March is National Quilt Month. Every third Saturday of March is known as National Quilting Day...a day in which to celebrate the rich tradition of quilt-making. This day is for local quilters to show what they've made and to share their love of the craft. In 1989, the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a “Quilters’ Day Out” on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the rich tradition of quilt-making in Kentucky. In 1991, National Quilting Association officers were so enthused with the concept and success of “Quilters’ Day Out” that they voted to take it to a national level.
The first National Quilting Day was observed in 1992 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quiltmakers and quilt lovers. Helen Storbeck, one of the founders of National Quilting Day, wrote in The Quilting Quarterly, “Groups of quilters were encouraged to hold special events, publishers and shop owners were invited to sponsor promotions especially for quilters and it quickly became a grassroots endeavor with quilters in every part of the country participating.
In the first year of National Quilting Day, quilters in other countries asked to participate. They were welcomed with open arms. As our feelings of a community network has evolved to include a world community, it is only appropriate that quilters and quilt lovers everywhere united to give recognition to the special art form.”
Here are some ways to spend National Quilting Day:
- HANG YOUR QUILTS OUTDOORS ON NATIONAL QUILTING DAY
- MAKE IT A SERVICE DAY Work on a quilt for your favorite cause.
- SHARE YOUR QUILTING SKILLS Offer to teach a simple quilt project to a school, 4-H, scout, or other youth group, or spend the day passing along your love of quilting to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or neighbors.
- SAVE QUILT STORIES Organize a quilt history day or a quilt documentation project.
Many on-line quilt stores will offer free patterns, or bargains, during National Quilt Month and/or National Quilting Day. Watch our ACQ Community page for free offers during this month.
submitted by Diane Sheriff