt Guild will host Symposium 2018 on May 31, 2018 to June 3, 2018 at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Look for the brochure in early January 2018.


  1. Sewing Machine if required for your classes (including operator manual).
  2. Normal sewing/quilting supplies. Two irons will be available in each classroom.
  3. You may find that you want to bring a fitted sheet and your own pillow.
  4. Something to carry your toiletries is helpful.
  5. Dress comfortably.
  6. Bring an adequate supply of any medications. We will have you fill in an emergency information slip that you will carry in your name badge holder. It will only be accessed if a medical emergency arises.
  7. You may want to bring a small lamp and an alarm clock.
  8. Flip flops or crocs are good to wear in the shower.

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