National Quilting Day

Today I had planned on spending in my work space doing some quilting but just now heading that way. There surely can’t be another way to spend National Quilting Day after all. We did have a productive morning however. We went to a couple of yard sales and picked up 3 wonderful large wood pieces and 2 small wood items. I will share these projects when they get revamped.

I will be working on at least one of these 3 quilting projects today. Maybe 2 or even all three. I have planned to make a flag for Easter that will be in the shape of a basket with a couple of rabbits. I have a Star Wars quilt kit that I will be using as the back of the Grandma’s Favorite Block Quilt which I plan on giving to my son and his wife (hopefully for Christmas). The third project is a table runner kit that may also be part of a Christmas gift. And off I go. Can’t wait to see how the afternoon goes.

*National Quilting Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in March. It is a day that is celebrated around the country with special quilting shows, classes, open museums and much more. This is a day to appreciate and to recognize quilt makers, along with all of their long labor, love and skill that goes into the making of each quilt.

A quilt is a layer of batting or stuffing between two layers of pieced together fabric. Early American quilts were the result of patched together pieces of worn out blankets and clothing. Since they had to weave their own fabrics, there was little time for creative piecing together of colorful, artful patterns. These items were purely functional.

By the mid 18th century Americans were making elaborate quilts designed to be handed down from mother to daughter, often pieced together from salvaged pieces of clothing and other bedding.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Buy a homemade quilt or make one yourself. Use #NationalQuiltingDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

At the 22nd annual show of the National Quilting Association in Lincoln, Nebraska in June of 1991, a resolution was passed and National Quilting Day was started.

*http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-quilting-day-third-saturday-in-march/

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