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National Quilting Day
When: The third Saturday of March
Where: Celebrated worldwide
National Quilting Day was begun in 1991 by the National Quilting Association to celebrate all quiltmakers and quilt lovers and to give recognition to the special art form called 'Quilting”. It has evolved into a worldwide celebration, often connected with quilting shops with quilters getting together to work on a quilt.
Basic History of Quilting
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*Vintage Quilted Vest from the 1970s can be found in the Etsy Shop Sparv Vintage.
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Patchwork quilting goes back to the founding of colonial America and filled the need for warmth and decoration. The cold weather and a rough life wore out the original quilts brought with the pioneers from Europe and the quits needed to be repaired ~ thus, beginning the “patchwork” quilt.*
*Source: Plaid's Quilting Basics for Beginners Book by Ruth Panning Romaker.
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Later, quilting became a social event with women gathering together and cutting fabric into various shapes, resewing them to form a design. Many designs well-known today came out of these social circles.
I can remember my grandmother spending hours at a time in her favorite rocking chair hand-sewing tiny pieces of material together for her beautiful quilts. Since she was an accomplished seamstress as well (making most of the clothes my siblings and I wore), we could often recognize several of the fabric pieces used in her quilts as being from leftover material from the dresses or shirts we were wearing). Fifty years later I still have some of her handmade quilts. A true treasure.
Quilting Has Evolved
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Quilting is not just for quilt blankets these days.
Quilting, both hand-sewn and machine quilted, is used for everything from clothing to accessories to home décor.
CutePurseNalities on Etsy creates fantastic machine quilted purses on her quilting sewing machine.
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Today there are numerous pattern books available for the quilter, as well as classes and quilting workshops. My creative daughter-in-law attends at least two quilting weekend workshops every year. She says it brings back the fun of the early days of women getting together in those social quilting circles.
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So, take a class, get some quilting pattern books with templates for various designs, or get together with a quilting circle at your church or community center to enjoy the art of quilting and celebrate National Quilting Day.
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