March 18th is our big day! What's under your needle today?
It began in 1989 when the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a “Quilters’ Day Out” on the third Saturday of March. The concept was embraced by the National Quilting Association in 1991, and association officers voted to organize the concept on a national level.
The National Quilting Association (NQA) was disbanded in 2015. The historical records of NQA were donated to the University of Nebraska's Lincoln Libraries to be maintained in the Quilt Collections of the Archives and Special Collections Department.
With the NQA gone, the non-profit Quilt Alliance now coordinates National Quilting Day.
Quilt Alliance was established in 1993 with a mission to "document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities."
The Alliance gathers insight and resources from quilters and professionals throughout the industry in order to perpetuate knowledge and understanding of quilting as an American art form.
How are you spending National Quilting Day?
We hope you'll spend some of your day at your sewing machine, or in your favorite chair with your needle and thread. Here are five suggestions for making the most of our special day.
1. Tackle a UFO
Even new quilters are usually familiar with the term we use for "unfinished objects." Most of us have at least one "UFO" in our sewing room. If your time is limited, give yourself just one hour with your UFO today - you'll probably get energized and finish that project!
2. Brush Up on Your Quilting History
If you're passionate about quilting, you owe it to yourself to know some of the history of this significant craft and art form. It's as easy as starting with the Wikipedia article, or a Google search. You might also be interested in the history of vintage sewing machines.
3. Inspire Others to Try Quilting
Most of us know someone who has said, "I'd like to try quilting," but they never seem to get started. Share your passion with them and don't take "no" for an answer! Call or message your friend right away to schedule a day for you to take them to your favorite fabric shop - let them marvel at the beautiful fabrics and help them select an easy pattern to begin, then start teaching! I recently assembled a dozen school teachers, most of whom had no experience sewing, and we worked together to make a quilt for charity. Everyone surprised themselves with their ability to contribute.
4. Help a Child Learn to Sew
Our youngest generation is emerging into a renewed era of DIY - "do it yourself." Our slick digital world is utterly commonplace to children, and young people today are often seeking new forms of "authenticity" through vintage objects and skills sometimes associated with bygone eras. Tap into this DIY enthusiasm and teach a boy or girl to thread the machine and sew some seams.
5. Lookie, Lookie!
Get inspired by having a look at the offerings of our favorite fabric manufacturer, Hoffman California-International Fabrics. Hoffman is our fabric partner for 2017 and is internationally respected for their digital prints and batiks.
For even more colorful and inspiring eye-candy, take a peek at the hundreds of threads offered by our partner, Superior Threads. For our March Quilter's Stash Box, we're spotlighting the Magnifico and Fantastico thread lines! You can also have a look at previous months' Stash Boxes, available in limited quantity.
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