National Quilting Day

March 16, 2019 is the 28th National Quilting Day – a special day celebrating quilting, quilts and quilters, coordinated by our friends at The Quilt Alliance and the National Quilt Museum

So what is National Quilting Day? And why do we love the Quilt Alliance?

The mission of the Quilt Alliance is to bring together the creative, scholarly, and business worlds of quiltmaking to celebrate and preserve our shared quilt heritage and inspire today’s quilters.

Every quilt has a story – about the maker, where the maker lived, and about the quilt itself. The quilts matter because the stories matter – they are our history.

The two primary ways of preserving the history are through Quilter’s S.O.S. and Go Tell It at the Quilt Show.

Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories is the largest oral history collection about quiltmakers in the world.  The Quilt Alliance archive for the original audio recordings and photographs is the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

While the vast majority of the over 1,200 oral interviews are with quiltmakers, there are a few with quilt collectors talking about special quilts. Karen Alexander was interviewed for QSOS in 2001 and she shared a Feathered Star quilt that she found at an estate sale in Virginia. She wrote about the Feathered Star quilt shown above on her blog several years ago – Karen Alexander ~ Nettie’s Beauty.

Go Tell It at the Quilt Show – this project is designed to capture the stories of quilts where quiltmakers gather. The formula is simple – one person talking about one quilt in front of one camera for three minute.

To see some of these stories – Go Tell It at the Quilt Show.

This year, The Quilt Alliance is rekindling a project founded by the National Quilting Association – Happy Birth Day, Baby! It’s simple – make a quilt for the first baby born on National Quilting Day at your local hospital. Groups, guilds and individuals are welcome to participate.

For information, labels and free patterns – Happy Birth Day, Baby!

There is also a terrific program – Kids Quilt! It’s in conjuction with and there’s even a Learn To Quilt kit for kids!

  • Learn to quilt – Instructions, helpful hints, links to videos and ideas for getting started.
  • Make it yours – your quilt is a work of art so KidsQuilt is sharing a few ways to customize and design your first quilt.
  • Share your quilt – watch quilting stories from kids!

So how are you going to celebrate National Quilting Day?

We hope you’ll be sewing and sharing your story.

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16 thoughts on “National Quilting Day

  1. Great ways to celebrate! I will be stitching with my quilting girlfriends at my monthly friendship circle meeting.

  2. I will be sewing with a group making quilts for our wounded service men. It is sponsored by our local American Legion.

  3. I am a quilt maker and have been busy making quilts for our annual show at The United Church of Hyde Park in Chicago. Every April we gather to share our collections to raise funds for the church. Old or new we have quilts that are amazing. All are welcome.

  4. My LQS will enjoying a discussion about Fabric led by the President of Quilting Treasures (QT). It’s an unexpected event for our little town. In the afternoon, we will meet to distribute the third clue for the Mystery Quilt. Thanks, Carrie for the information about the national organizations that support our interest in quilting.

  5. I and 6 of my quilting bubbies will be celebrating National Quilting Day on a Royal Caribbean Cruise with Jenny Doan – Lynne Hagmeier & Judy Fenton – I love love love MODA fabrics!

  6. I have completed 3 of the 12 quilt blocks that my grandmother (mothers side)started 40 + years ago and I had the bonnet girl quilt top quilted from my grandmother (fathers side), and just this week i have finished my 12 cross stitched quilt blocks.These 3 quilts will be presented in decortive boxes to each one of my grand daughters with a typed letter, pictures of my grandmas and myself, on their graduation day of high school.The story of these blocks /quilts will be past down so that they can understand the tradition of hand stitching and the love in grandmas hands.I would love to share pictures of these quilts.
    I love sewing and cross stitching, it has brought me joy and is great therapy.
    Thank you
    Dee Redleski

  7. Thanks for featuring National Quilting Day! I’ll be making a quilt for charity with the Happy Birth Day pattern.

  8. I will be attending a mystery quilt sewing day with my local quilt guild, which is hosted by the past presidents of the guild.
    They organize the day, design a quilt for us to sew, press blocks, unsew any mistakes we make, and even feed us lunch!
    We are blessed by their service as individuals and as a community. I can’t wait for Saturday!

  9. I’ll be day retreating at Box Car Quilts in Crossroads, Texas with 39 other quilters. They have a great shop and now a wonderful day retreat space. Allison C. Bayer, Plano, Texas

  10. I love to quilt. It is my therapy. I can’t count the number I have made. I make quilts for family member’s special occasions, baby quilts, and have made quilts commissioned by friends. What a wonderful way to celebrate an occasion and leave a lifetime legacy.

  11. My sisters & I are on our own “spring break quilting retreat” in riodoso New Mexico. A road trip adventure from San Antonio, Texas, to sew, sleep, shop & sightsee

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